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    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 travelling 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 creme 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!

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    The Comcast Holiday Spectacular
    Comcast Center
    November 22nd, 2018 - January 1st, 2019

    The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

    The Comcast Center

     

    Prepare to be impressed by the Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a festive film experience on one of the largest four-millimeter LED screens in the world featuring enchanting holiday scenes and computer generated animations.

    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.

    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!

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    Franklin Square Holiday Festival
    Historic Philadelphia Inc. Center
    November 15th, 2018 - December 31st, 2018

    Franklin Square Holiday Festival

    Franklin Square

     

    The 2018 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.

    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.

    A Longwood Christmas

    Longwood Gardens

     

    A towering 18-foot Fraser Fir exquisitely decorated with a garland of musical instruments takes center stage in the elegant Music Room. Organ sing-alongs, strolling carolers, and performances fill the Gardens with festive cheer. Delight in holiday horticulture showcasing more than 6,000 seasonal plants.

    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 earlier this year, now is the perfect time to check them out!

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    Christmas Village in Philadelphia
    Christmas Village Philadelphia
    November 22nd, 2018 - December 24th, 2018

    Christmas Village in Philadelphia

    LOVE Park

     

    Modeled after traditional German Christmas markets dating as far back as the Middle Ages, Christmas Village is back through December 24 to bring some Western European charm to Center City. With over 80 vendors selling everything from food and drinks to homemade crafts, it's impossible to leave empty handed. If that wasn't enough, their robust event schedule is sure to keep you in awe. Don't miss out on what has quickly become a Philly holiday staple! For more information on Christmas Village's season, read our full editorial!

    More holiday events in the Philadelphia area:

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    MUSEUMS
    Brandywine Christmas
    Brandywine River Museum of Art
    November 23rd, 2018 - January 6th, 2019
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    Holiday Tours
    Pennypacker Mills
    November 20th, 2018 - January 6th, 2019
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    Gilded Age of Christmas
    Pennypacker Mills
    November 20th, 2018 - January 6th, 2019
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    Yuletide at Winterthur
    Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
    November 18th, 2018 - January 6th, 2019
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    Cut Your Own Christmas Tree at Linvilla
    Linvilla Orchards
    November 17th, 2018 - December 23rd, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Holiday Toy Drive: BOGO Admission
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
    November 30th, 2018 - December 21st, 2018
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    The Comcast Holiday Spectacular
    Comcast Center
    November 22nd, 2018 - January 1st, 2019
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    Manayunk Holiday Stroll
    Manayunk Development Corporation
    November 29th, 2018 - December 20th, 2018
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    VISUAL ARTS
    Holiday Figmago
    Meg Saligman Studio
    December 1st, 2018 - December 30th, 2018
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    TOURS
    Center City Holiday Tour
    Urban Adventures
    December 6th, 2018 - December 31st, 2018
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    An American Christmas Songbook 2018
    Bristol Riverside Theatre
    December 6th, 2018 - December 16th, 2018
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    Nutcracker Holiday Tea
    XIX Restaurant
    December 5th, 2018 - December 31st, 2018
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    THEATRE
    Winter Wonderettes
    Walnut Street Theatre
    November 13th, 2018 - December 30th, 2018
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    Franklin Square Holiday Festival
    Historic Philadelphia Inc. Center
    November 15th, 2018 - December 31st, 2018
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    KIDS
    Rosie the Reindeer and the Case of the Stolen Snow Globe
    Act II Playhouse
    December 8th, 2018 - December 28th, 2018

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