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Best Winter Activities In Philadelphia


As temperatures drop in Philadelphia, the festive holiday spirit flows from parks, stadiums, restaurants, theaters, and shops. Visiting the city in the winter has its benefits, such as off-season pricing for attractions and tours, and a lack of crowds. See why the holidays are the best time to visit Philadelphia and the holiday attractions that can't be missed.

Christmas In Peddler's VillagePhoto: NewHopeFreePress.com

Bucks County's holiday kicks off the festivities with the Grand Illumination Celebration that brightens the sky with one million lights. The event offers roasted marshmallows, warm apple cider, and a Gingerbread Competition & Display.


Throughout the holidays Peddler's Village holds special events including the Christmas Festival which features a Santa parade, fruit wreaths, and beautiful greenery surrounding the grounds. You can peruse through the clothing shops, candy stores, toy stores, and candle sellers.

Winter At Dilworth Park

The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink in Dilworth Park heats up in the winter in Philadelphia. Take in the skyline views, seasonal plants, and cozy seating while skating under the twinkling holiday lights. Center City is packed with holiday pop-ups including the Deck the Hall Light Show, and the KLIP Collective creation. The ice rink offers skate rentals, skating, and indoor heating space, cocktails, hot drinks, and snacks.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

If you're looking for a brilliant light display, the The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show is a must-see in the historic Franklin Square. The over 75,000 bulbs are set to music, and there is an enormous illuminated kite. During the festival there are pictures with Santa, rides on the carousel and holiday train, hot beverages, local beer, mini-golf, fire pits, and a sparkling light show. The holiday festival is free and boasts a spectacular Electrical Spectacle light show set to a soundtrack of holiday tunes.

Holiday Light Show At Shady Brook Farm

Experience the magic of over 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland during Shady Brook Farm's Holiday Light Show. There are whimsical displays you can enjoy the sights while driving in your car or on an open-air wagon ride. Afterward, there are visits with Santa, and hot cocoa and s'mores by the toasty bonfire. Stop at the Farm Market and enjoy the sounds of the Tree of Hope. Celebrate the season with a craft beer, wine, hot Bavarian pretzel, kettle corn and more.

A Very Philly Holiday At One Liberty Observation Deck

At the top of the skyscraper, a Very Philadelphia Holiday honors three local traditions. The Miracle on 13th Street, The Mummers, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. Each showcases decorations, costumes, and a giant replica of Benjamin Franklin's head. There are fun activities such as the Candy Cane Hunt, an Ugly Sweater Party at Bar 57, and "Pay What You Wish Day."Photo: PhilaChristmas.com

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Located at LOVE Park in the heart of Philadelphia, this authentic German Christmas Village features 80 booths of international and local merchants that sell handmade toys, edible and drinkable European treats, winter apparel, ornaments, high-quality arts, and crafts, and Kathe Wohlfahrt trimmings. The unique atmosphere is decorated with thousands of lights, and the scents of bratwurst, gingerbread, and waffles will bring you into the Christmas mood.

Comcast Holiday Spectacular

This spectacular holiday tradition located in the lobby of the Comcast Center doesn't disappoint. This year they celebrate their 10th anniversary combining a sleigh ride around the city with the Pennsylvania Ballet's The Nutcracker. You will experience a bird's-eye view of dlp solution and the new Comcast Technology Center. Over two million spectators have seen the show since its birth in 2008.

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