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The Top Places to View Holiday Lights
in Philadelphia

The holiday season shines bright in Philadelphia

The season shines bright in Philadelphia as attractions with glowing traditions, both new and old, light up for the holidays.

For decades, families have flocked to the City of Brotherly Love to enjoy the Macy’s Christmas Light Show, a holiday tradition since 1956 featuring more than 100,000 colorful lights. The city’s outdoor displays have expanded over the years as well to include Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, the Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show and more.

Elsewhere, neighborhoods are transformed by spectacular decorations, while regional attractions light up the beauty of the holiday.

To help swing you into the spirit of the season, we’re shining a spotlight on a few of our favorite holiday light displays throughout the region.

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The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

November 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Visitors gather in front of the Comcast Experience video wall, one of the world’s highest resolution LED displays, to catch the magic of The Comcast Holiday Spectacular. Throughout the free, 15-minute show, dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet move to music from The Nutcracker, a magical sleigh floats over the Philadelphia countryside and other festive sights and sounds of the season unfold. Through December 31, shows run at the top of the hour from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (excluding 5 p.m. on weekdays) and from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
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Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

November 11, 2016 - February 26, 2017

Strings of white lights cover the nearby trees and shine overhead the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. Take in the holiday cheer as you cruise around the Center City rink, also offering excellent views of City Hall and the illuminated clock that graces every side of its towering top.
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American Garden Capital Maze at Dilworth Park

November 11, 2016 - February 26, 2017

New in 2016, Dilworth Park hosts a popup maze-meets-garden created in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens. Wander through the holiday-inspired America’s Garden Capital Maze where you’ll find a variety of seasonal shrubbery and decorations adorned with twinkling mini-lights.
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Holiday Lights at Boathouse Row


Dates: Ongoing
One of Philadelphia’s most memorable nighttime vistas is that of Boathouse Row, made up of a dozen sculling clubs that line the Schuylkill River behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art that come alive with lights each night. In fact, this year is brighter and more colorful than ever after a new lighting system was installed in July of 2016. Take a stroll along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive or around the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an eye-popping lighting marvel filled with holiday spirit.
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Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm

Morrisville, Bucks County

November 18, 2016 - January 8, 2017

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 at Santa’s Village before you leave!
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