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    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

    Historic Holiday Nights in Old City

    Old City District

     

    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.

     

    Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle

     

    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

    City Hall Courtyard

     

    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.

    Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

     

    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!

    More great holiday festivals to enjoy!

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    Revolutionary Christmas
    Christ Church Preservation Trust
    December 8th, 2017 - December 22nd, 2017
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    Handel Messiah Philadelphia
    Vox Ama Deus
    December 15th, 2017
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    Handel Messiah Wayne
    Vox Ama Deus
    December 17th, 2017
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    THE COMCAST HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR
    Comcast
    November 23rd, 2017 - January 1st, 2018
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    Christmas Village in Philadelphia
    German American Marketing, Inc.
    November 18th, 2017 - December 24th, 2017
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    Tuba Christmas
    Kimmel Center for the Performing...
    December 17th, 2017
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    Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm
    Shady Brook Farm, Inc.
    November 18th, 2017 - January 7th, 2018
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    OUTDOORS
    A Longwood Christmas
    Longwood Gardens
    November 23rd, 2017 - January 7th, 2018
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    THEATRE
    An Evening Under the MistlePoe
    The Mechanical Theater
    December 17th, 2017
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    A Motown Christmas
    New Bethel Church of Germantown
    December 16th, 2017
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    MUSIC
    A Philly POPS Christmas
    Kimmel Center for the Performing...
    December 1st, 2017 - December 19th, 2017
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    HOLIDAY
    Holiday Tours at Historic Pennypacker Mills
    Pennypacker Mills
    November 21st, 2017 - January 7th, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Yuletide at Winterthur
    Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
    November 18th, 2017 - January 7th, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Open House: Pop-Up Holiday Market
    The Barnes Foundation
    December 15th, 2017
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    DANCE
    George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®
    Pennsylvania Ballet
    December 8th, 2017 - December 31st, 2017
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    HOLIDAY
    Fonthill Castle's Winter Wonderland Tours
    Fonthill Castle
    December 2nd, 2017 - December 31st, 2017
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    MUSIC
    Holiday Music with the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
    Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale
    December 16th, 2017
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    MUSIC
    Holiday in Old City
    Singing City
    December 17th, 2017
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    KIDS
    Spirit of Philadelphia Silver Bells and Santa Lunch Cruises
    Spirit of Philadelphia
    December 1st, 2017 - December 31st, 2017
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Photos with Santa
    Cashman & Associates
    November 18th, 2017 - December 24th, 2017
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    TOURS
    Historic Odessa's 2017 Christmas Holiday Tours
    Historic Odessa Foundation
    November 14th, 2017 - December 31st, 2017
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    KIDS
    Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia
    LEGOLAND Discovery Center...
    November 25th, 2017 - December 31st, 2017
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    MUSEUMS
    Being __ at Christmas
    National Museum of American Jewish...
    December 25th, 2017
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    DANCE
    George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®
    Pennsylvania Ballet
    December 27th, 2017
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    MUSEUMS
    The 15th Annual Antique Toy Train Show
    The Museum of American History at...
    November 24th, 2017 - January 28th, 2018
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    DANCE
    George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® - Student Matinee
    Pennsylvania Ballet
    December 15th, 2017
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    DANCE
    The Nutcracker with the Donetsk Ballet
    International Ballet Exchange
    December 16th, 2017 - December 17th, 2017
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    Under the Tree: A Century of Holiday Trees and Toys
    Mercer Museum
    November 18th, 2017 - December 31st, 2017
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    MUSEUMS
    WheatonArts Annual Holiday Studio Sale
    WheatonArts and Cultural Center
    November 24th, 2017 - December 31st, 2017
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    HOLIDAY
    Tesoro Design Holiday Open Studio Hours
    Tesoro Design
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    THE COMCAST HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR
    Comcast
    November 23rd, 2017 - January 1st, 2018
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    Christmas Village in Philadelphia
    German American Marketing, Inc.
    November 18th, 2017 - December 24th, 2017
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Holiday Celebrations
    Penns Woods Winery
    December 2nd, 2017 - December 17th, 2017

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