Where To Celebrate The Holiday Season In Philadelphia

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is a full sprint towards the holiday season and the holiday spirit in Philadelphia is in full swing. If you are a Philly native or want a night out of town and looking for something fun to do, here is your ultimate guide to all things winter around the City of Brotherly Love.


Winter Wonderland at Dilworth Park

Photo by: https://centercityphila.org

Running from November 9 to February 24, Dilworth Park is home to the Rothman Orthopedics Ice Rink where winter comes to life with an outdoor ice rink strung with twinkling lights above and an indoor cabin that serves food and drinks when you’re ready to warm up. This is a great way to start off your holiday season.  

Franklin Square Festival

Photo by Jeff Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Franklin Square Festival is where you can see lights come alive. Running from November 15 to December 31, CHASE presents a free light show every night from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Along the beautiful light show there are other events going on in Franklin Square such as mini golf, Saturdays with Santa, train and carousel rides, etc.

Christmas Village

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Love Park is home to the annual Christmas Village that will be in town from November 22 to December 24. Here you can find more than 80 tiny wooden stands filled with local and international vendors selling toys, clothes, food and drinks to celebrate the holidays. You are sure to find gifts for everyone on your list here ― including yourself!

Blue Cross River Rink

Photo by http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Blue Cross presents their annual RiverRink WinterFest held at Penn’s Landing, which runs from November 23 to March 3. In addition to ice skating, the WinterFest offers an adult and children’s lodge, fire pits, food and drinks, an arcade, and more.

Rittenhouse Park Lighting

Photo by Ronald C Saari

Philadelphia’s favorite square gets a makeover on November 27 at 5 p.m. Stop by for lots of family friendly activities and sing a long with music to kick off the holidays as the 30 foot Christmas tree in Rittenhouse Square is lit.

Comcast Holiday Spectator

From November 22 until January 1, the lobby of The Comcast Center is home to an LED big screen displaying multiple holiday videos like The Nutcracker. These displays are open to the public for their Comcast Holiday Spectator. There is also a Christmas sing along after the display concludes.

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