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Guide to the Philly Holiday Festival

Celebrate the holiday season with lights, trees, parades, fireworks, shows and more

Twinkling lights, the echo of carols and a nip in the air all bring a sprinkle of seasonal magic to Philadelphia.

This year the festivities get an extra touch of sparkle with the launch of the Philly Holiday Festival, the city’s colorful, seven-week holiday gift to locals and visitors, featuring a new spectacularly lit tree and America’s Garden Capital Maze in Dilworth Park, parades, light shows and two fireworks displays along the Delaware River.

Read for our complete guide to the signature attractions and events that make up the Philly Holiday Festival.

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America's Garden Capital Maze

November 11, 2016 - February 26, 2017

New this year, America’s Garden Capital Maze brings a festive winter garden refuge to Dilworth Park. The Wintergarden features willow-branch archways, a variety of seasonal perennials, trees and shrubs and several topiary sculptures. Detailed décor is used to showcase all 32 of the public gardens, arboreta and historic landscapes that are located within the 30-mile region of Philadelphia. A charming maze invites those of all ages to wander through the garden’s winter plantings, adorned with twinkling lights and other seasonal ornamentation.
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Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market

November 19 - December 24, 2016

Holiday shoppers can stock up on handcrafted goods made by local artists, crafters and designers at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market in Dilworth Park. Also available: lots of yummy Philly foods that will satisfy shoppers’ cravings and/or make great gifts.
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Grand Opening of the Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market

Saturday, November 19, 2016

For a two-day, sneak peek weekend, the Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market will open up prior to its official 2016 season kick off on Thanksgiving Day. Be one of the first to stock up on hand-crafted goods made entirely by local artists, crafters and designers set up in Dilworth Park. Also available: lots of yummy Philly foods that you can enjoy before anyone else!
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Opening Day for the Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular hourly shows kick off on Thanksgiving Day. Be there to catch the magic that goes down on one of the world’s highest resolution LED displays. The free, 15-minute shows feature dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet moving to music from "The Nutcracker," a magical sleigh floating over the Philadelphia countryside and a festive sing-along for audiences members to partake.
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PHLASH Downtown Loop's Holiday Service

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November 25 - December 31, 2016

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, the PHLASH Downtown Loop will begin daily service to popular Philadelphia spots through the holiday season, including many Philly Holiday Festival stops. Service will be available every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., allowing passengers to experience festive holiday attractions throughout the city.
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Santa Express At Dilworth Park

Friday, November 25, 2016

All aboard! Travel with Santa Claus by SEPTA sleigh (train) to the Rothman Institute Rink at Dilworth Park on Friday, November 25 where he'll then lace up and hit the ice with other riders. SEPTA trains will be decorated and filled with holiday fun to enjoy all along the ride. A parade will greet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves once the Rothman Institute Rink is reached.
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Opening Day of the Macy's Christmas Light Show

Friday, November 25, 2016

A Philadelphia tradition since 1956, the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s in Center City illuminates the Grand Court inside the Wanamaker building, a National Historic Landmark. Come out on November 25 to be one of the first of the season to delight in the 100,000 LED lights, narration by Julie Andrews and holiday music from the Wanamaker Organ. Free performances take place every two hours during store hours.
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