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50+ Essential Holiday Events in Philadelphia for 2017

A comprehensive guide to the best seasonal celebrations throughout the region

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — especially in Philly, where iconic traditions and new festivities add an extra special sparkle to the season.

The city hosts a number of beloved holiday traditions (Christmas Light Show at Macy's, The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, Franklin Square Holiday Festival) as well as several newer attractions (the numerous new pop ups at City Hall, the Old City Design Tree, a redesigned Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad).

The season all leads up to an explosive end to 2017 with the spectacular SugarHouse Casino New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront on the Delaware River followed by the incredibly exuberant Mummers Parade on New Year's Day.

With pop-up shops, annual celebrations and more holidays lights than you can count, the Philadelphia region is bursting with things to do this holiday season. Browse our guide to the top holiday events below and learn about all of the grand seasonal celebrations you can enjoy this year!

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Holidays at Philly Attractions | Holidays in the Countryside | New Year's Eve



Holiday Traditions

Dilworth Park Wintergarden, Christmas Village and the Holidays at City Hall

Dilworth park wintergarden

City Hall has become a winter wonderland this holiday season. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Dates vary by attraction

The heart of Center City is packed with holiday pop ups, including the brand-new, nightly KLIP Collective creation, Deck the Hall Light Show at Dilworth Park. The outdoor Rothman Institute Ice Rink & Rothman Institute Cabin offer ice skating, skate rentals, twinkling lights and indoor space to warm up and fill up on snacks, cocktails, beer and hot drinks, while America's Garden Capital Maze is a living labyrinth of seasonal plants and lights. Philly's official tree overlooks North Broad Street, as does Craft Hall, an indoor beer garden, bakery and barbecue featuring Lost Breads and smoked meats. Within the open-air courtyard, the carousel returns, along with the Hernhut stars-topped stalls of the Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market of independent local vendors. Across the street at LOVE Park (in the midst of renovations) is Christmas Village, the annual German-style holiday shopping hot spot.

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Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City

Macy's Christmas Light Show

The Macy's Christmas Light Show is one of Philadelphia's time-honored holiday traditions. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Through Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Grand Court in the National Historic Landmark Wanamaker Building has hosted the Christmas Light Show at Macy's since 1956. The department store revives the tradition of sugarplum fairies, dancing snowmen and other holiday characters with a 100,000-light show narrated by Julie Andrews and accompanied by the famed Wanamaker Organ. Free performances take place every two hours during store hours. Between shows, visitors often tour the second floor’s vintage Dickens Village, a display of animated dolls that retells A Christmas Carol, and each free walkthrough ends in a chance to meet and get photos with Santa.

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The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Comcast Holiday Spectacular

The Comcast Center's giant LED display screen is home to the beloved Comcast Holiday Spectacular. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Through Monday, January 1, 2018

A massive, street-level, high-resolution LED display screens The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a festive, 15-minute show that feature dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet and a magical sleigh soaring through Philadelphia’s skyscape.

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Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle

Enjoy a dazzling light show, fun carousel rides, warm treats and drinks and more at Franklin Square this season. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Through Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Franklin Square Holiday Fest & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show make this park twinkle, with free shows every 30 minutes between 4 and 8 p.m. on weeknights and 4 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Among the 50,000 lights set to music are a giant, illuminated kite and key. Festivities include #FranklinSquareFridays, Saturdays with Santa, Seasonal Sounds on Sundays, rides on the holiday train and carousel, treats such as make-you-own s'mores, hot doughnuts, local beer and hot beverages — served in a warming tent or around fire pits in a beer garden — and mini-golf

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a can't-miss winter attraction on the Delaware River waterfront. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)

Through Sunday, March 4, 2018

The popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest returns for year five with fire pits, an arcade area designed for kids, a cozy, chalet-style lodge, 12 nights of Christmas movies, sweets from the Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin and hearty fare from Garces Group and Chickie’s & Pete’s. All of the fun is centered around a regulation skating rink that offers spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

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Holiday Shopping

Bundle up and explore the charming main streets and boutique shops of Philadelphia and the surrounding region this holiday season. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Dates vary

In addition to the region’s wealth of awesome retail destinations, boutiques and top-rated malls, findcreative craft bazaars and holiday pop-up shops all throughout the area this holiday season. From the traditional German Christmas Market at Byers' Choice to the open-air Cricket Cringle in Ardmore, we’ve rounded up the top holiday spots to hit in our holiday shopping guide.

