The Annual City Hall Tree Lighting To Take Place At Love Park Next Thursday, December 8, Featuring Mayor Nutter

Bundle up the family for this annual holiday tradition. (Photo by J. Smith for GPTMC)

UPDATE: The ceremony has been postponed to Thursday, December 8 at 5 p.m.

Mayor Nutter will flick the switch at the annual City Hall Tree Lighting celebration this Wednesday, December 7 Thursday, December 8.

Since City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza is currently closed for renovations, the ceremony will take place across the street at Love Park, where the festive tree will be perfectly situated in the center of the Philadelphia Christmas Village.

Special holiday musical performances will accompany the ceremonial lighting.

Afterwards, take a stroll through the charming Christmas Village for some special holiday shopping and snacks. The European wonderland includes more than 50 international vendors selling arts, crafts and seasonal holiday gifts in quaint wooden booths and a 2,400 square foot Kathe Wohlfahrt tent selling a huge variety of special German Christmas ornaments.

When you’ve built up your appetite, head to the food tent for bratwursts, beer and other German specialties from Brahaus Schmitz, then quench your thirst with some hot German Gluhwien (mulled wine) from Chaddsford Winery. Save room for assorted European desserts.

Once the city’s official tree has been lit, we can christen this as holiday season in Philadelphia!

City Hall Tree Lighting
Where: Love Park, 16th Street & JFK Boulevard
When: Wednesday, December 7, Thursday, December 8, 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
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