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Winter weather is here; it’s time to go ice skating. Even those who don’t know a slap shot from a Salchow can work on their hockey or figure skating moves at indoor and outdoor rinks throughout the Philadelphia region.
On the Delaware River waterfront, the outdoor Blue Cross RiverRink celebrates its 20th anniversary with a makeover—a winter wonderland setting that includes a light show, Art Star Holiday Market, a pop-up restaurant, food trucks and fire pits. Joining the ranks of outdoor rinks is Skate at the Piazza, a pop-up rink that also features entertainment, a market and even winter-themed...
Through December 1, 2014
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The Academy Award-winning Disney film is reinterpreted into this smash hit Broadway musical at the Academy of Music. Featuring unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes and dazzling music, audiences swoon for this “tale as old as time.” (215) 893-1955, kimmelcenter.org
Through December 29, 2013
SOPHIE TUCKER: THE LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS. Audiences at the Walnut Street
In the spirit of the season, Philadelphia hotels are offering a number of packages chock-full of special perks, including event tickets, breakfast and free hotel parking. One hotel, the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia, is even giving away free stays to 1 out of ever 10 lucky guests who book the special offer. All of the deals are perfect for those who want to enjoy the region’s holiday celebrations and festivities, including the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade.
Throughout The Holiday Season:
Elves and Eggnog
Hotels: Omni Hotel at Independence Park
Includes: 20% savings for two nights, breakfast, two eggnog cocktails,
Three neighborhoods in one: That’s the perfect way to describe Washington Square West, a thriving enclave that also includes Midtown Village and the Gayborhood. Running roughly from 7th to Broad Streets and Chestnut to South Streets, the buzzed-about ’hood is increasingly a go-to spot for trendy restaurants and owner-operated boutiques.
Midtown Village maintains its own personality thanks to a small-business boom concentrated on the
13th Street corridor, where power couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran preside over a handful of popular restaurants and shops. The Gayborhood sets itself apart with dozens of rainbow street signs that adorn poles
The only stateside exhibit of From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly, Beyond the Icon, on view at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown through January 26, 2014, Pennsylvania, has rekindled Philadelphia’s love affair with one of its favorite daughters—and reignited the region’s love of vintage fashion.
The exhibition features the starlet-turned-princess’ Hollywood posters, home videos, love letters and Howell Conant portraits. But Kelly’s well-known (and, in some cases, well-worn) gowns by Edith Head and Helen Rose, modern dresses by Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel, and Hermes’ iconic Kelly bag stand out as the stars of the show. No...
Steps away from the most historic square mile in America, the Market East neighborhood serves as a gateway to the city’s business, shopping and entertainment district. Originally known as High Street, what is now called Market Street is a busy boulevard, particularly during the daytime as shoppers, workers and visitors fill the street.
Bordered by Old City to the east, Chinatown to the north and Washington Square West to the south and dominated by Philadelphia’s elaborately embellished City Hall, the Market East neighborhood is largely commercial with boundaries that stretch roughly from 7th to 15th Streets and Chestnut...
Shoppers eager to purchase fun, unusual, creative or sure-to-be-coveted gifts this holiday season have plenty of pop-up shops to choose from in Philadelphia. From Black Friday through the new year, pop-up shops are popping up all over town for the weekend, for several weekends or even for the entire month. Gift givers can choose from garden-focused delights at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Pop-Up Shop at Chestnut Hill, crafty goods at the Blue Cross RiverRink’s Art Star Holiday Market Village or handmade gifts created by 50 artisans at the Pennsylvania Ballet’s first-ever Nutcracker Market at the Kimmel Center for the Performing...
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Nation’s First Thanksgiving Parade Gears Up For Its 94th Annual Run In Philadelphia
There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Philadelphia is home to one of the nation’s favorite holiday traditions: the Thanksgiving Day Parade, taking place this year on November 28 beginning at 8:15 a.m. Almost a century after Philadelphian Ellis Gimbel created the Thanksgiving Day parade as a marketing tool to kick off the Christmas shopping season, the city that first introduced the turkey-day festivities will again celebrate the start of the season in grand style
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), the region’s official destination marketing organization, today announced its new name: Visit Philadelphia™.
“The name Visit Philadelphia™ focuses on the relationship between our destination and the visitor. It’s a strong call to action that tells people exactly what we want them to do—visit Philadelphia,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of the newly renamed company. “Visit Philadelphia™ is also more in line with one of our strongest assets, visitphilly.com. And, it is increasingly how people are referring to us.”
The name has been in the works since 2010, when the organization launched...
On January 1, 2014, the Mummers will make their 114th march up Broad Street in the city’s annual New Year’s Day parade, a spectacle that’s in full view in Visit Philadelphia’s Behind the Sequins: Showtime for the Philadelphia Mummers video series. Six free-standing videos tell the Mummers’ story through the people who make the costumes, choreograph the routines, build the sets and march in the parade.
There are two components to the day-long parade, much of which is documented in the 90-second videos: a festive march up Broad Street that begins in South Philadelphia and ends at City Hall...
