Philadelphia at Christmas - A Philly Holiday
There's something romantic about spending christmas time in Philadelphia. Maybe its the people, maybe its the decorations and trees, maybe its even the weather... but somehow the magic really comes together here.
One of the most famous activities in Philly at Christmas is the unmissable Christmas Village.
It kicks off at Thanksgiving in the heart of Center City on Love Park and runs through til the 24th December 2016.
A traditional German Christmas market with more than 60 festive cabins selling treats, gifts, food and drink.
The official christmas tree lighting ceremony is always a highlight, usually in the first week on December, and there's the official German American day shortly after which obviously celebrates the German culture in the US! The best place to park for the market is the Autopark at JFK Plaza (just a block away on 15th & Arch Streets), but there are several convenient bus routes and of course the subway at City Hall station.
Macy's, Philadelphia and Christmas
Another long standing tradition, in fact since 1955, is the Macy’s Holiday Light Show which lights-up for Thanksgiving. But it's not just beautiful illuminations, the highlight are the hourly shows featuring the Wanamaker Organ playing festive tunes while the lights create amazing patterns and scenes.
If you go, don't forget to visit the 3rd floor of the store to see the Dickens Village which brings many of the scenes from Charles Dickens' books to life using more than one hundred animated figures.
Things To Do In Philadelphia at Christmas 2016
Camden Children's Garden always gets festive. Their annual Holiday Festival of Lights coincides with Santa's arrival at the garden - usually on Thanksgiving weekend. It's a full day of fun including decorating christmas trees and reading kids holiday-themed books. Throughout December they also run a Saturday Brunch with Santa.
Longwood Gardens celebrate the season from just before Thanksgiving until just past the New Year with more than five hundred thousand lights, more ponsettias than you can count, and amazing christmas trees. There are also regular concerts but you do need to book to guarantee entry.
Historic Philadelphia also usually put on great Christmas events in Franklin Square, we will update as soon as we get more information about 2016 - but you can expect everything from cookie decoration to festive crafts, and a visit from Santa Claus.
2016 Christmas Shopping in Philadelphia
There's no short of great stores in Philadelphia. We've already mentioned Macy's which clearly makes a big deal about the holiday season, but one of the best malls is the biggest on the East Coast, the King of Prussia Mall (also known as the KOP). Just half an hour from the center of the city, it is packed with amazing stores from Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom to Versace and Donna Karan to Apple and Build-a-Bear.
If you're looking for christmas decorations then you have to visit Kindy's Christmas Factory Outlet at 2900 South 20th Street. It's great fun to look around, and they buy in bulk to keep the prices down.