Philadelphia Museum of Art Tree-Lighting

For the first and only time it will glow behind Robert Indiana's AMOR sculpture that was unveiled this summer before the pope's visit.

Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tomorrow evening (November 25th), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) will hold a ceremony to light the 47-foot-tall Christmas tree on the Museum’s Eastern Terrace. The event starts at 5 pm, with hot chocolate, candy canes and cookies provided by the Museum, and a performance by the Haddonfield Madrigal Singers.

The tree will be lit with solar-powered lights and, for the first and only time, it will stand behind Robert Indiana‘s AMOR sculpture, that was unveiled in September for the pope’s visit. The sculpture is expected to stay at PMA through the end of January — long after the tree’s gone.

After the ceremony, pop inside the Museum for pay-what-you-wish Wednesdays. The Great Stair Hall will be adorned with evergreens, lights, and poinsettias and the Museum’s halls will be decorated with, you know, world-class art from across the centuries.

The tree-lighting celebration kicks off PMA’s monthlong holiday celebrations, which include everything from holiday-card-making workshops and an ugly Christmas sweater party to a host of seasonal concerts. You can learn more about all that here, or stay tuned to our Things to Do guides throughout the season, where we’ll be keeping track of it all.

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