Hundreds of Philadelphians join the City's annual Christmas tree lighting

Justin Udo
November 28, 2018 - 9:31 pm
From Mayor Jim Kenney to the Flyers' mascot Gritty, Philadelphians of all walks of life come together for the city's annual Christmas tree lighting.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — From Mayor Jim Kenney to the Flyers' mascot Gritty, Philadelphians of all walks of life come together for the city's annual Christmas tree lighting.

The Christmas tree lighting at City Hall was a totally new experience for South Carolina native Mara Cowen, who recently moved to Philadelphia.

"It's cold, but it's excellent. It's so much fun. The feeling of everybody around you, I love the celebration and the spirit you feel," said Cowen. 

Mara's mom, Janice, made the trip from South Carolina to spend time with her daughter, and see the lighting of the 65-foot, 60-year-old white fern. 

"It's wonderful to be out here with her, having some hot chocolate, and a candy cane, and just enjoying the beginning of the season," she said.


 

For Adam Lapierre who came out with his wife Sandy and their 6-month-old son William, the night was very nostalgic.

"It brings back memories of being a kid myself," he said. 

Sandy used the time to belt out some of her favorite Christmas carols.

"I love the songs. The artists are so fantastic, they're doing a wonderful job singing. It's fun to sit here and sing the songs along with everybody else," she said. 

The tree is adorned by more than 4,000 lights and is topped with a Liberty Bell replica.