Philadelphia, PA - Mayor Kenney will turn on the lights of the holiday tree, a fresh 65- foot-tall, 60-year-old white fir (Abies Concolor) at City Hall officially ushering in the City’s holiday season. The north side of City Hall will magically transform into a joyful winter wonderland of entertainment, food and family festivities.
Elaborate new 10-foot colorful custom stage backdrop is highlighting symbols of multicultural holiday celebrations with local landmarks created by Mural Arts Philadelphia reflecting Philly’s cultural heritage.
The shining star of the show is the massive tree itself. Decorations: Gold-color Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell tree topper, more than 3 feet tall, points towards east and west; bald eagles and a banner that reads “LOVE” in multiple languages, 50 custom-designed ornaments including hand-made wooden and plastic colorful ornaments of LOVE signs; holiday balls, snowmen, stars, snowflakes, a Philadelphia history-themed “We the People,” a flying kite in honor of Benjamin Franklin, a soft pretzel and the Philly word JAWN.
Scheduled Speakers: Mayor Jim Kenney, City Representative Sheila Hess (Emcee), Jeff Guaracino, President & CEO of Visit PHILADELPHIA; Jennifer Hesser, Assistant General Manager of One Liberty Observation Deck; a representative from Bank of America; Mike Starck, NRG Retail East General Manager; Bernie Prazenica, President and General Manager, 6abc; Gritty, the Phillie Phanatic, Swoop, Santa Claus and the Philadelphia’s Union’s Phang and Christmas Village Philadelphia Reindeer.
Scheduled Performers & Entertainers: R&B superstar East Oak Lane’s Lady of Soul chart-topper Vivian Green, Grammy-nominated salsa sensation Frankie Negrón, American Idol stars Michael Woodard and Catie Turner, Showtime at the Apollo winner Cam Anthony, The Philly POPS Brass Quartet, the Philadelphia String Quartet, Walnut Theatre’s Winter Wonderettes, The Philly Parks & Recreation Chorale (City of Philadelphia choir), Universal Picture’s The Grinch, Philly’s hottest new mascot sensation, Gritty, the Phillie Phanatic, Swoop, The Philadelphia Union’s Phang, Santa Claus, Christmas Village Philadelphia Reindeer
Powerhouse performances of holiday classics by established Grammy-nominated and up-and-coming local entertainers: Vivian Green, Frankie Negrón, Michael Woodard and Catie Turner, Cam Anthony, The Philly POPS Brass Quartet, the Philadelphia String Quartet, and The 3 Tenors. on hand will also be chartered from Universal Picture’s The Grinch, Gritty, the Phillie Phanatic, Swoop, The Philadelphia Union’s Phang, Santa Claus, Christmas Village Philadelphia Reindeer
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 (from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
- 5 p.m. (to 5:30 p.m.):…. Pre-program performances: Philly Parks & Recreation Chorale and Walnut
- Theatre WONDERETTES performing holiday classics
- 5:30 p.m.:……………… Official Program opens
- Approx. by 6:20 p.m.: ...Official Count-down and Lighting of Tree
- Mayor Kenney, City Representative Sheila Hess, dignitaries, sponsors,
- & mascots and a surprise (simultaneous) unveiling.