Are you and your family looking for some fun, holiday things to do in Philadelphia? Click To Tweet Philadelphia is such a beautiful setting to sight see during the holidays, and to just get out with your family and friends and soak up the spirit of the season.
Philadelphia offers a lot of family friendly holiday attractions, many of which are low cost or free during the holiday season. – I am a born and raised Philadelphia girl who now lives in the suburbs, and it has become tradition for my family to visit Philly during the holidays.
1. Our first holiday friendly stop of the day (after a yummy brunch at The Continental) was to walk right down the street for a little history, chocolate and candy at Shane Confectionery. Since 1863 the floorboards of this Willy Wonka like building at 110 Market Street have absorbed the hurried footfall of confectioners hard at work. Shane Confectionery has survived for a century and a half, and has seen the modern world come into its fruition, while maintaining its rich heritage. My kids get so excited to check out and taste the chocolates and candies here! We can never leave without buying a few chocolates to go of course. This year my 5 year old daughter was obsessed with the chocolate covered peppermint sticks, and I loved the sea salt and lavender chocolate caramels.
2. Second on our list of 5 favorite holiday friendly things to do in Philadelphia was to head over to the very beautiful and currently the tallest building in Philadelphia, The Comcast Center, to watch The Comcast Holiday Spectacular. FYI – metered parking in Philadelphia is free every Saturday after 11a.m. between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day The Comcast Experience video wall is one of the world’s highest resolution LED displays, which allows you to be fully immersed in the magic of The Comcast Holiday Spectacular. The show is completely free, perfect for all ages and runs from November 24, 2015 through January 3, 2016. The Comcast Holiday Spectacular showtimes are at the top of the hour from 10a.m. – 8p.m. (excluding 5 p.m. on weekdays). – Please click here to check out my festive video straight from The Comcast Holiday Spectacular.
3. Christmas Village is a holiday friendly must see event in Philadelphia. Christmas Village transforms LOVE Park in Philadelphia’s Center City into a traditional German Christmas Market. From Thanksgiving through the last Sunday in December, vendors in more than 60 wooden booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. There is great shopping with international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. (This year I bought myself a beautiful and cozy blanket scarf at Christmas Village). There is often groups of people singing, various holiday themed performances, thousands of lights, the big Holiday Tree and of course the Philadelphia famous LOVE sculpture.
4. The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. There does not seem to be any better place to ice skate during the holiday season but in the heart of Philadelphia. The back drop is City Hall, which is beautifully lit up at night, and there are excellent city skyline views. There are plenty of open skate times as well as Learn to skate sessions.
5. The Macy’s Christmas Light Show has been a Philadelphia tradition since 1956. It is a beautiful, wonderful, free holiday light show for all ages. Macy’s is located inside The Wanamaker Building at 1300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The light show runs at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm each day from Friday November 27, 2015 through December 31, 2015 (Closed Christmas Day).
Please comment below and let me know if you have had the chance to visit Philadelphia during the holidays?What are some of your favorite family friendly Philadelphia holiday attractions? Click To Tweet