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Holiday Events in Philadelphia and The Main Line

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!

Philadelphia

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

November 10 – 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 11, 6 — 9 pm
Grand Illumination Celebration: November 18, 6 — 9 pm
Merchants Open House: November 18 — 20, Friday and Saturday 10 am — 9 pm, Sunday 11 am — 7 pm
Gingerbread Competition Display: November 18, 2016 — January 2, 2017 Monday — Saturday 10 am — 9 pm, Sunday 11 am — 7 pm
Christmas Festival: December 3 — 4, 10 am — 6 pm
Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska

Rothman Institute Ice Rink

November 11 — February 27, 2016
Monday — Thursday, noon — 9 pm
Friday, noon — 11 pm
Saturday, 11 am — 11 pm
Sunday 11 am — 8 pm
Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Thanksgiving Day: 9 am — 5 pm
Black Friday: 9 am – 8 pm
November 26 – December 23: 
Sunday – Thursday: 11 am — 7 pm; Friday – Saturday: 11 am — 8 pm
Christmas Eve: 9 am — 5 pm
City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia

Made in America Holiday Market

November 19 — December 21
Sunday — Thursday: 11 am – 7 pm
Friday — Saturday: 11 am – 8 pm
Thanksgiving (November 24), 9 am – 5 pm
Black Friday (November 25), 10 am – 8 pm
Christmas Eve,11 am – 5 pm

A Very Furry Christmas

Weekends, November 19, 2016 — January 1, 2017, Saturdays 1 — 8 pm, Sundays 1 — 9 pm
November 25, 1 — 8 pm
December 26 — 30, 1 — 8 pm
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia®

Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia®

Philadelphia Museum of Art Holiday Celebrations

Holiday Tree Lighting: November 23, 4 — 6:30 pm
Ugly Sweater Party: December 2, 5:30 — 8 pm
Feliz Navidad, December 9, 5 — 8:45 pm
Caroling Through the Galleries, December 11, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm
Holiday Trolley Tour: December 15, 10 am — 12:30 pm, December 16 1:30 — 4 pm, December 17 10 am — 12:30 pm, December 18, 1:30 — 4 pm
Joy to the World: December 16, 5 — 8:45 pm
Festival of Lights: December 23, 5 — 8:45 pm
Winter Family Studio: December 26 — December 30, 10 am — 3 pm
New Year’s Day Brunch: January 1, 2017, 10 am — 2:30 pm
Let It Glow: January 1, 2017, 10 am — 3 pm

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

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 24, 8:30 am
Starts at 20th and Market streets, then down Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Comcast Holiday Spectacular

November 24 — January 1, 10 am — 8 pm on the hour daily (no 5 pm show on weekdays)
The Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia

Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad

November 25 — December 30, Monday — Saturday 8 am — 6 pm, Sunday 9 am — 5 pm
Reading Terminal Market,12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia

Holiday Garden Railway

November 25 — December 31, 10 am — 5 pm
Grand Opening November 26, 1 — 3 pm
Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

Santa Express

November 25, 10:30 am — noon
See septa.org for train times and locations
Train rides end at Dilworth Park, 1 S 15th St., Philadelphia

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

November 25, 2016 — March 5, 2017
Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

Spot Your Spot with Santa

November 25, 26, and 27
December 3 and 4
December 10 and 11
December 17 and 18
One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market St., 57th Floor, Philadelphia
*Purchasing your tickets online? Get $5 with code: PHILLY
*Purchasing on Cyber Monday? Get tickets for 50 percent off on November 28 online.

Constructing Play Exhibit

November 25 — January 26
The Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia

Macy’s Christmas Light Show

November 25 — December 31, 10 am, noon, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, and 8 pm (Closed Christmas Day)
Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia

Constructing Play Toy Workshops

Saturdays, November 26 — December 17, times vary
Gingerbread Architecture, November 26, 9:30 am— 3 pm
A Snowy Day, November 26, 11 am — noon
Not A Box, December 3, 11 am — noon
A Cardboard City, December 3, 1:30 — 3 pm
Beautiful Oops, December 10, 11 am — noon
Be a K’NEX Architect, December 10, 1:30 — 3 pm
Look at that Building!, December 17, 11 am — noon
Animal House, December 17, 1:30 — 3 pm
The Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia

Holidays on the Hill (Chestnut Hill Business District)

“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” exhibit, November 19 — January 8, 2017, Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave.
Stag and Doe shopping nights, Wednesday evenings, November 30 – December 21
Holiday parade and Sugarplum Saturday: December 10, 9 am — 3 pm (parade begins at 9 am)
Weekends with Santa:
December 3, 10, and 17, noon — 3 pm, Market at the Fareway, 8228 Germantown Ave.
December 4, 11, and 18, noon — 3 pm, Laurel Hill Gardens, 8125 Germantown Ave.

Night of Lights at the Creamy Acres Farm

Ongoing, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 5 — 9 pm
December 19 — 24, 5 — 9 pm
Creamy Acres Farm, 448 Lincoln Mill Road, Mullica Hill, NJ

Holiday Candlelight Tour

December 1 and 8, 5:30 — 8:30 pm
Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia

Holiday Open House

December 2 — 31, 10 am — 4 pm
This Historical Homes of Fairmount Park

Adventure Aquarium Christmas Celebration

December 3 — 30, 10 am — 5 pm
Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Zoo.

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Zoo.

