Spend the eve after Christmas soaking up the remaining holiday cheer in the Philadelphia region. Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square provides guests with festive tunes, twinkling lights and food truck fare until 8 p.m. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Christmas may officially be over, but the holiday cheer is still palpable all across the city.
For some final holiday fun, visit Franklin Square for its Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show, a new addition to Philadelphia’s holiday lights scene. In addition to festive tunes and sparkling lights, the holiday light show welcomes rotating food trucks for hungry guests. While the food truck schedule is subject to change, tonight, look forward to top-notch mobile eats.
For those looking for a break from the holiday spirit, visit The Barnes Foundation or Franklin Institute as they both provide guests with additional late-night hours for plenty of holiday week fun.
Our top picks for tonight, below.
• Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square: Every night, the holiday light show, Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square welcomes an onslaught of food trucks in addition to tons of holiday cheer. The new addition to the historic park encompasses more than 50,000 lights, holiday tunes sung by the The Philly Pops, a 10-foot-tall illuminated kite and much more. The lights are set to shine eight times daily every 30 minutes between 4:30 and 8 p.m. While each night’s food trucks are subject to change, cross your fingers for eats from The Grill Cheese and Undrgrnd Donuts, as they’re set to serve tonight.
When: Thursday, December 26, 4:30-8 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets
• Extended Hours at The Barnes Foundation: The Barnes Foundation ushers in art lovers until 9 p.m. this evening for its special holiday week extended hours. Discover the renowned collection after hours as a special end of the year treat. Can’t make it tonight? The museum offers extended hours through December 31, click here for the schedule.
When: Thursday, December 26, open until 9 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Adults, $22; Seniors, $20; Students and Youth (ages 6-18), $10; Children under 5, free
• Extended Hours at The Franklin Institute: In celebration of the holiday week, The Franklin Institute opens its doors to late-night guests all week long. Tonight, stroll through the museum until 7 p.m. and discover the museum’s marquee exhibition, One Day in Pompeii, until 9 p.m. (last admission is at 7:30 p.m.). Late-night guests can also look forward to hands-on projects, discussions and more.
When: Thursday, December 26, Museum open until 7 p.m., Pompeii open until 9 p.m.
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost: $16.50, adults; $12.50, children
• Macy’s Christmas Light Show: Christmas may be over, but the holiday lights still spread cheer for all to enjoy. Be sure to visit the Macy’s Christmas Light Show as it illuminates the grand lobby of Macy’s Center City. Tonight at 4, 6 and 8 p.m., listen to Julie Andrews narrate a holiday story to the music of the famous Wanamaker Organ while more than 100,000 energy-efficient multicolored LED lights create dazzling holiday images on the four-story-high velvet curtain of the Grand Court atrium.
When: Thursday, December 26, 4, 6, 8 p.m.
Where: Macy’s Center City, 1300 Market Street
• Waterfront Winterfest at Blue Cross RiverRink: Ice skating, a holiday light show, a 500-person warming tent and beer garden and restaurant take over Penn’s Landing at Waterfront Winterfest at Blue Cross RiverRink. Plus, tonight, look forward to special extended hours of the Art Star Craft Market as it provides guests with local shopping from an array of vendors until 8 p.m.
When: Thursday, December 26, until 1 a.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go
• Christmas Village: Complete all of your belated Christmas shopping at the Christmas Village at Love Park, an outdoor holiday market with more than 60 vendors selling items like holiday ornaments, jewelry, crafts and toys. Stop in for a bite or drink at the heated restaurant which offers shoppers eats including bratwurst with sauerkraut, strudels and pretzels and drinks including mulled wine and hot chocolate.
When: Thursday, December 26, until 7 p.m.
Where: Love Park, 1500 Arch Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Comcast Holiday Spectacular: Just because Christmas 2013 has passed doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sights of the season! Experience high-definition images of sugarplums during the sixth year of the Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a holiday show projected onto one of the world’s largest 4-mm LED video walls. This evening, the show runs every hour, on the hour until 8 p.m., with the exception of 5 p.m.
When: Thursday, December 26, until 8 p.m.
Where: Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard