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November 21, 2014

Arden Theatre Company Presents A Boldly Reimagined Beauty And The Beast For Children, Opening Wednesday, November 26

Arden

Last season, Mary Tuomanen played Cinderella in the Arden Children’s Theatre production. Now, the company takes on another classic fairy tale with Beauty and the Beast. (Photo by Mark Garvin)

A classic fairy tale is fully reimagined when the Arden Theatre Company presents Beauty and the Beast, opening Wednesday, November 26.

Based on the much loved story by Charles Way, the two main characters are so well known — a beautiful woman and a beastly man — that they need no introduction.

Be advised, however, this Arden Children’s Theatre production is not in any way the Disney version of the tale.

Directed by Whit McLaughlin, the play features his trademark innovative approach to theater. For instance, the show makes substantial use of shadows on a stark curtained set.

This is McLaughlin’s 13th production for Arden Children’s Theatre. Among his past presentations are Cinderella, Charlotte’s Web, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (nominated for four Philadelphia Barrymore Awards), and A Year with Frog and Toad (nominated for five Barrymore Awards).

As with other plays presented under the Arden Children’s Theater banner, the play is produced to professional standards and offers entertainment for young and old alike.

Beauty and the Beast is recommended for ages 4 and older, and tickets are available online.

Beauty and the Beast
When: November 26-February 1, 2015
Where: Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $18-$36
More info: www.ardentheatre.org

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November 21, 2014

Weekend Picks: Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, Peddler’s Village Grand Illumination Celebration, Franklin Flea Holiday Market, Dilworth Park Ice Rink, Franklin Square Holiday Festival And More

Philadelphia Marathon

The Philadelphia Marathon brings a major burst of energy to Philadelphia this weekend as it fills the cit with 30,000 participants and 60,000 spectators. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s marathon weekend in Philadelphia, which means tons of healthy competitive spirit will fill the city all weekend long.

The Philadelphia Marathon will welcome 30,000 participants and an expected 60,000 spectators over the course of three-days of festivities, which include four races and a free health expo.

Peddler’s Village ushers in the holiday season with its annual Grand Illumination Celebration , which is set to fill the Bucks County attraction with one million holiday lights starting tonight.

Also this weekend, the Franklin Flea Holiday Market returns on Saturday. Head to the Historic Strawbridge’s Building for some early Christmas shopping.

Read on for our guide to this weekend.

Friday, November 21

Top Pick: Philadelphia Marathon Weekend

Top Pick: Peddler’s Village Grand Illumination Celebration

Top Pick: Dilworth Park Ice Rink (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Ben’s Bites and Brews Beer Garden at Franklin Square

Top Pick: Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Top Pick: Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (Fri, Sat)

Bob Dylan and His Band at The Academy of Music (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Manita Burrito Pop-Up at Mugshot’s Coffeehouse (Fri, Sat, Sun)

do it Compendium Release Party

Art Sanctuary’s Sanctuary LIVE!

The 3rd Space: After Dark at HyLo Labs

BalletX Fall Series 2014 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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PHS Holiday Pop-Up Store in Chestnut Hill

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philadelphia Orchestra Presents Brahms and Stravinsky at Verizon Hall

Lobster Month at Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House (Fri, Sat, Sun)

BBC Burlesque at PhilaMOCA

Peddler's Village

The holidays have arrived at Peddler’s Village as the attraction illuminates its twinkling holiday lights with its Grand Illumination Celebration on Friday. (Photo courtesy Peddler’s Village)

Saturday, November 22

Top Pick: Franklin Flea Holiday Market at the Historic Strawbridge’s Building

Top Pick: Franklin Square Holiday Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Late-Night Burger, Bourbon and Beer Special at The Fat Ham

Top Pick: William Glackens at The Barnes Foundation (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place (Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Book Paper Scissors at the Free Library of Philadelphia

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November 21, 2014

Visit The James Turrell-Designed Skyspace At Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting During Special Winter Viewings This Holiday Season

The Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting welcomes visitors to the James Turrell designed sanctuary on additional days this holiday season. (Photo by Greg Benson)

Celebrated artist James Turrell’s Skyspaces bring the study of light and space to museums and public places around the world — including to the year-old Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, the meetinghouse for the Chestnut Hill Quaker community.

Since the Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends opened last year, the space has welcomed thousands of visitors to take in the dramatic light installation, which is essentially a room with an aperture in the ceiling through which visitors can contemplate the sky.

The Skyspace is most extraordinary at dawn and dusk, and is open to the public at designated times throughout the year for viewings.

