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Guide to the Philly Holiday Festival

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

The Philly Holiday Festival brings five-plus weeks of seasonal fun to the Philadelphia area.

The festival kicks off on Thursday, November 23, 2017, with the Thanksgiving Day Parade (the oldest of its kind in the nation!) and concludes on Monday, January 1, 2018 with the exuberant, must-see Mummers Parade.

In between, all sorts of festive events take place — the Philly Holiday Tree Lighting, Dilworth Park’s Deck the Hall Light Show and more! — and fun attractions pop up in public spaces citywide.

Altogether, more than 15 time-honored traditions and brand-new festivities will blanket Philadelphia in holiday cheer. Get ready to celebrate – and don’t forget, the Philadelphia Parking Authority offers free on-street meter parking on Saturdays after 11 a.m. from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day!

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One Liberty Observation Deck’s “A Very Philadelphia Holiday”

Through 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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Deck the Hall Light Show at City Hall

November 20, 2017 - January 1, 2018

In Dilworth Park on the west side of City Hall, a brand-new nightly light show and animated display – created by local design firm KLIP Collective and presented by Independence Blue Cross – debuts this year. The Deck the Hall Light Show will shine on the west portal of City Hall multiple times each night from November 20 through January 1.
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Philly Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Philly Holiday Tree, a 50-foot live tree, resides this year at the north end of City Hall (facing North Broad Street). The giant holiday spectacle comes to life on Friday, November 24, 2017 with a special tree-lighting ceremony from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The festivities usher in the tree's 42 different-color light display.
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Santa Express At Dilworth Park

Friday, November 24, 2017

All aboard! Travel with Santa Claus by SEPTA "sleigh" (read: train) to the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park on Friday, November 24 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 they reach the rink.
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Holidays in Manayunk

November 25 - December 31, 2017

The lighting of the tree on Canal View Park leads off Holidays in Manayunk (November 25) paired with the neighborhood's Small Business Saturday celebration. Other fun holiday events 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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Merry, Merry Happy Hours

November 30 - December 28, 2017 (Thursdays only)

Merry, Merry Happy Hours will add extra fun to Thursdays, beginning November 30 and continuing through the end of the year. Designated spots like Sofitel Philadelphia and One Liberty Observation Deck’s Bar 57 will feature special holiday cocktails during the weekly, adults-only events.
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