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Winter Events

Philadelphia heats up in the winter with some of its biggest and best events.

Get your inner engine revving at the Philadelphia Auto Show, come face-to-face with dozens of life-like animatronic dinosaurs in the tropical settings of The Franklin Institute's Jurassic World: The Exhibition and jump into the holiday spirit through a ton of festive happenings citywide.

If you want to really get moving, check out the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, both of which bring opportunities to cruise alfresco out on the ice and to warm up afterward with a steamy cup of hot cocoa.

Staying for a couple days? Consider booking the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package Winter Getaway, which comes with free hotel parking, free tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition, free ice skating passes for Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, a $20 Garces Restaurants gift card and more.

Get ready throw some layers on your calendar. It's time to bundle it up with all of the happenings right here in our City of Brotherly Love.

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  • The 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

    The world’s largest indoor flower show

    Elaborate displays fill the Pennsylvania Convention Center ever year at the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show.

    March 11-19, 2017
    An annual blockbuster event, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the world's oldest and largest indoor flower show, full of impressive large-scale gardens, landscapes and floral creations.

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  • Jurassic World: The Exhibition at
    The Franklin Institute

    Come face to face with life-like animatronic dinosaurs

    Throughout Jurassic World: The Exhibition, guests will come face-to-face with dozens of life-like animatronic dinosaurs that were created with oversight of renowned paleontologists.

    Through April 23, 2017
    Some very famous gigantic, life-like animatronic dinosaurs come to Philadelphia in fall 2016 when Jurassic World: The Exhibition makes its North American debut at The Franklin Institute in a groundbreaking, five-month exhibition.

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  • Robot Revolution
    at The Franklin Institute

    See and interact with more than 40 robots from all over the world

    Interact with more than 40 robots at a The Franklin Institute’s Robot Revolution exhibition.

    Through April 2, 2017
    See and interact with more than 40 robots at a new exhibition at The Franklin Institute.

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  • Philly Wine Week

    Toasts and wine-learning events at venues all around town

    High Street on Market is one of the many restaurants and bars serving up wine-related specials for Philly Wine Week.

    March 19-26, 2017
    Philly Wine Week returns for its fourth year of wine-centric events, parties and specials at over 50 participating venues throughout Philadelphia during an eight-day span of libations.

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  • Fancy Brigade Finale and MummersFest

    Head indoors to see the Mummers strut at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

    An annual New Year’s Day Philadelphia tradition, the Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale brings the mummers indoors for two shows at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

    January 1, 2018
    An annual New Year’s Day Philadelphia tradition, the Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale brings the mummers indoors for two shows at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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  • The Rothman Ice Rink and America’s Garden Capital Maze at Dilworth Park

    Three months of ice skating right next to City Hall

    The Rothman Ice Rink is allows visitors to skate right in the heart of Philadelphia.

    November 10, 2017 – February 25, 2018
    Dilworth Park is the place to be this holiday season, with the return of the Rothman Institute Ice Skating Rink, the Rothman Cabin and America’s Garden Capital Maze.

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  • Longwood Gardens Christmas

    Dazzling lights highlight this incredible holiday celebration

    The holidays go red, white and green at Longwood Gardens during A Longwood Gardens Christmas, featuring 500,000 twinkling lights, colorful fountains and beautifully adorned trees.

    November 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018
    No holiday is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens, where more than 500,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows compose a brilliant wonderland your family is sure to love.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

    Seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront

    The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a can’t-miss winter attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront, featuring ice skating, food and drink, arcade games and more.

    November 24, 2017 – March 4, 2018
    A winterized riverfront park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, a kids’ lodge with arcade games and more.

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  • Christmas In Peddler’s Village

    Celebrate the holiday season at Peddler’s Village

    Good times for the whole family await during the Peddler’s Village holiday season.

    November 10, 2017 – January 6, 2018
    Visit Peddler’s Village in beautiful Bucks County to celebrate the holidays! With more than 60 specialty shops — perfect for your holiday shopping — and six restaurants, the Village’s charm and beautiful, festive decorations help ring in the season.

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  • A Very Furry Christmas
    at Sesame Place

    Celebrate the holidays with your favorite Sesame Street friends

    A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends.

    November 18 – December 31, 2017 (select dates)
    A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with twinkling lights, festive decorations and rides.

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  • Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

    Brilliant bright display inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin

    Winter nights are joyfully brighter this holiday season with Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square.

    November 9 – December 31, 2017 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas)
    Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer will fill historic Franklin Square all season long for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show.

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  • The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

    A must-see holiday tradition in the lobby of the Comcast Center

    The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is shown on the massive Comcast Experience Wall.

    November 23, 2017 – January 1, 2018
    Shown on the state-of-the-art Comcast Experience video wall at Comcast Center, The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is a holiday tradition for the whole family featuring the sights and sounds of the season. The 15-minute show takes visitors on a festive, musical journey.

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  • The Christmas Village in Philadelphia

    Get into the holiday spirit in the heart of Philadelphia

    Shop for the holidays at the Philadelphia Christmas Village.

    November 23 – December 24, 2017
    Philadelphia will once again transform into a European wonderland for the annual Christmas Village, this year being held at the newly renovated LOVE Park.

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  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Philadelphia for 2017/2018

    Ring in the New Year with two fireworks shows on the Delaware River Waterfront

    Philadelphia will ring in 2018 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    December 31, 2017 – January 1, 2018
    Philadelphia will ring in 2018 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

    The oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country

    Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Thursday, November 23, 2017
    Now in its 98th year, the 1.4-mile 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country and a true Philadelphia tradition.

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  • The Macy’s Christmas Light Show
    at Macy’s Center City

    A Philadelphia holiday tradition since 1956

    A perfect family outing, the Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert at Macy’s is a Philadelphia tradition that dates back more than half a century.

    November 24 – December 2017
    A perfect family outing, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show has been a Philadelphia tradition since 1956. More than 100,000 lights combine to create snowflakes, ballerinas and reindeer floating beyond the four-story-high velvet curtain in the Grand Court.

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  • The Mummers Parade 2018

    Mummers strut down Broad Street, leaving behind a trail of glitter, feathers and fun

    New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to fête than the Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade

    Sunday, January 1, 2018
    An annual tradition, the SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade features more than 10,000 men and women dressed in colorfully lavish costumes as they twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut up one of the city’s main streets. An unforgettably wild ritual, the parade and subsequent performances are always entertaining.

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  • Christmas Tree Lighting in Rittenhouse Square

    Illuminating Rittenhouse Square for the holidays

    Over 5,000 holiday lights and Philadelphia’s largest Christmas Tree turn Rittenhouse Square into one of Center City’s most festive public spaces for the holidays.

    November 28, 2017
    Over 5,000 holiday lights and Philadelphia’s largest Christmas Tree turn Rittenhouse Square into one of Center City’s most festive public spaces for the holidays.

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  • Parkway 100

    The 14-month centennial celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Parkway 100 celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial with 14 months of special events and exhibitions at area institutions and outdoor spaces that line the thoroughfare.

    September 8, 2017 – November 16, 2018
    Philadelphia celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial birthday with Parkway 100, a 14-month soiree featuring special events and exhibitions at the venerable institutions and outdoor spaces that line the thoroughfare.

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