Holiday Activities in Philadelphia (Click to see more)
The holidays are a great time to spend with loved ones, and what better place to embrace the season of cheer than in the heart of Philadelphia. With glistening lights covering most streets and festive pop-ups galore, the city’s ambiance is simply beautiful. Below is a compiled list of must see places for anyone looking to take advantage of this truly magical time of year:
Located right in front of City Hall, Dilworth Park illuminates Philadelphia (literally), as a Deck the Halls Light Show occurs frequently through January 1st. Scheduled show dates and times are as follows:
1 S 15th St (West Side of City Hall)
Philadelphia, PA 19102
November 20 - December 20
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
December 21 - January 1
Daily: 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
From small business shops selling trendy items like alcohol infused mason jar cakes to knitted dog scarfs, Winter Garden in Dilworth Park offers something for everyone. In addition to the seasonal stores, there is also an outdoor popup ice skating rink (with skate rental available) to truly give you the feeling of being transported into a winter wonderland. Warm up in the lodge located next to the rink, offering a variety of items including spiked hot coco and buffalo mac and cheese.. need I say more?
Christmas Village in LOVE Park
Home of the holiday novelties, Christmas Village is filled with wooden popup shops. There is also a massive walk-in light up present that is definitely picture worthy at night (calling all Instagram boyfriends).
Christmas Tree in Rittenhouse Square
Take a break from holiday shopping on Walnut Street and walk through the beautifully lit Rittenhouse Square Park. See the Christmas tree before or after dining at the restaurant Parc, located across the street. With a chic atmosphere that is sure to give you all the Christmas feels.
Ice Skating at Penn’s Landing
Penn’s Landing is the home of Instagram-able winter cabins, fire pits, and the Ben Franklin Bridge. Ice skate under the stars, enjoy cups of spiked cider or play giant Jenga at this old-city location.