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Oct 31 2014

How To Celebrate The Holidays In Philadelphia

New Attractions, A Festive Phlash Route & Tax-Free Shopping, For Starters

There’s plenty to do in Philadelphia from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day—both traditional favorites such as the Macy’s Christmas Light Show and fun new additions like the skating rink at City Hall’s Dilworth Park. Add in great new shops and tax-free shopping, a new nighttime shuttle service to popular holiday attractions and the in-demand Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package (car stays free) for a holiday experience that’s sure to leave lasting memories.

Here’s how to do the holidays in Philadelphia and The Countryside®:

What To Do: New & Classic Musts:
Philadelphia is adding plenty of sparkle to this year’s seasonal celebrations. Blue Cross RiverRink WinterFest (opens November 28)—a hit last season—returns to Penn’s Landing with even more to see and do. Guests can take a seat around the fireplaces and enjoy live entertainment and great views of the Blue Cross RiverRink from inside the heated tent or head outside to cuddle around the firepits and watch the new light show. Over at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring the Electrical Spectacle (opens November 14), the light show wows onlookers with more lights and new music, and the park’s lively calendar of activities includes beer gardens, craft markets and live entertainment. For the first time ever, wannabe Olympians can lace up and skate in the heart of Center City at the new Dilworth Park, featuring an outdoor ice rink, vendors and other amenities (opens November 14). And since the holidays are all about tradition, Macy’s Christmas Light Show (opens November 28), the high-tech Comcast Holiday Spectacular (opens November 27), the Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ (opens December 6), SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront and the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade, with a new route and new judging, are must-dos for visitors and locals. visitphilly.com/holidays

How To Get Around:
The iconic purple PHLASH bus that whisks visitors and locals around town during the summer months makes its holiday debut with daily daytime and evening service throughout the most festive time of the
year. From November 28 through December 31, PHLASH will follow its regular daytime route (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) with stops at 20 locations around Center City. Come nighttime (6:00-10:00 p.m.), the Holiday Evening Loop will stop at various holiday attractions, including Franklin Square, the Christmas Village at Love Park, the Comcast Center, Dilworth Park, Rittenhouse Square, Avenue of the Arts and Macy’s. Single-ride ($2) and all-day ($5) passes can be purchased on the bus (with exact change), at all Independence Visitor Center locations or on the PHLASH website. Seniors, children under 4 and SEPTA pass holders ride for free. “Park & Ride” discounts are available at five participating Philadelphia Parking Authority garages, making it easy to drive to the city and get around while here. phillyphlash.com

Why Shop In Philly: No Tax On Clothing & Shoes:
Visitors to Philadelphia can make room in their shopping bags for one more gift or two thanks to tax-free shopping on clothing and shoes. With the recent opening of high-end discount retailers such as Nordstrom Rack and Century 21 and lifestyle brands the likes of Timberland, Uniqlo, Michael Kors and Vince—not to mention the city’s intriguing array of indie boutiques and emerging designers—style mavens know that in Philadelphia, tax-free shopping is guilt-free shopping. visitphilly.com/shopping

Where To Go Beyond The City Limits:
City sidewalks are dressed in holiday style, but the Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside also revel in the charms of the season. Up and down classic main streets, visitors enjoy personalized service and the thrill of discovering unusual items at owner-operated shops. Popular stops include visits to Longwood Gardens for spectacular holiday light and fountain displays (opens November 27), the end-of-year Firebird Festival (December 6) complete with giant bonfire in Phoenixville and Christmasland (opens December 1) at Linvilla Orchards in Media. visitphilly.com/towns

Make It A Night—Or Two:
When visitors book the popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, they score free hotel parking, along with a special gift upon check-in. And with two dozen hotels offering the one- or two-night package in Center City, University City and near the airport, guests can select from a variety of price points and locations. visitphilly.com/hotel-packages

VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, formerly known as Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.

Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com make up the most-visited website network out of the 10 biggest U.S. cities. Visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

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