Philly Holiday Festival Launches Five Weeks Of Free Festive Happenings Citywide

Enjoy light shows, ice skating, seasonal fare, holiday shopping and more during the city's official holiday celebration...

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Holiday cheer blankets Philadelphia from river to river from November 22 to January 1 during the Philly Holiday Festival, the city’s giant, collaborative celebration featuring more than 20 holiday happenings in Center City, Old City, Fairmount Park, South Philadelphia and beyond.


  • The Philly Holiday Festival runs from November 22, 2018 through January 1, 2019.
  • More than 20 free holiday events and attractions pop up for the five-week-long celebration.
  • Visitors can enjoy ice skating, holiday lights, seasonal fare, shopping and more at locations citywide.
  • Many of the events and programming are free.

The Philly Holiday Festival presented by One Liberty Observation Deck features some of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions, like the 6abc/Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade (Thursday, November 22), the Macy’s Christmas Light Show (November 23 – December 31), A Very Philly Christmas at the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park (December 1-21, select dates) and the SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade (January 1, 2019).

Attractions and Events

The city’s official holiday tree, located at The Met Holiday Plaza, is trimmed with more than 2,000 lights and decorations that represent this year’s theme of love. The largest tree to date — 65 feet tall! — is also supported by a new, custom-made steel base with designs representing signature Philadelphia landmarks, portions of the city’s skyline and more than 20 of Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods. The city’s giant tree-lighting celebration takes place on Wednesday, November 28 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Also at City Hall, visitors can ice skate around the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink (November 9, 2018 – February 24, 2019); cozy up with a warm beverage at the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin (November 9, 2018 – February 24, 2019); indulge in fresh-baked bread and smoked meats at the Craft Hall Pop-Up Restaurant (November 23 – December 23); stroll through the seasonal plant arrangements at the Wintergarden (November 9, 2018 – February 24, 2019) and more.

(Photo by M. Stanley for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest features fire pits, a game room, a chalet-style lodge with food and beverages, confectionary cabin and more.

For holiday shoppers, the Christmas Village at LOVE Park (November 22 – December 24), the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park (November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019) and the Christmas Tree Stand Holiday Market at Cherry Street Pier (November 23 – December 24) all feature excellent vendors selling a variety of wares and specialty foods that make perfect gifts.

There’s no shortage of holiday lights to see either! The Deck the Hall Light Show at City Hall (November 19, 2018 – January 1, 2019), Boathouse Row Festival of Lights (December 2-31) and the Franklin Square Holiday Festival (November 15 – December 31) return this year to dazzle crowds throughout the season.

And the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront (December 31) is once again slated to cap off the festival in bold, brilliant fashion with two grand fireworks displays at 6 p.m. and at midnight.

For more information about all of the fantastic Philly Holiday Festival events and attractions, click here.

Happy holidays!

Philly Holiday Festival

When:November 22, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Where:Various locations including City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Cost:Varies by event



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