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Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Daily through December 31, 9 am — 5 pm

LOVE Park, Philadelphia

 

Kick off your holiday festivities with stage performances, Santa photos, and vendors at this German Christmas village. This runs through Christmas Eve.

Brunch with Santa

Select dates in December

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch, holiday crafts, and photos with Santa. Price is $29.95 for EPZ members, $19.95 for EPZ member children (ages 3 — 12), $34.95 for nonmember adults, $24.95 for nonmember children, and $10.95 for babies 2 and younger.

Yuletide at Winterthur

Through January 7

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware

 

Enjoy sparkling holiday displays and gorgeous tree displays. This event is free with admission to Winterthur.

‘The Miracle Worker’

December 8, 7 pm

December 9 and 10, 3 pm

Wolf Performing Arts Center, 1240 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

A tale about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, this performance will be educational and entertaining for grades 3 and up. Tickets range from $10 — 15, and you can buy them here.

A Longwood Christmas

Through January 7

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

You want holiday lights? Longwood has some of the region’s most beautiful, in breathtaking displays around the gardens. Timed admission tickets are required.

Breakfast with Santa

December 1 and 3 (Also December 8 — 10, 15 — 17, 23 and 24)

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

Enjoy a special breakfast buffet at Longwood Gardens with a ton of fun food stations and photos with Santa. Price is $34 for ages 12 and older, $23 for ages 2 — 11, and infants are free.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show

Through December 31, 10 am — 8 pm

Macy’s, 1300 Market St., Philadelphia

 

The annual light show has multiple performances every day (except for Christmas Day). This light show is free.

Holiday Bricktacular

Weekends through December 31

Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Meet Lego Santa, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, and build your own Lego ornament at this holiday event (come dressed in your favorite ugly sweater.) This event is included with admission to the Discovery Center, and if you’re a Supporting Member of Main Line Parent or Philadelphia Family, you get 30 percent off on tickets!

Holiday Garden Railway

Through December 31, 10 — 11 am

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

The Holiday Garden Railway is all decked out for the winter holidays, and runs daily through December 31 (closed on Christmas Eve and Day.) This is included with admission to the arboretum.

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Through January 1

Dilworth Park, Philadelphia

 

Dilworth Park transforms into a holiday wonderland with local vendors and special holiday foods throughout the holiday season.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Daily through December 31, 4 — 8:30 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Don’t miss the “Electrical Spectacle” light show, which runs every 30 minutes starting at 4:30. There’s lots to do, plus food and drink. Admission is free, some activities and food cost money.

Wintergarden

Daily; Rothman Ice Rink open noon — 9 pm

Monday — Thursday; noon — 11 pm

Friday; 11 am — 11 pm Saturday; 11 am — 8 pm Sunday

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., (west side of City Hall), Philadelphia

 

This great Center City fun spot is back, just in time for the cold weather! Ice skate, share a hot cocoa in the cabin, tour a garden maze, and more. Stick around after dark for the new light show, too. It’s one of Philly’s best holiday events.

‘Peter Pan’

November 22 — January 28

The Arden Theatre Co., 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

J.M. Barrie’s classic comes to life in this show for children ages 6 and up. In previews until December 2.

Gingerbread House Competition & Display

Through January 6, 2018

Mondays through Saturdays, 10 am — 9 pm

Sundays 11 am — 7 pm

Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska

 

This Bucks County village lights up with magical holiday fun and elaborate gingerbread houses. Enjoy festive holiday shopping and fun in this cute holiday town. Admission is free.

A Very Furry Christmas

Select dates through December 31

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Sesame Place’s holiday celebration includes train rides, holiday-themed parades, and fun games for the family. Ages 2 and older are $32, and you get a second visit free.

‘Daniel Tiger: A Grr-ific Exhibit’

Daily through January 15

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Kids can step into Daniel Tiger’s world in this cute, hands-on exhibit. It’s free with admission to the museum and for members.

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Select dates through January 14

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

This beloved classic comes alive on stage at The Media Theatre with songs to entertain the whole family. Tickets range from $33 — 58.

‘Annie’

Through January 7

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This much-loved musical classic comes to Philadelphia’s main stage for a show that will entertain the whole family. Tickets vary by date and time.

‘A Christmas Carol’

Through December 23

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This Walnut Street Theatre for Kids production of Dickens’ familiar tale has a new script for its 18th year and includes local actors. Tickets are $15 — 18.

‘Aladdin: A Musical Panto’

Through January 7

People’s Light, 30 Conestoga Road, Malvern

 

This silly show is fun ages 5 and up. Tickets are $42 for kids and $47 for adults.

