Top Things to Do in Philadelphia in January 2018

The Philadelphia Auto Show, Center City Restaurant Week, Dilworth Park Wintergarden, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest and more

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Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia
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Philadelphia kicks off 2018 with a January brimming with awesome events.

The super-popular Center City District Restaurant Week returns with the perfect, three-course opportunity to try some of the city’s best restaurants and eateries.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Auto Show rolls into the Pennsylvania Convention Center at the end of the month, offering attendees the chance to check out hundreds of the coolest cars around.

For those looking to get outside, both the Rothman Ice Rink and the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest invite visitors to lace up and hit the rink before relaxing with a post-skate hot cocoa or cocktail.

And for an indoor excursion, major exhibitions like Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute and Kiefer Rodin at the Barnes Foundation are open and ready for exploration.

Read on for our list of all the top things to do and see this January in Philadelphia.


The Philadelphia Auto Show

Philadelphia Auto Show
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

January 27-February 4, 2018

Explore the automotive industry’s newest creations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the 2018 Philadelphia Auto Show. More than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars will be on display over a 700,000-square-foot area. The best part? A select number of cars will be available to test drive.

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Center City District Restaurant Week

Center City District Restaurant Week
Harp & Crown — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

January 14-26, 2018

Treat yourself to a fantastic meal without breaking the bank during the always popular Center City District Restaurant Week. Diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for $20 or a three-course dinner for $35 at some of the best restaurants in the city.

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Through Sunday, March 4, 2018

The popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is back for year five with fire pits, a Kids Lodge arcade, a cozy, chalet-style Lodge Restaurant and Bar, 12 nights of Christmas movies, sweets from Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin and hearty fare from Garces Group and Chickie’s & Pete’s. All the fun is centered around a regulation skating rink with a spectacular view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Additionally, on select Thursdays in January and February, Winterfest hosts Fireside Sessions, a series of free concerts held by the fire pit area.

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Dilworth Park Wintergarden

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Through Sunday, February 25, 2018

The heart of Center City surrounds itself with wintertime popups, including the the outdoor Rothman Institute Ice Rink & Rothman Institute Cabin, which offer ice skating, skate rentals, twinkling lights and indoor space to warm up and fill up on snacks, cocktails, beer and hot drinks. At the south end of the park, America’s Garden Capital Maze, a partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens, is a living labyrinth of seasonal plants and lights.

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Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

— Jennifer Steinkamp, courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, Greengrassi, London.

Through Sunday, March 18, 2018

All winter long, the centerpiece exhibition of Parkway 100 lights up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Set along various points of the boulevard, Winter Fountains features four massive outdoor domes — surreal, glowing circular surfaces displaying video projections inspired by the Parkway’s grand fountains.

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A Longwood Christmas

— Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens

Through Sunday, January 7, 2018

Thousands of topiaries, wreaths, mirrors and floating cranberries, apples and gilded walnuts transform Longwood Gardens’ heated, four-acre, Versailles-inspired Conservatory, site of free and ticketed holiday performances, during A Longwood Christmas. Outside, 500,000 lights glitter in the trees, and gloriously renovated fountains dance to seasonal music. Catch the horticultural holiday celebration before it’s too late!

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Christmas in Peddler’s Village

Peddler's Village in Bucks County — Photo courtesy Peddler's Village

Through Saturday, January 6, 2018

Bucks County’s holiday hub continues its festive Christmas celebration — complete with more than one million holiday lights!— through January 6. Head to Peddler’s Village to admire edible works of art from the Gingerbread Competition & Display, a free exhibition featuring more than 50 entries.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend and Day of Service

— Photo by C. Kao for Visit Philadelphia

January 13-15, 2018

Those looking to spend the long Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in Philly have tons of great options. An array of museums and attractions all throughout the city host special events and festivities to celebrate King, and the Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service unfolds on Monday, January 15. At the largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in the country, more than 100,000 volunteers come out to participate in 1,000-plus service projects. Click the button below to learn more about the day of service, and stay tuned for more information about what’s going on elsewhere in Philly.

