Rose Tree Park’s December Forecast: De-Lightful!

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As many local residents prepare to dress their Thanksgiving turkeys, Rose Tree Park’s resident “elves” are dressing up the landscape to make it sparkle through the holidays.

Delaware County’s 41st annual Festival of Lights kicks off with a special Tree Lighting celebration on Friday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m.  The trees and displays will then be lit each evening from 5:30-9:30 through January 1.

The Festival of Lights is a cherished Delco tradition which has grown to include dozens of hand-painted wooden figures and over 100,000 holiday lights.

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.

“Delaware County is always pleased to present the Festival of Lights for the enjoyment of our residents,” said Council Chairman Mario J. Civera, Jr. “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 welcomed the public to attend the special illumination celebration on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m.

“We’re grateful to host this wonderful event here in Rose Tree Park.  It’s a community favorite, and the kids love it,” said Manfre.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony features a festive mini-concert by the talented Springton Lake Middle School Select Choir, complimentary hot cocoa and coffee from Acme Markets, and the highly anticipated arrival of Santa.

This year, the Delaware County Park Police Department will be coordinating a fill-the-truck holiday toy drive in the park on the night of the Tree Lighting. 

“Operation Blue Christmas” benefits local families in need, and the Park Police have asked for the public’s support in filling the truck with new unwrapped gifts suitable for children ages 3-12.

IF YOU GO:  Rose Tree Park is located at 1671 N. Providence Rd., Media, Pa, 19063. Festival of Lights begins at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 1 and runs 5:30-9:30 through January 1. Admission is free. Handicapped parking is available. Tree Lighting Ceremony is weather permitting. For park information call 610-891-4455 or visit  For toy drive questions, please call 610-891-5000 and ask for Frank Ruffo.