‘My Fair Lady’

Through December 17

Quintessence Theatre Company, 7137 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

The Lerner and Lowe adaptation of Pygmalion has delighted audiences for decades, and we’re guessing your kids will like it, too. Tickets are $40 for adults and $18 for kids.

Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Through 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

 

This free show is a fun stop on your Philly holiday tour.

Constructing Play: Classic + Modern Building Toys

Through January 25, Monday — Saturday, 10 am — 6 pm

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

 

This is a historical exhibit of children’s toys, but it’s far from a dry experience. Everyone can get their hands on creating things, and enjoy building and other skills. This exhibit is free.

Brandywine Christmas

Through January 17

Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford

 

Come for the fantastic model train layout, and stick around for the Victorian dollhouse exhibit — and the rest of the museum’s gorgeous collection. This exhibit is free with museum admission and for members.

‘Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies’

Daily through January 15

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Find out more about the beginning of the dinosaurs’ life cycle at this neat exhibit. Kids can see and touch real and replica fossils, excavate their own eggs, and even dress up as a dinosaur parent. Admission starts at $13.95, and it’s a $3 fee for museum members; click here to buy tickets.

‘Centuries of Childhood: An American Story’

Through December 31; 10 am — 5 pm Monday — Saturday, noon — 5 pm Sunday

Mercer Museum, 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown

 

This interactive exhibit, created by the  Children’s Museum of Cleveland, lets kids connect with the the lives of five children from different eras of American history. From a 7-year-old Iroquois girl to a 10-year-old boy moving from the South to Chicago, this is a great way to introduce young children to history. It’s recommended for kids ages 2 to 6 and is included with admission to the museum.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through March 4

121 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Winterfest returns with ice skating, arcade games, a cozy lodge, and marshmallow roasting. Admission is free, but activities are an extra cost.

Monday

Hour of Code

December 4, 4:30 — 5:30 pm

Free Library of Springfield Township, 1200 E. Willow Grove Ave., Wyndmoor

 

Play robot games and build programs with Cubelets. This program is designed to introduce ages 4 and older to coding, and it’s free. This program will also take place December 5 from 6:30 — 7:30 pm and December 6 from 4:30 — 5:30 pm.

Sensory Storytime

December 4, 7 pm

Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

This free interactive storytime is designed for kids 6 and younger on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing issues to learn and play in a safe space.

Tuesday

Storytelling Yoga

December 5, 10:30 — 11 am

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Explore different animal poses in this free kid-friendly yoga class. Bring your own mat if you have one and a stuffed animal for relaxation time.

Reindeer Guide for Kids

December 5, 1 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Park Road, Norristown

 

Kids 3 and older can play reindeer games and learn all about the different types of four-legged animals that look like reindeer. This event also features a storytime and craft, and is $5 per child.

Active Mom Fitness Presents: My Family Moves

December 5, 4 — 4:45 pm

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

This fitness and play class will entertain kids and caregivers alike by incorporating fitness into play with your 3 — 4 year olds. Price is free, but registration is required, and bring your own yoga mat.

Tinker Tuesday: Play K Steam

December 5, 4:30 — 5:15 pm

Easttown Library & Information Center, 720 First Ave., Berwyn

 

Kindergarteners can play during this STEAM class with hands-on activities and stories. This playtime is free.

3D Printing and Robotics (Two Day Workshop)

December 5 (and December 7), 6:30 — 8 pm

The Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St., Philadelphia

 

Ages 11 — 15 are invited to a two-day workshop at the Franklin Institute to learn all about coding, robotics, engineering, and more STEM activities. Price is $50 for members and $75 for nonmembers, and all students must have a completed workshop consent form. Pre-registration is required.

Women on the Rise: Reshman Saujani

December 5, 6:30 — 8:30 pm

The Baldwin School, 701 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Hear from the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code at the first installment of 2017-2018 of this free series, which is open to the public.

Wednesday

Child’s Play Series: Holidays

December 6, 10 and 11 am

Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2030 Shearer Road, Worcester

 

Preschoolers can come to the farmstead to learn about historic holiday traditions and enjoy a craft. This event is for ages 3 and older, price is $5 and pre-registration is required.

Little Chefs

December 6, 10 — 11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

In this culinary workshop, kids ages 3 — 6 can learn how to make their own crackers with healthy ingredients. Price is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

Homeschooler Day: Scientific Method

December 6, 10 am — noon, 1 — 3 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

How do scientists test their experiments? Learn all about the scientific method and test your own experiments. Price is $12 per student or free for those at the family level.

Storytime With the Free Library of Philadelphia

December 6, 11 am

Christmas Village in Philadelphia, LOVE Park, Philadelphia

 

Stop in to the quaint Christmas Village for a free storytime, then grab some yummy hot chocolate!

