Delco Decks the Halls for the Holidays

County’s Festival of Lights opens with ceremony Dec. 2


As many Delaware Countians prepare to dress their Thanksgiving turkeys and craft beautiful autumn tablescapes, the resident “elves” in Rose Tree Park are secretly working to dress up the landscape in its holiday finest in preparation for the 40th annual Festival of Lights.

Delaware County’s 2016 Festival of Lights opens with a special celebration on Friday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. and runs each evening through January 1.

The Delaware County Parks and Recreation staff decorate more than 75 trees and set up colorful displays throughout Rose Tree Park, including a gingerbread house, Santa’s sleigh, and Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. The cherished local tradition has grown to include dozens of hand-painted wooden figures and over 100,000 holiday lights.

According to Council Chairman Mario Civera, the county has taken care over the years to replace spent lights with modern and more energy-efficient LEDs, and the upgrade is now approximately 95% complete.

“Delaware County is always pleased to present the Festival of Lights for the enjoyment of our residents,” said Civera. “The tradition remains admission-free and provides a great opportunity for everyone to have a fun outing and get in the holiday spirit.”

Parks and Recreation Director Marc Manfre invited the public to attend the special Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m. 

The annual event celebrates the official opening of the Festival of Lights and features a mini holiday concert by the E.T Richardson Bella Voce Choral Ensemble, complimentary coffee and cocoa from Acme Markets, and a visit from Santa Claus.

IF YOU GO: The Festival of Lights runs 5:30-9:30 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1st at Rose Tree Park, located at 1671 N. Providence Rd., Media, Pa, 19063. Admission is free. Handicapped parking is available. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is weather permitting with no rain date.  For more information call 610-891-4455 or visit