Christmas & Holiday Festivals in Philadelphia - 2017
Check https://tinyurl.com/VisitPhillyChristmas2017 for more details about the following, plus some additional events in the general Philadelphia area.
Wintergarden at Dilworth Park, the Holidays at City Hall
http://www.philachristmas.com/ and http://americasgardencapital.org
includes shopping, ice skating, and the Garden Capital Maze
The maze is beautiful by day or night, plus there’s ice skating, a light show, & shopping.
Where: 1501 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19102
The Christmas Village in Love Park
80 wooden booths of international and local merchants with festive music and delicious treats for sale.
When and Where: November 23 - December 24, 2017 at 15th & Arch Streets
Comcast’s Holiday Spectacular
Only 15 minutes long but well worth the visit, this LED street-level show features dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet and a magical sleigh ride.
When and Where: November 23, 2017 - January 1, 2018 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Macy’s Christmas Light Show and the Wanamaker OrganThe crowds can get heavy in the Grand Court, particularly as Christmas draws close. Weekends are busiest, and weekdays are usually most crowded between noon and 6 p.m.
Macy’s Christmas Light Show runs through New Year’s Day at the top of the even hours from the time the store opens until closing.
Where: Macy’s Philadelphia, 1300 Market St. Go to Macys.com/events for holiday store hours. Closed Christmas Day.
Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show
The light show sparkles with 50,000 lights after dark set to classic songs. Though the light show is free, tickets can be purchased for the carousel (open daily) and the holiday train (open Saturdays and Sundays).
Other events featured at Franklin Square are:
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” - Justin Hopkins from A Philly Pops Christmas gives a dramatic reading of the famous Dr. Seuss holiday story. Thursday, Dec. 7, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Jingle & Mingle with Santa - Visit Santa at his holiday bench, give him your list, and take an elfie-selfie for free. Saturdays through Dec. 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Hanukkah Celebration - A few days before Hanukkah begins, enjoy free dreidel games, latkes and free crafts celebrating the Festival of Lights. Fri., Dec. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
For additional events including ticketed Milk and Cookies with Santa, Sunday dance and music performances, food and beverages, and more visit historicphiladelphia.org/franklinsquare. Shows begins every 30 minutes between 4 to 8 p.m. on weeknights and 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Where and when: 6th and Race Streets. Through New Year’s Eve
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Festivities include Christmas movies, food, kids’ arcade, fire pits, and of course, ice skating.
When and Where: November 24, 2017 - March 4, 2018 101 Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Phila PA 19106
Winter Fountains on the Ben Franklin Parkway
These digital waterworks can be found in four key places along the Parkway: at Aviator Park in front of The Franklin Institute, on the Rodin Museum grounds near 21st Street, at the Park Towne Place Museum Residences and in the Spring Garden Triangle near Eakins Oval. https://tinyurl.com/WinterFountains
Miracle on 13th Street
Legendary neighborhood lights in South Philadelphia, this one block row of lighted townhomes has become a national sensation.
Where: 1600 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148