Talented musicians will play holiday music as we travel to some of the most festive locations in the city. Singing along is highly encouraged! Don’t be shy about belting out your favorite holiday tunes and feel free to BYOB!
When I was a kid, my mother would pile me and my three siblings into our station wagon and drive around our neighborhood to take in the Christmas lights. She’d sing along to the carols on the oldies radio station while we looked out the window either singing along or trying to pretend we were too cool to do so despite being mesmerized.
I based the Holiday Light Tour on this memory since it’s something I fondly recall and there are so many great light displays throughout Philadelphia. We started this event in 2016 as a fundraiser, with just one tour, where we played carols through a Bluetooth speaker. Our goal for last December was to add live music and run a handful of tours for family and friends, as well as a fundraiser for some local nonprofits.
On the morning of November 28th, we had sold around 20 tickets. That afternoon, an article from PhillyVoice went viral and over the next three days, my wife and I fielded enough calls and emails from guests to sell out 28 tours (Having to answer all of those inquiries and book quality musicians within three days, just three weeks after having our first child, wasn’t stressful at all!).
Pulling this off was definitely a Christmas miracle and we couldn’t be more excited to see what we’ll be able to present with time to plan for this December. This year we have even more time slots scheduled and look forward to providing you all with a fun, memorable holiday experience.
To the first Holiday Light Tour of the Season!
1What is different from last year?
This year, we have added Dickinson Square Park as a stop and we will have a professional photographer waiting there. They will take photos of you and your group which will be made available for free through our website. We are also going to be providing pizza for our guests as they reboard the trolley after visiting Smedley St. Christmas Spectacular. The “grand finale” of the tour will be a slow crawl down “Miracle on South 13th Street” but this season, we will not be stopping there. However, we are adding “The 13th Street Sled,” a shuttle which will run from 13th Street back to Old City for guests who would like to explore the attraction on foot. For a nominal fee, the shuttle will travel up Broad St to City Hall and then east down Market St to Old City. Guests will be able to get dropped off along that route.
2How do we get tickets?
Starting right now, we will be taking reservations for groups of 15 or more over the phone on a first come, first served basis. If you have a large party, call us at 609-795-1776 from now until Sunday. We will answer calls until 8 pm on those days. For smaller parties, tickets will be made available through our website (link needed) on Monday at noon.
When will the tour be running?
The tour will be running five days a week from Dec 1st through Dec 30th at the following times:
- Wednesdays at 6:00 and 8:00
- lThursdays at 6:00 and 8:00
- Fridays at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30
- Saturdays at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30
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