The Philadelphia area will light up for the holiday season with Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies in five major neighborhoods and towns. South Street Headhouse District, East Passyunk Avenue, and Old City District will all light up their Christmas and Holiday trees in the coming weeks – with Evil Genius popping up a live tree stand and lighting a massive indoor tree in Fishtown, and Craft Hall debuting Christmas-time festivities and a 20+ foot tall Christmas Tree,.
All events below are free and open to the public, with any food, drink and shopping pay-as-you-go. Thousands of children and adults of all ages are expected to come spread some holiday cheer as they usher in the holidays with these four neighborhood traditions.
1) South Street Headhouse District
Sunday, December 1, 2019
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Headhouse Square and the Historic Headhouse Shambles
2nd and Pine (200 Pine Street)
Celebrate the spirit of the season as South Street Headhouse District presents the annual Winter Wonderland on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Historic Headhouse Shambles on 2nd Street, 200 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. FREE admission!
Come out and celebrate SSHD’s finest holiday traditions. Santa Claus will arrive on a firetruck with our city’s finest, then he will greet children and collect their wish lists. Parents should bring their own cameras for photos with Santa. Music, treats, and gift shopping will also be part of the event. CBS3 ‘s Kimberly Davis will help Santa count down to the official lighting of the tree at 5:00pm. Bring your family, friends and neighbors – the event is free! SSHD, CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57 will collect unwrapped toys for children in the region through the Salvation Army. Look for collection bins under the Shambles during the event.
“Santa's arrival on a firetruck and the lighting of the holiday tree kicks off the season with lots of fun and excitement,” remarked SSHD Executive Director Michael Harris. “This event brings out families and children for a lovely evening in the neighborhood and the opportunity to explore all the unique boutiques and stores in the South Street Headhouse District. We are also thrilled that Hanukkah starts this evening as well, so that we can celebrate our diverse and inclusive community.”
For more information, visit southstreet.com or call (215) 413-3713. During the event, follow along on Twitter at @officialsouthst #SouthStHoliday.
2) Evil Genius Beer Company
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Twas An Evil Christmas – Tree Lighting and Holiday Kick-off
Evil Genius Beer Company
1727 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Evil Genius Beer Company (1727 N Front Street) will launch their Christmas season on Thursday December 5, 2019 at 7:30pm with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. This will also kick off the launch of Santa! I Know Him! – Festive Saison – a Saison brewed with rose hips, chamomile, black currants and dark Belgian candi syrup. At 7.2%, this one will keep you warm on those cold winter nights! Holiday festivities continue on Sunday, December 8, 2019 with a Santa .5K race for a local charity, and a cookie eating contest. From Noon to 5pm, look for the Evil Genius Beer Garden to remain open and transform also into a live Christmas tree stand.
Festivities kick-off over at Evil Genius in Fishtown on Thursday December 5, 2019 at 7:30pm with a lighting of the giant 19 foot Christmas Tree. Festivities that night include Christmas cookies, boozy hot chocolate, and the return of fan favorite Naughty or Nice – Belgian spiced ale.
Starting December 3rd and continuing through to Christmas, the Evil Genius Beer Garden will be transformed into a little winter wonderland, where you’ll be able to have a delicious beer or hot cider and hot wine while picking out your Christmas Tree from Front Street Trees.
On Sunday, December 8th, Evil Genius hosts their annual Santa .5K (yes, that’s not a typo, a point five k – you just have to run around the block). $30 to enter where all proceeds benefit sponsoring a local family and giving them the Christmas everyone should have. Included in your $30 is two free beers at The Lab @ Evil Genius, a swag bag, a Santa hat, and a beer koozie! Now that you’ve burnt some calories, back at the Lab, Evil Genius will be hosting a cookie-eating contest. Think you can beat last years high score of 25 cookies in 2 minutes? Put your mouth where your mouth is!
Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas unless you had your photo taken with Evil Genius Dougal beside the insanely large Christmas tree. Dougal will be available upon request to post in his Santa outfit for all your instagram needs!
