Press Release • July 17, 2019

When:  Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 10 a.m. 
9:45 a.m.: Carolers dressed in Victorian costumes welcome guests, Santa Claus mingles for photo ops, The POPS BIG Band saxophone quartet performs holiday music. Children and parents/chaperones arrive. 105 bicycles, tagged for each child, are set up on the plaza. 
10 a.m.: Santa Claus opens the event with a Christmas sing-along. 
10:05 a.m.: Remarks by Frank Giordano, President and CEO, The Philly POPS; Sheila Hess, City Representative, City of Philadelphia; Commissioner Adam Theil, Philadelphia Fire Department; Cynthia D. Dorsey, Chief Inspector, Philadelphia Police Department; and Carol Eggert, Senior Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs, Comcast, will commemorate the event. 
10:30 a.m.: Children, ages 3-17, find their beautiful new bicycles and helmets to take home. 

Where: Comcast Center’s Outdoor Plaza — 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia.

[In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Comcast Technology Center 1800 Arch Street, Philadelphia.

What: For the sixth annual Christmas in July, The Philly POPS, in coordination with Comcast NBCUniversal and a number of private donors, will give 105 bicycles and helmets to children of members of the military, Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments.

Christmas in July marks the on-sale date for tickets to the POPS’ well-attended Christmas concert series at the Kimmel Center in December – Philadelphia’s favorite holiday tradition, again featuring Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez.

New this year is The Philly POPS at the Met Philadelphia concert series, with concerts celebrating Halloween, Christmas, and Spring Break. This year, the POPS will open the holiday season with two performances of A Philly POPS Uptown Christmas at the Met Philadelphia; these shows will feature a special R&B guest artist with Mandy Gonzalez, as well as The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir.

In addition, two Disney performances at the Met Philadelphia are now available for sale: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and Disney’s Broadway Hits for Spring Break.

Christmas in July also serves to announce the sixth annual I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders concert on December 6. This invitation-only concert provides free tickets to the families of military, veterans, police officers and firefighters and honors their commitment to service and our nation’s traditions and values.

The Christmas in July ceremony is held at the Comcast Center. Expect a holiday atmosphere with Santa Claus, Victorian carolers, POPS musicians performing songs of the Christmas season, Christmas trees, and fun surprises.

This event is part of the POPS’ Salute Series – events held in connection with American civic holidays that honor the very American tradition of service.

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