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30+ Things To Do With Kids During The Holidays in Philadelphia for 2015

Enjoy the holiday season with family-friendly events and performances

Don’t let the arrival of Old Man Winter keep you and your family cooped up indoors. The holiday season might just be the perfect time of year to get out and about with wee ones in tow.

With tons of family-friendly attractions and destinations — most of them free — there are so many things to to do with kids during the holiday season in Philadelphia.

We’ve rounded up our top picks for the best things to do with the pint-sized set to make the most of the chilly season in Philadelphia.

Enjoy our comprehensive guide to holiday family-fun in Philadelphia for 2015, below.

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The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Philadelphia
Comcast Holiday Spectacular

November 24, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Visitors gather in front of the Comcast Experience video wall, one of the world’s highest resolution LED displays, to catch the magic of The Comcast Holiday Spectacular. Throughout the free 15-minute show, dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet move to music from The Nutcracker, a magical sleigh floats over the Philadelphia countryside and actors from the historic Walnut Street Theatre perform — all to a seasonal soundtrack presented by a 64-piece orchestra. Shows run at the top of the hour from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (excluding 5 p.m. on weekdays).
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East Passyunk Tree Lighting Party

Philadelphia

December 3, 2015

Philadelphia's East Passyunk neighborhood will be decking the avenue during the annual Tree Lighting Part at the famous Singing Fountain. Join festive carolers, student musicians and local businesses for the celebration leading up to Santa lighting the tree. Afterward, be sure to visit the stores and businesses along East Passyunk Avenue for great holiday sales and treats.
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Tree Lighting at Citizens Bank Park

Philadelphia

December 5 or 6, 2015

Support the home team while celebrating the holiday season at Citizen Bank Park’s Christmas Tree — and ballpark — lighting. At the all-day event, enjoy holiday tunes from carolers, meet and greets with Phillies ballgirls and even an appearance by the ever-popular Phillie Phanatic (as Phanta Claus) before the official tree lighting.
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The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Christmas Kids Spectacular

Philadelphia

December 5, 2015

Bring the entire family to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts‘ Verizon Hall to see a festive performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra fit for kids on Saturday, December 5. Not just an orchestral performance, this family-friendly matinee includes holiday sing-alongs, dancers, actors and even a visit from Santa Claus.
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Parade of Lights

Philadelphia

December 12, 2015

Head to the Delaware River waterfront for the 6th annual Parade of Lights, a lighting celebration unlike any other in the city. This boat parade features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights. Before the parade, head to the Independence Seaport Museum, which is hosting the parade, for holiday activities and festivities. (Tip: The best view for the parade is from the second floor balcony of the museum.)
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Holiday Tours at the Historic Homes of Fairmont Park

Philadelphia

Thursdays through Sundays, December 3-20, 2015

Every holiday season, the six historic homes of Fairmount deck their halls for the festive season. Self-guided tours are available throughout the month of December with guided trolley tours available on December 10 and 13. This year, you can experience A Fairmount Christmas Carol from December 16 and 18. Also, don’t miss Holly Trolley Day on Saturday, December 5 and 12, featuring special activities and performances along with FREE transportation from Lloyd Hall to each of the historic homes from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Adventure Aquarium’s
Christmas Celebration

Camden, NJ

December 4-31, 2015

Thousands of twinkling lights, glowing trees, gently falling snow, larger-than-life decorations and appearances by Scuba Santa®, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Rudolph put all 8,500 sea creatures and the curious folks who visit them in a festive mood during the Adventure Aquarium Christmas Celebration.
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Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Philadelphia

November 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Set amid the evergreens, Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway showcases a miniature winter wonderland complete with a quarter-mile of model-train track, seven loops and tunnels, 15 rail lines and model trains that cruise past scaled replicas of historic monuments and Philadelphia landmarks adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. New this year: Friday Night Lights, providing evening viewings on select nights; advanced tickets required.
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Christmasland at Linvilla Orchards

Media, Delaware County

November 22 - December 23, 2015

For the holidays, Linvilla Orchards transforms into the North Pole — farm style. Get into the holiday spirit by cutting your own Christmas tree and doing a little shopping at the market that’s stocked with tasty holiday treats like hot mulled cider. On Saturday evenings in December, visitors can sing along during Caroling Hayrides, complete with live music and apple cider.
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A Brandywine Christmas at Brandywine Museum

Chadds Ford, Delaware County

November 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016

A Brandywine Christmas takes over the Brandywine River Museum with a display of trees featuring critter ornaments, a Victorian dollhouse, rare antique dolls and one of the largest O-gauge model railroad displays in the country. Be sure to make a special trip for the annual critter ornament sale on December 5 and 6.
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North Pole Express at New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

New Hope, Bucks County

November 21 - December 31, 2015

All aboard the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad for a family-friendly holiday train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Lasting between 60 and 90 minutes, the holiday excursion features live music, refreshments and more holiday fun for everyone.
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Santa's Express at West Chester Railroad

West Chester Railroad

November 27-29, Weekends only December 5-20, 2015

Take a scenic, 90-minute holiday train ride through the Chester Creek Valley during Santa's Express on the West Chester Railroad. Families can celebrate with Santa himself, pose for pictures, enjoy live music and more.
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Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade in West Chester

West Chester, Chester County

December 4, 2015

West Chester welcomes Santa Claus to town during the popular 2015 Mars Drinks Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade presented by QVC, a one-mile loop through the historic district featuring marching bands, spectacular floats, giant character balloons, dance teams, antique vehicles and much more. The traditional holiday parade will be shown to millions with a broadcast on QVC on Christmas Day.
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Being [ ] at Christmas

Philadelphia
National Museum of American Jewish History

December 25, 2015

On Christmas Day, the National Museum of American Jewish History invites families to fill in the blank during Being [ ] at Christmas. The event invites families from every background to join in its annual day of family fun with music, games, children’s activities and more.
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Kwanzaa Family Celebration at the Johnson House

Philadelphia
The Johnson House

December 27, 2015

The Johnson House in Historic Germantown celebrates the principles of Kwanzaa with an evening of African storytelling, drumming, arts and cultural foods from 6-8 p.m.
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Please Touch Museum Countdown to Noon

Philadelphia

December 31, 2015

If midnight is way past your crew’s bedtime, ring in 2016 with a lunchtime celebration at the Please Touch Museum’s Countdown to Noon on December 31 with music, fun activities and a countdown at noon and 1 p.m.
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Fancy Brigade Finale and MummersFest

Philadelphia County

January 1, 2016

A New Year's tradition at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Philadelphia Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale is an elaborate display of costumes, sets, music and choreography. Families can get a photo with the Fancies during Mummersfest then watch the Mummers strut during a matinee at noon. The Fancy Brigades bring their best as they compete during the main judged competition at 5 p.m.
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