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Winter Events

The chill to the air beckons you inside — and not so coincidentally, the region’s museums, restaurants and other attractions are ready to welcome you with blockbuster exhibitions and the long-standing annual events Philadelphians look forward to all year.

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  • The Rothman Ice Rink
    at Dilworth Park

    Three months of ice skating in the shadow of City Hall

    This winter, the transformation of the west side of City Hall continues with the premiere of the brand-new Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park.

    The brand-new Dilworth Park has transformed the west side of City Hall into a multi-use public plaza. This winter, the transformation continues — this time, in the form of an awesome ice rink.

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  • William Glackens at
    the Barnes Foundation

    Comprehensive exhibition of influential painter and friend to Dr. Barnes

    William Glackens. Cape Cod Pier, 1908.

    The Barnes Foundation is hosting the first comprehensive survey of painter William Glackens in nearly half a century. William Glackens, brings together more than 90 works from public and private collections throughout the U.S., including paintings and works on paper never before shown in public.

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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.

    Winter nights are joyfully brighter this holiday season with Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle, a free holiday nighttime light show that’s bigger and brighter than ever in 2014.

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  • The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

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

    Watching the Comcast Holiday Spectacular in 3D

    Shown on the state-of-the-art Comcast Experience video wall at Comcast Center, The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is a family-friendly holiday tradition featuring the sights and sounds of the season.

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  • Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out at the Franklin Institute

    A striking and rare look at the anatomy of the animal kingdom

    The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out

    Open through April 12
    Get a literal look inside the animal kingdom as Body Worlds returns to the Franklin Institute. Housed in the new Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out features a rare and unprecedented view of the anatomy of nature with more than 100 specimens including sharks, goats, ostriches, a giraffe and even a giant squid.

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  • Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography

    Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts first major retrospective of the American photographer in nearly five decades

    Anna Attinga Frafra, Accra, Ghana, 1964 (negative and print).

    Through January 4
    Discover the powerful works of American photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand (1890-1976) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the first major retrospective of his work in nearly 50 years.

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  • First Friday

    Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia

    On the first Friday evening of every month, the streets od Old City fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries.

    Friday, October 3
    Want proof of Philadelphia’s happening art scene? On the first Friday evening of every month the streets fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, most of them open from 5 until 9 p.m.

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  • David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA

    First major U.S. art exhibition for the renowned filmmaker

    David Lynch: The Unified Field is a comprehensive look at the renowned filmmaker’s art and artistic process.

    Open through January 11
    A comprehensive look at the art of David Lynch at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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  • Dinosaurs Unearthed at the
    Academy of Natural Sciences

    Come face-to-face with full-size, moving dinosaurs

    Dinosaur Hall at the Academy of Natural Sciences

    Dinosaurs Unearthed brings a stampede of life-size, roaring, moving, animatronic dinosaurs to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for an incredible family-friendly experience.

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  • Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American

    Celebrating America’s pastime at the National Museum of American Jewish History

    Hank Greenburg hits a third inning homerun on April 29, 1947.

    Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American at the National Museum of American Jewish History is the first large-scale exhibition to weave together the history of baseball with the story of immigration and integration into American life.

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