Christmas Village gets present, one of the biggest and brightest

Andrew Kramer
November 26, 2018 - 10:05 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Center City is going to have an extra glow to it this holiday season thanks to a new attraction that was unveiled Monday night at Christmas Village.

"We just lit up 'The Present' in LOVE Park which is a 27-foot sculpture of a present," said Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell.

Joined by city officials, she led the countdown during the unveiling ceremony Monday night. Now illuminated, "The Present" catches your eye right away.

"It's 100,000 lights and if you stretch them out they would run for five miles," explained Ott Lovell. "It's really unique. It's very different from a traditional Christmas Tree."

City Councilman-at-large Al Taubenberger was there for the unveiling and was impressed by what he saw.

"You can't miss it, it's a centerpiece," he told KYW Newsradio. "I think it will give the idea of brightening people's lives."

Center City is going to have an extra glow to it this holiday season thanks to a new attraction that was unveiled Monday night at Christmas Village.
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Mayor Jim Kenney was also there.

"Remember what this season's all about," he said, "it's about love and giving."

Giving is a big part of "The Present." Surrounding the massive structure are signs instructing people how they can donate to one of three organizations.

If you make a donation via text (each text is a $5 donation), a gift tag with your name will be hung on an inside wall.

Yes, "The Present" is so big you can walk inside! 

Below is information on the three organizations receiving the donations and how you can give to each.

Text PARKS to 501501 to donate to Fairmount Park Conservancy, the non-profit champion of Philly’s parks.

Text BOOK to 20222 to donate to Welcome America’s holiday book campaign for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation youth programs.

Text HOME to 80100 to donate to Project HOME, empowering individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.