When you think of the holiday season, visions of hot cocoa, bright lights, and sweet treats probably come to mind. Holiday festivals bring all that warmth of the season together in one place for the whole family to enjoy!
What's better than being in one place where you can do your shopping, grab a snack and go ice skating without having to change locations? Here are some of the best holiday festivals are right here in Philly!
The South Philadelphia branch of the Free Library, The Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia, 3rd District Police Department team up to throw the community a traditional Christmas Posada, or Posada Navideña. A Posada is a celebration of the nine days leading up to the Holy Nativity; traditions include reenactments of the Nativity, where Mary and Joseph lead a procession to homes set up as "inns".
Find something for the whole family at the Holiday Art Star Pop Up Market, December 15-December 16. Head to the brand new Cherry Street Pier for over 30 local craft and art vendors selling handmade goods, with a special appearance from City Planter. Guests can also enjoy food, drinks and a gift wrap station when it's all done.
No one quite does a light spectacle like Franklin Square, from the Chinese Lantern Festival in the summer time, to the holiday season, this historic landmark always brings the magic. Their annual Holiday Festival is no exception as their Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO will blow you away! Other activities include Santa Saturdays, Seasonal Sounds on Sundays, the Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train and the famed Franklin Square carousel.
Experience the magic of Chestnut Hill during the holiday season with their annual Stag and Doe Nights! Stroll the picturesque neighborhood as local shops, bars and restaurants stay open late to welcome in the holiday season. Every Wednesday evening until December 19, is a local winter wonderland in Chestnut Hill as visitors will have opportunities to meet Santa Claus, hear carolers and lean into the holiday cheer.
Stroll Main Street in the city's Manayunk neighborhood every Thursday until December 20 with the Manayunk Holiday Stroll! Fun for the whole family to enjoy, the stroll is a full day of fun, holiday offerings from special happy hours to themed retail promotions.