Children’s Christmas Party

December 6, 6 — 8 pm

Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford

 

See the trains, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy special treats at this cute event. Tickets are $15 for non-member adults and $5 for non-member children; it’s $12 for member adults and free for their kids.

Stag & Doe Nights in Chestnut Hill

December 6, 6 — 9 pm

8000 to 8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Shops along Germantown Avenue will have extended hours, live entertainment, and a visit from a jolly elf. The PAFA pop-up shop will have a kids’ art workshop for $30 and Nest is offering babysitting for a fee for members, so you can shop or grab a drink while the kids are occupied. 

Thursday

Philly Holiday Festival: Free Museum Day

December 7, 10 am — 5 pm

Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia

 

A great opportunity to explore the country’s oldest prison, for free!

Robots and Friends

December 7, 6 — 7 pm

Media-Upper Providence Library, 1 E. Front Street, Media

 

Ages 6 — 10 on the spectrum can come to the library to learn robotics and engineering basics in a safe and welcoming space. This workshop is free, but registration is required by emailing robotsandfriendsdelco@gmail.com.

Adult Sip and Stitch

December 7, 7:30 — 9:30 pm

The Handwork Studio, 35 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth

 

Sip wine and practice (or learn) embroidery at this adults-only event. Tickets are $35.

Friday

Free Storytime at the Arboretum

December 8, 10:30 — 11:15 am

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a nature-themed storytime to reflect the changing seasons. Price is included with admission to the arboretum.

My Art, My Voice with Mr. O

December 8, 4 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Join local artist, Arthur Ostroff for a kids storytime and craft activity that will help them find their own voice. This event is free.

Friday Night Lights

December 8, 4:30 — 7:30 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

The Holiday Garden Railway at the arboretum is all lit up for the holidays, so come by and see the trains (and tonight, hear the bell choir from St. Genevieve’s in Flourtown perform!). Tickets are sold out for tonight, but are available for later in the month. 

Hanukkah Celebration

December 8, 5:30 — 7:30 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Start your Festival of Lights a few days early at this free event.

Philly High Five!

All Weekend

Breakfast With Santa

December 9 and 10, 8 and 9 am

The Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

The zoo will host a breakfast buffet and photo opportunities with Santa. Bring your own camera or take advantage of the professional photography at the zoo. Ticket prices vary, and all include admission to the zoo.

Frankford Hall-idays

December 9 and 10, 10 am — 4 pm

Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia

 

Want a quick, free photo with Santa? This is your spot. Before or after your Instagram-worthy snap, enjoy free hot cocoa and music from the Lara and Joe Show.

Saturday

Winter Wonderland

December 9, 10 am — noon

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy holiday decorations, ice carving demonstrations, crafts, and a performance by Alex and the Kaleidoscope. Tickets are $10 per child for non-members (adults are free). If you’re a Smith member, your whole household gets in free — just bring your card or they can look you up on-site. 

Neighbor’s Day

December 9, 10 am — 4 pm

Historic House of Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

 

See some of Philly’s most beautiful historic mansions — including Strawberry Mansion and Lemon Hill — decorated for the holidays in timely style. Admission is $8 per house, or $35 for a pass that gets you into all five houses, as well as transportation on a special Philly PHLASH bus.

Pop-Up Holiday Programming: Share the Joy of Christmas Party

December 9, 10 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Spend the day at the Please Touch Museum creating decorations, singing with Yosi & The Superdads, and exploring the museum. This event is included with museum admission. (Remember that Supporting Members of Philly Family and Main Line Parent get 10 percent off of an annual memberships! Click here to learn more.)

Parade of Lights

December 9, 11 am — 6 pm (parade starts at 5:30)

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

The main event is the boat parade, but the museum has a whole day of fun for the whole family before the big show. Come for crafts, gingerbread house making, and the Citizen Science Lab, then stake out a great viewing spot for the parade. Admission is free for museum members, and $16 for adults and $12 for kids, military members, and seniors.

‘The Sound of Music’

December 9, 1:30 pm

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Who doesn’t love this movie? Your kids will, too. So see it in a newly restored version on a big screen. We’re guessing you can sing along if you like. Tickets are $10.

Sunday

Breakfast With Santa

December 10, 9 and 10:30 am

Nest Chestnut Hill, 10 W. Gravers Lane, Chestnut Hill

Come by for breakfast and tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Price is $40 for 2 adults and 1 child, $10 per additional adult and $5 per additional child. Membership discounts apply.

