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Holiday Highlights In Philadelphia
An Abbreviated Guide To Lights, Trees, Parades, Fireworks, Shows & More
Holiday tradition runs deep in Philadelphia, home of the new Philly Holiday Festival, a seven-week citywide celebration, and the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, offering overnight guests at 38 hotels free parking, two tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute and more perks, bookable at visitphilly.com.
Here are some highlights of the winter holidays in Philadelphia:
- Christmas Village – Philadelphia City Hall transforms into holiday central, adding to its grounds a German-style market with live entertainment. In adjacent Dilworth Park, there’s a new setup for the live, 38-foot Christmas tree, Rothman Institute Ice Rink & Rothman Institute Cabin, a new-this-year planted America’s Garden Capital Maze and the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market of local artists, crafters, designers and food vendors. Christmas Village and Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market open through December 24. 15th & Market Streets. Christmas Village, (215) 268-7606, philachristmas.com; Holiday Market, dilworthpark.org
- Christmas Light Show – The Grand Court of the historic Wanamaker building—now Macy’s—offers this free exhibition of dancing lights set to the famed Wanamaker Organ. Performances every two hours during store hours. Through December 31. 1300 Market Street, (215) 241-9000, wanamakerorgan.com
- The Comcast Holiday Spectacular – One of the world’s highest resolution LED displays combines projections from Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker and a magical sleigh with a sing-along in 15 minutes of fun. Daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (except 5 p.m. on weekdays), Through January 1. 17th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard, visitphilly.com
- Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show – Amid 50,000 lights, park-goers visit Santa, ride a carousel and miniature train, mini golf and snack. Through December 31. 6th & Race Streets, (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org
- A Longwood Christmas – Thousands of poinsettias, Christmas trees and flowers transform a heated four-acre Conservatory; 500,000 lights glitter in trees; fountains dance to music. Through January 8. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org
- Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest – Winter wonderland along the Delaware River features fire pits, cozy cabanas, artisan vendors, a game room, a chalet-style lodge—surrounding a regulation skating rink with a view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Through March 5; tree lighting, December 2. Columbus Boulevard at Market Street, (215) 925-7465, riverrink.com
New Year Celebrations:
- SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront – This annual pyrotechnics extravaganza blasts beautifully over the Delaware River in two shows—one at 6 p.m. and another at midnight. The RiverRink hosts Holiday Parties on Ice with entertainment, favors, outdoor seating and great views. December 31. Columbus Boulevard at Market Street, (215) 925-7465, delawareriverwaterfront.com
- Mummers Parade – This New Year’s Day procession along Broad Street features feathers and sequins, music and merriment from City Hall to Washington Avenue. Indoors, clubs perform fantastical routines at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the Fancy Brigade Finale. January 1. phillymummers.com. Tickets for bleacher seating at City Hall and for the Fancy Brigades available at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets, (215) 965-7676, phlvisitorcenter.com
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