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Philly Holiday Festival

The Philly Holiday Tree at City Hall

The Philly Holiday Festival brings five weeks of holiday fun — including the Philly Holiday Tree (shown) — to the city, . (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Through Monday, January 1, 2018

The Philly Holiday Festival brings five-plus weeks of seasonal fun to the Philadelphia area. Altogether, more than 15 time-honored traditions and brand-new festivities will blanket Philadelphia in holiday cheer. New additions for this year include Merry, Merry Happy Hours featuring weekly Thursday evening specials at spots around the city, free museum days at select participating spots and the Philly Holiday Tree on the north apron of City Hall. Click the button below to view all of the Philly Holiday Festival fun.

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Neighborhood Lights in South Philadelphia

Holiday Lights in South Philadelphia

The elaborate Miracle on South 13th Street is definitely a must-see this season. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Ongoing

In South Philly, just a few blocks off of bustling East Passyunk Avenue, find what’s known as the Miracle on South 13th Street illuminating the 1600 block between Tasker and Morris streets. The elaborate lights hung on neighborhood homes along this stretch have made the street a holiday-lights destination for more than a dozen years and a serious must-see.

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Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad

Reading Terminal Market rolls out a new display for this year's Holiday Railroad. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Through Sunday, December 24, 2017

Every holiday season, Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia’s indoor haven for all things food, sets up an impressive holiday railroad display. This year's all-new display features five magical interactive model train vignettes celebrating the history of the Reading Terminal Market, the Reading Railroad and the joys of the holiday season.

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Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium

December 2-30, 2017

Marvel at the world's tallest underwater Christmas tree, which makes its debut at Adventure Aquarium this year. The 18-foot-tall tree, part of the attraction's Shark Realm, will be on display through December 30. Alongside thousands of twinkling lights and colorful shells and coral, visitors will get the chance to see Scuba Santa and his "elfish" helpers swimming beneath the surface and celebrating the season.

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PHLASH Downtown Loop's Daily Holiday Service

The PHLASH offers convenient access to the city's top attractions and holiday destinations. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Through December 31, 2017

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, the PHLASH Downtown Loop begins daily service to popular Philadelphia spots through the end of the year. Service will be available every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., allowing passengers to easily experience festive holiday attractions throughout the city.

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More Holiday Traditions in Philadelphia

Dates vary

From classic light shows to timeless theatrical productions, holiday traditions abound in Philadelphia year after year. See all of Philadelphia's annual holiday traditions by clicking the button below.

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Holiday Shows

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Pennsylvania Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Head over to the Academy of Music for a delightful performance of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker by the Pennsylvania Ballet. (B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

December 8-31, 2017 (select dates)

The Pennsylvania Ballet returns to the grand Academy of Music for an elegant (yet kid-friendly) Philadelphia dance tradition. Tchaikovsky’s iconic score pairs with lavish sets, lavish costumes and enchanting performances — by the dancers, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadelphia Boys Choir. This year’s sensory-friendly performance takes place December 27.

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A Philly POPS Christmas

Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center will be filled with the gorgeous sounds of the Philly POPS Christmas Spectacular this December. (Photo courtesy Philly Pops)

December 2-19, 2017 (select dates)

Maestro Michael Krajewski takes the baton to lead the Philly POPS in a newly re-imagined, always beloved concert featuring vocalist Justin Hopkins, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the Philly POPS Festival Chorus and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir, as well as a musical performance of How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

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More Holiday Shows and Performances in Philadelphia

The Walnut Street Theatre's annual production of A Christmas Carol is a popular holiday tradition for residents and visitors. (Photo courtesy The Walnut Street Theatre)

Dates vary

From grand productions by the The Philadelphia Orchestra to new twists on old classics performed on smaller stages throughout the city, venues citywide usher in the holiday season with a host of great shows. Click the button below for our full guide to holiday shows and performances in Philadelphia this year.

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Neighborhood Tree Lightings

Old City District Tree Lighting

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Betsy Ross House courtyard hosts the Old City District Tree Lighting on Thursday, November 30, 2017, complete with carolers, a performance from the Philadelphia Youth Ballet, seasonal drinks and snacks from Fezziwig's Sweet Shoppe and an appearance by Betsy Ross herself. Stick around for $1 off admission to the Betsy Ross House until 8 p.m.

