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A Guide To Tree Lighting Celebrations
in Philadelphia for 2017

Rock around the tree with sparkling lights and holiday cheer

Throughout the holiday season, neighborhoods and attractions across the city glow 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 River at the Parade of Lights or take in the shimmering winter wonderland during A Longwood Christmas. The holiday festivities are nearly limitless.

Read on for our list of tree lighting celebrations in Philadelphia for 2017, arranged chronologically and divided into two sections: tree lightings in Philadelphia and tree lightings in Philadelphia’s Countryside.

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Tree Lightings in Philadelphia
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Tree Lighting Ceremony in Manayunk

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Manayunk plays home to holiday festivities of all sort at its Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 25. Before the celebration, meet up with Santa on Main Street for a photo, then follow his processional to Canal View Park for the tree lighting ceremony, holiday sing-alongs, hot chocolate and other soul-warming treats.
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Festival of Trees at Pearl S. Buck House

Perkasie, Bucks County

November 14-22 & November 24 - December 30, 2017 (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 1, 8 and 15 at 7 p.m, by calling (215) 249-0100.
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Santa’s Coming to Town Parade and 103rd Annual Tree Lighting in Doylestown

Doylestown, Bucks County

Friday, November 24, 2017 from 5-8 p.m.

Doylestown residents and visitors will greet Santa Claus as he rides to town to flip the switch at the town’s 103rd annual tree lighting on November 24. 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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Holiday Stroll & Festival of Lights in Media

Media, Delaware County

November 24-25, 2017

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.
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Christmas in Wayne Tree Lighting

Wayne, Delaware County

Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5-8 p.m.

Wayne’s Christmas Tree Lighting on December 1 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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Holiday House & Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bolton Mansion

Levittown, Bucks County

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Levittown’s Bolton Mansion hosts its own tree lighting ceremony on December 1. Afterward and for the rest of the weekend, the mansion will be open for tours, and will also offer hearth cooking, 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 Festival in Quakertown

Quakertown, Bucks County

Friday, December 1, 2017 from 6-8 p.m.

Strolling Victorian carolers, school choirs, alpacas (!) and much more will be on hand for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival at Quakertown’s Downtown Triangle.
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Phoenixville Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

Phoenixville, Chester County

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Bridge Street, Phoenixville’s main thoroughfare, is the place to be on December 1 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 16, 2017 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 16 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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