The holiday season in Philadelphia doesn’t truly begin until the annual Rittenhouse Square Tree Lighting Ceremony, scheduled this year for Wednesday, November 28 at 5 p.m. (Photo by J. Smith for GPTMC)
Rittenhouse Square will once again transform into a festive winter wonderland for the holiday season on Wednesday, November 28.
At 5 p.m., one of Philadelphia’s most iconic Christmas trees will be gloriously illuminated by none other than Santa Claus himself.
Starting November 28 and all season long, the tree will stand tall in the middle of Rittenhouse Sqaure with 5,000 twinkling lights, a beacon of seasonal cheer in Philadelphia.
Presented by Rittenhouse Row and the Friends of Rittenhouse Square, the lighting ceremony will be abundant with holiday spirit. Enjoy toasty hot chocolate, Christmas carols, candy canes, antler headbands and holiday cheer in the square.
After the festivities, head to any of the nearby Rittenhouse restaurants for dinner or drink. Parc, Devon, Rouge, Twenty Manning Grill, Tria and more are all just steps from the square. Want to bundle up and enjoy the fresh November air, warmed by glowing heat lamps? Check out our guide to where to extend the outdoor dining season in Philadelphia, with plenty of solid options right near Rittenhouse Square.
For those looking to get a little shopping done, you can also head down to both Walnut Street and Chestnut Street for some one-stop-shop Christmas shopping after the tree lighting ceremony.
Rittenhouse Square is one of Center City’s most festive public spaces for the holidays, and Wednesday’s ceremony kicks it all off.
2012 Rittenhouse Square Tree Lighting
When: Wednesday, November 28, 5 p.m.
Where: Rittenhouse Square, near the guardhouse in the center of the square
More info: www.rittenhouserow.org