It’s tight quarters at Philadelphia’s City Hall while holiday additions to Dilworth Park are under construction.
With LOVE Park closed for renovations and an ice rink filling Dilworth Park, the city is using every available nook and cranny of the north side of City Hall and the courtyard for the traditional Holiday Village. The Christmas tree is moving to 15th and Market.
During a press conference announcing the city’s winter festivites, WHYY’s Tom MacDonald and Mayor Jim Kenney invoked images of Dickens’ Christmas classic as Kenney bristled over questions about cramped conditions.
“Well it is Christmas and LOVE Park is not available, and you should be less of a Scrooge, Tom, than you are being right now,” Kenney said. “You should have three ghosts visiting you, and you will be happier when you wake up.”
The mayor vows the sidewalks will empty out after the holidays.
The Holiday Village opens Saturday and continues through Dec. 24.