During the winter months, the only regularly scheduled viewing is generally on Sunday evenings. Now, those looking for a bit of holiday quiet can register to view the Skyspace on additional days this season.

Five special winter viewings are now available on holidays including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. See below or check here for the complete schedule of holiday viewings.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or cushions and dress warmly, as the space is unheated. Also, note that all dates are weather dependent.

Though the Skyspace is completely free to experience, visitors should register online to attend a special holiday gathering due to limited seating.

For complete Skyspace experience information and to make reservations for visiting, check here.

Holiday Hours at James Turrell Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting
When: Ongoing
Where: Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 East Mermaid Lane, Chestnut Hill
Cost: Free; registration required
More info: www.chestnuthillskyspace.org
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November 21, 2014

Donate To Families In Need During The Food Trust’s Eat Healthy, Give Healthy! Food Drive This Weekend, November 22-23

Headhouse Market

The Food Trust hosts a great opportunity to give back this holiday season at two of its farmers’ markets this weekend, including Headhouse Square. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Are you heading to the market this weekend to buy everything you need to create a scrumptious, gluttonous Thanksgiving? If so, why not pick up something extra for a family in need?

The Food Trust and Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger have partnered up for Eat Healthy, Give Healthy!, a food drive at two of the busiest farmers’ markets in the city.

On Saturday, November 22, representatives from The Food Trust and the Coalition Against Hunger will be on hand at the Fitler Square Farmers’ Market at 22nd and Pine streets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect any extra purchases made for hungry Philadelphians.

On Sunday, the food drive moves to the Headhouse Farmers’ Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All donations will go to Green Light Pantries. So, while you’re doing your own shopping this weekend, consider picking up an extra head of lettuce or a few bunches of carrots to donate.

A few dollars will go a long way towards helping your neighbors have a happy holiday.

Eat Healthy, Give Healthy! food drive
When: Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, November 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Fitler Square Farmers’ Market (23rd and Pine streets) on Saturday, and Headhouse Farmers’ Market (2nd and Lombard streets) on Sunday
Cost: Donations Requested
More info: www.thefoodtrust.org

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November 21, 2014

Roundup: A Guide To The Top Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrations In Neighborhoods Throughout Philadelphia This Holiday Season

Rittenhouse Tree

Christmas trees are popping up at popular locations throughout the city and bringing a slew of tree lighting celebrations in tow.
(Photo by K. Ciappa for Visit Philadelphia)

Make merry this holiday season by attending a festive Christmas tree lighting celebration in a number of neighborhoods throughout the city.

Bundle up, grab some friends and watch hundreds of twinkling lights illuminate trees at public spaces like Rittenhouse Square, Love Park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Citizens Bank Park and the Singing Fountain in East Passyunk.

Read on for our guide to Christmas tree lighting celebrations in Philadelphia.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Christmas Village in LOVE Park

Date To Be Announced. Head to the ever-popular German-style Christmas Village at LOVE Park for the annual lighting ceremony. While you’re there, be sure to browse the more than 50 decorated booths selling international seasonal gifts, traditional Christmas ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. MORE INFO

Christmas Tree Lighting in Rittenhouse Square

Monday, December 1, 5 p.m. During the holidays, Rittenhouse Square boasts one of the largest Christmas trees in the city. Every year, locals and visitors pack the popular park for the ceremonial lighting of the Rittenhouse Square Christmas Tree, which is typically more than 30 feet tall. Throughout the season, the park is aglow with 5,000 colorful globes making a cheerful sight for holiday shoppers amongst the popular stores along Rittenhouse Row. MORE INFO

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Tree Lighting

Friday, December 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest on the Delaware River Waterfront goes all out in lighting its 43-foot-tall tree on December 5. Look forward to performances from the Philadelphia Youth Ballet and Philadelphia Symmetry Synchronized Skating as well as the awesome sight of an ice-skating Santa Claus. MORE INFO

Waterfront Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest illuminates its trees at a celebration on Friday, December 5.
(Photo courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)

East Passyunk Tree Lighting Party

Thursday, December 4, 5-7 p.m. Philadelphia’s East Passyunk neighborhood will be decking the avenue during the annual Tree Lighting Party at the Singing Fountain. Join festive carolers, student musicians and local businesses for the celebration leading up to Santa lighting the tree. Be sure to visit the stores and businesses along East Passyunk Avenue for great holiday sales and treats. MORE INFO

