Rittenhouse Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec 7, 2016

Philadelphia offers a wide array of events for friends and family to ring in the holiday season. This past Thursday, I attended the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rittenhouse Square. It was a surprisingly moving event. Several sponsors from the area provided free snacks and warm beverages to the diverse group that gathered from around the city. The Salvation Army collected donations of children’s toys for distribution to underserved families, and elf hats and reindeer antlers were handed out to ensure everyone could be a playful part of the festivities.

The crowd went wild when the guest of honor, Santa Claus, made his way onto the stage, and everyone was in awe when after the countdown, he flipped the switch and the 30ft tree lit up in all its glory. Following the lighting, the Philadelphia Pops played a lively assortment of holiday classics. Rittenhouse Row was one of the sponsors and folks were encouraged to also visit local businesses in the neighborhood.

Afterwards, I headed over to Macy’s and happened to catch their light show, a decades old tradition that deserves its own post all together.

Michael Garden

Michael Garden


Michael’s real estate practice is focused on quality properties in established and developing neighborhoods that offer all the desirable amenities of urban living. Rittenhouse Square to Queen Village, Kensington to Passyunk, and great outlying communities such as Chestnut Hill and Spruce Hill are all within his domain.

Michael ventured into real estate in New York in the 1990’s developing residential and small business commercial properties as an investor, contractor, and end user. In 2005 he moved to Philadelphia and began working with individuals, couples, families, and investors to achieve their real estate goals. Since then, Michael has developed a comprehensive knowledge of the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, our changing market conditions, and how to position each deal. He has an inherent ability to understand his client’s motivation, tastes, and bottom line, making him in an invaluable asset to each transaction. Michael’s attention to detail and his sensitivity to the interests of all involved parties are redefining buyer’s and seller’s expectations, one client at a time.