Merry Christmas Eve, Philadelphia!
Throughout the city, halls are decked with twinkling trees, Christmas lights festoon windows and yuletide spirit makes the entire City of Brotherly Love feel merry and bright. From Old City to Rittenhouse Square, the city of Philadelphia is truly a magical place to spend the holiday season.
Today, we’re rounding up the weekend’s festivities early to coincide with Christmas revelry, so be sure to make the most of the long holiday weekend by taking in holiday traditions like the Macy’s Christmas Light Show and Pennsylvania Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker or new holiday attractions like Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival and RiverRink Winterfest.
For folks looking towards holiday feasting, give yourself a present this year and let the pros do the yuletide cooking at a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner.
Those seeking cultural enrichment have many options, too, with most museums remaining open until 3 p.m. (or later) on December 24, including attractions at Independence National Historical Park, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, the Please Touch Museum, Adventure Aquarium and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Note that most attractions are closed on Christmas Day with the exceptions noted below.
No matter how you’re celebrating, we wish you joy and happiness in the coming days — and plenty of good times, too.
Read on for our guide to this holiday weekend.
Wednesday, December 24
Top Pick: Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Skating and More at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Moo Shu Jew Show
Thursday, December 25 — Merry Christmas!
Top Pick: Christmas Crossing of the Delaware
Top Pick: A Longwood Christmas (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: A Guide To Holiday Events And Happenings In Philadelphia’s Countryside This Season (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Friday, December 26
Top Pick: Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Comcast Holiday Spectacular (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Ice Rink at Dilworth Park (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Holiday Week at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
This Is the Week That Is at the Play’s and Players Theater (Fri, Sat, Sun)
A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Stomp at the Merriam Theater (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Holiday Shops at A Brandywine Christmas (Fri, Sat, Sun)
David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Chocolate: The Exhibition at The Academy Of Natural Sciences (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Saturday, December 27
Top Pick: Free Metered Parking After 11 a.m. — Take Advantage of the Post-Christmas Shopping Deals!
Top Pick: 18 Festive Ways To Spend Your Holiday Nights In Philadelphia This Season (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Macy’s Christmas Light Show (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Yuletide at Winterthur (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Holiday Tours (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Mulled Wine Weekends at Penn’s Woods Winery (Sat, Sun)
Sunday, December 28
Top Pick: Philly PHLASH Holiday Service (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Franklin Square Holiday Festival (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Christmas Village at Love Park (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Mary Poppins at the Walnut Street Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out at the Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Outside Mullingar at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Teddy Bear Tea at The Rittenhouse Hotel (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
William Glackens at The Barnes Foundation (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)