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Nov 6 2017

’Tis The Season: So Many Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia

The Region Celebrates With Lights, Trees, Parades, Fireworks, More

As temperatures drop in the history-rich, tradition-steeped city of Philadelphia, holiday spirit spills from shops, theaters, restaurants, parks and stadiums. This year promises the return of the city’s very own Christmas Village to LOVE Park. Every must-do holiday list includes visits to Macy’s Christmas Light Show, a spin around the skating rink and more festive fun at Philadelphia City Hall, a seat at The Nutcracker, a nosh at Latkepalooza and a spot on the sidewalk for the Mummers Parade. These, and dozens more activations and traditions are supported by the Philly Holiday Festival, a creation of Welcome America, and

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Jun 6 2017

Philadelphia's Classic Fourth Of July Celebration Turns 25

Wawa Welcome America! Includes Four Fireworks Shows, Four Concerts, Free Museums, Boyz II Men & Mary J. Blige

Welcome America turns 25 this year, and Philadelphia is planning a six-day Independence Day festival to celebrate. As always, a birthday party of this magnitude can take place only in the United States’ birthplace—Philly. From June 29 through July 4, 2017, Wawa Welcome America! includes four spectacular fireworks shows, a bigger Historic District Block Party, a delicious Wawa Hoagie Day and a huge July 4th concert—this time, starring Mary J. Blige. Also on the docket: Free Museum Days, outdoor movies—including Rocky on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps—and new alfresco happy hours.

To take in all the patriotic

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Nov 22 2016

Philadelphia Rings In 2017 By Starting Early & Ending Late

Two Fireworks Shows & The Mummers Parade Are Among Philly's All-Ages Festivities

In Philadelphia, ringing in the New Year begins early and ends late. Daytime and early-evening bashes entertain children at the Please Touch Museum®, Franklin Square and Independence Seaport Museum. Fireworks displays over the Delaware River go off at 6 p.m. and midnight. On New Year’s Day, thousands of colorfully costumed merrymakers march in the Mummers Parade, the nation’s oldest folk parade.

The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package lets revelers enjoy every moment with free hotel parking, two tickets to The Franklin Institute’s Jurassic World: The Exhibition, admission and skate rentals for two at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, a

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Nov 14 2016

'Tis The Season: Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia

The Region Celebrates With Lights, Trees, Parades, Fireworks, Shows & More

Twinkling lights, the echo of carols and a nip in the air all bring a sprinkle of seasonal magic to Philadelphia. This year the festivities get an extra touch of sparkle with the launch of the Philly Holiday Festival, the city’s colorful, seven-week holiday gift to locals and visitors, featuring a new spectacularly lit tree and America’s Garden Capital Maze in Dilworth Park, parades, light shows and two fireworks displays along the Delaware River. Beyond the festivals, revelers can enjoy all of their regional favorites, including the dazzling Longwood Gardens Christmas display and Washington’s annual Crossing of the Delaware River

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Jun 3 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Breaks Records For Center City Hotels

Crowds In Historic Philadelphia, Special Events & Exhibitions & Great Weather Played A Part

Center City hotels were full this Memorial Day weekend with both Saturday and Sunday seeing the highest occupancies for those nights in at least a decade.

Overall Weekend Hotel Occupancy:

  • Friday: 82.8% (+5% from 2015 when occupancy was at 78.5%, source: Smith Travel Research)
  • Saturday: 98.0% (+1.4% from 2015 when occupancy was at 96%, source: Smith Travel)
  • Sunday 93.4% (+21.1% from 2015 when occupancy was at 77%, source: Travel Click 2016)

“Memorial Day weekend is the start of the summer tourism season, and what a great one it was for Philadelphia thanks to so many factors in Historic Philadelphia and

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Jun 27 2008

Travelocity's IgoUgo.com Names Philadelphia One Of "10 US Cities With Tourism Sites To See"

Blog Calls gophila.com “Undeniably Fresh”

IgoUgo travel blog, a partner of Travelocity, named Philadelphia one of  “10 US Cities with Tourism Sites to See” this month. The trip planning Web site called gophila.com, Greater Philadelphia’s official tourism Web site, “undeniably fresh” and “full of multimedia options” and went on to say, “But besides being up-to-date, informative, and easy to use … it’s just plain fun.”

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Dec 16 2014

Four Reasons To Spend New Year's Eve & Day In Philly

Two Fireworks Shows, One Day-Long Parade & One Great Hotel Deal

Those who want to start 2015 in a big way can do that easily and affordably in Philadelphia thanks to two fireworks shows on New Year’s Eve, the day-long Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day and a hotel package that includes free hotel parking.

