December 22-25, 2017

Long Weekend Picks: Christmas Celebrations, Holiday Dinners, The Eagles At The Linc And More

It's a major holiday weekend in Philadelphia — and there are more than 50 great things to do...

It’s Christmas weekend in Philadelphia, which means holiday spirit is spilling out of shops, theaters, restaurants, parks and stadiums throughout the entire city.

The long weekend is a great time to check a few of the city’s holiday attractions and events off your holiday to-do list, including Christmas Light Show at Macy’s, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, the many fun holiday pop-ups around City Hall and more.

It’s also the last weekend for a number of holiday attractions, including Christmas Village, the Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad and two City Hall attractions: the Craft Hall Pop-Up Restaurant and carousel.

And the Philadelphia Eagles host the Oakland Raiders for an invigorating Christmas night match up at Lincoln Financial Field.

It’s a long weekend, which means it’s a great time to book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, which comes with $235 in free perks, including free hotel parking, free tickets to Terracotta Warriors at The Franklin Institute, free ice skating and admission at RiverRink Winterfest and a $25 Garces gift card.

We’ll be out celebrating the holiday through Monday, but be sure to follow Uwishunu on Instagram and Twitter for updates throughout the long weekend.

Read on for our guide to this holiday weekend in Philadelphia.

Friday, December 22

Top Pick

Boathouse Row Holiday Lighting: Christmas

New this year, a five-minute light show sparkles on this iconic Philadelphia landmark at the top of every hour starting at 6 p.m. through Christmas Day...

MORE HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

A high-resolution LED display shows a 15-minute show featuring dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet and a magical sleigh soaring through Philadelphia's skyscape...

A Very Philly Holiday at One Liberty Observation Deck

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

A Very Philadelphia Holiday transforms the 360-degree platform at the top of the skyscraper to honor three great local traditions: The Mummers, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Miracle on 13th Street...

Spectacular Holiday Light Displays Throughout Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

From the Miracle on 13th Street and the Smedley Street Christmas Light Spectacular to the Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm and the brand-new Deck the Hall Light Show at City Hall, the holidays shine bright in Philly...

Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Marvel at the world's tallest underwater Christmas tree and see Scuba Santa and his "elfish" helpers swimming beneath the surface and celebrating the season...

A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Thousands of topiaries, wreaths and more transform Longwood Gardens' Conservatory into a winter wonderland, while 500,000 lights glitter outside...

Christmas at Peddler's Village

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Bucks County's holiday hub features more than one million lights, the annual Gingerbread Competition & Display and more...

LIVE MUSIC, COMEDY AND DANCE

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Part of Parkway 100, this free, outdoor exhibition illuminates the Parkway with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes...

Prisons Today at Eastern State Penitentiary

(Fri, Sat)

Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to the nation’s first major museum exhibition addressing preconceptions surrounding incarceration in America...

The courtyard of Philadelphia's City Hall is home to a glowing carousel through Christmas Eve 2017. (Photo courtesy Philly Holiday Festival)

Saturday, December 23

Top Pick

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

The popular waterfront attraction is back with a chalet-style Lodge Restaurant and Bar, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, a stellar view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and more...

Liberty Flea

The expert vintage purveyors of The Captain's Vintage bring a curated wintertime market to the super-cool Bok Building in South Philly...

MORE HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

A high-resolution LED display shows a 15-minute show featuring dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet and a magical sleigh soaring through Philadelphia's skyscape...

A Very Philly Holiday at One Liberty Observation Deck

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

A Very Philadelphia Holiday transforms the 360-degree platform at the top of the skyscraper to honor three great local traditions: The Mummers, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Miracle on 13th Street...

Spectacular Holiday Light Displays Throughout Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

From the Miracle on 13th Street and the Smedley Street Christmas Light Spectacular to the Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm and the brand-new Deck the Hall Light Show at City Hall, the holidays shine bright in Philly...

Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Marvel at the world's tallest underwater Christmas tree and see Scuba Santa and his "elfish" helpers swimming beneath the surface and celebrating the season...

A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Thousands of topiaries, wreaths and more transform Longwood Gardens' Conservatory into a winter wonderland, while 500,000 lights glitter outside...

Christmas at Peddler's Village

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Bucks County's holiday hub features more than one million lights, the annual Gingerbread Competition & Display and more...

LIVE MUSIC, COMEDY AND DANCE

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Part of Parkway 100, this free, outdoor exhibition illuminates the Parkway with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes...

Prisons Today at Eastern State Penitentiary

(Fri, Sat)

Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to the nation’s first major museum exhibition addressing preconceptions surrounding incarceration in America...

Lit trees at A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens

At A Longwood Christmas, 500,000 lights glitter in the trees, and gloriously renovated fountains dance to seasonal music. (Photo by Eileen Tercha for Longwood Gardens)

Sunday, December 24

Top Pick

Christmas Eve Dinners in Philadelphia

Give yourself the gift of relaxation — and give your loved ones the gift of guaranteed deliciousness — with a restaurant reservation this Christmas Eve...

MORE HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

A high-resolution LED display shows a 15-minute show featuring dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet and a magical sleigh soaring through Philadelphia's skyscape...

A Very Philly Holiday at One Liberty Observation Deck

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

A Very Philadelphia Holiday transforms the 360-degree platform at the top of the skyscraper to honor three great local traditions: The Mummers, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Miracle on 13th Street...

Spectacular Holiday Light Displays Throughout Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

From the Miracle on 13th Street and the Smedley Street Christmas Light Spectacular to the Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm and the brand-new Deck the Hall Light Show at City Hall, the holidays shine bright in Philly...

Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Marvel at the world's tallest underwater Christmas tree and see Scuba Santa and his "elfish" helpers swimming beneath the surface and celebrating the season...

A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Thousands of topiaries, wreaths and more transform Longwood Gardens' Conservatory into a winter wonderland, while 500,000 lights glitter outside...

Christmas at Peddler's Village

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Bucks County's holiday hub features more than one million lights, the annual Gingerbread Competition & Display and more...

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Part of Parkway 100, this free, outdoor exhibition illuminates the Parkway with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes...

Fly, Eagles, fly! (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Eagles)

Monday, December 25

Washington Crossing Reenactment

Join hundreds of re-enactors and thousands of attendees on the banks of the Delaware River for the annual reenactment of George Washington's infamous Christmas Day crossing...

HOLIDAY ATTRACTIONS OPEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

The popular waterfront attraction is back with a chalet-style Lodge Restaurant and Bar, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, a stellar view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and more...

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

A high-resolution LED display shows a 15-minute show featuring dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet and a magical sleigh soaring through Philadelphia's skyscape...

Spectacular Holiday Light Displays Throughout Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

From the Miracle on 13th Street and the Smedley Street Christmas Light Spectacular to the Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm and the brand-new Deck the Hall Light Show at City Hall, the holidays shine bright in Philly...

A Very Philly Holiday at One Liberty Observation Deck

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

A Very Philadelphia Holiday transforms the 360-degree platform at the top of the skyscraper to honor three great local traditions: The Mummers, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Miracle on 13th Street...

Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Marvel at the world's tallest underwater Christmas tree and see Scuba Santa and his "elfish" helpers swimming beneath the surface and celebrating the season...

A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Thousands of topiaries, wreaths and more transform Longwood Gardens' Conservatory into a winter wonderland, while 500,000 lights glitter outside...

EXHIBITIONS OPEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY

Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Part of Parkway 100, this free, outdoor exhibition illuminates the Parkway with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes...

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