Philadelphia is a city blessed with many wonderful holiday traditions, many of which charmingly feature once very cool but now very dated technology. The newest attraction though is state of the art. The Comcast Holiday Spectacular utilizes the LED video wall at the Comcast Center, which just so happens to be the world’s largest. Last time I was there, I saw a huge crowd, most of whom didn’t appear to be Center City office workers.
The 15 minute show runs on the hour. Scenes include a condensed version of The Nutcracker, a big-band dance number on the Art Museum steps, a realistic sleigh ride, an ice skating number, and a children’s choir. Of course a portion of it is on YouTube. Modern life being what it is, we watched the YouTube video on my phone while waiting for the real thing to begin.
I recommend stopping by the Comcast Center concourse first for a cannoli from Termini Brothers to enjoy during the show. Give me a cannoli and I’ll stand through quite a few video musical dance numbers. The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is a great addition to Center City’s holiday attractions. It is a tradition I expect that will get better every year, especially as they figure out how to make best use of the challenging gap-tooth shaped video screen.
Holiday Lights @ Comcast
Up through New Years Day!
On the hour from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m, with the exception of 5pm on weekdays.
1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA