Countdown to 2022: Holiday season officially underway in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The holiday season has officially arrived in Philadelphia and with it the city’s Christmas tree.

6abc is one of the sponsors for the Philadelphia Christmas tree, which made its way from Yule Tree Farms in Hornell, New York, to City Hall on Tuesday afternoon.

“Bigger and better. There’s a new addition to the tree this year… I look forward to seeing it adorned and lit over the next few weeks,” said NRG Communications Specialist Jeanie Davey.

The 55-foot tree will be adorned with 4,000 lights, special ornaments and a disco ball.

It’s all part of the 2022 Philly Holiday Experience, which is transforming areas across the city.

Mayor Jim Kenney said it’s a special time for the city and much needed after a tough year.

“It’s a wonderful time of year, we’ve been through a lot. We need to celebrate, we need to enjoy ourselves and appreciate that we’re all still here and we all still have each other,” he said.

Also at City Hall, crews are busy setting up the Christmas Village, where you can shop and dine at 110 local and international retailers and go ice skating at Dilworth Park.

With more than 70 attractions across the city, the aim this year is to ensure there is something for everyone.

“It’s really an opportunity to bring your family, have a good time, do something for free, and really experience the city,” President said & CEO of Welcome America Inc. Michael DelBene.

The holiday celebrations begin with the 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 24 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. You can watch on 6abc and all 6abc streaming apps.

Live City Hall Tree Lights will also air on 6abc, Thursday 1st December from 7pm to 8pm. The special event will be moderated by Rick Williams, Cecily Tynan and Alicia Vitarelli.

Last but not least, the Visit Philly Holiday Parade takes place on Saturday, December 3rd from 5pm to 6pm. Philadelphia’s Market to City Hall Holiday Lights Parade hosted by Ducis Rogers and Tamala Edwards. The event will be streamed live on 6abc and will be broadcast the following day at 12pm on 6abc.

“6abc is deeply committed to our community and what matters to our viewers. (We want) to bring the joy of the holidays to everyone, regardless of their background and beliefs, that’s part of the 6abc mission and what we love to do,” said 6abc vice president of content development & Innovation John Morris.

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