Complimentary hot chocolate from Parc, festive music and appearances from Santa and the Nutcracker Mouse King accompany the annual Rittenhouse Square tree lighting, a high point of the holiday season in Philadelphia. (Photo by J. Smith for GPTMC)
Tonight at 5 p.m., in the center of Rittenhouse Square, one of Philadelphia’s most iconic Christmas trees will be gloriously illuminated with 5,000 twinkling lights.
Presented by Rittenhouse Row and the Friends of Rittenhouse Square, the lighting ceremony will be abundant with holiday spirit.
The family-friendly celebration includes visits from the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker Mouse King, Santa Claus, complimentary hot chocolate from Parc, giveaways from TD Bank and entertainment from WOGL 98.1, the Bearded Ladies and the Mummers.
Be sure to bring a new unwrapped toy or two for the Salvation Army’s Joy of Sharing Campaign toy drive.
After the festivities, head to TD Bank at 18th and Walnut to take free photos with Santa or 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.
You can also head down to Rittenhouse Row for some one-stop-shop Christmas shopping.
Rittenhouse Square is one of Center City’s most festive public spaces for the holidays, and tonight’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