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30 Things To Do With Kids During The Holidays in Philadelphia for 2016

Enjoy the holiday season with family-friendly events and performances

Don’t let the arrival of winter keep you and your family cooped up indoors. The holiday season is a great time of year to get out and about with wee ones in tow.

With tons of family-geared attractions and destinations — most of them free — there are so many things to do with those of all ages this 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 fun with the family in Philadelphia for 2016, below.

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One Liberty Observation Deck's Spot Your Spot With Santa

November 25 - December 31, 2016 (select dates)

Let the kids share their holiday dreams and desires with Santa while treating yourself to the gift of premier skyline views from 57 floors up at One Liberty Observation Deck. On select dates, Santa will be onsite to mingle with visitors and pose for photos, and kids can use interactive technology and the incredible 360-degree views to show Santa where exactly to deliver their presents. Another gift for families: Each youth admission is free per one paid adult admission.
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East Passyunk Tree Lighting Party

December 1, 2016

Philadelphia's East Passyunk neighborhood will be decking the avenue during the annual Tree Lighting Party at the famous Singing Fountain. Join festive carolers, 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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The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Christmas Kids Spectacular

December 10, 2016

Bring the entire family to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts‘ Verizon Hall to see a festive performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra that kids are sure to love. Not just an orchestral performance, the matinee event includes holiday sing-alongs, dancers, actors and even a visit from Santa Claus.
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Parade of Lights

December 10, 2016

Head to the Delaware River waterfront for the seventh 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, the host of 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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Christmasland at Linvilla Orchards

Media, Delaware County

December 1-24, 2016

For the holidays, Linvilla Orchards transforms into the North Pole — farm style. Take the kids to pick out a Christmas tree, and afterward explore the market, stocked with tasty holiday treats like hot mulled cider. Santa makes a guest appearance every Saturday and Sunday in December, and Sunday evenings bring Caroling Hayrides, where sing-alongs, live music and apple cider create a fun and festive experience.
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Santa's Express at West Chester Railroad

West Chester, Chester County

November 19 - December 18, 2016 (select dates)

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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Holidays at Center for Architecture and Design

November 25, 2016 - January 26, 2017 (select dates)

Those of all ages are invited to get an introduction to architecture and design through hands-on and interactive activities at the Center for Architecture and Design this holiday season. From gingerbread-building classes to K'NEX workshops, building and design concepts are taught through a variety of kid-centric methods. Also, don't miss the Gingerbread Architecture Challenge, featuring more than 20 architecturally engineered gingerbread marvels.
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Franklin Square’s Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown and Dance Party

December 31, 2016

Historic Franklin Square offers families a 6 p.m. “square” drop, an indoor kids’ dance party, the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show outside and great views of the early fireworks show at Penn’s Landing.
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