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3 Philly Christmas tree lightings this week

Looking for some well-lighted cheer amid the cold and dark this week?

Philadelphia will see three Christmas tree lightings this week, including the tallest tree and the official tree.

First up is the Christmas Tree Lighting at Rittenhouse Square (18th and Walnut) set for Tuesday. The goal is to transform the venerable square into a "holiday wonderland" with what is said to be Philadelphia's largest Christmas tree at 35 feet tall, and draw people to local shops.

Organized by Rittenhouse Row, the ceremony takes place at 5 p.m.

Next up is the official City Christmas Tree Lighting on Wednesday. Mayor Nutter will preside at the 5 p.m. ceremony at the Christmas Village at Love Park (across from City Hall). The tree will be illuminated by LED lights.

The German-style bazaar has more than 60 vendors in wooden booths and two large tents, selling everything from Christmas ornaments from Germany to Bratwurst.

That will be followed on Thursday by the East Passyunk tree lighting (11th Street and East Passyunk) at 5 p.m. The lighting takes place at the neighborhood fountain. Guests will be treated to free food and drinks from area restaurants and cafes, and carolers will be on hand with Santa.

Or, if you're open to any kind of holiday lights - on a tree or not - go here for more information for displays in and around Philly.