It’s the final days (or in some cases, final day), for some of the city’s most popular holiday light shows. Before heading out to a bar or party this New Year’s Eve, savor the season with a spirited light show at locations across town.
From new light shows at Franklin Square and Penn’s Landing to holiday traditions at Macy’s and Longwood Gardens, the city and countryside are aglow with twinkling holiday lights.
Read on for last call for some of Philadelphia’s favorite holiday light shows.
• Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square: Through Today, December 31, 6th and Race streets. Today is the final day for Ben Franklin’s namesake park’s brand-new holiday light show, Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show. The show features a 10-foot-tall kite made of lights that sparkle and spread the glow to lights throughout the square and tunes recorded by the Philly Pops, and runs every 30 minutes between 4:30 and 8 p.m., weather permitting.
• Bright Lights, Big Santa at Waterfront Winterfest: Through January 5, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard. Waterfront Winterfest at Blue Cross RiverRink displays an immersive 3-D light show designed and created by Klip Collective. Bright Lights, Big Santa re-imagines old timey holiday light shows with Klip’s patented projection-mapping technology, synced music, festive color, lights, hip-hop beats and a jamming dancing Santa. The light show runs every hour between 5 and 11 p.m.
• Macy’s Christmas Light Show: Through December 31, 1300 Market Street. A Philadelphia tradition since 1956, the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s in Center City illuminates a large wall inside the Wanamaker building, a National Historic Landmark, with almost 100,000 LED lights that dance to the sounds of the Wanamaker Organ. Performances take place at the top of the hour, every two hours, from 10 a.m to 8 p.m.
• Comcast Holiday Spectacular: Through January 1, 1701 JFK Boulevard. Prepare to be impressed by the Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a festive film experience on one of the largest four-millimeter LED screens in the world featuring enchanting holiday scenes and computer generated animations. Located in the lobby of the Comcast Center in Center City, the shows run every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (no shows at 5 p.m. during the week).
• South Philadelphia: While there is no set date for the end of the holiday lights in South Philadelphia, it’s a sight that’s not to be missed. Locals have long known that the place to go for a boost of holiday spirit is South Philadelphia, a traditionally Italian enclave where the combination of civic pride and neighborhood camaraderie come together to create eye-popping homegrown lighting displays. The 1600 block of South 13th Street and Colorado and Smedley Streets are particular favorites for an instant jolt of seasonal spirit.
• Longwood Gardens Christmas: Through January 12, 1001 Longwood Road. Longwood Gardens boasts more than 500,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows to compose a brilliant wonderland the whole family is sure to love. Starting at 3:30 p.m. every day through January 12, gaze upon the large floral arrangements, holiday trees and dazzling lights. Plus, no two years are alike, each year, Longwood Gardens presents different holiday lights, decorations and displays. Timed advance tickets are required and sell out quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance.
• Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm: Through January 5, 931 Stony Hill Road, Morrisville. Running through January 5, millions of lights sparkle at Shady Brook Farm during the incredible Holiday Light Show. Experience the magical drive in your own car or hop on a moonlit hayride or horse and buggy. Reservations are recommended.