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A Guide To Tree Lighting Celebrations
in Philadelphia for 2016

Rock around the tree with sparkling lights and holiday cheer

Throughout the holiday season, neighborhoods and attractions across the city are aglow with trees decked out in lights and seasonal decor.

Special ceremonies mark the tree lightings that start as early as Thanksgiving week. From Manayunk’s Canal View Park to East Passyunk’s Singing Fountain and beyond, locals gather to celebrate as switches are flipped to illuminate the towering firs.

These occasions are often celebrated with seasonal drinks and food, festive sing-alongs and appearances from Santa Claus himself.

But the fun doesn’t stop around the tree. For more unique options, consider heading to Adventure Aquarium to see Santa swimming alongside sharks, marvel at twinkling vessels floating on the Delaware at the Parade of Lights or take in the shimmering winter wonderland that is A Longwood Gardens Christmas. The holiday festivities are nearly limitless.

Read on for our list of tree lighting celebrations in Philadelphia for 2016.

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East Passyunk Tree Lighting

Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 5-7 p.m.

Philadelphia's East Passyunk neighborhood will be decking the avenue during its annual Tree Lighting Party at the famous Singing Fountain. Enjoy festive carolers from Alphabet Academy, student musicians from Andrew Jackson School and a performance by the Joe King Trio at the celebration leading up to Santa lighting the tree. Afterward, be sure to visit the stores and businesses along East Passyunk Avenue for great holiday sales and treats.
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Santa’s Arrival & Festival of Lights in Media

Media, Delaware County

November 25-27, 2016

Head to Media’s Delaware County Courthouse for the annual Festival of Lights, featuring dozens of decorated lit trees and festival displays, holiday carolers, carriage rides and complimentary hot chocolate and cider. Those looking for Santa should show up on November 27 from 5 to 7 p.m., when the man in red rolls in on a Media Fire Company fire truck.
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Wayne Christmas Tree Lighting

Wayne, Delaware County

Friday, December 2, 2016 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Wayne’s Christmas Tree Lighting on December 2 is an all-evening affair. Start with some First Friday perusing at Wayne’s shops, then pause to listen to strolling carolers as they make their way down North Wayne Avenue. Decorate some ornaments at the Radnor Fire House or take a horse-drawn carriage ride, then head to the Wayne Train Station at 7:30 p.m. for the official Christmas tree lighting.
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Santa’s Coming to Town Parade and 102nd Annual Tree Lighting in Doylestown

Doylestown, Bucks County

Friday, November 25, 2016 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Doylestown residents and visitors will greet Santa Claus as he rides to town to flip the switch at the town’s 102nd annual tree lighting on November 25. Afterward, children are welcome to meet Santa at his Christmas Cottage at the corner of State and Hamilton streets, which will remain open until Christmas Eve.
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Phoenixville Parade & Tree Lighting

Phoenixville, Chester County

Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Bridge Street, Phoenixville’s main thoroughfare, is the place to be on December 2 for the town’s annual Christmas parade and tree lighting. The parade, which starts at 7 p.m., will include a visit from Santa Claus. The tree will be lit around 8 p.m.
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Fonthill Holiday Lights Meander

Doylestown, Bucks County

Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

For a lighting celebration of a different sort, head to the impressive Fonthill Castle in Doylestown on December 10 for the town’s Holiday Lights Meander. Wander through the home and take in the candles, Christmas trees and greens throughout, then finish your evening with live music and light refreshments. Tickets are $20 ($15 for members), and require making a reservation at (215) 348-9461.
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108th Annual Olde Town Tree Lighting in Perkasie

Perkasie, Bucks County

Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 5-9 p.m.

Perkasie is home to the nation’s oldest outdoor community tree lighting, and this year the town will celebrate its 108th annual tree lighting on December 3 with an appearance from Santa, live music in a heated tent, food and drinks and free old-fashioned horse and carriage rides.
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Christmas Tree Lighting Festival in Quakertown

Quakertown, Bucks County

Friday, December 2, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.

Strolling Victorian carolers, school choirs and much more will be on hand for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival at Quakertown’s Downtown Triangle.
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Holiday House & Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bolton Mansion

Levittown, Bucks County

Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Levittown’s Bolton Mansion hosts its own tree lighting ceremony on December 2. Afterward and for the rest of the weekend, the mansion will be open for tours, and will also offer hearth- and candle-making demonstrations, warm cider, hot chocolate and freshly made gingerbread cookies. Best of all, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance.
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Christmas Tree Lighting in Fallsington

Fallsington, Bucks County

Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Historic Fallsington gets into the spirit of the season with its Christmas Tree Lighting at the Stagecoach Tavern on December 11. The tree will be decorated with handcrafted ornaments made by children from the William Penn Center Preschool and Kindergarten.
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Festival of Trees at Pearl S. Buck House

Perkasie, Bucks County

November 8 to December 31, 2016 (select dates)

Lit-up trees and holiday decorations abound in room after room inside the charming stone farmhouse turned national landmark that once belonged to novelist Pearl S. Buck. Twenty-nine artists from Bucks County came together to fill the museum with artful decor and vignettes celebrating the holiday season. For the ultimate experience, reserve a candlelight tour, taking place December 2, 9 and 16 at 7 p.m, by calling (215) 249-0100.
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