Holiday Tree Lighting at the Shops at Liberty Place

Tuesday, December 2, 6-8 p.m. Returning for a second year, The Shops at Liberty Place host a towering Christmas tree in its Rotunda. Look forward to holiday performances from The Philadelphia Dance Academy and The Liberty Strings Orchestra, complimentary apps and beverages and a chance to get a photo with Santa Claus. MORE INFO

M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 13, 5 p.m. Ten trees in the courtyard garden of the M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel will be lavishly decorated, and the hotel will be decked out to look like a set from a Dickens book for the holiday season. Swing by on December 13 to visit Santa Claus, peruse antiques and crafts from the Philadelphia Flea Market and try some food and drink specials. And, if you’re looking to adopt a puppy this holiday season, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) will be on hand as well. MORE INFO

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November 20, 2014

Tonight Picks: Beaujolais Nouveau Celebrations In Midtown Village And Beyond, Third Thursdee At Pizza Brain, Franklin Square Holiday Beer Garden And More

Midtown Village

Wine-fueled parties and special sales fill tons of businesses in Midtown Village and beyond for Beaujolais Nouveau Day.
(Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

Put on your party hat, tonight is full of happy hour deals, special dinners and heated beer garden fun.

Tonight marks Beaujolais Nouveau Day, a celebration of a French wine served after being fermented for just six to eight weeks. Sip the sweet wine (seriously, it goes down like juice) at a slew of bars, restaurants and even some shops throughout the Philadelphia area — largely in Midtown Village, though. Visit spots like Barbuzzo, Open House, Vintage and Tria for wine specials, French dinners and celebratory sales.

Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream celebrate the third Thursday of the month with a team up with Philly Style Bagels. Look forward to bagel-centric pizza and ice cream scoops in addition to complimentary Yards beer.

Cozy up with a winter warmer at Franklin Square Holiday Festival’s heated beer garden, which will be open tonight until 8 p.m. Sip to the sights of Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, which promises twinkling lights set to holiday tunes.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Beaujolais Nouveau Celebrations

Businesses across the city — largely in Midtown Village — celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day, a celebration of a six to eight week old wine, with wine-fueled bashes and dinners this evening. Visit Bistrot La Minette for a special dinner, Barbuzzo for $7 glasses of Beaujolais, Lolita for $20 pitches of Beaujolais sangria, Open House to take advantage of a storewide discount and more. Click here for our guide to Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations.

When: Thursday, November 20
Where: Participating Locations
Cost: Pay as you go

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Visit Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival for a spectacular holiday light display (set to holiday music, of course) and brews from the Ben’s Bites & Brews beer garden. . The free show runs every half hour from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and the (heated!) beer garden will be open from 4 to 8 p.m.

When: Thursday, November 20, 4-8 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Third Thursdee at Pizza Brain

Third Thursdays at Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream mean inventive flavors and a team up with a local eatery. Tonight, the two Fishtown favorites team up with Philly Style Bagels for a pizza made with an everything bagel crust and topped with salmon and cream. Little Baby’s will be serving up its everything bagel ice cream topped with pieces of Philly Style Bagels. Pair your eats with complimentary brews from Yards, too.

When: Thursday, November 20, 6-8 p.m.
Where: 2311-13 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go

Philadelphia Food Fight

Help raise funds for the Fairmount neighborhood at Philadelphia Food Fight, a foodie event at Girard College. Sample fare from a variety of Fairmount restaurants in addition to eats from other neighborhoods, too. Pair your fare with drinks and live music. Tickets are $60 online and $80 at the door.

When: Thursday, November 20, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Founders Hall at Girard College, 2101 S. College Avenue
Cost: $60 in advance, $80 at the door

BalletX Fall Series 2014

In its fall performance series, BalletX will treat audiences to yet more new work, spotlighting an incredible array of talent in works by acclaimed choreographers Jorma Elo, Olivier Wevers and BalletX’s co-artistic director Matthew Neenan. The show promises world-premiere pieces, abstract works and more. Tonight’s show is at 8 p.m.

When: Thursday, November 20, 8 p.m.
Where: The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street
Cost: $22-$35

Bourbon and Beards at Jerry’s Bar

Show off your movember beard — or vote for your favorite — at Jerry’s Bar’s Bourbon and Beards event. The party starts at 8 p.m. (with music and flowing cocktails) and voting is slated for 9 p.m. Enjoy a variety of draught beers including Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black and Allagash Curieux in addition to barrel aged cocktails.

