Philadelphia's Best Bets for Sharing Holiday-Related Fun with Friends and Family

Spending the holiday season in Philadelphia doesn't have to mean you miss out on seasonal fun and entertaining winter activities. Whether you're here with a group or traveling solo, there are a plethora of things to brighten up the days, as well as the nights. Interested in seeing some holiday sparkle? Why not check out the traditional Macy's Holiday Light Show, which is a classic in this city. For a newer take on the holiday light show, trek on up to Franklin Square and view the new Electrical Spectacle. It's short and sweet, is great for families and small groups, and doesn't take a whole lot of planning (or funds) to see it. For a more formal and culturally enriching evening, your group may want to order tickets to the Pennsylvania Ballet's annual performance of the Nutcracker performed at the Academy of Music. It promises to deliver a night of entertainment and holiday cheer. Couple it with dinner in town or a drink at a local bar, and you've got a great evening out. For active families, there's always ice skating, and what better time to enjoy that then during Waterfront Winterfest at the Blue Cross River Rink. These activities, as well as the many other that go on during this time of the year in Philadelphia promise to make the holidays extra enjoyable.



Winter is no reason to stay cooped up inside. Winterfest at the Blue Cross River Rink lets everyone experience some fun this season. What is Winterfest? It's a wonderful little park of fun that celebrates all that's winter and holiday-themed....  Read More



The Pennsylvania Ballet's annual performance of the Nutcracker is a holiday event that adds a bit of culture and musical appreciation to the season. It's the perfect opportunity for show-lovers to pass along the tradition of attending this...  Read More



Held annually to mark the start of the holiday season, Rittenhouse Square's annual tree lighting officially welcomes this special time of year. Locals, visitors, area employees, and even just fans of the holidays all gather at this well-known...  Read More



Nothing brings the holidays to life more than beautiful, seasonal music. In Philadelphia, some of the best voices in town join together at the Kimmel Center to present a holiday showcase of of songs featuring classics, choral and gospel music,...  Read More



As if visiting Reading Terminal Market wasn't a treat in and of itself, the addition of a bunch of miniature trains and seasonal scenery makes it all that much better! Come to the Market for the wonderful foods, which range from produce to area...  Read More



Tours of Fairmount Park offers visitation to some of the area's most historic homes decorated for the holiday season. Done up in all of their splendor by local garden clubs and interior decorators, these homes are a true treat to visit during...  Read More



This new light show at Franklin Square is inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin. Encompassing seven-minutes of pure entertainment, this show makes use of more than 50,000 lights, features seasonal songs sung by the The Philly Pops,...  Read More



You may have seen holiday light and visual shows, but none will compare to the one put on at the Comcast Center. The screen here is one of the world's highest resolution LED screens, delivering a picture like no other. In fact, it's equipped...  Read More



This pop-up holiday market mirrors German-style markets and offers shoppers a fun experience as well as a chance to shop, eat and drink festive offerings. Individual stores are housed in wooden shed-like houses, and display their holiday wares...  Read More



This iconic seasonal performance has outlasted several retailers that have occupied the building it resides in. Generations of children and adults have enjoyed this show every year and it continues to be one of the biggest draws to the city...  Read More