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Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

The waterfront winter wonderland hosts a huge tree lighting celebration complete with performances, fireworks and more. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Friday, December 1, 2017

The popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest on the Delaware River waterfront goes all out in lighting its tree on December 1. Look forward to performers, singers, dancers and ice skaters, along with seasonal activities and a grand tree lighting finale — complete with fireworks — courtesy of PECO.

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More Tree Lightings in Philadelphia

Dates vary

From bustling East Passyunk in Philadelphia to charming small towns in the city’s countryside, tree lighting celebrations throughout the region get the area's neighborhoods and towns into the holiday spirit all season long. Click the button below for our guide to the most delightful tree lighting celebrations this season.

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Holidays at Philly Attractions

A Very Philly Christmas at the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park

Holidays at the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park

Tour the historic homes in Fairmount Park this season for special events centered around food, music and more. (Photo courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy)

Through Sunday, December 31, 2017 (Select days)

The historic mansions in Fairmount Park get dressed up for the holidays this season in the theme of "A Very Philly Christmas." Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Historic Strawberry Mansion and Woodford Mansion all open their doors to visitors during select days throughout the entire month of December. Four extra special events will also take place, centered around the Philly-oriented themes of music, food, neighbors and families.

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Holidays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Christmas tree at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts a variety of holiday programming for the season. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Through Monday, January 1, 2018 (Select days)

All throughout the season, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts events and activities in celebration of the holidays. From a DIY card-making night to festive Friday night performances complete with spiked hot cocoa and other seasonal treats, a wealth of festivities invite you to make the museum part of your holiday traditions. Click the button below to check out all of the scheduled events.

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Holiday Carol Sing & Food Basket Give-a-way at The Johnson House

December 14, 2017

Join a cheery band of carolers who make their way down the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue singing seasonal tunes as they go. Afterward, the 6300 Germantown Business Alliance will distribute food baskets to area families in need and apple cider and cookies will be served at The Johnson House.

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Menorah Lighting in Rittenhouse Square

Menorah Lighting at Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square celebrates the Festival of Lights with its annual menorah lighting. (Photo courtesy Friends of Rittenhouse Square)

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The annual lighting of the menorah in Rittenhouse Square is set for December 17 at 5 p.m. As dusk settles over the park, prayers will be sung and the first candle will be lit on one of the city’s largest menorahs.

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Holidays in the Historic District

Deck The Alley

Deck The Alley at Elfreth's Alley

Tour the 18th- and 19th-century homes of Elfreth's Alley during this festive event. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

On December 2, Elfreth's Alley residents welcome the public to tour their 18th- and 19th-century homes during the popular ticketed event Deck the Alley. The festive afternoon includes carolers, refreshments, appearances by a 19th-century Santa Claus and Benjamin Franklin — not to mention rare access to more than 20 of the private homes.

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Holidays at the Independence Visitor Center

December 21-30, 2017 (select dates)

'Tis the season for the Philadelphia Historic District’s information station to extend its hours until 7 p.m. and bring in colonial re-enactors to mingle with guests from December 26 to 30. Also for a limited time, the Independence Visitor Center will host winter storytelling and colonial carolers (December 21 to 23 and 28 to 30).

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A Very Philadelphia Holiday at One Liberty Observation Deck

Through Monday, January 1, 2018

One Liberty Observation Deck gets decked out for the season for the debut of "A Very Philadelphia Holiday." Attraction-goers will find the entire 57th-floor space decorated with iconic Philly holiday themes, featuring Mummers decorations, lights that replicate the "Miracle on 13th Street" and more.

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Tippler’s Tour: Yuletide Cheers and Beers

Tippler's Tour

Have a few brews with a Redcoat soldier during this weekly holiday pub crawl. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Through December 28, 2017 (Thursdays only)

A little history, a little beer and a lot of fun are served up during Tippler’s Tour: Yuletide Cheers and Beers, when a Redcoat soldier recalls life in British-occupied Philadelphia in 1777 over brews at four cozy pubs.

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Parade of Lights

Parade of Lights at the Independence Seaport Museum

Make a gingerbread boat then watch a parade of decorated vessels along the Delaware River during the annual Parade of Lights at the Independence Seaport Museum. (Photo courtesy Independence Seaport Museum)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Penn’s Landing’s Independence Seaport Museum puts on a Saturday of nautical holiday fun — sailboat ornament-making, gingerbread boat-building, snow lessons and Santa — followed by the Parade of Lights, an early-evening parade of illuminated working vessels (tugboats included) along the Delaware River.

