Top 15 Most Festive Things To Do For The Holidays This Week

Join the celebration this holiday season at the numerous spirited events throughout the area.

Christmas is almost here! Holiday attractions like the Macy’s Christmas Light Show, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular and Christmas Village in LOVE Park make Philadelphia a prime place to celebrate the joyous season.

From the countryside to Center City, the entire region hums with holiday spirit, and this week is the perfect chance to embrace all of the festivities that this city has to offer.

Get out there and get festive.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest transforms Penn’s Landing into a winterized riverfront holiday park for the entire season with an Olympic-size ice rink, sprawling winter garden, mountain chalet-style Lodge, holiday trees, twinkling lights, fire pits and plenty of cozy seating — plus, excellent food and drink from local culinary stars Garces Group and Franklin Fountain. It’s a must-visit spot during the holidays in Philadelphia, and is open every single day — even Christmas Day. ]

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When:Daily through February 28, 2016, including holidays
Where:Penn's Landing, Philadelphia

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Shoppers can browse goods from more than 60 vendors in more than 90 wooden booths, along with two large tents, all offering a wide range of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, toys and high-quality arts and crafts. Plus, LOVE Park is bedecked with thousands of lights, a giant Christmas tree in the center, as well as frequent performances and special events.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

When:Through Sunday, December 27 (closed Christmas Day)
Where:Christmas Village in Philadelphia, 1500 Arch Street, Philadelphia

www.philachristmas.com

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Delight in more than 50,000 twinkling lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate Franklin Square Park in alternating shows every 30 minutes (4:30 – 8 pm) during the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show. Plus, warm up with comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben’s Bites & Brews, and shop for special holiday gifts at the Holiday Market.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

When:Through Thursday, December 31
Where:Franklin Square, 200 6th Street, Philadelphia

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Macy’s Christmas Light Show

A tradition since 1955, the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City dazzles with brilliant lights, festive music and tons of cheer for holiday shoppers. The holiday spectacle features narration by the legendary Julie Andrews and the rich sounds of the famous Wanamaker Organ. 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. On the store’s third floor, the 6,000-square-foot Dickens Village features scenes setting the stage for the classic story of Scrooge.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show

When:Through Thursday, December 31 (closed Christmas Day)
Where:Macy's, 1300 Market Street, Philadelphia

www.visitmacysusa.com

Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Spanning 83.3 feet wide by 25.4 feet high, the 2,100-square-foot video wall at the Comcast Center brings spectacular original programming to visitors 18 hours a day, and the holiday season is the best time to take it all in. The high-tech show screens classic holiday images including scenes from The Nutcracker performed by the renowned Pennsylvania Ballet, a magical sleigh ride through the snow-covered Pennsylvania countryside into Center City Philadelphia, and performances by actors from Philadelphia’s historic Walnut Street Theatre.

Comcast Holiday Spectacular

When:Through Sunday, January 3
Where:Comcast Center, Philadelphia

www.visitphilly.com

A Longwood Gardens Christmas

The holidays go red, white and green at Longwood Gardens during A Longwood Gardens Christmas, featuring 500,000 glowing lights, thousands of poinsettias, vibrantly decorated trees and dancing fountains throughout the vast grounds and conservatory.

A Longwood Gardens Christmas

When:Through Sunday, January 10, 2016
Where:Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

www.longwoodgardens.org

Christmas in Peddler’s Village

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

Christmas in Peddler’s Village

When:Through Saturday, January 2, 2016
Where:Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska

www.visitphilly.com

Morris Arboretum Holiday Garden Railway

Enjoy a quarter-mile miniature railroad set within the winter wonderland that is Morris Arboretum. The annual holiday railroad celebrates the arboretum’s roots, as it is made completely from natural materials — sticks, leaves, hollowed-out logs, seeds, stones, flowers and more. Access to the Holiday Garden Railway is included with admission to the arboretum ($4-$16).

Morris Arboretum Holiday Garden Railway

When:Through Sunday, January 3 (closed December 24-25, January 1)
Where:Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia

www.morrisarboretum.org

Center City Holiday Lights

Center City alone is home to 10 great places to ooh and aah over holiday lights throughout the season. This week, stroll through neighborhood light displays along Jeweler’s Row, at City Hall and along Addison Street in Rittenhouse.

Center City Holiday Lights

When:Nightly

Holiday Performing Arts Shows

Philadelphia’s many theatrical stages are alive with holiday cheer as talented performers spread seasonal spirit in shows like A Christmas Story, the Musical; George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, The X-Mas Files and more.

Holiday Performing Arts Shows

When:Various run dates

www.uwishunu.com

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