The Scene: Rittenhouse Park Holiday Lighting

One of the city’s most popular parks – if not the far and away most popular – is about ready to pop.With color, of course.

One of the city’s most popular parks – if not the far and away most popular – is about ready to pop.

With color, of course.

And lights. And sounds. The scent of moisture in the air and a whole new season of cinnamon and clove and cocoa and mint. Kids grasping parents by the hand as they stare straight up at the seemingly never-ending stretch of a light- and decoration-adorned tree, dwarfed only by the sense of wonder it instills.

You’ll find all this and more at Rittenhouse Square Park on Tuesday, when the Friends of Rittenhouse finally flick the lights on for this year’s holiday season of shopping and sharing and wondering just how it could be that there’s so much ugliness in the world when there’s also so much beauty.

But now is not the time for that. Now is the time to revel in that feeling of beauty. Of love.

Next year can wait a few more weeks.

So gather up the kiddies – or channel the one hiding under all those layers of worry and responsibility and the crushing certainty that all the pain and suffering ultimately mean nothing – and remind yourself why we all decided life was worth living in the first place.

Nov. 27, 2018. Free. Rittenhouse Park, Rittenhouse Square. friendsofrittenhouse.org/holiday-park-lighting/

– CAL SETAR | @CALSFRO