Don't miss the Pennsylvania Ballet's Nutcracker, Comcast Holiday Spectacular, Macy's Christmas Light Show, Morris Arboretum Holiday Garden Railway, Longwood Gardens Christmas or any of the other iconic Philadelphia holiday attractions and traditions. (Bottom right and top left by G. Widman for GPTMC, top right courtesy Morris Arboretum, bottom left courtesy Longwood Gardens)
Philadelphia is truly the place to be during the holidays, with some of the world’s most admired attractions including the stunning Longwood Gardens Christmas, historic Macy’s Christmas Light Show and iconic trees at Love Park and Rittenhouse Square.
But it’s all coming to a close in just a few days, as the New Year brings with it exciting events and attractions to look forward to, while bringing to an end the holiday season fanfare until next winter.
It’s a great time to revisit our lineup of must-see holiday attractions in Philadelphia to make sure you maximize the holiday fun while you still can. Also check out the Uwishunu Philadelphia Holiday Guide to take stock of all things holiday in Philly.
• Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker: December 8-30, Academy of Music, 1420 Locust Street. The classic Christmas performance is once again coming to the Academy of Music performed by the ever-talented Pennsylvania Ballet. The ballet orchestra and the Philadelphia Boy’s Choir pair up to bring us Tschaikovsky’s classic score.
• Macy’s Christmas Light Show: November 23–December 31, shows begin on the top of each hour, beginning at 10 a.m., 1300 Market Street. The epitome of Christmas in Philadelphia, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show never fails to put a smile on your face and a skip in your step. The event boasts a display of 100,000 LED lights and sounds from the historic Wanamaker Grand Organ. The famous Julie Andrews provides narration.
• Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway Display: November 23-December 31 (excluding December 24-25), 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Chestnut Hill. The quarter of a mile Christmas train track is here again for another holiday season. The impressive display with loops, tunnels and bridges is set in the holiday-decorated garden at the arboretum. Replicas of some of Philadelphia’s most famous buildings can be seen along the tracks as well. Bring a camera!
• Byers’ Choice in Chalfont: now-December 31, Byers’ Choice, 4355 County Line Road, Chalfont. Discover the German Christmas market at Byers’ Choice this holiday season. Browse through advent calendars, gingerbread house and handmade toys. Enjoy live animals and a nativity scene, plus a one-man performance of A Christmas Carol, performed by Charles Dickens’ great-great grandson, Gerald Charles Dickens.
• Comcast Holiday Spectacular: November 22-January 1, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (except 5 p.m. on weekdays) every hour on the hour, 1701 JFK Boulevard. Prepare to be impressed by the Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a festive film experience screened on the largest four-millimeter LED screen in the world featuring enchanting scenes from The Nutcracker performed by the renowned Pennsylvania Ballet, a magical sleigh ride through the snow-covered Pennsylvania countryside and performances by some of Broadway’s best-known dancers.
• Please Touch Museum’s Enchanted Colonial Village: November 16-January 2, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic Visit the Please Touch Museum for the Enchanted Colonial Village supported by the Philadelphia Foundation. The colonial village restoration presents a number of intricate colonial scenes, including a blacksmith shop, toymaker, watchmaker and others.
• Longwood Gardens Christmas: November 22-January 6, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square. To instantly feel the holiday spirit, look no further than Longwood Gardens. Half a million twinkling lights and tons of festive plants like poinsettias and Christmas trees decorate the grounds for this annual extravaganza.
• A Brandywine Christmas: November 23-January 6, Brandywine River Museum, 100 Creek Road, Chadds Ford. The Brandywine Christmas celebration at the Brandywine River Museum includes impressive decorations including an 18-foot-wide wreath, parties and festivities all holiday season long and the highly anticipated critter sale, a three-decade-long tradition where volunteers create animal-themed ornaments out of natural materials like plants and pine cones.
• Blue Cross RiverRink: Open seven days a week, November 23-March 3, Columbus Boulevard at Market Street. Ice skating is synonymous with the winter holiday season. Join the Blue Cross RiverRink during its 19th season. Located right on the Delaware River, the rink affords beautiful views as you skate into the holiday season.