When: Thursday, November 20, 8 p.m.
Where: Jerry’s Bar, 129 W. Laurel Street
Cost: Pay as you go

1732 Meats Happy Hour at Supper

Supper welcomes a special happy hour tonight featuring meat from 1732 meats and special Yards brews. For $15, fill up on all-you-can eat bacon snacks like barbecue bacon skewers, bacon deviled eggs, and mini-BLT biscuits. For an added cost of $4 per beer, sip special Yards brews. Regular wine and cocktail happy hour deals will be available, too.

When: Thursday, November 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Supper, 926 South Street
Cost: $15 plus drinks

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November 20, 2014

The Top 14 Things To Do With Kids During The Holiday Season In Philadelphia

Children and adults alike can head to Waterfront Winterfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink to take in the sights and sounds of the season. (Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy DRWC)

Children and adults alike can head to Waterfront Winterfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink to take in the sights and sounds of the season. (Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy DRWC)

Don’t let the arrival of Old Man Winter keep you and your family cooped up indoors. The holiday season might just be the perfect time of year to get out and about with wee ones in tow.

With tons of family-friendly attractions and destinations — most of which are free — there are so many things to do with kids during the holiday season in Philadelphia.

Below, we’ve rounded up 14 of our top picks for the best things to do with the pint-sized set to make the most of the chilly season in Philadelphia.

But this is by no means everything families can see and do in Philadelphia this season. For even more on what to do with your family this holiday season, check right here.

1. Macy’s Christmas Light Show and Dickens Village

A Philadelphia tradition since 1956, the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City illuminates a large wall inside the historic Wanamaker building with nearly 100,000 LED lights that all dance to the sounds of carols pumped out of the Wanamaker Organ. Families gather in the Great Court atrium to watch the show at the top of the hour, every two hours, from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Plus, visits with Santa Claus are available in the Dickens Village on the third floor daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. MORE INFO

Macy's

Be sure to visit the Macy’s Christmas Light Show to see the illuminated wall of thousands of LED lights.
(Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

 

Macy's Christmas Light Show

Families gather daily in the Grand Court to see the Macy’s Christmas Light Show, a Philadelphia tradition for more than 50 years. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

2. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing

This winter, Penn’s Landing’s longstanding Blue Cross RiverRink amps up the ice skating experience on the Delaware River waterfront by once again transforming the annual rink into a bona fide winter wonderland. Opening on Friday, November 28, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest takes the good times of the rink to a new level, with ice skating — yes — but also with a light show, warming tent, fire pits (perfect for roasting marshmallows), a winter beer garden and holiday market. MORE INFO

Winterfest

The Blue Cross RiverRink returns as the bigger and better Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest this winter, opening on Black Friday, November 28. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

 

Winterfest

A chalet-style heated tent will keep Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest attendees cozy all season long. (Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy Delaware River Waterfront)

3. The Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle

A major expansion of the annual holiday happenings at the historic park, the Franklin Square Holiday Festival includes all of the traditional on-site fun Philadelphians have come to count on — holiday lights, visits with Santa and tons of family-friendly programs. The free Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show shines eight times daily every 30 minutes between 4:30 and 8 p.m., weather permitting, so taking in the display will be as easy as arriving at Franklin Square for a visit.
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Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Franklin Square’s carousel is just one attraction not to miss when visiting the the festive and family friendly Franklin Square Holiday Festival. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Franklin Square

The Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Light Show welcomes families all season long with carousel rides and mini golf daily, regularly scheduled live music, children’s games and much more.

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November 20, 2014

Philadelphia Marathon Runners Can Enjoy A Carb-Loaded Prix-Fixe Special At More Than A Dozen Restaurants, Saturday, November 22

Hotel Palomar

Running the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday? Head to Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar for a carb-loaded meal before the big race. (Photo courtesy Kimpton Hotels)

Carbing up before the Philadelphia Marathon can be a drab and joyless affair dominated by boxed pasta, oatmeal and pretzels, but more than a dozen restaurants in Center City and Manayunk are upping the offerings.

The night before the big run, join the racers in carb loading with Choose Your Course specials on Saturday, November 22.

Select restaurants like Square 1682, Pennsylvania 6 and Tashan are offering a special prix-fixe menu to help runners load up on carbs for a solid foundation for the race.

Naturally, the menus have been designed for the ultimate in starchy goodness with an eye toward seasonal ingredients and nutritional balance.

For instance, chef Caitlin Mateo of Square 1682, herself a former athlete and gymnast, makes the pre-race meal as enjoyable as possible with a $35 three-course prix-fixe meal that includes a non-alcoholic beverage (but not tax and gratuity) and pastas like whole wheat penne with baby zucchini, butternut squash, wild mushrooms, pumpkin seed pesto and goat cheese.

