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Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Philadelphia

All the family fun for the holidays, in one place.

No matter which holidays you celebrate, there’s lots of fun things to do between now and New Year’s. Put on your silliest sweater and enjoy! While you’re out and about, take a picture and tag us with #PhillyFamily!

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

November 9 — December 31
Monday — Thursday, Sunday: 4 — 8 pm
Friday — Saturday, 4 — 9 pm


Franklin Square, 200 6th St., Philadelphia

Peddler’s Village Holiday Fun

Kick Off to the Holidays: November 10, 6 — 9 pm
Grand Illumination Celebration: November 17, 6 — 9 pm
Merchants Open House: November 17 — 19, Friday and Saturday 10 am — 9 pm, Sunday 11 am — 7 pm
Gingerbread Competition Display: November 17, 2017 — January 6, 2018 Monday — Saturday 10 am — 9 pm, Sunday 11 am — 7 pm (Closes at 4 pm on Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas Day)
Christmas Festival: December 2 — 3, 10 am — 6 pm


Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska

Dilworth Park Wintergarden

November 10 2017 — February 2018
Monday — Thursday, noon — 9 pm
Friday, noon — 11 pm
Saturday, 11 am — 11 pm
Sunday 11 am — 8 pm
Keep a lookout for special holiday hours here.


Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

Holiday Fair and Craft Bazaar

November 17 (adults only), 6 — 10 pm

November 18, 10 am — 5 pm

 

Waldorf School of Philadelphia, 6000 Wayne Ave., Philadelphia

Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees

November 18, 5:30 — 7:30 pm

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve

Sunday — Thursday, 11 am — 7 pm
Friday and Saturday, 11 am — 8 pm
Thanksgiving Day: 9 am — 5 pm
Christmas Eve: 11 am — 5 pm


LOVE Park, 1500 Arch St., Philadelphia

Made in America Holiday Market

November 18 — January 1
Sunday — Thursday: 11 am – 7 pm
Friday — Saturday: 11 am – 8 pm
Thanksgiving (November 23), 9 am – 5 pm
Black Friday (November 24), 10 am – 8 pm
Christmas Eve, 11 am – 5 pm
Closed Christmas Day

 

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

A Very Furry Christmas

Select dates and times from November 18 — December 31


Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art Holiday Celebrations

November 22 2017  — January 1 2018

Tree Lighting on the East Terrace: November 22, 5 — 7 pm
Friday Nights: December 1, 8, 15 and 22, 5 — 8:45 pm
Winter Break Family Programs: December 26 2017 — January 1 2018, 11 am — 3 pm
DIY Art Card-Making Station: Wednesdays 5:30 — 7:30 pm
Ugly Sweater Party: December 1, 5 — 8:45 pm
Open House at Cedar Grove, “Sounds of the Season:” December 2, 10 am — 4 pm (Cedar Grove at Fairmount Park)
Open House at Cedar Grove, “Neighbors’ Day:” December 9, 10 am — 4 pm (Cedar Grove at Fairmount Park)
Winter Break Family Studio: December 26 2017 — January 1 2018, 11 am — 3 pm


The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 23, 8:30 am


Starts at 20th and Market streets, then down Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Comcast Holiday Spectacular

November 23 — January 1, 10 am — 8 pm on the hour daily (no 5 pm show on weekdays) through New Year’s Eve, 10 am — 6 pm New Year’s Day

 

The Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia

Holiday Garden Railway

November 24 — December 31, 10 am — 4 pm (Friday Night Lights every Friday in December from 4:30 — 7:30 pm)

 

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

Santa Express

November 24, 10:30 am — noon
See Septa’s website for train times and locations

 

Train rides end at Dilworth Park, 1 S 15th St., Philadelphia

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

November 24, 2017 — March 4, 2018


Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

Macy’s Christmas Light Show

November 24 — December 31, 10 am, noon, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, and 8 pm (Closed Christmas Day)


Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia

Macy’s Dickens Village and Santaland

November 24 — December 31 (closed Christmas Day)

 

Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia

Constructing Play Exhibit and Toy Workshops

November 16 — January 25

Constructing Play: Classic + Modern Building Toys, November 16 2017 — January 25 2018, Monday — Saturday, 10 am — 6 pm
Be a Gingerbread House Architect, December 2, 10:30 am — 1:30 pm
Read + Make | Arthur, December 16, 10:30 am — noon
Design + Build | Urban Fold Snowy Metropolis, December 16, 1:30 — 3:30 pm
Read + Make | The Most Magnificent Thing, January 6, 10:30 am — noon
Read + Make | Coppernickel: The Invention, January 20, 10:30 am — noon
Design + Build | Pedal Power!, January 20, 1:30 — 3:30 pm
Design + Build | Marble Maze, January 20, 1:30 — 3:30 pm


The Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia

Holiday Hooray

December 1, 3 –6 pm

December 2, from 9 am (family activities from 10 am — noon)

 

St. Peter’s School, 319 Lombard St., Philadelphia

Holidays House Tour 2017

December 9, 10 am — 4 pm

 

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia
Hill Company, 8040 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

Night of Lights at the Creamy Acres Farm

Select dates from November 24 — December 30, 5:30 — 8 pm


Creamy Acres Farm, 448 Lincoln Mill Road, Mullica Hill, New Jersey

Holiday Candlelight Tour

November 30, 5:30 — 8:30 pm


Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia

A Very Philly Christmas

Sounds of the Season, December 2, 10 am — 4 pm
Family Day, December 3, 10 am — 4 pm
Neighbor’s Day, December 9, 10 am — 4 pm
Flavors of the Season, December 10, 10 am — 4 pm

 

Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

Being _ at Christmas

December 25, 10 am — 5 pm

 

National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East, Philadelphia

Adventure Aquarium Christmas Celebration

December 2 — 30, 10 am — 5 pm

 

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden

A Festive Tradition Trolley Tour

December 15 — 18, various times


Starting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

December 31, 2016  — January 1, 2017, first show at 6 pm, second at midnight

 

Delaware River Waterfront

Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Philly Mummer’s Parade

January 1, 2017 10 am


Broad Street, from South Philadelphia through Center City

 

Looking for fun outside the city? See our list of events on the Main Line and in the suburbs!

 

Did we miss any? Email any events you’d like included to our list to editor@familyfocus.org.

 

Lead photograph by J. Fusco, courtesy of Historic Philadelphia. 

 

 

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