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Winter Events

This winter, 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.

This year, the city welcomes new attractions and bigger and better holiday traditions. The expanded Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest offers outdoor ice skating and nighttime fun at Penn’s Landing while the brand-new Dilworth Park laces up its skates for fun with the Rothman Ice Rink. Get into the spirit of the season with the long-running Macy’s Christmas Light Show in Center City and cross off your holiday shopping at the traditional German-inspired Christmas Village in LOVE Park.

It all leads up to an explosive end to 2014 with the spectacular New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront followed by the must-see Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day.

Elsewhere, Philadelphia-born painter William Glackens, one of the most important artists of the 20th century, gets his first comprehensive exhibition in town in nearly 50 years at The Barnes Foundation, while The Franklin Institute's Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out gives visitors a rare and unprecedented view of nature through the exhibition of more than 100 plastinated specimens including octopuses, goats, ostriches and even a giraffe.

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

    A Philadelphia holiday tradition since 1956

    Macy’s Holiday Light show

    November 28 – December 31
    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 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 27 – January 1
    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. The 15-minute show takes visitors on a festive, musical journey.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

    Holiday seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront

    Blue Cross RiverRink

    Open through March 1
    The Delaware River Waterfront is getting into the holiday spirit with the opening of the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Expanding on the annual Blue Cross RiverRink and last year’s holiday seasonal winter garden, the Waterfront Winterfest, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is one of Philadelphia’s must-see holiday experiences.

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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.

    Open through February 22
    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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  • The Christmas Village in Philadelphia

    Get into the holiday spirit in the heart of Philadelphia

    The Christmas Village in Center City Philadelphia.

    November 27 – December 28
    Philadelphia will once again transform into European wonderland for the annual Christmas Village at Love Park.

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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 13 – December 31
    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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  • Longwood Gardens Christmas

    Dazzling lights highlight this incredible holiday celebration

    No holiday is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens, where more than 400,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows compose a brilliant wonderland your family is sure to love.

    November 27 – January 11
    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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  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Philadelphia 2015

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

    Philadelphia will ring in 2015 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    December 31 – January 1
    Philadelphia will ring in 2015 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • The Mummers Parade 2015

    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 2015 Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade

    January 1
    An annual tradition, the Mummers Parade features 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 all family-friendly and fun for everyone.

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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.

    Open through February 2
    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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  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Philadelphia 2015

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

    Philadelphia will ring in 2015 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    December 31 – January 1
    Philadelphia will ring in 2015 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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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.

    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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  • 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.

    Open through February 22
    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.

    View More
  • Christmas In Peddler’s Village

    Celebrate the holiday season at Peddler’s Village

    Good times for the whole family at Peddler’s Village

    November 27 – December 28
    Visit Peddler’s Village in beautiful Bucks County to celebrate the holidays! With more than 70 specialty shops — perfect for your holiday shopping — and eight restaurants, you will love the Village’s charm and beautiful, festive decorations.

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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 27 – January 1
    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. The 15-minute show takes visitors on a festive, musical journey.

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

    A Philadelphia holiday tradition since 1956

    Macy’s Holiday Light show

    November 28 – December 31
    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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  • Franklin Flea

    A Philadelphia-centric market offering vintage and antique wares

    Franklin Flea recently returned for its 2014 season.

    November 15 – December 20
    The Philadelphia-centric Franklin Flea market supplies Philadelphia shoppers with its curated selection of vintage and antique wares throughout the year.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

    Holiday seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront

    Blue Cross RiverRink

    Open through March 1
    The Delaware River Waterfront is getting into the holiday spirit with the opening of the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Expanding on the annual Blue Cross RiverRink and last year’s holiday seasonal winter garden, the Waterfront Winterfest, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is one of Philadelphia’s must-see holiday experiences.

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  • Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration

    Feel the magic of the holiday season at Adventure Aquarium in Camden

    Enjoy the magic of the holiday season during Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration.

    November 28 – January 1
    Enjoy the magic of the holiday season during Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration. Get into the yuletide spirit with Scuba Santa and his elves, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — and, of course, plenty of sharks, fish and sea turtles.

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  • Longwood Gardens Christmas

    Dazzling lights highlight this incredible holiday celebration

    No holiday is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens, where more than 400,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows compose a brilliant wonderland your family is sure to love.

    November 27 – January 11
    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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