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Thanksgiving Weekend
in Philadelphia 2014

Celebrate the long weekend with parades, dinners, holiday attractions and more

Philadelphia goes big for the Thanksgiving holiday with a spectacular citywide celebration.

Kick-off the holiday with the 95th Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the oldest parade of its kind in the nation. The 1.4-mile parade down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway features gigantic balloons, celebrity appearances, local performers and festive floats.

You’ll give thanks for Philadelphia’s fantastic restaurants as many are offering delicious Thanksgiving dinners to help you avoid the stress of cooking and cleaning for the holiday.

The day after Thanksgiving means the official start of the holidays. Stay in the city with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™ to explore the city’s holiday lights, pop-up shops and traditional family-friendly holiday attractions throughout the weekend.

Read on for more Thanksgiving weekend fun in Philadelphia.

A Complete Day-By-Day Guide to Thanksgiving Weekend in Philadelphia 2014

Tens of thousands of people turn out for the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.)

There’s more than ever to do over Thanksgiving weekend in Philadelphia this year. From brand new ice skating rinks to an enormous parade, must-see holiday attractions to fun shopping, residents and visitors alike can look forward to an extremely fun weekend. Here’s our guide to doing it right.

day-by-day guide to Thanksgiving weekend

The 95th Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

The 95th annual, 1.4-mile 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country and a true Philadelphia tradition. The city streets make way for massive floats and giant balloons, plus local performers from choirs, dance groups, marching bands and more. And Santa himself arrives in grand fashion, ushering Philadelphia into the holiday season.

95th Thanksgiving Day Parade

10 Reasons To See the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade In Person

Don’t miss the holiday fun during the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Courtesy of 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade)

For nearly a century, thousands have braved the late-November weather to watch the annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year’s parade promises another visual and celebratory feast. Check out our reasons why it’s more than worth it to bundle up, grab the kids or a group of friends and head out for an early holiday treat.

10 Reasons to go to the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving Dinner at Philadelphia Restaurants

Let one of Philadelphia’s top restaurants do the cooking and cleaning this Thanksgiving. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Thanksgiving Day will be here before you know it, so now is the time to begin prepping for the big, annual feast. Fortunately, dozens of Philadelphia’s great restaurants are making it easy for those aiming to avoid the cooking, baking, grocery store rush and post-meal clean up. We’ve put together a list of city restaurants offering amazing dine-in or take-out meals this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Philadelphia Restaurants

15 Must-See Holiday Attractions

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest on the Delaware River Waterfront is one of Philadelphia’s must-see holiday attractions. (Photo courtesy the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)

The City of Brotherly Love wholeheartedly embraces the most wonderful time of the year, hosting a festive array of iconic holiday attractions. Whether you’re looking to skate the brand-new Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, shop the popular German-style Christmas Village at LOVE Park or take in the Macy’s Christmas Light Show, the region is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. See why the holidays are a great time to visit Philadelphia with our 15 must-see holiday attractions.

15 Must-See Holiday Attractions

Phlash Downtown Loop’s Holiday Service

The PHLASH is a quick, easy and inexpensive connection way to get to Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions during the holidays. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia.)

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, November 28, the PHLASH Downtown Loop will begin daily service to popular Philadelphia attractions through the holiday season. Service will be available every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the holiday weekend. And new for the 2014 holiday season, the Holiday Evening Loop offers expanded nighttime service for families as they explore the city’s holiday attractions. Operating every 15 minutes from 6 to 10 p.m., PHLASH buses will run along the normal route (excluding several stops) and will offer five additional stops near popular holiday attractions. Click the button below to learn more.

Phlash Downtown Loop Holioday Service


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