It’s Christmastime in the City – Holiday Activities in and around Philadelphia

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Have you ever considered visiting the city at Christmastime? Being surrounded by the twinkling lights and possibly snow is sure to add magic to that special time of the year. There are tons of activities to choose from, not to mention yummy treats all around. Let’s take a look at some of the best Christmas activities in and around Philadelphia. 

Winter at Dilworth Park 

If you’re into some winter fun, lace up your ice skates and enjoy yourself! If you’re not a skater, the park offers a variety of activities to get you in the holiday spirit. From festive reindeer topiaries, delicious mulled wine to handmade crafts and cocktails and snacks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Winter at Dilworth Park truly gives people of any age the full winter experience. 

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo 

It’s lights, party, action at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown just about 35 miles from Philadelphia. Every year millions of LED lights set the zoo aglow for visitors to enjoy. As you stroll through the 16 acres of attractions, you’ll be able to enjoy light displays, live entertainment and visit with your favorite animal friends. This is a unique display you’ll definitely want to see. 

LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo 

If you prefer to stay in Philly, the Philadelphia Zoo gives visitors a fully immersive experience complete with lights and smoke machines. In the evening, the animals are tucked snuggly in their beds and the zoo is transformed. Over a million holiday lights are spread across 16 different zones. There’s music, seasonal snacks, entertainment and so much more! 

Holidays at Peddler’s Village 

Do you still have some holiday shopping to do? Well, we have a great place for you! Located about an hour outside of Philly, Peddler’s Village boasts 60 shops to choose from. The charming village has plenty of family-friendly events to choose from and lots of beautiful decorations and lights to see. Of course, Santa has to come to town. The village hosts a Holly Jolly weekend, featuring the big guy himself.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia 

If you’ve always wanted to experience a European open-air market at Christmastime, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is the place for you. Holiday lovers transform LOVE Park for the season. You’ll find more than 100 vendors set up in little wooden huts with a variety of gifts to offer. You’ll find locally produced gifts, unique ornaments and apparel to keep you warm as you explore. The Village offers some fun for the kids as well. Right across the street, a Ferris Wheel, Kids Train and Christmas Carousel wait for you to release your inner child! After you’ve shopped and are about to drop, take advantage of some of the treats and spiced wines and ciders offered throughout the Village. 

Get in the Spirit 

There’s no shortage of things to do in and around Philadelphia during the holiday season. From markets where you can finish up your Christmas shopping to family-friendly activities and rides, you’re sure to find something you love! Spend an evening with the animals or just relax and enjoy some light displays or live entertainment. There’s plenty to do around the Philadelphia area and these are just a few options. No matter what you choose to do, you can’t go wrong with any of these merry activities.