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Holiday Events in Philadelphia

Updated: Jan 12, 2023

December is the time of year to enjoy both the relaxation and craziness of the holiday season! Whether you celebrate a holiday or not, there are ways to enjoy the season with family and friends. Luckily, there are many options to do so right here in the city of Philadelphia. For the past two years, holiday cheer has taken a backseat due to the pandemic and its many restrictions. With the pandemic subsiding, it is essential to make the most of this holiday season.

The Macy’s Christmas Light Show is a must-see, with a combination of a 100,000-bulb light show, dancers, and music. This free spectacle is featured from November 25th to December 31st each year. The light show happens in Dicken Village, outside the Historical Wannamaker building in Center City, Philadelphia. This year's show is especially meaningful because, on the 12th of December, it will be 100 years since John Wanamaker's death. John was the previous owner of the largest pipe organ in the world, the “Wanamaker Organ,” which provides the music for each light show.

Just a block away from the light show is the Christmas Village in Philadelphia’s Love Park. Every holiday season, the park features a German market with various activities, fair rides, foods, and holiday-themed shops. The market takes place from November 19th through the 24th of December.

The seasonal ballet, dance, and theatrical performances are some of the fantastic productions the city has to offer. The Philadelphia Ballet puts on many performances of the Nutcracker from December 9th-28th at the Academy of Music. Further, the iconic 'Jingle Ball' is returning from its pandemic hiatus on December 12th at the Wells Fargo Center. The ball will feature many popular artists, including Sam Smith, Charlie Puth, Khalid, Tate McRae, and more!

The Philadelphia Zoo offers a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacle called “LumiNature” from November 17th to January 7th. This multi-media show features live performances, food vendors, and countless unique light displays. A favorite feature among visitors is the 100-ft long aquarium tunnel featuring light-up jellyfish!

These are just some of the many returning and new holiday activities coming up this month. No matter what you choose to enjoy, take some time to explore our city and all it has to offer this holiday season.


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