Our Favorite Ways to Spend the Holiday Season Around Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia. This proudly unique and historic city has been a center of activity since the beginnings of the nation and continues this role into the present. From our foundations, through countless episodes of discovery, invention, sport, expression, and chapters of American culture, the common spirit of this city is evident in its happenings year-round. Make the city of brotherly love your destination this holiday season, and tour these storied streets with some of our favorite events.

Philadelphia Christmas Village

Enjoy the holidays at this Philadelphia staple, the Philadelphia Christmas Village! Enjoy the sights, sounds (and smells) of a central European Christmas village, right here in the heart of Philadelphia. Open-air shopping and festivities include over one hundred vendors, eateries, independent artisans, and businesses offering jewelry, ornaments, one-of-a-kind gifts, arts, and crafts, and of course, plenty of holiday season delicacies. Combined with the live music, performers, and entertainment, and the inclusion of a train ride, Ferris wheel, and a double-decker carousel, the Philadelphia Christmas Village is a great option this holiday season with something for everyone. Get Christmas shopping done, enjoy delicious food, see some of the Philadelphia region’s best in small business and celebrate the holidays at the Philadelphia Christmas Village!

Winter at Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park is definitely one of the premier attractions of Philadelphia’s holiday season, with major events occurring at this storied location from November well into springtime! Enjoy the timeless joys of ice skating at the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink, or enjoy a relaxing walk through the Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn! For those wanting an alpine-style getaway without leaving the city, the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin offers the charming vibes of a ski-chalet, while shoppers can see it all at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market. To top it all off, there is also the Deck the Hall Holiday Light Show series that takes place from Thanksgiving week until the New Year! Bring the whole party to Dilworth Park and do it all this holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Enjoy the strong sense of community that makes this truly ‘The City of Brotherly Love’ at the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Parade! Marching bands, dancing troupes, creative floats, massive balloons, and faces of the city’s industry, arts, and everyday life take the streets on this annual spectacle. This is a great way for visitors to enjoy the festivities of Philadelphia and get to see a little bit of every part of the city’s identity. In addition to the floats, bands, and appearance by Santa Claus himself, the central location of the parade’s route also provides access to other attractions in the city’s limits. Bring everyone out to the streets of Philadelphia and participate in this long-running and inclusive tradition, at the memorable Thanksgiving Day Parade. Be sure to stay around after, where many of the city’s best restaurants run their special Thanksgiving Dinner menus! 

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