New Year’s Eve:
Philadelphia hosts plenty of parties for New Year’s Eve, but Penn’s Landing is the place to be for those who want a prime view of the SugarHouse Casino’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. The shows light up the sky over the Delaware River two times—at 6:00 p.m. and again at

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Nov 26 2013

Philadelphia's Hotel Packages Are A Holiday Treat

Highlights: Mummers Tickets, Free Parking & A Chance To Stay For Free

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,

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Jan 24 2012

29 Days In February Means 29 Nights Of Dates In Philly

Among The Lovely Prizes: Restaurant Gift Cards, Hotel Stays, Tour Tickets & A Red Hot Vespa

Romance abounds in February, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is making it possible for couples to celebrate their love in style thanks to the month-long 29 Nights of Dates promotion. A component of GPTMC’s popular With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign, which is heavily focused on couples this winter, the facebook.com/visitphilly sweepstakes features nearly 70 prizes, including a Vespa—all valued at more than $13,000.

From February 1-29 (yes, it’s a leap year), fans of facebook.com/visitphilly will have a chance to win one of 29 fun, romantic and inspired Philly dates. Fans are encouraged to check facebook.com/visitphilly each day

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Nov 30 2010

Seven Philadelphia Hotel Packages Ring In 2011

Celebrate New Year’s Eve And Day In Philly With Free Hotel Parking, Cheesesteaks, Parties And Breakfast

To ring in the New Year, the popular Philly Overnight® Hotel Package packs even more value into the two-night offer (Friday and Saturday nights), with extra perks such as two free tickets to the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing, a buy-one-get-one cheesesteak deal and a late check-out of 3:00 p.m.—extra time to recover from all the celebrations. As always, the package comes with a gift at check-in, including the cuddle-ready teddy bear, along with free hotel parking (valued up to $75). Other New Year’s hotel specials around the Philadelphia region feature parties, champagne, breakfast and exceptional views of the

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Oct 10 2008

GPTMC Promotes Philly As A Place To Celebrate Halloween All October Long

Elvira Caps Off Month Of Halloween Festivities

Philadelphia is the place for families and adults to be in October, thanks to Halloween happenings taking place throughout the region that culminate with an appearance by American icon Elvira “Mistress of the Dark” on October 31, 2008. The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is helping the region reap the benefits of this increasingly popular holiday—one in which consumers are expected to spend an estimated $5.7 billion according to the National Retail Federation—with a promotional blitz that includes special events, advertising, public relations, a microsite at gophila.com/halloween, social media components, hotel packages and partnerships with FOX 29 and

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Sep 17 2008

Boo! Philadelphia's Halloween-inspired Hotel Packages Are A Whole Lot Of Fun

Elvira Hosts Philly’s Biggest Halloween Party of The Year

An Elvira-hosted Halloween party, Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary and a reading of The Raven at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site are just a few of the reasons why fans of the ghoulish holiday—conveniently taking place on a Friday this year—should spend the weekend in the city. Seasonal events and affordable hotel packages are available at gophila.com/halloween. Here’s a sampling of packages worth considering for All Hallows Eve 2008:

All About Elvira:
Haunted Halloween Bash Hotel Package – Elvira hosts one of Philadelphia’s biggest Halloween parties in the hotel where Bram Stoker penned

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Jan 23 2008

Philadelphia's Top News And Events For 2008

History, Museums, Sports, Music And More In 2008

Openings:

  • Please Touch Museum and Centennial District – When it opens on October 18, 2008, the children’s museum’s new location in Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall—a National Historic Landmark built in 1876 for the Centennial Exhibition—will boast three times more space for exhibitions and programs. Just outside the museum, kids and adults will also delight in riding the meticulously restored 1908 Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. (215) 963-0667, www.pleasetouchmuseum.org
  • President’s House – Within close view of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center, the President’s House Commemorative Site, to be erected in 2009, will mark the location of the nation’s
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Dec 24 2007

Tips For Booking Your Hotel Room For New Year's Eve In Philly From Gophila.com

Last-minute hotel booking is a New Year’s Eve norm, and gophila.com, Philadelphia’s official visitor Web site, is offering some tips on how to get the December deed done for the festive, four-day weekend, which features the New Year’s Eve fireworks show at Penn’s Landing and the beloved Mummers Parade along Broad Street on January 1.

Here are some hotel tips:

  • First, plan your day and night, then book your stay. Book a room along the waterfront or in Old City for the New Year’s Eve fireworks show at Penn’s Landing or make a reservation at a hotel on
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