Eight Awesome Holiday Attractions At Philadelphia’s City Hall This Season

Ice skating, a brand-new carousel, mulled wine, local shopping and more, right in the heart of the city...

Could it be Santa who brought so many festive and fun-filled gifts to City Hall this year?

With more than a handful of attractions ranging from the classic German-style Christmas Village to the brand-new Wintergarden and Maze, there are more holiday happenings than ever this season right in the heart of the city.

You could easily spend an entire day wandering around Dilworth Park and the surrounding area.

Check out this awesome video preview from Philly’s own Cory Popp and plan out your visit…

Get an early start with family-centric activities like the new holiday carousel, wrap up all of your holiday shopping and two different markets and finish the day at Rothman Ice Rink, inviting you to skate far after the sun goes down.

Below, find an overview map and all of the holiday happenings at City Hall to help you get started on planning a one-stop adventure in Philly’s Center Square.

Holidays at City Hall Overview

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Rothman Ice Rink

Rothman Ice RinkPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The festively lit Rothman Ice Rink invites those of all ages to cruise around on skates while taking in skyline views just outside of City Hall. Returning for its third year, the rink brings the unparalleled experience of skating right in the heart of our City of Brotherly Love.

Rothman Ice Rink

When:Daily through February 26; Hours vary by day
Where:City Hall west, 15th Street between Market Street and John F. Kennedy Blvd
Cost:$5 per adult, $3 per child (10 years old and under), $10 for skate rentals

www.ccdparks.org

Rothman Cabin

Rothman Ice RinkPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Set up to keep you warm after a nice, brisk skate, the Rothman Cabin offers a heated space right next to the Rothman Ice Rink. Step inside the cozy tent to enjoy hot, seasonal cocktails, a variety of craft beer and a food menu from Air Grille by Brûlée Catering, including hearty items like poutine and chili.

Rothman Cabin

When:Daily through February 26; Hours vary by day
Where:Rothman Cabin, City Hall west, 15th Street between Market Street and John F. Kennedy Blvd
Cost:Admission is free; Food and drinks are pay-as-you-go

www.ccdparks.org

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Christmas VillagePhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

With wooden houses, twinkling lights and live entertainment, Philadelphia’s German-style Christmas Village — newly located at City Hall this year — has become a holiday favorite. Here shoppers find popular gifts from Germany and around the world, including glass ornaments, music boxes, nutcrackers and more, while vendors serve up hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts to keep shoppers warm and satisfied.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

When:Daily through December 24; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday) and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Where:Christmas Village in City Hall, City Hall courtyard and the north and east perimeter of City Hall
Cost:Admission is free; Food, drink and merchandise are pay-as-you-go

www.philachristmas.com

America’s Garden Capital Maze

dilworth-winter-overview-2016-1280uw New in 2016, Dilworth Park hosts a popup maze-meets-garden created in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens. Wander through the holiday-inspired America’s Garden Capital Maze where you’ll find a variety of seasonal shrubbery and decorations. The garden also brings a series of special programming – “Orchids for the Office,” “Terrarium How To” and more – to be presented in Rothman’s heated cabin beginning in January of 2017.

America’s Garden Capital Maze

When:Through February 26; Hours vary by day
Where:Philadelphia City Hall, City Hall west, 15th and Market streets
Cost:Free

www.ccdparks.org

Philly Holiday Tree

City Hall HolidaysPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Gather at the 38-foot-tall Philly Holiday Tree to take in its wonderful array of more than three dozen over-sized, custom-made ornaments and arrangement of glistening lights. At the base, find a multimedia display featuring many of Philadelphia's neighborhoods and iconic attactions, such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Three months in the making, the tree is certainly a must-see this holiday season.

Philly Holiday Tree

When:Daily
Where:Philly Holiday Tree, City Hall west, 15th and Market streets
Cost:Free

www.phila.gov

Holiday Carousel

Christmas VillagePhoto courtesy Christmas Village

In addition to a new location, Christmas Village debuts a holiday-themed carousel this year. The carousel features 20 wood carved horses, holiday wreaths and lights — perfect for spinning into the holiday spirit!

Holiday Carousel

When:Through December 24
Where:Holiday Carousel, City Hall courtyard
Cost:$3 per ride

Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market

Made in Philadelphia Holiday MarketPhoto courtesy Center City District

Shop local at the Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market, where gift-givers can stock up on handcrafted goods made entirely by local artists, crafters and designers. Also available: lots of yummy Philly foods that will satisfy shoppers’ cravings, make great gifts or both!

Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market

When:Through December 24; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday) and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Where:Philadelphia City Hall, City Hall west, 15th and Market Streets
Cost:Admission is free; Merchandise is pay-as-you-go

www.ccdparks.org

LOVE Sculpture

You can now find the LOVE sculpture smack in the heart of our City of Brotherly Love. Temporarily relocated to Dilworth Park while LOVE Park undergoes renovations, the Robert Indiana work of art stands waiting for you capture all of its love from the lens of your camera (or smartphone) in between enjoying the other City Hall area attractions.

LOVE Sculpture

When:Daily
Where:LOVE Sculpture, City Hall west, Market and 15th Streets
Cost:Free

www.visitphilly.com

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  1. These to-do things at Dilworth Plaza are hardly free as they all involve paying for something: carousel rides, Christmas Village wares, ice skating and skate rental, etc. What about free Christmas movies, carolers to listen to, etc.?!

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