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Philadelphia’s Top Holiday Traditions

Light shows, theatrical productions, ice skating and more…

From classic light shows to timeless theatrical productions, holiday traditions abound in Philadelphia year after year.

Look no further than the Macy’s Christmas Light Show, which has dazzled generations of visitors and residents since 1956. Or the Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, now celebrating its 48th year.

Throw in sparkling holiday lights, ice skating and a few newer attractions and experiences that could become traditions in the not-so-distant future, and you have the makings of a wonderful holiday season to be celebrated with friends and family.

Whether they’ve been around for 50 years or just a few, these are the biggest holiday traditions in Philadelphia.

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Sing along with the classic Macy's Christmas Light Show.

November 25 - December 31, 2016

A perfect family outing, the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s is a Philadelphia holiday tradition that dates back to 1956. Come to the famous Center City store — housed in the historic Wanamaker Building — to watch more than 100,000 LED lights combine to create snowflakes, ballerinas and reindeer.
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See The Comcast Holiday Spectacular on the largest four-millimeter LED screen on Earth.

November 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Since its debut in 2008, more than 1.6 million people have experienced The Comcast Holiday Spectacular in the Comcast Center lobby. Shown on the state-of-the-art Comcast Experience video wall, the 15-minute show takes visitors on a festive, musical journey featuring classic family favorites like Jingle Bell Rock, The Twelve Days of Christmas and a moment from The Nutcracker performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet.
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