Two Christmas tree lightings -- in Rittenhouse Square and at The Shops at Liberty Place -- take place today, Tuesday, December 2. (Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia)
Tonight, welcome the start of the holiday season with not one, but two Christmas tree lighting celebrations, complete with Christmas carols and tasty hot chocolate.
First up, one of Philadelphia’s most iconic Christmas trees will be ceremoniously lit with 5,000 twinkling lights. Every year, the center of Rittenhouse Square illuminates with a giant Christmas tree, this year standing 35-feet tall.
Tonight, Tuesday, December 3 at 5 p.m., join in the holiday merriment at the official tree lighting for the Rittenhouse neighborhood’s resident Christmas tree. Following the fete, stick around the area and enjoy a tasty meal or some holiday shopping at some of the many businesses in the area.
Then, head over to The Shops at Liberty Place from 6 to 8 p.m. to see the towering Christmas tree in its soaring Rotunda. Groove to live music from the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus and watch a performance by the Philadelphia Dance Academy as the tree is illuminated tonight for the first time.
Children are invited to create holiday ornaments and visit with Santa, and folks of all ages are invited to indulge in bites and drinks from R2L.
Rittenhouse Square Tree Lighting
When: Tuesday, December 3, 5 p.m.
Where: 18th and Walnut streets
More info: www.rittenhouserow.org
The Shops at Liberty Place Tree Lighting
When: Tuesday, December 3, 6-8 p.m.
Where: 1625 Chestnut Street
More info: www.shopsatliberty.com