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Nov 13 2013

Story Starters: Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia

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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

Nov 30 2010

Give The Gift Of Philly This Holiday Season

Gift Recipients Will Swoon Over Philly-Themed Tees, Totes, Sports Gear & Stationery

Shoppers making their lists and checking them twice can give the gift of Philly this holiday season thanks to new lines offering Philadelphia-inspired goods. From retro tees and soft pretzel-adorned onsies to authentic sports gear and Liberty Bell-emblazoned chocolates, the gifts are perfect for Philly fans of all ages and persuasions. Here’s how gift givers can show some Philly love this holiday season:

  • This newly launched online boutique pays homage to Philadelphia neighborhoods, schools, nightclubs, restaurants and more from the 1950s through 90s—think The Black Banana nightclub, St. Maria Goretti High School, Electric Factory and The Arena for

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Jan 24 2007

Updated Takes On Chocolate Sweeten Valentine's Day In Philly

Region Serves Up Creative Ways To Indulge In All-Things Chocolate

Couples seeking to sweeten up their sweeties with chocolate this Valentine’s Day have many delectable choices in Philadelphia and The Countryside. For starters, every weekend in February, Chaddsford Winery is inviting couples to sample sweet wines paired with chocolate from nearby Eclat Chocolate. And, when it comes to wine, chocolate and love, there’s little reason not to indulge in further temptations:

Sensual Snacking:

  • With a name like Naked Chocolate Café, it’s no surprise locals are buzzing about the city’s newest confectionary shop. Already known for its frozen hot chocolate and Aztec drinking chocolate, Naked Chocolate cultivates the sensual

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Oct 28 2015

Holidays In Philadelphia Mean New Celebrations & Can't-Miss Classics

The Mummers Add A New Division To Their New Year’s Day Parade

The holidays are all about tradition, especially in Philadelphia where each year generations of visitors gather at Macy’s for the Christmas Light Show, snap memory-making photos of Longwood Gardens’ elaborate displays and oooh-and-aaaah at the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, which will be displayed on screens around town at midnight. This year, the Mummers Parade, Philadelphia’s oldest and proudly quirkiest New Year’s Day tradition, gets a new look with the addition of a new division—the first since 2008. Joining the Comic, Fancy, Wench, String Band and Fancy Brigades on the march along Broad Street will

Nov 13 2013

Pop-Up Shops Make The Perfect Spots For Holiday Gifts In Philadelphia

New This Year: Pop-Ups At Blue Cross RiverRink, Kimmel Center & More

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

Oct 23 2013

32 Ways To Celebrate The Holidays In Philadelphia

New This Year: A Light Show Spectacular, A Pop-Up Shop & Restaurant & The Nutcracker Market

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:

Feb 21 2013

Philly Neighborhoods Host Festivals Galore All Year Long

Seasonal Celebrations Pay Homage To Books, Beer, Arts, America, Music, Movies & More

Philadelphians love their festivals. Whether it’s local artisans and craftspeople sharing their wares on Penn’s Landing, a celebration of the fall season in Midtown Village, a traditional Yoruba-style street fair on South Street or a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue, there’s always a reason to celebrate in neighborhoods in and around Center City. The following are some mark-the-calendar happenings for 2013:


Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

  • For the third year running, the Philadelphia Science Festival will unleash 10 days of exploratory exhibitions, lectures, debates and hands-on activities on campuses, museums and other venues around the city, culminating
Nov 6 2012

12 Inspired Holiday Gifts From Philly's Art Museums & Shops

Must-Have Gifts Available At New Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum Of Art & More

Winter holiday shopping season is here, and Philadelphia’s art- and treasure-filled shops are stocked with inspired gifts that are as fun to give as they are to receive. Here’s a look at a dozen museum shops, galleries and boutiques—many of which are partners in the With Art Philadelphia marketing campaign to showcase the city as one of the world’s great art destinations—and the must-have gifts they’re wrapping up this year.

The Spot: American Institute of Architects (AIA) Bookstore, 1218 Arch Street and 105 S. 7th Street (at the Charter High School for Architecture and Design), (215) 569-3188,

Dec 6 2010

Last-Minute Gifts For Foodies

Philly Homegrown Gift Guide Satisfies Budgets & Tastes Of All Sorts

Holiday shoppers looking for stand-out gifts that recipients will devour (quite literally) can head to Philly Homegrown™’s for the region’s top 10 edible gifts—a list that includes everything from Herr’s Swiss chocolate-covered potato chips to Jose Garces’ gourmet coffee beans to a year’s worth of gelato from Capogiro. While perusing the guide, site visitors can also register for a chance to win a copy of Chef Steve Poses’ At Home: A Caterer’s Guide to Cooking and Entertaining (one of the items included in the gift guide), along with a one-hour entertaining consultation with the chef. Contest ends on December


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Nov 11 2008

25 Philly Gifts—All For Under $25

Buy Them All For $511.88

If your holiday gift list is long and your budget is small, fear not. Philadelphia shops offer loads of presents guaranteed to be thoroughly thoughtful and completely unique for all those difficult-to-buy-for people in your life—from your gourmet-loving girlfriend to your style-conscious co-worker. Here are 25 ideas that can satisfy the needs of everyone on your list. Best of all, they’re all less than $25, which means you might actually stay within budget this year. See them all on

For The Fashionista:

  1. Mini-wallet – Heavy-duty cotton goes fashionably functional to keep credit cards, cash and keys neat,

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Nov 11 2008

Holiday Shopping Philly Style

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LOCATION: Center City, Manayunk and King of Prussia

TRANSPORTATION: Foot, taxi and car

DURATION: Two nights and two days

’Tis the season to be shopping. But a long holiday gift list can be overwhelming—even if shopping is usually your favorite sport. Turn your to-do list into a fun two-day retail marathon exploring Philadelphia’s independent boutiques, upscale malls and trendy fashion districts. With the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package, you can save big bucks on parking fees, and with no tax on clothing, you’ll pocket enough cash to spring for a little extra something

Nov 19 2007

Philly Makes It Easy For Holiday Shoppers To Stay Within Budget

50 Original Philly Gift Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank And A $50 Value At Hotels

This holiday season, Philadelphia’s making it easy for shoppers to stay within budget thanks to an online gift guide featuring 50 thoroughly thoughtful and completely unique presents priced between $10 and $100. Beginning November 21, the gift guide, along with a customized Google Map featuring all 50 shops (sortable by gift category, store name and neighborhood), will appear on, where anybody can enter to win all of the presents (valued at approximately $2,400). As an added bonus, budget-conscious shoppers who book their accommodations on will receive a $50 gift toward their stay valued at $150 or more.


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Nov 7 2007

Making A List, Checking This One Twice

50 Original Philly Gift Ideas


  • Cropped Glitter Knit Jacket – The season’s hottest new wardrobe item comes

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Aug 4 2006

Top 10 Holiday Gifts In Philly Have One Thing In Common: They're Vintage

Those looking to give truly unique gifts this holiday season will find plenty of inspiration in Philadelphia, where vintage finds are easy to come by. Across the city, fashion-conscious and environmentally aware shop owners offer the coolest in reconstructed, reformed and recycled merchandise and ensure that their client’s purchases stand out from the rest of the holiday gift pack. Here’s a look at the top 10 finds in town:

  • Exotic Finds with Restored Purpose: The 70,000-square-foot warehouse housing Material Culture is a best-kept secret among area shoppers. The sprawling East Falls treasure trove offers, among salvaged Indonesian architectural elements

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