Philadelphia Announces Road Closures and Parking Restrictions for Holiday Events

Philadelphia Announces Road Closures and Parking Restrictions for Holiday Events

City prepares for the 2023 6abc presents: City of Philadelphia Tree Lighting Celebration and Philly Holiday Parade

As the holiday season approaches, the City of Philadelphia is gearing up for two major events that are sure to bring joy and festivities to residents and visitors alike. The 2023 6abc presents: City of Philadelphia Tree Lighting Celebration, in partnership with Bank of America, will feature Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jordin Sparks, while the Philly Holiday Parade will celebrate all winter holidays. With these exciting events on the horizon, the city has released important information regarding road closures and parking restrictions to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for attendees.

Tree Lighting Celebration and Giveaways

The highlight of the Philly Holiday Experience, the Tree Lighting Celebration, will take place on Thursday, November 30, at the Wawa Holiday Plaza located at the northside of City Hall. Starting at 7 p.m., guests will be treated to a performance by Jordin Sparks, along with entertainment from DJ Diamond Kuts and a special appearance by Disney’s FROZEN. The celebration will also be broadcast live on 6abc. To make the evening even more exciting, sponsors including Bank of America, Wawa, NRG, Sharing Excess, and Haribo will be offering free giveaways to early attendees. The event promises to be a magical start to the holiday season.

Philly Holiday Parade Celebrating Diversity

On Saturday, December 2, the Philly Holiday Parade will take place, celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Chinese New Year. The parade will kick off at 5 p.m. at 2nd and Market Streets and conclude at City Hall. Spectators are encouraged to line the Market Street route and enjoy the festive procession. The parade will showcase the rich diversity of Philadelphia’s communities and their unique holiday traditions. It promises to be a joyful and inclusive celebration for all.

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Road Closures and Parking Restrictions

To ensure the smooth flow of traffic and the safety of event attendees, the City of Philadelphia has announced road closures and parking restrictions for both the Tree Lighting Celebration and the Philly Holiday Parade.

For the Tree Lighting Celebration on Thursday, November 30, several streets will be closed from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. These include John F. Kennedy Boulevard north parking lane from Juniper Street to Broad Street, Broad Street from John F. Kennedy Boulevard to Arch Street, and the east and west parking lanes of Broad Street between John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Cherry Street. Temporary no parking zones will also be in effect on various streets from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, December 2, road closures will be in place throughout the day. The parade route will start at 2nd and Market Streets, continue westbound on Market Street towards City Hall, turn right onto Juniper Street, and then left onto JFK Boulevard before dispersing at N. Broad Street and Arch Street. Streets along the parade route and in the vicinity of City Hall will be closed from 10 a.m. until the conclusion of the parade. Temporary no parking zones will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Public Transportation and Detours

SEPTA bus routes will be detoured during the Tree Lighting Celebration and the Philly Holiday Parade. Customers are advised to check SEPTA’s System Status page and TransitView on the SEPTA app for updates and detour information.

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Official Parade Cheer Zones

For spectators looking for the best spots to enjoy the Philly Holiday Parade, official cheer zones will be set up at 5th & Market Streets, 11th & Market Streets, and City Hall. Bleacher seating will be available at the Faith and Liberty Discover Center Cheer Zone and the East Market Cheer Zone. At the Wawa Cheer Zone, located at City Hall, complimentary hot chocolate and coffee will be provided by The Wawa Community Care Vehicle.

Conclusion: The City of Philadelphia is ready to kick off the holiday season with two exciting events, the 2023 6abc presents: City of Philadelphia Tree Lighting Celebration and the Philly Holiday Parade. With road closures and parking restrictions in place, the city is prepared to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all attendees. Whether you’re planning to witness the tree lighting ceremony or join in the festive parade, Philadelphia promises a memorable holiday experience for everyone.