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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A Philly Pops Christmas

    More than 300 musicians help celebrate the holiday season

    Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be filled with the gorgeous sounds of the season during A Philly Pops Christmas.

    December 2-19, 2017 (select dates)
    Performing both delightful seasonal classics and glorious gospel music, A Philly Pops Christmas is a marvelous way for the whole family to enjoy the holidays together.

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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 31, 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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  • 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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  • Army-Navy Game

    Land of the free, home of the game

    Cadets from West Point and and Midshipmen from Annapolis will square off at Lincoln Financial Field for the historic Army-Navy football game.

    Saturday, December 9, 2017
    The Army-Navy game makes its return to Philadelphia in 2017. Cadets from West Point and and Midshipmen from Annapolis will square off at Lincoln Financial Field for a matchup between the historic rivals.

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  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    Philadelphia’s long-standing celebration of everything Irish

    A Philadelphia tradition since 1771, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade — one of the oldest parades in the country — is a celebration not to be missed.

    March 11, 2018
    A Philadelphia tradition since 1771, the St. Patrick's Day Parade — one of the oldest parades in the country — is a celebration not to be missed. Join thousands of spectators on Market Street as the parade marches from City Hall to Penn's Landing.

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  • Philly Wine Week

    Toasts and wine-learning events at venues all around town

    Dozens of bars and restaurants participate in Philly Wine Week each year.

    March 22-29, 2018
    Philly Wine Week returns for its fifth year of wine-centric events, parties and specials at dozens of participating venues throughout Philadelphia during an eight-day span of libations.

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  • The 2018 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 3-11, 2018
    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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  • Philadelphia Auto Show

    It’s bumper to bumper excitiement at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

    The Philadelphia Auto Show

    January 27 – February 4, 2018
    Catch a glimpse of the automotive industry’s latest creations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the 2018 Philadelphia Auto Show.

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  • Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Underwater

    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.

    December 1-30, 2017
    Enjoy the magic of the holiday season during Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Underwater, featuring the world’s tallest underwater Christmas tree along with Santa Claus appearances and more.

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  • Tippler’s Tour

    Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life

    The Tippler’s Tour invites the over-21 set to sing along to sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

    Through January 20, 2018 (select dates)
    The over-21 set can sing along to 18th-century drinking songs, enjoy stories of the drinking traditions of Colonial times and sample drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

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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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  • A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens

    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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