Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show
Brilliant bright display inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin
November 13-December 31, 2014
Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show
Winter nights are joyfully brighter this holiday season with Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square, a free holiday nighttime light show that’s bigger than ever in 2014.
Inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin, the show features a dazzling display of more than 50,000 lights designed specifically for the popular public space.
Featuring a 12-foot-tall kite made of lights that sparkle and spread down a custom 250-foot sculpted kite string and hundreds of feet of holiday garlands, which will cover the Square. The colorful display is coordinated to lively holiday music provided by none other than The Philly Pops, including the sounds of The Nutcracker.
The lights are set to shine eight times daily every 30 minutes between 4:30 and 8 p.m., weather permitting, so taking in the display will be as easy as arriving at Franklin Square for a visit. Two different seven-minute shows will alternate throughout each evening, so be sure to see both fantastic displays.
The Electrical Spectacle is an entirely free and a festive way to celebrate the holiday season with the entire family.
Franklin Square Holiday Festival
The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show is just one part of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival.
The festival will feature nearly seven weeks of attractions, activities and more. Read on for more info.
Winter Beer Garden
Ben’s Bites & Brews, a brand-new heated tent with food and drinks, opens in Franklin Square on November 13.
Featuring the Barren Hill Brewery Winter Beer Garden and outdoor fire pits, visitors to the park can enjoy hot chocolate, comfort foods and a variety of local seasonal beers presented by Old Eagle Tavern.
Note: The beer garden is open Thursdays through Sundays as well as Dec. 26-31.
Franklin Square Holiday Market
Also coming this year is the Franklin Square Holiday Market, produced in collaboration with PHAIR.
Shopping tents from local artists will line the walkways of the square from 4 to 8 p.m. from November 28-December 23.
Lightning Bolt Holiday Express
Visitors can also take a ride on Franklin Square’s Lightning Bolt Holiday Express, a festive train ride around the square on Saturdays and Sundays from November 15-December 28 from 4-7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $4 for children.
Santa at Franklin Square
Finally, Santa visits Franklin Square on Saturdays from November 29-December 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., along with holiday music, special activities, games and more.
For more holiday fun at Franklin Square, click the button below.
In the neighborhood
225 S. 8th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Penn’s View Hotel
- Hilton Philadelphia
at Penn’s Landing
- Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
- Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
- Holiday Inn Express
- Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
- Best Western Independence Park Hotel
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Museums & Attractions
321 Willings Alley Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Constitution Day
- Benjamin Franklin Museum
- Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church
- Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church
- The Betsy Ross House
- Once Upon a Nation
- The Bishop White House
- Independence Visitor Center
- Mechanics’ National Bank
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Restaurants & Dining