With a nip in the air and the holidays near, this is arguably the most romantic time of the year.
In case you’re in need of some amatory ideas, we’ve rounded up some of the best holiday date ideas in and around Philadelphia.
Some are tried-and-true seasonal favorites year after year, some may be new to you. Either way, you’re sure to hit a high note with your honey this holiday.
Let us know in the comments what your favorite date is this time of year.
1. Fairmount Park’s historic mansions not only provide visitors with a unique glimpse into Philadelphia’s rich cultural history, but are hosting a festive array of holiday events like trolley tours, open houses, wassail happy hours and other seasonal celebrations during December. A full listing of events can be found here.
2. What’s more romantic than ice skating at the Blue Cross RiverRink? He laces up her skates, she laces up his. She’s wobbly on the ice, he holds her hand to prevent her from falling… You get the idea. Later, celebrate your outing with a chocolate martini at Continental in Old City.
3. Keep the tradition going. Since 1955 the Macy’s Christmas Light Show has been wowing the young and the young-at-heart with this spectacular presentation of lights and music. Mosey on over to Philly Chocolate afterwards to enjoy a yummy hot cocoa on a cozy sofa.
4. Check out the annual Comcast Holiday Spectacular, the perfect blend of old-time holiday flair with modern pizzazz shown on a super high-tech four-mm LED video display (the world’s largest, in fact) with a resolution five times more than an HDTV. The show plays seven days a week from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (except 5 p.m. on weekdays) every hour on the hour. Afterwards, head downstairs to the Market & Shops at the Comcast Center for a delicious Termini Brothers cannoli and La Colombe coffee.
5. This is a holiday no-brainer: a visit to Longwood Gardens Christmas. If this incredible illuminated veritable wonderland consisting of 500,000 twinkling lights, thousands of poinsettias and Christmas trees, as well as holiday-themed fountain shows, doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will. Tour the verdant displays, then head to nearby Pizza By Elizabeths for a tasty Italian dinner for two.
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6. It’s the age-old story that never gets old — A Christmas Carol, the staged musical version of the timeless Dickens classic being performed at the Walnut Street Theatre from December 1-22. Perfect date pairing for a night of heart-warming holiday theater? Splitting dessert and a nightcap at Stephen Starr’s Jones around the corner at 7th and Chestnut Streets.
7. From 4-7 p.m. on the first Saturday in December (12/1), take a stroll back in time at Deck the Alley at Elfreth’s Alley. On this day the residents of this oldest street in the country open their houses to the public, allowing you to see these beautiful historic homes all decked out for the holidays. There will be tasty baked goods, cider and Colonial carolers in the street. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students/seniors, $55 for families.
8. Rock out to the progressive sounds of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as they debut their special holiday concert, The Lost Christmas Eve, playing at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, December 14. Tickets for matinee (4 p.m.) and evening (8 p.m.) performances are available. While you’re down at the sports complex, challenge your date to a bull-ride at Xfinity Live’s PBR Bar & Grill.
9. What do a 6’4″ drag queen and an Irish bar have to do with Christmas? Nothing. But that’s not stopping Martha Graham Cracker from going full hilt into the holidays with a very special cabaret performance at Fergie’s Pub on Saturday, December 22 at 8 p.m. The show promises to be full of fun and witty songs and double entendres. Plus, it’s the perfect place to enjoy local Philadelphia beer. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
10. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet at the gilded Academy of Music, may just be the most beloved holiday show in town. Relive past memories or create new ones from December 8-30. Follow up the performance with a sinfully large sundae at nearby Max Brenner.
Bonus: check out Visit Philly’s “Philly After Dark” videos for a peek at a few favorite spots to explore in Philadelphia after dark.