Holiday Fun in Philly
Create wonderful holiday memories this year with your family while visiting Philadelphia by enjoying one or several of the many activities and events available this holiday season. From holiday lights to spectacular and family friendly events, Philadelphia has it all. Philadelphia is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year, but if you’re planning a visit this holiday season, here are some local events that are bound to put you into the holiday spirit and make your stay a brighter one.
These Are Just 6 of the Many Holiday Attractions in Philadelphia
Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad: The Reading Terminal‘s Holiday Railroad is a long-time Philly holiday tradition and is sure to put you in the holiday spirit, bringing a smile to your face. Sip hot cocoa and watch twelve little miniature trains as they chug on through a Christmas Village, Center City and a beautiful little snow-covered countryside. This event is scheduled to take place Friday, November 29, 2013 – Tuesday, December 31, 2013.
Macy’s Holiday Light Show & Dickens Village: The Macy’s Holiday Light Show has been an annual holiday event and tradition in Philadelphia since 1956. During this spectacular and festive light show, a large gigantic tree covered in 34,500 LED lights is lit up with another 65,000 lights behind the tree as a backdrop for this wonderful show.
The show is narrated by Mary Poppins, played by Julie Andrews and also includes the sounds of the Wanamaker Organ as Mary Poppins tells holiday tales of Frosty the Snowman, The Nutcracker and many more favorites.
After you’ve finished watching the light show, finish up your visit by stopping by the “Egyptian Room,” located on the 3rd floor where you’ll find an 1840s animated village and tour through everyone’s favorite, the Dickens Christmas classic A Christmas Carol. Visit www.wanamakerorgan.com for show times.
A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place: A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place is opened from Friday, December 6, 2013 – Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and is known to Sesame Place as a “one of a kind family friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite furry friends.” During A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place, you’ll enjoy three special and fun Christmas shows, music, holiday lights and dry rides.
When the sun goes down, the Sesame Street neighborhood party begins with an illuminated Christmas parade. Finish the event up with a wonderful Christmas menu, some fun holiday shopping and everyone’s favorite – Santa Clause himself. Visit this celebration on New Year’s Eve and enjoy a spectacular firework’s display.
Philadelphia’s Christmas Village: Enjoy a little taste of Europe by attending Philadelphia’s Christmas Village. Philadelphia’s Christmas Village is as though you’re visiting the German Christmas market of Europe itself. This event is a month-long event beginning on Thursday, November 28, 2013 – Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Here you’ll find over 50 wooden booths selling traditional European drinks, food, sweets, arts and crafts, jewelry and more.
Comcast Holiday Spectacular: The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is the world’s largest 4mm LED display and is held Thursday, November 28, 2013 – Wednesday, January 1, 2013 in the lobby of the Comcast Center. This year’s magical show includes performers from the Walnut Street Theatre and Olympic ice skaters.
Franklin Square’s Holiday Light Show: Franklin Square’s Holiday Light Show is held November 14, 2013 – December 31, 2013 and is bound to bring holiday cheer and smiling faces with its dazzling light show programmed to winter-themed music by Philadelphia’s Philly POPS. This extra special light show features a giant ten-foot tall kite and key, which is lit by 50,000 LED holiday bulbs putting the spotlight on Benjamin Franklin’s electrical discovery.
Put Your Feet Up
After all is said and done, enjoy a cozy stay at the Morris House Hotel. Our hotel is a holiday dream stay complete with Christmas decorations and a towering 20 foot Christmas tree! The cherry on top is that we are in close range to all these attractions that make Christmas in Philadelphia so magical.