PECO Family Jams: Shrinky Dinks

December 10, noon — 4 pm

Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., Philadelphia

Make your own tiny treasures and enjoy family-friendly tours of the gardens. This event is free with admission.

‘The Nutcracker’

December 10, 2 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

See a kid-friendly production of the beloved ballet from Pages to Pirouettes, then try it yourself during a post-show ballet lesson for the audience. This event is free.

Latkepalooza

December 10, 2 — 4 pm

The Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Explore the possibilities wrapped in the scrumptious potato pancake at this popular annual event! Your ticket gets you fresh takes on latkes from some of Philly’s best restaurants, plus family-friendly entertainment.

Family Arts Academy: Finger Painting

December 10, 2 — 4 pm

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Join PAFA for this free workshop, where the whole family can try finger painting.

Cartoon Christmas Trio

December 10, 6 pm

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia

This holiday-themed performances features cartoon music, especially from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Price is $12 per person.

Main Line High Five!

Saturday

SantaFest

December 9, 10 am — 1 pm

American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, 1220 American Blvd., West Chester

 

Santa’s arriving to the museum by helicopter to hear wish lists. This event is included with admission to the museum, and helicopter rides are $60.

Hot Cocoa With Santa

December 9, 10:30 am — noon

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Come to the zoo for a storytime and visit with Santa. Price is $5 per person 3 and older.

Girl Scout Day

December 9, 10:30 am — 3:30 pm

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur

 

Learn about historic holiday traditions at Winterthur and show off your Girl Scout Pride. The first 50 scouts who register and take a tour in uniform will earn a Yuletide at Winterthur patch. Price is $5 for children younger than 12, $20 for students, and $22 for adults.

‘Annie’

December 9, 11 am

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

This special showing of Annie comes to the the movie theateR with reduced prices ($5 for adults, $4 for kids.)

Holiday Ornaments for You and the Birds

December 9, 2 — 4 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Create ornaments for your tree and your flying friends outside. Take pictures and enjoy holiday treats. This event is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers (children younger than 2 are free.)

Candlelight Night

December 9, 2 — 7:30 pm

Morgan Log House, 850 Weikel Road, Landsdale

 

Learn all about the holiday traditions of the pioneers at this historic log cabin. Price is $5 for adults, $4 for ages 6 — 17, and free for children younger than 6.

Stroll the Square

December 9, 4 — 8 pm

Suburban Square, Coulter and Anderson avenues, Ardmore

 

Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Suburban Square to spread holiday cheer. This event is free.

Christmas Festival

December 9, 4 — 7 pm

Upper Main Line YMCA, 1416 Berwyn-Paoli Road, Berwyn

 

Meet Santa, Elsa, a live reindeer, and more, plus go inside for crafts, science activities, games, and other family fun. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family.

Holidays Go Hollywood: A Skating Spectacular

December 9, 5 pm

Philadelphia Skating Club & Humane Society, 220 Holland Ave., Ardmore

 

Enjoy a night of skating performances set to classic holiday movie soundtracks. Admission is free.

Wassailing Caroling Hayrides

December 9, 5 — 6:30 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

Take a winter hayride around the orchard and sing Christmas carols around the campfire. Hayrides depart at 5 and 6:30 pm.

Sunday

El Bruncho With Santa

December 10, 10 am — noon

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Spend a morning eating and crafting with Santa at Lulu’s Casita. Bring your own camera to take some photos and adults can enjoy morning mimosas. Price is $15 per child and $20 per adult. RSVP at info@luluscasita.com.

Kidpower People Safety Workshop

December 10, 2 — 3 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Kids can develop confidence through having smart people and safety skills. Ages 5 — 10 (and their caregivers) will learn how to set boundaries, become aware of their personal space, and learn how to ask adults for help in this free hour-long workshop. Registration is required.

Santa at the Station

December 10, 2:30 — 3:30 pm

Narberth Train Station, Station Circle, Narberth

 

Say “Hi” to Santa with free cookies, candy canes, and hot chocolate at the train station.

Holiday Stockings Workshop

December 10, 3 — 5 pm

The Handwork Studio, 35 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth

 

Kids (recommended for kindergarten through sixth grade) make their own holiday stocking at this drop-off workshop. The cost is $35, including materials.

Family Gingerbread House Workshop

December 10, 4 — 6 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Get creative with your own Gingerbread House, enjoy a visit from Santa and special animal workshops. Price is $45 per individual, $65 per pair, and $25 per person sharing (up to four people.)

Winter Wonderland Concert

December 10, 7 pm

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

This holiday concert features local children singing songs to get everyone in the Holiday spirit to raise money for the theater. Tickets are $20 each.

 

Photograph by Matt Stanley, courtesy of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. 

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