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Holiday Lights in South Philly

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CREDIT: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia


CREDIT: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

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The Top Places to View Holiday Lights
in Philadelphia for 2017

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 Christmas Light Show at Macy’s, 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 featuring the Electrical Spectacle 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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Holiday Lights at Boathouse Row


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. 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 17, 2017 - January 7, 2018

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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