La Corporación de Mercadeo del Turismo en la Zona Metropolitana de Filadelfia o GPTMC (Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation), la organización oficial de mercadotecnia de la región anunció hoy su nuevo nombre.
“El nombre Visit Philadelphia™ se enfoca en la relación entre nuestro destino y los visitantes. Es una llamada de acción fuerte que dice a las personas qué es exactamente lo que queremos que hagan —que visiten Filadelfia”, dijo Meryl Levitz, presidente y CEO de la compañía. Visit Philadelphia™ además se alinea más a uno de nuestros bienes más fuertes, visitphilly.com. Y es cada vez más como las...
All of Philadelphia’s a stage in 2014 when the Free Library of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and other arts organizations join together to present the Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450, a celebration of the famed playwright. Festivities include ongoing exhibitions at the Free Library of Philadelphia, an outdoor birthday celebration, pop-up performances, chamber music concerts, literary salons and more. That makes 2014 a blooming great time to explore the region’s British treasures. Visitors can top off their teacups with visits to the city’s historic sites, pubs and sporting events. Here’s a look at some of Philadelphia’s English...
New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to fete than at Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade, a 114-year-old tradition in which 10,000 men and women dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut up one of the city’s main streets. An unforgettably wild ritual, the parade and subsequent performances are all family friendly, yet exciting enough to entertain everybody. While a carnival-like atmosphere welcomes anyone who decides to stop by at the last minute, a little advance preparation guarantees a clear view. Better still, spending the night in the city ensures an early start to the...
Philadelphia boasts a national reputation as an ideal place to buy art of all kinds and in all price ranges, so buyers don’t have to be a Rockefeller—or a Rittenhouse—to get in on the action. The art community in Philadelphia prides itself on being friendly and inviting, welcoming even novice buyers to take the first steps toward establishing a lifelong love of art collecting.
Residents and visitors can find art for sale in galleries, collectives and even local coffee shops. The region’s art schools count future stars among its ranks, and their current work sells for much less than it...
It would take far too many candles to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, so instead the Free Library of Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre are collaborating on Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450, a yearlong birthday party taking place in Philadelphia in 2014. Fans will get to view some of the Free Library’s Shakespeare holdings, including rare copies of the first Shakespeare folio. Other festival highlights include lectures, an insult contest, digital and live exhibitions, pop-up and theatrical performances and a party befitting the legendary author. A full list of activities is available at freelibrary.org.
While celebrating Shakespeare’s...
Philadelphia boasts many holiday traditions that locals and visitors delight in year after year (Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker and the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade), but this year revelers can partake in new activities that are sure to become beloved traditions. There’s the all-new Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show, a sparkling holiday tribute to Ben Franklin; the addition of a pop-up restaurant and shop at the Blue Cross River Rink; and the Nutcracker Market, featuring hand-made arts and crafts from American artisans.
Here are 32 ways to celebrate the holidays in Philadelphia:...
Dark winter nights turn glittery and bright with holiday lights that shimmer and shine all across Philadelphia and The Countryside®. With new displays at Franklin Square and the Blue Cross RiverRink, the season takes on a magical glow as a number of local attractions and neighborhoods pump up the power and light up the skies with sparkling colors and elaborate light displays like these shining examples:
Bright Lights, Big City:
- The holiday magic at Ben Franklin’s namesake park begins with the new Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show, featuring a 10-foot-tall kite made of lights
Long a pioneer in the environmental movement, Philadelphia is attracting increasing global attention for its efforts to establish itself as a leader in urban sustainability. Attractions, organizations and the Philadelphia itself hold prestigious designations—from the city receiving a major award from the Environmental Protection Agency to a world-renowned golf club utilizing used motor oil to heat its mechanic’s shop. Not to be outdone, the region’s service amenities and modes of transportation are also advancing the green revolution. In 2014, Philadelphia will unveil its new Bike Share program, giving people access to about 50 bike stations throughout Center City and parts...
Long known as the edgiest street in Philadelphia, South Street welcomes more than just hippies these days. Shoppers searching for a statement-making look, visitors hungry for a real Philly cheesesteak and music lovers who want to catch an up-and-coming band head to the storied boulevard. Ethnically diverse restaurants, bars that keep the party going long after dessert and galleries and performance spaces help make South Street the place where everyone meets. Over the past decade, the development of South Street’s east side has spread west of Broad Street, but the traditional definition of the district (depending who you ask) spans...
A vacation isn’t a vacation without at least an hour or two of pampering built in, and luckily, Philadelphia day spas and salons are equipped to answer the call, offering clients a variety of luxurious customized services to refresh both body and spirit. They feature the latest in body treatments, relaxation therapy and beauty services—from the most basic of mani-pedis to deeply transformative Thai yoga massages to rejuvinating facials. Here’s a sampling:
- Adolf Biecker Spa/Salon offers a full menu of hair, nail, facial and body-care services and packages like “The Energizer,” including an exfoliating spa-glow treatment, a re-energizing