City and festival officials announce updated plans for Saturday’s Philly Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

Randy Giancaterino,
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PHILADELPHIA, (Tuesday, November 22, 2016) – Today City officials and organizers of the Philly Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration released information about the new starting time of the event and road closures.

Officials announced that the tree lighting event on Saturday, November 26 will take place one hour earlier than originally scheduled, beginning at 4 p.m., with the finale of the tree-lighting dedication featuring Mayor Jim Kenney at 5:30 p.m.

Roads in the City Hall area will be impacted on a limited basis by the Philly Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration activities. Expect delays on Saturday afternoon. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes, avoid areas near these special event activities, allow for extra driving time, and proceed with caution near these events.

Parking and traffic regulations will be enforced strictly. Roads adjacent to the event site will be posted with no-parking signage for the general public. The following are the scheduled road closures:

  • 15th Street, between John F. Kenney Boulevard and Market Street, will be closed, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Vehicles in posted and unauthorized parking lanes will be towed, effective at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
  • Market Street will be open, but reduced to two travel lanes. This will likely result in traffic delays and congestion on Saturday afternoon. If possible, motorists are encouraged to find alternate travel routes.

All streets affected by the closures are scheduled to be reopened by 7:30 p.m.

From mid-November through the New Year, families and visitors can welcome Santa during the Thanksgiving Day Parade, participate in tree-lighting ceremonies, shop for gifts at one-of-a-kind stores and boutiques, dine out, and be dazzled by holiday light displays. Rounding out the year are two spectacular fireworks displays the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront.

The Philly Holiday Festival is a partnership between the City of Philadelphia, Office of the City Representative, 6ABC, Visit Philadelphia, and Welcome America, Inc. A full calendar of events is available at and Holiday revelers also can stay up to date on social media at #PhillyHolidayFest, and tune into 6ABC, official media partner for the Holiday Festival.

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