How to Celebrate the Holidays in Philly (On a Budget)

In Philadelphia especially, November and December are truly the most wonderful time of the year. With the holiday season sweeping into the city, Philly truly gets into the holiday spirit, with many super fun and also free activities open to the public. Here are some of the best things to do in Philadelphia on a college budget.

Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park is a hub for holiday joy in Philadelphia. With almost all of the activities free, there are many different things going on in Dilworth over the next few weeks!

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Running from November 18 to January 1, the market is a great place to get a jump start on your holiday shopping. Entrance to the market is free and is easily accessible to Temple students, as it is located in Dilworth Park right off the City Hall stop of the Broad Street Line.

Christmas Village at Dilworth Park

Christmas Village is a holiday tradition in Philadelphia that is also located in Dilworth Park. Open on November 23 until December 24, this German style market is a great place to go shopping in the heart of Center City. Also, the center of City Hall boasts a holiday carousel as the centerpiece of the Holiday celebration.  

Rothman Ice Rink

Located in Dilworth Park, starting on November 10, you can fulfill your Ice Castle inspired dreams at the Rothman Ice Rink, and for the price of $5 for adults.

America’s Garden Capital Maze

This is the second year that this new tradition has been in Dilworth Park and is also free! The maze is similar to the idea of a corn maze, but holiday themed and not in the countryside. Think of an urban escape to the Corn Maze traditions you went to as a kid. This newer attraction is a cute place to stop on the way to explore all the holiday options in Dilworth Park.

Penn’s Landing

Blue Cross RiverRink

This holiday tradition includes an ice rink, food tent, arcade and fire pit area. Nothing says winter fun more than enjoying a nice hot chocolate in between ice skating with breathless views the Delaware River waterfront. Admission to the park is free, and Ice Skating is only $3 a person.

Hopefully these fun Philly holiday activities get you ready to explore the city of winterly love.

This blog post was written by Junior Account Executive Max Simons.

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