What Happens to The Philadelphia Christmas Tree?

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City Hall Holiday Tree LightingPhiladelphia, PA - At one time, it was an imposing shining star of the City presented by Bank of America at City Hall Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. But, now, the 50-year-old white fir was taken away and recycled this past January 7 by the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department on North Broad Street.


A portion of the 52-foot tall tree’s trunk area is going to find new purpose as furniture which is slated to be generously donated. The Christmas tree was removed from the custom-steel 7-foot pedestal-base which weighs in at 40,000 pounds. The base displayed 30 of Philadelphia’s communities - from Chinatown to Fishtown.


The Christmas tree lighting had been the signature event at the Philly Holiday Festival brought to you by Independence Blue Cross and the Office of the City Representative in collaboration with Welcome America. For more than 25 years, the City of Philadelphia has arranged the holiday Christmas tree lighting celebration in Center City at City Hall or LOVE Park.

Other Notable City Events of 2019

Philadelphia Le Dîner en Blanc 2019Philadelphia Le Dîner en Blanc 2019 at Boathouse Row  - More than 6,000 guests descended upon the iconic Philadelphia Boathouse Row for the 8th Philadelphia Le Dîner en Blanc 2019. Marking the eighth year in a row for The City of Brotherly Love and the most massive Dîner en Blanc gathering in the country so far this year as guest explored one of the city's most iconic landmarks while mingling among fellow Philadelphians dining.


Philly's 5th Annual Bourbon Bash Bourbon Bash- Bank and Bourbon hosted the 5th annual Bourbon Bash was held Monday night at the Loews Hotels’ beautiful Bank & Bourbon venue. Its crisp, modern atmosphere was quite a relaxing place to host such a great event. 


The Grande Salle at The Met Philadelphia The Met Philly- The Grande Salle at The Met Philadelphia is a magnificently renovated 3,400-square-foot trendy lounge area, opened on April 3 for pre-event and post-event socialization as well as private occasions. The Grande Salle consists of a 360-degree, marble, bar-top in the middle of the room, in addition to waiter/waitress service in which guests may dine on high top tables or even booths.


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