It’s the most wonderful, and also the busiest, time of the year in Philadelphia! The city has so much to offer, it can almost be a little bit overwhelming.
Want to spend a day taking in all of the festivities that the city has to offer? We’re here to help you plan it out! Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular Philadelphia Christmas attractions:
Start off your morning at City Hall with a plethora of festivities at the Dilworth Park Wintergarden, from iceskating at the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, to getting lost through the winter maze at America’s Garden Capital Maze, to cozying up with a hot beverage and comfort food in the Rothman Institute Cabin. Hang out until the evening and you can marvel at the Deck the Hall Light Show happening every hour or half hour starting at 5:30 pm during the holiday season. Still need to do some Christmas shopping? Browse the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market, showcasing local artists, designers, crafters and confectionaries.
When you are ready to go, simply cross the street to Christmas Village at LOVE Park, a large outdoor market modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets of Germany. Browse through the selection of crafts, art, toys, and try one of the many special German treats.
Next head over to see the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City in the beautiful, historic Wanamaker Building showing every two hours from 10am to 8pm everyday. The show’s finale features the Wanamaker Organ, the largest playing pipe organ in the world with over 28,677 pipes.
Take another short walk over to the Comcast Center to see The Comcast Holiday Spectacular to watch a festive, music filled show show on the video wall. The show features sing-alongs, a sleigh ride above the Philadelphia skyline, and much more.
Have some extra time and want to venture out into a different part of the city? Here’s three great options for you:
“Miracle on 13th Street” Neighborhood Lights in South Philly. Walk through the 1600 block of South 13th Street to see each house elaborately embellished with lights and decorations.
Visit the Historic Historic Homes of Fairmount Park. Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Mount Pleasant, Historic Strawberry Mansion and Woodford will all be festively decorated at each corner. The park also hosts four special events throughout the holiday season.
Franklin Square Holiday Festival, which features the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show with over 50,000 lights that illuminate the square over classic holiday tunes. Adults can sip a nice local craft beer, wine or cocktail alongside outdoor fire pits in the Winter Beer Garden, while children can delight in a ride on the Parx Liberty Carousel or Lighting Bolt Holiday Express train ride through the square.
End your evening with a stroll through a magical scene in Rittenhouse Square, featuring a large christmas tree and over 5,000 lights. Then treat yourself to dinner at any of the fabulous restaurants in the area. Here’s just a few of our favorites: