The Biggest Holiday Happenings Hitting Philly In November

Christmas Village, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Light Show and more...

Happy Holidays, Philly!

With the start of November, we can embrace the official start of the holiday season.

From the first sign of frost, Philadelphians take the cue to bundle up (it’s jacket season, folks!) and kick off the season of holiday cheer.

In the coming days and weeks, some of the city’s huge holiday attractions launch their 2016-2017 seasons in the City of Brotherly Love. In Historic Philadelphia, Franklin Square’s popular (and beautiful!) Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle light show opens November 10, the ice rink and warming tent at Dilworth Park open November 11, RiverRink Winterfest opens on November 25 — and that’s just the highlights of the holiday happenings in store this month.

Plus, a holiday garden maze opens for the first time ever at Dilworth Park to add to the ice skating, holiday shopping, a giant Christmas tree and more at the Center City park.

Read on for the biggest holiday events hitting Philly this month.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Light Show

Franklin SquarePhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer fill historic Franklin Square for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show. The main feature is the Electrical Spectacle Light Show, which utilizes thousands and thousands of twinkling lights and a dynamic holiday soundtrack. The seasonal outdoor attraction rounds out the ongoing festivities with a winter beer garden, seasonal eats from SquareBurger, Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around the square and a handful of other fun-filled events.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Light Show

When:Opens Thursday, November 10
Where:Franklin Square, 200 6th Street
Cost:Free admission

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Wintergarden at Dilworth Park

New this year, Dilworth Park hosts a pop-up 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. Adjacent to the Rothman Institute Ice Rink, the garden will also bring a series of special programming — "Orchids for the Office," "Terrarium How To" and more — to be presented in Rothman's heated cabin.

Wintergarden at Dilworth Park

When:Opens November 11
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

www.ccdparks.org

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Dilworth ParkPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Those looking to ice skate in the heart of Philadelphia can pack up their cold-weather gear and head to the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, opening for its third year. Skaters of all levels and ages are invited to cruise around the rink while taking in skyline views just outside of City Hall. Afterward, warm up in the Rothman Institute Cabin, offering a variety of eats and the ultimate post-ice-skating treat — hot chocolate.

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

When:Opens Friday, November 11
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:$3-$10

www.ccdparks.org

Christmas In Peddler’s Village

Peddler's VillagePhoto courtesy Peddler's Village

With more than 70 specialty shops and seven restaurants, Peddler’s Village in beautiful Bucks County is perfect for holiday shopping. The village often offers extended shopping hours throughout the holiday season, which allows for even more time to take in the area's beautiful, festive decorations.

Christmas In Peddler’s Village

When:November 18-January 2, 2017
Where:Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Pay as you go

www.peddlersvillage.com

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

Sesame PlacePhoto courtesy Sesame Place

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place is a festive celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and festive decorations all around. Sing along at three special Christmas shows and a spectacular music and light show at the giant 1-2-3 Christmas Tree, and take a train ride tour through the Twiddlebugs’ Gingerbread Cookie Factory on the Sesame Place Furry Express.

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

When:November 19-January 1, 2017
Where:Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
Cost:$27 online, $32 at the door

www.sesameplace.com

Holiday Light Show at Shadybrook Farm

More than three million lights sparkle at Shady Brook Farm during the incredible Holiday Light Show. Experience the magical drive in your own car or hop on an open-air tractor-drawn wagon. Also, don’t forget to stop and get your picture taken with Santa at Santa’s Village.

Holiday Light Show at Shadybrook Farm

When:November 19-January 8, 2017
Where:Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley
Cost:$12 per wagon ride

www.shadybrookfarm.com

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving Day ParadePhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Celebrating its 97th year, the 1.4-mile spectacle along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country, and it continues to dazzle visitors with massive balloons, eye-catching floats, festive music, entertaining performances and visits from Santa. Head down to the parkway on Thanksgiving to experience it for yourself!

Thanksgiving Day Parade

When:Thursday, November 24, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Where:20th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Cost:Free

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The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Comcast Holiday SpectacularPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Shown on the state-of-the-art Comcast Experience video wall at The Comcast Center, The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is filled with sights and sounds of the season. Since its debut in 2008, more than 1.6 million people have experienced the wonderful must-see holiday show in the Comcast Center lobby. Now an annual holiday tradition, the 15-minute Comcast Holiday Spectacular takes visitors on a festive, musical journey featuring classic family favorites like "Carol of the Bells," "Jingle Bell Rock" and "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

When:November 24-January 1, 2017
Where:Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard
Cost:Free

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The Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Christmas VillagePhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

With its medieval-village type setting, Philadelphia’s open-air, European-style Christmas Village has become a favorite tradition. Housed at City Hall this year, shoppers find popular Christmas gifts from a variety of craft vendors, including glass ornaments, music boxes, nutcrackers, handmade blankes and more while food vendors serve up hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts to keep shoppers warm and satisfied.

The Christmas Village in Philadelphia

When:November 24-December 24
Where:Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 JFK Boulevard

www.philachristmas.com

A Longwood Christmas

Longwood GardensPhoto courtesy Longwood Gardens

The holidays go red, white and green at Longwood Gardens during A Longwood Gardens Christmas, featuring 500,000 twinkling lights, colorful fountains and beautifully adorned trees.

A Longwood Christmas

When:November 24-January 8, 2017
Where:Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost:Non-Peak Admission, $23 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, $12 for children ages 5-18; Peak Admission, $30 for adults, $27 for seniors and students, $16 for children ages 5-18

longwoodgardens.org

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

WinterfestPhoto courtesy DRWC

This Thanksgiving weekend, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest opens for its 2016-2017 season. Starting on November 25, enjoy ice skating, festive food and drinks, tons of holiday lights, games and more at the Penn's Landing attraction.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When:November 25-March 5, 2017
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:General admission, free; skating admission, $3; skate rental, $10

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Macy’s Christmas Light Show

Macy'sPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

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. People of all ages delight in the 100,000 LED lights and complimentary sounds from the Wanamaker Organ. Performances take place at multiple times each day.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show

When:November 25-December 31
Where:Macy's, 1300 Market Street
Cost:Free

www.wanamakerorgan.com

Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad

Reading Terminal MarketPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Every holiday season, Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia’s indoor haven for all things food, sets up a super impressive 500-square-foot holiday railroad in its piano court. Guests ooh and aah over the 14 working train lines and miniature scenery of Center City and the countryside, all set up around almost one-third of a mile of track.

Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad

When:November 25-December 31
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Free

www.readingterminalmarket.org


For more November festivals and events in Philadelphia, check out the top things to do this month on visitphilly.com.

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