15 Holiday Spectacles To Enjoy In Philadelphia

15 Holiday Spectacles To Enjoy In Philadelphia

Check out all the fun things to do in Philly this holiday season!
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The holidays are on their way, and what better way to celebrate than outdoor, festive fun? Here are 15fifteen things to do in the Philadelphia area this holiday season.

1. The Christmas Light Show at Macy's in Center City

Running all through December, Macy's light show illuminates an entire wall in the historic Wanamaker building to retell Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol. Over 100,000 LED lights are in the works and are accompanied by music from the magical Wanamaker organ. Check it out!

2. Franklin Square Festival and Holiday Light Show

A tradition at Franklin Square in Philadelphia, this is a free holiday festival and lights show for all ages! All the way through December, visit and enjoy the Electrical Spectacle, a winter beer garden, and more!

3. Ice Skating! At Penn's Landing...and Dilworth Park!

There's more than one place to ice skate this winter in Philadelphia. While the Winterfest at Penn's Landing has an Olympic-sized rink, Dilworth is quaint and adorable and right in the middle of the city! Check out both this year!

4. The Christmas Village

Located all around City Hall this year (since LOVE park is under renovation), the Christmas Village is an annual outdoor market filled with food, presents, and cozy knit hats and sweaters and more for purchase. Stop by the ice rink while you're there!

5. Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Also located around City Hall at Dilworth Park, there's even more holiday shopping to do. All goods sold are local artists and craftsmen, designers, and even confectioners! Go get some Philly-made deliciousness! (Or, some awesome Christmas gifts. You might see me there!)

6. Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad

The historic indoor food market does even more for the holidays, crafting a 500 square foot holiday railroad track inside! There are 17 working train lines and miniature scenery. Altogether, the spectacle is almost a third of a mile! And, it's Reading Terminal Market. Go get some holiday treats!

7. Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Celebration

From December 3rd to the 31st, the aquarium turns holiday themed for it's annual Christmas celebration. Experiences include huge decorations, falling snow, and the Scuba Santa!

8. Pennsylvania Ballet, The Nutcracker

A personal holiday favorite of mine, come down to Avenue of the Arts and see the ballet! Running from December 9th to the 31st. You don't want to miss it! It's all the magic as usual!

9. Rittenhouse Square Christmas Tree

While the ceremonial lighting has already passed, you can still come through the beautiful park and see the brightly, beautifully lit tree and all the twinkling lights strung around! I'm usually there for the dogs, so there's that, too.

10. Christmas in Fairmount Park

Philadelphia is home to tons of American history, and these mansions are no exception. There are six 18th- and 19th-century mansions located in the Fairmount Park area, and they're beautifully decorated for the holidays! Go visit and enjoy some live music, performances, and other fun activities for adults and children. And, learn some history!

11. The Holidays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Festivities including an ugly sweater party and caroling through the exhibits! Stop by the famous art museum, run up the steps, and come inside to see the museum lined with Christmas trees for the season! (Wednesday after 5 pm is pay what you wish!)

12. Longwood Gardens' Christmas

I'm personally excited for this one! During the holidays Kennett Square decks itself out for the festivities with lots of red, white, and greenery. There are elaborate decorations and twinkling lights that you don't want to miss!

13. Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm

Take a stroll through the little market and grab some cocoa, then hop back in your car or an open-air wagon to experience overhead lights and huge LED displays! All holiday themed, of course!

14. Washington Crossing Reenactment

If you're a history nerd like I am, trust me when I say you'll love this! The first reenactment of Washington crossing the Delaware happens on December 11th, but the notable day is the Christmas Day reenactment when it really happened. You'll see an inspiring speech and get to witness Washington and his troops cross the river in replica Durham boats. (Just remember - the event is weather permitting!)

15. Mummer's Parade

Top off the holiday season with the annual Mummer's Parade on January 1st! It's bigger and better every year!

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Cover Image Credit: M. Stanley

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If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)

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I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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