Tree Lighting Ceremonies Near The Isle and Throughout the City

The streets of Philadelphia have been filling with a familiar jingle of silver bells, which can only mean one thing… it’s Christmas time in the city! Perhaps the ultimate kickoff to the holiday season are the marvelous displays and decorations popping up around town.

Around every corner, twinkling lights, hanging snowflakes, and golden ribbon brighten the cool winter days, but the most beloved symbol of the holiday season is the classic Christmas tree. There’s just such a warm and fuzzy feeling that comes over us when we see a well-decorated evergreen and we thought residents of The Isle might share this feeling. That’s why we made this easy to use guide to all the best tree events in the coming week. Enjoy the view.


Manayunk– The Isle’s own neighborhood hosts a beautiful tree ceremony every year in Canal View Park. Don’t miss the festivities on Saturday, November 25th. It’s also Small Business Saturday and local businesses have awesome promotions that coincide with the tree lighting.


Rittenhouse Square– On November 28th you can catch the annual Christmas tree lighting in beautiful Rittenhouse Square. This beloved Philadelphia square is always a charming sight, but during the holidays it becomes magical. The tree lights up at 5 pm and is complemented by 5,000 colorful globes throughout the park.


RiverRink Winterfest– Get in the holiday spirit and take in views of the Delaware River. Blue Cross’ Winterfest returns to Penn’s Landing. There’s plenty of fun activities and the tree lights up on Friday, December 1st. The ceremony is followed by fireworks for a truly spectacular experience.


Adventure Aquarium– Experience a tree lighting like nothing you’ve seen before. On December 1st, Adventure Aquarium is lighting a Christmas tree underwater in their shark tank. The ceremony includes a “scuba Santa”, so this is a great option for families.


South Street Headhouse Winter Wonderland– Philly’s beloved South Street transforms into a Winter Wonderland on Sunday, December 3rd. In addition to the tree lighting, visitors can expect live performances, food vendors, shopping, and more.


Philadelphia Museum of Art– The Philadelphia Museum of Art lights their huge public Christmas tree on Wednesday, November 22nd. The festivities start at 5 pm. Stick around after and explore the museum for pay-what-you-wish Wednesday nights.


City Hall– On Friday, November 24th head over to City Hall for the Philly Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration. See Mayor Jim Kenney switch on the 50ft tall Christmas Tree adorned with twinkling lights of over 40 colors. There are fun and festive activities too.


Old City District– Philly’s historic district annual tree lighting is held in the courtyard of the Betsy Ross House. Lights go on this Thursday, November 30th. Prepare for carolers, live music, delectable food vendors, and an appearance from Betsy Ross herself.