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15+ Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Philadelphia’s Historic District

Philly’s Original City gets into the spirit with HoliDays and Nights

This December, Philadelphia’s Historic District transforms into holiday central.

The original city neighborhoods of Old City, Society Hill and the Delaware River Waterfront join forces for Philadelphia’s Historic District HoliDays & Nights, a celebration of the season.

The merrymaking spans museums, restaurants and shops between the Delaware River and 7th Street and Vine and Lombard streets.

As part of the festivities, the Snowflake Shuttle powered by PHLASH will offer free rides throughout the District Thursday through Saturday evenings, 6 to 9 p.m.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the Historic District this holiday season.

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Holidays at the Independence Visitor Center

November 24 - December 30, 2017 (select dates)
’Tis the season for the District’s information station to extend its hours until 7 p.m. and bring in colonial re-enactors to mingle with guests from November 24 to 25 and December 26 to 30. Also for a limited time: winter storytelling and colonial carolers (November 24 to 25, December 21 to 23 and 28 to 30).
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Making Christmas Pop-Up Exhibit at Elfreth's Alley

November 25 - December 21, 2017 (select dates)
The nation’s oldest continuously inhabited street tells the story of Christmas in America with Making Christmas, an exhibit 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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Skate with Santa at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2017
On weekend afternoons in December, the Blue Cross RiverRink welcomes Saint Nick onto the ice for Skate With Santa.
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