At Davio’s Philadelphia, runners can enjoy a special carb-loaded three course pre-fixe menu, including items such as roasted tomato soup followed by lamb, Tuscan kale and goat cheese pasta, plus dessert, for $49 per person (excluding tax and gratuity).

Additional restaurant options include Pennsylvania 6, Tashan, Bourbon Blue and more. Check here for the complete list of participants.

Remember, all diners looking to take advantage of the carb-load specials should be prepared to present a valid marathon badge.

It all sounds delicious enough to make non-runners want to get start training for next year.

Choose Your Course
When: Saturday, November 22
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: Prix-fixes vary, excluding tax and gratuity
More info: www.philadelphiamarathon.com

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November 20, 2014

Broadway Philadelphia Continues Its Season With Tony Award-Winning Musical Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, November 25-30

Cinderella

Kecia Lewis and Paige Faure in the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which arrives in Philadelphia November 25-30. (Photo by Carol Rosegg)

The start of the holiday season seems like a perfect time to see a classic fairy tale on stage.

Thanks to the performances of the Kimmel Center-affiliated Broadway Philadelphia series, which hosts the national tours of straight-from-Broadway shows, Philadelphia audiences have the chance to see the 2013 Tony Award-winning stage adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, November 25-30.

Originally written for television, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella debuted on the small screen in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. Just last year, the show made its Broadway debut to raves.

Now, the show has launched its first national tour, with much of the talented Broadway cast along for the ride.

In Philadelphia, audiences can catch Cinderella at the Academy of Music Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.; Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.; and matinees Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. Note that there are no performances on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27.

With a live-action Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh coming to the big screen in 2015, this touring production makes for a perfect primer on the classic fairy tale.

Tickets for Broadway Philadelphia shows range from $20 to $115 and are available online.

Following Cinderella, a host of more than half a dozen additional Broadway shows will make stops at Philadelphia theaters this season. Look out for Stomp (December 26-30), Motown the Musical (January 6-18, 2015), The Illusionists (February 24-March 1, 2015) and many more.

And remember, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts offers a limited number of discounted community rush tickets to select performances at the Kimmel Center, Merriam Theater, and Academy of Music — sometimes for as little as $10. Check right here for an updated weekly listing of available shows.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
When: November 25-30
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost: $20-$115
More info: www.kimmelcenter.org

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November 20, 2014

Our Guide To The 95th Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, Set To Fill The City With Floats, Balloons, Performances And More, On Thursday, November 27

Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 95th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade returns on November 27 with festive floats, balloons, performances, music and more.
(Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

The holiday season officially arrives with the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, a Center City spectacle on Thursday, November 27.

The 1.4-mile 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 8:30 a.m. and continues all morning long until noon. Folks of all ages are encouraged to bundle up and celebrate the start of the season at the very merry parade.

Read on for our full guide to this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Overview

The parade serves as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season and is the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country — this year marks the parade’s 95th anniversary.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and continues until noon as the streets of downtown Philadelphia welcome massive balloons, festive floats, music, performances, visits from Santa and more.

Parade Route

• The parade starts at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard at 8:30 a.m.

• From there, the parade travels east on JFK Boulevard toward 16th Street.

• The Parade turns left onto 16th Street, marching towards Arch Street and making a left onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

• The Parade continues on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway until reaching Logan Circle.

• The Parade loops around the south side of Logan Circle and then continues on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Eakins Oval.

• The Parade proceeds along the south side of The Oval finishing in front of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Thanksgiving Day parade

Bundle up and head out to the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade for a dazzling day of performances, giant balloons, floats and more. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Best Places To Watch

There are a ton of great vantage points throughout the parade’s footprint, but a number of spots in particular are ideal locations to catch the action.

Art Museum Steps: Perhaps the best place to catch the show is at the parade’s finish point at the Art Museum steps.

Love Park: As the parade loops east from its start at 20th and JFK, Love Park will give you a great view of the floats and characters, especially if you situate yourself on an elevated portion of the park above the fountain.

Outside The Comcast Center Along JFK Boulevard: The parade starts out on JFK Boulevard, which makes the Comcast Center a great spot to catch the parade early on. After the parade passes, duck inside to celebrate opening day of the Comcast Holiday Spectacular.

The Oval: The south side of The Oval (in front of the Art Museum) is also recommended. Campbell’s Soup is set to sponsor a tent which promises hot food, warm drinks and entertainment for kids.

Sister Cities Park: Sister Cities Park is home to great views of the parade in addition to ample green space and benches.

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