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Christmas in Center City
December 2004
My parents and I decided to visit Center City Philadelphia at Christmas. The main reason for going was to see the light show at Lord & Taylor. It dates back decades to when the store was Wanamakers. It's a real Philadelphia tradition. We also went to another Philadelphia institution, Reading Terminal Market for lunch. Nothing puts you in the Christmas spirit more than a Christmas visit to the city.

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(01) 31 Wanamaker Building (02) 33 Wanamaker Building (03) 06 Organ & Light Show
The historic Wanamaker Building is now home to the Lord & Taylor department store
The historic Wanamaker Building is now home to the Lord & Taylor department store
The organ in the Grand Court at Lord & Taylor in the Wanamaker Building
(04) 09 Light Show (05) 10 Light Show (06) 19 Sleigh
The Christmas light show at Lord & Taylor in the Wanamaker Building
The finale of the Lord & Taylor light show in the Wanamaker Building
An antique sled in the lobby of the Wanamaker Building
(07) 15 Mom & Dad by Eagle (08) 32 Dad (09) 22 City Hall
The famous Wanamaker eagle resides in the Grand Court
My father has always wanted a giant vase like this for our house. No, I'm not kidding.
Philadelphia City Hall
(10) 23 City Hall (11) 24 Ritz Carlton Tree (12) 30 Reading Terminal Market
Philadelphia City Hall (the green risers are for the 2005 Mummer's Parade on New Year's Day.)
The huge Christmas tree of the Center City Ritz-Carlton Hotel
The Reading Terminal Market is a great place for lunch
(13) 25 Termini Brothers (14) 29 Reading Terminal Market (15) 26 Mom and Dad
Termini Brothers is a Philadelphia institution. They're famous for their cannoli.
Reading Terminal Market is a place like no other
Enjoying lunch at Reading Terminal Market with my parents

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