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Holidays at the National Constitution Center

December 26-30, 2017

Winter break means loads of programming at the world’s only museum dedicated to U.S. Constitution. Visitors to the National Constitution Center can enjoy special programs and activities, including arts and crafts, games and interactive shows. Featured activities include colonial dress-up and photo opportunities, military muster demonstrations and the Growing Up, American Style show.

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Illuminating Liberty at the Museum of the American Revolution

Through Sunday, December 31, 2017

Philadelphia Historic District’s newest addition, the Museum of the American Revolution, inaugurates its first holiday season with Illuminating Liberty. Colorful illuminations based on those by eminent Revolutionary-era Philadelphia artist Charles Willson Peale fill the museum’s sidewalk-level windows.

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Making Christmas Pop-Up Exhibit at Elfreth's Alley

Through December 30, 2017 (select dates)

The nation’s oldest continuously inhabited street tells the story of Christmas in America with Making Christmas, an exhibition retelling how 18th-century German immigrants brought over the folk traditions and customs (Santa Claus, toys, cookies and that tannebaum) that transformed December 25 into the holiday that it is today.

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Being __________ at Christmas at the National Museum of American Jewish History

The National Museum of American Jewish History

Every year on Christmas Day, the National Museum of American Jewish History invites families from all backgrounds for storytelling, crafting and more. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, December 25, 2017

On December 25, the National Museum of American Jewish History invites families to fill in the blank during Being __________ at Christmas. Families from every background can join in the annual day of family fun with crafting, storytime sessions and other all-ages activities.

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Historic Holiday Nights in Old City

Through December 28, 2017 (Thursdays only)

Past and present are wrapped up in a bow for Historic Holiday Nights in Old City, taking place every Thursday in December from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy performances at the Betsy Ross House courtyard, must-see window illuminations at the Museum of the American Revolution, the Old City District Tree Lighting on November 30 and more. Click the button below to learn about all of the Historic Holiday Nights happenings.

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Skate with Santa at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

December 2-17, 2017 (Saturdays and Sundays only)

On weekend afternoons in December, Blue Cross RiverRink welcomes Saint Nick onto the ice for Skate With Santa. Grab the kids and your camera and prepare for a fun afternoon out on the rink.

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Holidays at the Philadelphia History Museum

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent

Score pay-what-you-wish admission, check out a cool pop-up exhibition and more during the holidays at the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, December 9, 2017; December 26, 2017 - January 2, 2018

This city-centric museum hosts the Golden Age of Retail, a cocktail party and pop-up exhibition of artifacts from classic department stores John Wanamaker, Gimbels and Strawbridge & Clothier, along with vintage ornaments and 19th-century cards. During winter break (December 26, 2017 - January 2, 2018), the museum offers the gift of pay-what-you-wish admission.

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Kwanzaa Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Celebrate Kwanzaa at the African American Museum in Philadelphia with four days of special activities. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

December 27-30, 2017

The Kwanzaa Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia features four family-oriented days that celebrate the First Fruits of the Harvest. In the first three days, crafting activities represent self-determination, working together and supporting each other. On the fourth day, a candle-lighting ceremony demonstrates purpose.

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Bonus: Snowflake Shuttle, Serviced by PHLASH

Through Saturday, December 30, 2017 (Thursdays through Sundays)

Getting around the Historic District is even easier Thursdays through Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m., when a dedicated, decked-out PHLASH bus loops the neighborhood, picking up and dropping off riders free of charge. The six-stop, 17-minute route includes Franklin Square, the Museum of the American Revolution, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 3rd and Market streets, Elfreth’s Alley and the Betsy Ross House.

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Holidays in the Countryside

A Longwood Christmas

Christmas Lights at Longwood Gardens

It's no surprise that one of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens goes all out for the holidays. (Photo by Daniel Traub for Longwood Gardens)

Through Sunday, January 7, 2018

Thousands of topiaries, wreaths, mirrors and floating cranberries, apples and gilded walnuts transform Longwood Gardens’ heated, four-acre, Versailles-inspired Conservatory, site of free and ticketed holiday performances, during A Longwood Christmas. Outside, 500,000 lights glitter in the trees, and gloriously renovated fountains dance to seasonal music. Fridays through Sundays, Terrace hosts by-reservation breakfasts with Santa.

