From Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day, the 15-minute Comcast Holiday Spectacular runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. except 5 p.m. on weekdays, every hour on the hour, seven days a week. (Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia)
Sure, Philadelphia is home to holiday ice skating rinks, festooned store windows and soaring Christmas trees.
But this city also boasts one of the largest four-millimeter LED screen in the world.
Spanning 83.3 feet wide by 25.4 feet high, the 2,100 square-foot video wall brings spectacular original programming to visitors 18 hours a day.
Celebrating its sixth year, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular returns to the Philadelphia screen for the 2013 holiday season starting Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28.
Since its debut in 2008, close to a million people have seen the show.
This stellar holiday experience that captures the wonderful spirit of the season is a completely unique, and free, 15-minute show screened on the Comcast Center’s Comcast Experience video wall, with its incredible resolution that’s five times that of an HDTV. Pretty awesome.
The high-tech holiday show screens classic holiday images including enchanting scenes from The Nutcracker performed by the renowned Pennsylvania Ballet, a magical sleigh ride through the snow-covered Pennsylvania countryside into Center City Philadelphia and performances by some of Broadway’s best-known dancers. This year’s show also includes scenes featuring Olympic-caliber ice skaters and performers from the Walnut Street Theatre.
Families should also pick up a free waterless temporary tattoo that kids can trade in for a treat downstairs at The Market & Shops at the Comcast Center.
The Comcast Holiday Spectacular runs from Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day, daily, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the top of each hour (excluding 5 p.m. on weekdays).
On Saturdays, families can also head downstairs to The Market & Shops to check out a live show with Chica, “the world’s most famous chicken,” produced by the kid-friendly Sprout network (10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.).
Share your favorite photos and stories from The Comcast Holiday Spectacular by using the hashtags #HolidaySpectacular and #ComcastCenter.
You really have to see it to experience it (but you can get a sneak peek in pictures below).
And maybe best of all, it’s totally free.
Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular
When: Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (except 5 p.m. on weekdays) every hour on the hour, seven days a week; shows are 15 minutes long
Where: 1701 JFK Boulevard
More info: www.visitphilly.com
The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a unique-to-Philadelphia high-tech holiday show screened on the world’s largest four-mm LED video display, opens for the 2013 season on Thanksgiving Day. (Photo by Joseph Kaczmarek courtesy Comcast Center)
Thousands visit the Comcast Center every season to take in this iconic -- and free! -- Philadelphia attraction. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)