3) Craft Hall – First Tree Lighting!
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
6:00pm to 8:00pm
6:00-6:15pm Tree Lighting Ceremony Begins
Craft Hall, 901 N Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Craft Hall in Northern Liberties will ring in the holiday with the official launch and debut of Christmas at Craft Hall – including the lighting of the giant indoor, floor to ceiling, 20+ foot tall holiday tree! Philadelphia's largest family-friendly restaurant, beer hall and craft maker space will be transformed into a winter wonderland.
Come out and celebrate the kick-off on December 4th at 6:00pm with a tree lighting party, holiday decorations, music, free tours of Lost Bread Company and Mainstay Independent Brewing Company, family fun in the indoor playground and other surprises. Look for food and drink features!
All month long, from Wednesday, November 27 to Sunday, December 22, 2019, look for Craft Hall to be covered in twinkling lights, decorations, ornaments and other festive vibes. Make memories all month long as Christmas at Craft Hall runs through December 22, 2019. Visit Craft Hall throughout the holiday season with decorations and lights, music, Santa, and more! Kids and their families can also enjoy ornament making and crafts. Santa will be in town on Saturdays from 10am-4pm and kids can take a “Selfie with Santa” in the Craft Hall Library by the Christmas tree. Bring your phone/ camera and charge those batteries! Family fun also includes craft and ornament making kits available for $5.00. Entertainment, food specials, winter cocktails and other surprises will be announced.
Decorations will remain up through New Years – activities for Christmas at Craft Hall end on Sunday, December 22, 2019. For more information, visit https://www.crafthallphilly.com/events
4) East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District
Thursday, December 5, 2019
5:00pm to 7:00pm
5:00pm Tree Lighting Ceremony Begins
Singing Fountain on East Passyunk at Tasker and EPA
East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) and Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC) kick off the holidays with the annual Tree Lighting Party at the Singing Fountain (Tasker Street and East Passyunk Avenue) on Thursday, December 5, 2019, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The free celebration will include an appearance by Santa, live music, carolers, holiday treats from Avenue businesses, shopping and other surprises. After the party, strut along with String Band Mummers for extended shopping hours as the Deck the Ave campaign kicks off with shopping, sales and other festivities during December. For more information, visit www.visiteastpassyunk.com, follow @eastpassyunk on Instagram and Facebook, @epassyunkave on Twitter, or call 215-336-1455.
Starting at 5:00pm at the Singing Fountain enjoy carolers from Alphabet Academy, music by students from Andrew Jackson School HOME rock band, a visit from Santa Claus, who will help spread holiday cheer and be on hand to take photos with children and families. A number of Avenue bakeries, restaurants and retailers will provide FREE sips and samples, including sweet and savory surprises for both children and adults.
After the lighting ceremony, members of the Philadelphia Mummers Pennsport String Band and carolers will entertain people on the Avenue with seasonal songs and fun. For your holiday shopping needs, look for select shops along the Avenue to be open late to kick off the holiday shopping season.
East Passyunk's Christmas Tree Lighting Party is free and open to everyone. Deck the Avenue and come kick-off a whole month of merrymaking in South Philadelphia!
5) Old City District
Thursday, December 5, 2019
5:30pm to 7:30pm
6:30pm Tree Lighting Ceremony Begins
Betsy Ross House Courtyard (239 Arch Street)
Old City District presents the third annual Historic Holidays Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 5, 2019, with festivities starting at 5:30pm and the lighting at 6:30pm. The kickoff celebration will take place at the Betsy Ross House courtyard (239 Arch Street) and will feature music performances, seasonal sips and bites, and a holiday tree designed by Old City’s Petit Jardin en Ville, a Parisian Florist and Garden Designer! Free and open to the public.
In addition, do your holiday shopping in one place, and enjoy some seasonal dishes and sips in Old City!
Stay tuned for a complete list of holiday happenings, and for the latest information, visit: https://www.oldcitydistrict.org/holidays.