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  • Holiday Lights in Philadelphia

    Published: November 18, 2021

    By: Frances Ellison & Phillyfunguide Staff

    • Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

    One of the best local holiday traditions is seeing all of the beautiful light displays across the city and Philly has some of the best. If you're traveling around Philadelphia during the holiday season, you won’t be disappointed! From local businesses to entire residential neighborhoods--everyone goes above and beyond in holiday decorating.

     

    Below is our list of the top holiday light displays, the cream of the crop if you will. Light shows, spectaculars and festivals, oh my!*

     

    Did we miss any? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @Phillyfunguide!

     

    *Please be sure to view and participate in these holiday spectaculars safely. For up-to-date information on the City of Philadelphia's COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, visit their official website.

    • Macy's
      1300 Market Street Philadelphia PA 19107

    Macy's Christmas Light Show

    Macy's Center City

     

    A Philadelphia tradition since 1956, the Christmas Light Show at Macy's in Center City illuminates a large wall inside the Wanamaker Building, a National Historic Landmark, with almost 100,000 LED lights that dance to the sounds of the Wanamaker Organ. This year, the Christmas Light Show and popular Dickens' Village will be virtual! Find out how to enjoy both on their official website.

    The Miracle on South 13th Street

    South Philadelphia

     

    In South Philly, just a few blocks off of bustling East Passyunk Avenue, the 1600 block of South 13th Street is known in Philadelphia as the Miracle on South 13th Street. The elaborate lights hung on neighborhood homes along this stretch has been a must-see holiday lights destination for many years!

    • Jewelers' Row
      Sansom Street between 7th and 8th Streets and on 8th Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets

    Jewelers' Row Holiday Lights

    Jewelers' Row

     

    Many Philadelphia neighborhoods go all out for the holidays, creating spectacular presentations of lights and decorations. The city’s Jewelers’ Row, comprising 300 retailers, wholesalers and craftsmen on Sansom Street between 7th and 8th Streets and on 8th Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets, features a light display rivaled only by the gems that adorn the shops’ windows. Fun fact: this display can be seen in Silver Linings Playbook.

    • Longwood Gardens
      1001 Longwood Road, Route 1 and Route 52, Kennett Square, PA 19348

    A Longwood Christmas

    Longwood Gardens

     

    Stroll through Longwood Gardens' spawling Christmas wonderland with cozy fire pits, beautifully adorned trees and their beloved Holiday Garden Railway. Admission this year is ticketed; make sure to read over their visiting guidelines before attending.

    Boathouse Row Lights

    Boathouse Row

     

    The lights of Boathouse Row can be seen reflecting on the Schuylkill River throughout the year, but with them having recently been updated with brand new lights last year, now is the perfect time to check them out!

    More holiday lights in the Philadelphia area:

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    OUTDOORS
    Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular presented by Dietz & Watson
    Spectacor Events & Entertainment
    November 26th, 2021 - January 2nd, 2022
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Dasher's Lightshow - Philadelphia
    Belmont Hills Public Library
    December 2nd, 2021 - January 2nd, 2022
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Barn and Vineyard Illumination Event
    Bishop Estate Vineyard and Winery
    December 4th, 2021
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    MUSEUMS
    Holiday Lights Meander: 30-Minute “On Your Own” Timed Holiday Experience
    Mercer Museum
    December 4th, 2021 - December 31st, 2021
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    LumiNature at Philly Zoo presented by Chase!
    Philadelphia Zoo
    November 18th, 2021 - January 9th, 2022
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Manayunk Get Lit!
    Manayunk Development Corporation
    November 18th, 2021 - December 15th, 2021
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Holiday Light Nights
    Manayunk Development Corporation
    December 2nd, 2021 - December 30th, 2021
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Holiday Fun in West Chester This Weekend
    Greater West Chester Chamber of...
    December 31st, 2021 - January 1st, 2022
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    9th Annual New Year's Eve Celebration Kennett Square PA
    www.LaserLightShow.ORG
    December 31st, 2021 - January 1st, 2022

    Find more fun holiday events on our PNC Arts Alive Holiday Spectacular page (starting November 29!) and sign up for Funsavers to learn more about your favorite arts organizations!

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