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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
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
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 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
Art lovers, garden enthusiasts, film connoisseurs and sports fans keep coming back to Philadelphia year after year for festivals, athletic events, art shows, parades and cultural events galore. Here’s what’s going on in the region in 2014:
- Thousands of decorative strutters kick off the New Year by marching up Broad Street in the festive day-long Mummers Parade that ends with the Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. January 1. phillymummers.com
- The region gets revved up in 2014, thanks to the Philadelphia Auto Show. The Pennsylvania Convention Center transforms into a car lover’s dream, with
When the winter holidays approach, Philadelphia’s art- and treasure-filled stores answer the harried calls of stumped shoppers in search of the perfect gifts. Have a parent who has it all, a partner who’s more than picky, plus siblings, neighbors and colleagues all expecting presents? These dozen museum shops, galleries and boutiques have stocked up on goods that do more than aim to please. They promise it.
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, aiabookstore.com
The Goods: With walls lined
Philadelphia, aptly dubbed the City of Brotherly Love, caters to lovers looking to reenergize their relationships at cultural sites, romantic eateries, outdoor attractions and other swoon-worthy spots. Couples can make it a weekend—or longer—by booking special hotel packages, some of which are romantically themed, on visitphilly.com/hotels. One popular deal, the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package comes with two nights and free hotel parking.
Here are a few suggestions for embracing the region’s romantic side:
- After a day in the Chester County countryside, foodies favor the Birchrunville Store Café, a bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot known for its contemporary French-Italian
Art lovers, garden enthusiasts, film connoisseurs and sports fans keep coming back year after year for festivals, athletic events, art shows, parades and cultural events in Philadelphia. Here’s what’s going on in the region in 2013*.
- Thousands of decorative strutters kick off the New Year by marching up Broad Street in the festive day-long Mummers Parade that ends with the Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. January 1, 2013. phillymummers.com
- The region gets revved up in the 2013, thanks to the Philadelphia Auto Show. The Pennsylvania Convention Center transforms into a car lover’s dream, with 700
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is turning up the heat on its popular With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign this winter by sending its sleepover message exclusively to couples, the most popular trip type from January through March according to a GPTMC hotel visitor survey. The $825,000 campaign—running January through March—will feature a new look, new love lines and a new 29 Nights of Dates sweepstakes featuring more than 60 prizes on facebook.com/visitphilly, all aimed at getting couples to spend a night or two in a Philadelphia hotel this winter.
29 Nights Of Dates:
Throughout the month
New On The Scene
Pass the gravy at Pat Bombino’s, the latest offering from restaurateur Al Paris, focusing on Italian classics such as meatballs and macaroni. The Bella Vista bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot is also cooking up a few innovations, such as salmon “osso bucco” with risotto and Nutella tiramisu. Horsham’s Buona Via is the bigger and better reincarnation of now-closed Mediterraneo, but the new kitchen continues to turn out neighborhood favorites: cappellini with crabmeat, veal caprese and chocolate mousse cake.
The ovens are hot at Bella Luna Pizza Kitchen, the new upscale pizzeria in Conshohocken serving up puttanesca and clam...
Hotels throughout the Philadelphia region are offering packages to promote popular attractions and activities both indoors and out this winter season. Green thumbs can get in on Philadelphia Flower Show packages, art lovers can book a culture-packed option, families can take advantage of an offer that includes tickets to the BlueCross RiverRink and girlfriends can get cozy with a package that nabs them a 20% discount at The Bellevue’s haute shops. Here’s a look at some of the offers available this winter:
The Flower Show Hotel Package
Hotels: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Sofitel Philadelphia, Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia, Embassy
Looking To Pop The Question In Philadelphia On Valentine's Day? Let With Love, Philadelphia XOXO Help
Romantics looking to propose to their loved one in a big way have a chance to do just that thanks to the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation’s (GPTMC) With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® contest that includes: a personalized proposal love letter on a Philadelphia Trolley Works trolley, a $5,000 Hearts on Fire Acclaim engagement ring from Bernie Robbins Jewelers, an engagement-day photo shoot and an overnight stay at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia. Beginning on January 24, 2013, those interested in popping the question on Valentine’s Day can submit their Philly-centric love story and photo at visitphilly.com/propose. The contest closes on...
This winter, whether visitors are spending the night in Philadelphia for a family-friendly weekend, a romantic getaway or a trip that tempts the tastebuds, there are hotel packages fitting for all itineraries. With hotels offering deals that include a free night’s stay, $50 hotel credits or seats at some of Philly’s most renowned restaurants, there’s no better time to be in Philadelphia and The Countryside®:
Winter Family Escape Package:
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
Package Overview: Guests who book this package enjoy waterfront activities, including complimentary tickets to the Blue Cross RiverRink and discounted admission to the
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...
As if making an international name for itself in the 19th and 20th centuries with an underdog championship boxer movie character, dueling cheesesteak purveyors, the Mummers and, well, a cracked bell didn’t make Philadelphia quirky enough, it seems the 21st century will continue to propagate that fun-loving mystique with strange and wonderful annual events held every month of the year. Here’s a look at the city’s quirky side:
- Setting the standard for quirky events, the Mummers Parade kicks off every New Year with more than 15,000 men, women and children spending thousands of dollars on
In Philadelphia and The Countryside®, families partake in old and new traditions to make happy holiday memories, many of which are free or low-cost. Parents who remember standing in awe of the Enchanted Colonial Village at Lit Brothers department store can take another peek inside the busy bakery, the bustling village store and the seven other restored scenes with their own children at the Please Touch Museum®. Or, they can start a new holiday tradition when they catch The Comcast Holiday Spectacular on the 2,000-square-foot LED screen inside the 57-story Comcast Center. On New Year’s Eve, revelers ohhh and ahhh...
Long a fan favorite, the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package is getting super-sized this winter, and visitors have three weeks to book the money-saving offer that’s filled with more value-added items than ever before. In addition to the always-popular free hotel parking (up to a $75 value), package buyers will receive Blue Cross RiverRink ice skating passes and combo tickets for the Betsy Ross House and the new Liberty 360 3-D show for another $46 in savings. The two-night offer is available now through March 6, 2011 at around 30 hotels in the Philadelphia region, and rates start at $198. Visitors...