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Christmas In Peddler’s Village

Christmas at Peddler's Village

Check out incredible gingerbread displays, Victorian decorations, shopping and more at Peddler's Village during the holidays. (Photo courtesy Peddler's Village)

Through Saturday, January 6, 2018

Take in a ton of festive decor and get into the shopping spirit at Peddler's Village, Bucks County's holiday hub. December 2 and 3 bring the attraction's Christmas Festival, a weekend filled with Santa parades and Victorian decorations to admire. While you're there, visitors shouldn't miss the Gingerbread Competition & Display in the Village Gazebo, where a few dozen edible creations are on display through Saturday, January 6.

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A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

Christmas at Sesame Place

Meet all of your favorite Sesame Street characters at the annual Christmas celebrations at Sesame Place. (Photo courtesy Sesame Place)

Through Sunday, December 31, 2017 (select dates)

Elmo, Abby, Oscar and friends — including, new this year, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Clarice and Bumble — are part of the ultimate little-kid theme park’s A Very Furry Christmas. Wee ones tour the Twiddlebugs’ Gingerbread Cookie Factory, meet Lightning, the reindeer from Elmo Saves Christmas, take in holiday productions such as the 1-2-3 Christmas Tree Show and snag spots for the Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade.

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North Pole Express and Santa's Steam Spectacular at New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

Through Sunday, December 31, 2017

All aboard the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad for a holiday train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Lasting one hour, the holiday excursion invites families to sip hot chocolate and enjoy festive cookies as Santa and Mrs. Claus deliver a special gift to each child on board. Christmas carol sing-alongs will sweeten the ride as the train transports everyone to the "North Pole."

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A Brandywine Christmas at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

Through Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Brandywine Christmas takes over the Brandywine River Museum with a display of trees featuring critter ornaments, a rare antique doll collection and one of the largest O-gauge model railroad displays in the country with nearly 2,000 feet of track. Be sure to make a special trip for the annual critter sale featuring ornaments made from all-natural materials on November 30, December 1, 3 and 5.

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The Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Head to Morris Arboretum's Holiday Garden Railway for dazzling display of model trains and thousands of lights. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

November 24 - December 31, 2017

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. On select Fridays, catch special nighttime viewings when white lights bedeck the rails and miniature greens adorn the buildings.

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Christmas Around the Farm at Linvilla Orchards

December 1-23, 2017

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. Santa makes a guest appearance every Saturday and Sunday in December, and on Saturday evenings, visitors can sing along on Caroling Hayrides.

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Santa’s Express at West Chester Railroad

Through December 23, 2017 (select dates)

Take a scenic, 90-minute holiday train ride through the Chester Creek Valley during Santa's Express on the West Chester Railroad. Celebrate with Santa himself, pose for pictures, enjoy live music and more.

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Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm

Through Sunday, JANUARY 7, 2018

Millions of lights sparkle at Shady Brook Farm during the incredible Holiday Light Show. Experience the magical drive in your own car or hop on an open-air wagon ride. Beforehand, consider picking out out a holiday tree and be sure to get your picture taken with Santa before you leave!

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Holidays in Manayunk

Through Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Holidays in Manayunk include a Sweets and Spirits Holiday Happy Hour (November 30), the Rudolph Run (December 9), a Men's Shopping Night (December 14) and more. Click the button below to view the full schedule of holiday happenings in Manayunk.

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New Year's Eve

SugarHouse Casino New Year’s Eve on the Waterfront

New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront

Ring in 2018 at the waterfront with two fireworks shows on New Year's Eve. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Philadelphia will ring in 2018 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront over the Delaware River with fireworks lighting up the sky at 6 p.m. and again at midnight.

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SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade

Sugarhouse Casino Mummers Parade

Watch thousands of costumed men, women and children strut down Broad Street in this annual only-in-Philadelphia New Year's Day tradition. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Monday, JANUARY 1, 2018

A longstanding tradition dating back to 1901, the Mummers Parade brings together thousands of elaborately costumed men, women and children for a day-long march down Broad Street. The carnival-like atmosphere is filled with music and merriment and always creates one of the most colorful starts to the year.

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Fancy Brigade Finale and MummersFest

Monday, JANUARY 1, 2018

A spectacular Philadelphia’s New Year’s Day tradition heads indoors during the Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Celebrate the New Year all week-long during MummersFest, featuring a behind-the-scenes look as the Mummers put the finishing touches on their costumes and routines.

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