Zoo Noel

December 3 and 4, 11 am — 3 pm
The Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 Girard Ave., Philadelphia

A Very Philly Christmas

Sounds of the Season: December 3, 10 am — 4 pm
Family Day: December 4, 10 am — 4 pm
Neighbor’s Day: December 10, 10 am — 4 pm
Flavors of the Season: December 11, 10 am — 4 pm
The Historical Homes of Fairmount Park

Brunch with Santa at Moshulu

December 11 and 18, 10 am — 2:30 pm
Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

12 Days of Christmas Movie Nights

December 14 — 25, 7 — 11 pm
Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

A Festive Tradition Trolley Tour

December 15 — 18, 10 am — noon and 1:30 — 3:30 pm
This Historical Homes of Fairmount Park

Holiday Lights Show at  St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

December 18 — 31, 5 — 7 pm every fifteen minutes
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 313 Pine St., Philadelphia

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

December 31, 2016  — January 1, 2017, first show at 6 pm, second at midnight
The Delaware River Waterfront

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Philly Mummer’s Parade

January 1, 2017 10 am
Broad Street, from South Philadelphia through Center City

The Main Line and Beyond

Hershey Park Christmas Candylane

Select Dates, November 11 — January 1
Hershey Park, 100 Hersheypark Dr., Hershey

Dashing Through the Lights

November 18, 7 pm
Shadybrook Farms, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

Christmasland & Cut Your Own Trees

Christmasland: TBA
Cut Your Own Trees: November 19 — December 23
Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

Yuletide at Winterthur

November 19, 2016 — January 8, 2017
Winterthur Museum and Gardens, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware

Santa Arrives by Helicopter

November 19, 11 am — noon
Shadybrook Farms, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

Santa’s Express

November 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
December 3, 4, 10 11, 17, 18
Departures at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
Additional 5 pm departures on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18.
West Chester Railroad, 230 E. Market St., West Chester

Holiday Light Show at Shadybrook Farms

November 19, 2016 — January 8, 2017
Monday — Thursday, 5 — 10 pm
Friday and Saturday, 5 — 11 pm
Shadybrook Farms, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

Photo courtesy of Longwood Gardens

Photo courtesy of Longwood Gardens

A Longwood Christmas

November 24, 2016 — January 8, 2017
Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

Strasburg Rail Road Santa Trains

The Night Before Christmas trains:
November 25, December 2, 9, 16, Boarding at 6:30 pm, Departure at 7 pm
December 1, 8, 15, Boarding at 6 pm, Departure at 6:30 pm

Christmas Tree Train
December 3, 9 am and 12:30 pm

Santa’s Paradise Express
November 25, 27, 27, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, multiple times throughout the day
Strasburg Rail Road, 301 Gap Road, Ronks

Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 26, 10:30 am — 1 pm
Suburban Square, Ardmore

Christmas in Kennett

Saturdays, November 26 — December 17
Pickup Locations at Corner of State and Union Streets, (101 E. State St., Kennett Square) and Longwood Gardens in front of the Visitor Center.

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West Chester Christmas Tree Train Photo by Sarah Bond. ®

Holiday Tours at the Grange Estate

Weekends, November 26, 2016 — January 8, 2017, 1 — 4 pm
Christmas Holiday Party, December 8, 6 — 9 pm
Kids Photos with the Trains, December 10, 10 am — noon
Flute Choir Concert, December 10, 2 — 3 pm
Trains & Tripods, December 12, 6:30 — 8:30 pm
The Historic Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Ave, Havertown

Christmas Tree Train

November 27, 8 — 10 am
December 4 and 11, 8 — 10 am
West Chester Railroad, 230 E. Market St., West Chester

West Chester Christmas Programming

The Parade: December 2, 7:15 pm
Luminaria Around the Park: December 2, 6 pm — midnight
Breakfast with Santa: December 3, 8:30 — 10 am
Hickman Annual Holiday Bazaar: December 2 — 3, 9 am — 2 pm
Holiday Home Tour: December 3, 10 am
Locations Vary

Christmas in Wayne

The Parade: December 2, 10 am — 11 am on Lancaster Ave.
Other Events: 5:30 — 8:30, varying locations
Wayne

The Cricket Cringle

December 2, 5 — 9 pm
December 3, 10 am — 6 pm
Cricket Avenue, Ardmore

Malvern Victorian Christmas

December 2, 5:30 — 8:30 pm
December 3, 10 am — 3 pm
Malvern

Rose Tree Park Festival of Lights

Tree Lighting Ceremony: December 2, 7 pm
Lights Display, December 3, 2016 — January 1, 2017, 5:30 — 9:30 pm

Holiday Events at Lulu’s Casita

Breakfast with Santa, December 3, 9 am — 10:15 am
El Bruncho with Santa, December 11, 9:30 am — noon
Pajama Fiesta, December 16, 5:30 — 7:30 pm
Countdown to Noon, December 31, 10 am — noon
Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

Upper Main Line YMCA Christmas Festival

December 3, 11 am — 2 pm
Upper Main Line YMCA, 1416 Berwyn Paoli Road, Berwyn

Narberth Dickens Festival

December 4, noon — 4 pm
Haverford and Forrest avenues, downtown Narberth

Winterfest at King of Prussia Town Center

December 10, 10:30 am — 4 pm
King of Prussia Town Center, 155 Village Drive, King of Prussia

Winter Wonderland at Suburban Square

December 17, 1 — 3 pm
Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter Avenues, Ardmore

Yuletide Buffet with Santa

December 17 and 18, 9 am — 1 pm
Winterthur Museum & Gardens, 1505 Kennett Pike, Winterthur

Skate with Santa

December 18, 5:30 — 7:30 pm
Marple Sports Arena, 611 Park Way, Broomall

White Dog New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch

January 1, 2017, times TBA
White Dog Haverford, 379 Lancaster Ave., Haverford

 

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