As soon as the holiday season kicks off in Philadelphia, so do the holiday festivals! Use our guide, courtesy to PNC Arts Alive Holiday Spectacular, and grab your family or friends to check out the light displays, gift shopping, tasty treats, and more special events at these holiday festivals within the city’s neighborhoods and throughout the suburbs. If you get a great festival photo share it with us on Instagram @Phillyfunguide.
Celebrate the season along America’s most historic square mile with new Historic Holiday Nights in Old City, presented by VISIT PHILADELPHIA® and Old City District. On Thursdays, between December 1-22nd, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, enjoy $5 holiday-inspired drinks and offer special menu items at 20+ restaurants, plus look for extended shopping hours, special sales, events and discounts at 25+ retailers and boutiques.
The 2016 Franklin Square Holiday Festival includes a winter beer garden with fire pits and the brand new Ben’s Sweets & Treats to create and taste a variety of tasty treats. Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO, a free light show that illuminates the Square with more than 50,000 lights to a soundtrack of holiday classics.
Christmas Village in Philadelphia presented by NRG returns to Philadelphia for the 2016 holiday season at an exciting new location. Philadelphia’s largest holiday attraction will this year transform Philadelphia’s City Hall (1400 JFK Blvd.) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market, open daily between Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24, 2016 and Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2016.
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) has teamed up with great partners to once again transform Penn’s Landing into a winter wonderland called Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, open to the public from November 27, 2015 to February 28, 2016. This outdoor ice skating rink on the river is surrounded by a beautifully lit winter forest featuring a majestic holiday tree and a chalet-style Lodge with food and beverages from some of Philly’s finest establishments. A new feature this year is an entire part of the site dedicated to stylized winter warming cottages, Franklin Fountain’s Confectionery Cabin, and fire pits. Click here for more Winterfest events!