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Grand Illumination Celebration at Peddler's Village

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A Guide To Tree Lighting Celebrations in Philadelphia and the Countryside for 2015

Rock around the tree with sparkling lights and holiday cheer

It doesn’t truly feel like the holiday season until Christmas trees are set up and decked out all around the city.

From Rittenhouse Square to East Passyunk Avenue, areas all around town (and the countryside, too) welcome brightly lit Christmas trees to central spots to spread holiday cheer.

And the lighting celebrations don’t stop at Christmas trees, either. From a sparkling boat parade on the Delaware River to a meander through a lavishly decorated castle in Doylestown, there are tons of ways to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at one of Philadelphia’s numerous lighting celebrations.

Best of all, many of the events come complete with carols, toasty hot chocolate and visits from Santa Claus himself.

Read on for our list of the major tree lighting celebrations in Philadelphia and the Countryside for 2015.

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Tree Lighting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 5:40 p.m.

You won't find many better photo ops this holiday season than the public tree lighting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Wednesday, November 25. The evening kicks off at 5 p.m. with hot chocolate, candy canes and cookies before the tree, situated behind the awesome AMOR statue on the East Terrace, is lit at 5:40 p.m. Afterward, head inside the museum, which has Pay-What-You Wish admission every Wednesday evening.
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City Hall Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Spectacular

Philadelphia

Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.

One of the biggest tree lighting events in the city, the annual holiday celebration and tree lighting celebration at City Hall takes place in early December every year. For 2015, look forward to performances from Grammy-nominated singer Jazmine Sullivan, the Philadelphia Dance Academy and more. Afterward, lace up your skates at the Rothman Ice Rink, located on the west side of City Hall.
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East Passyunk Tree Lighting

Philadelphia

Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 5-9 p.m.

Philadelphia's East Passyunk neighborhood will be decking the avenue during the annual Tree Lighting Part at the famous Singing Fountain. Join festive carolers, student musicians and local businesses for 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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Tree Lighting at Citizens Bank Park

Philadelphia

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Support the home team while celebrating the holiday season at Citizen Bank Park’s Christmas Tree — and ballpark — lighting. The all-day event starts with the Phillies Holiday Sale and continues with an appearance from the Phillie Phanatic (as Phanta Claus) and a ballpark and tree lighting.
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Parade of Lights

Philadelphia

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

Head to the Delaware River waterfront for the annual Parade of Lights, a lighting celebration unlike any other in the city. This boat parade features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights. Before the parade, head to the Independence Seaport Museum, which is hosting the parade, for holiday activities and festivities. (Tip: The best view for the parade is from the second floor balcony of the museum.)
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Christmas Tree Lighting at M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel

Philadelphia

Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 5-9 p.m.

This holiday season, 10 trees in the courtyard garden of the M Restaurant and The Morris House Hotel will be lavishly decorated, and the hotel will be decked out to look like a set from a Dickens book for the holiday season. Swing by on December 12 to visit Santa Claus, peruse antiques and crafts from the Philadelphia Flea Market and try some food and drink specials.
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Manayunk Holiday Showcase Lighting

Philadelphia

Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Manayunk will be home to holiday festivities of all sort for its Holiday Showcase Lighting on Saturday, November 28. Before the celebration, guests are invited out to have their pictures taken with Santa Claus.
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Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees

Philadelphia

Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in Chestnut Hill at Woodmere Art Museum’s Circle of Trees event. The free annual tree lighting will be followed by live music, hot chocolate and cookies.
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Bumble Lights the Tree at the Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration

Camden, NJ

Select dates and times from December 5-20, 2015

Join Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special to light the larger-than-life Christmas tree at the Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration. Stick around to see Bumble conjure up snow inside the aquarium.
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Grand Illumination Celebration at Peddler's Village

Lahaska, Bucks County

Friday, November 20, 2015 from 6-9 p.m.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to switch on one million (!) jewel-colored holiday lights for the Grand Illumination Celebration at Peddler’s Village in Bucks County. Afterwards, snag some warm apple cider and roast marshmallows over an open fire, then check out the dozens of whimsical gingerbread houses at the free Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Display.
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Santa’s Arrival & Festival of Lights in Media

Media, Delaware County

Friday, November 27, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Head to Media’s Delaware County Courthouse for the annual Festival of Lights, featuring dozens of decorated lit trees and festival displays. The opening ceremony on November 27 features a visit from Santa himself riding on a Media Fire Company fire truck.
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62nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Bristol

Bristol, Bucks County

Friday, November 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

A Bucks County tradition, Santa Claus has flipped the switch during Bristol’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting every year since 1952. After this year's ceremony on November 27, enjoy caroling along the waterfront and browse the stores in the Historic Bristol Shopping District — many businesses will have extended hours.
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Wayne Christmas Tree Lighting

Wayne, Delaware County

Friday, December 4, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wayne’s Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4 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 for the offiical Christmas Tree Lighting led by 6ABC Action News Reporter Vernon Odom.
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Santa’s Coming to Town Parade and 101st Annual Tree Lighting in Doylestown

Doylestown, Bucks County

Friday, November 27, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Doylestown residents and visitors will greet Santa Claus as he rides to town to flip the switch at the town’s 101st annual tree lighting on November 27. Afterward, children are welcomed to meet Santa at his Christmas Cottage at 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 4, 2015 from 7-8 p.m.

Bridge Street, Phoenixville’s main thoroughfare, is the place to be on December 4 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 at 8 p.m.
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Fonthill Holiday Lights Meander

Doylestown, Bucks County

Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 6:30-9 p.m.

For a lighting celebration of a different sort, head to the impressive Fonthill Castle in Doylestown on December 12 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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106th Annual Olde Town Tree Lighting in Perkasie

Perkasie, Bucks County

Saturday, December 7, 2015 from 5-7 p.m.

Perkasie is home to the nation’s oldest outdoor community tree lighting, and this year the town will celebrate its 106th annual tree lighting on December 7 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 4, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.

Alpacas (!), strolling carolers 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 4, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Levittown’s Bolton Mansion hosts its own tree lighting ceremony on December 4. Afterward and for the rest of the weekend, the mansion will be open for tours, and will also offer hearth- & candle-making demonstrations, warm cider, hot chocolate and freshly made gingerbread cookies. Best of all, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance.
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Christmas Tree Lighting in Fallsington

Fallsington, Bucks County

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Historic Fallsington gets into the spirit of the season with its Christmas Tree Lighting at the Stagecoach Tavern on December 13. The tree will be decorated with handcrafted ornaments made by children from the William Penn Center Preschool and Kindergarten.
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