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Broadway Philadelphia’s Les Miserables at the Academy of Music

January 9-21, 2018

The Victor Hugo-by-way-of-Broadway musical smash Les Miserables brings the spirit of the French Revolution to the Academy of Music. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, the production stands as the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere as it carries out its 32nd year.

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Philadelphia Home Show

January 12-15, 19-21, 2018

Looking for advice and inspiration on how to make your home the best and most beautiful it can be? Join 50,000 of your fellow homeowners at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the Philadelphia Home Show and take advantage of the hundreds of exhibitors and experts who will be on hand to help. Celebrity guests at the massive show this year include New York designer Tyler Wisler and Kevin O’Connor, the host of the award-winning PBS series This Old House and Ask This Old House.

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Big Philly Beerfest

January 12-13, 2018

It’s all about the beer at the fourth annual Big Philly Beerfest. Spread over two nights, this crowd-pleasing event celebrates more than 125 breweries and a ton of craft beer varieties. Another bonus: Proceeds benefit Animal Rescue Partners.

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New Hope-Lambertville Winter Festival

The towns of Lambertville, New Jersey and New Hope, Pennsylvania host this annual winter festival each January. — Photo courtesy New Hope-Lambertville Winter Festival

January 20-28, 2018

The fun-filled New Hope-Lambertville Winter Festival returns in 2018, raising money to support the local community. Some events, like the Chili Cook-Off and the Fire & Ice Ball, are ticketed, while others, like the live ice sculpting performances and the Snowfolk Art contest, are free. Click the button below to check out all of the festivities.

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Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute

Boy looking at the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at The Franklin Institute
— Photo courtesy The Franklin Institute

Through Sunday, March 4, 2018

In 1974, a farmer digging a well in China struck one of history’s most significant archaeological discoveries: thousands of life-sized warrior sculptures that had been guarding the tomb of China’s first emperor since 210 B.C. Ten of the mysterious structures and 170 related artifacts — including weapons, jade and gold ornaments and ceremonial vessels — are now on display at The Franklin Institute in Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, an exhibition that examines the story, craft and science behind the terracotta army. Philadelphia is one of just two cities hosting the exhibition, on display through March 4.

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Old Masters Now: Rediscovering the John G. Johnson Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Battle of the U.S.S. "Kearsage" and the C.S.S. "Alabama" painting by Edouard Manet
— The Battle of the U.S.S. "Kearsage" and the C.S.S. "Alabama", 1864. Edouard Manet, French. Oil on canvas 54 1/4 x 50 3/4 inches. Philadelphia Museum of Art, John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

Through Monday, February 19, 2018

Described by The New York Times as “the greatest lawyer in the English-speaking world,” John G. Johnson bequeathed his 1,500 European artworks to Philadelphia in 1917. The Philadelphia Museum of Art‘s exhibition Old Masters Now: Rediscovering the John G. Johnson Collection focuses on the amazing collection and its collector, who lived during a time when Philadelphia was a manufacturing and financial leader. Visitors to the museum see familiar names, including Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt and Monet.

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Kiefer Rodin at the Barnes Foundation

The Cathedrals of France (Auguste Rodin les Cathédrales de France) painting from Anselm Kiefer
— Anselm Kiefer. The Cathedrals of France (Auguste Rodin les Cathédrales de France), 2016. Photo: Georges Poncet. © Anselm Kiefer

Through Monday, March 12, 2018

That Auguste Rodin’s work stands the test of time is clearly evident in this Barnes Foundation exhibition. Rodin’s sculptures and drawings are displayed alongside contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer’s new, large-scale illustrated books, sculptures and paintings — all inspired by Rodin’s work. Presented in collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris, the showcase is part of #Rodin100, marking 100 years since the artist’s death (November 17, 1917) with exhibitions and programming at major art museums.

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Other Must-See Exhibitions

Academy of Natural Sciences — Photo by W. Klein for Visit Philadelphia


This month, find an array of excellent exhibitions inviting you out for an adventurous escapade into the worlds of art, history, science and beyond. Several last-chance opportunities include the fossil-filled Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, the works of five black female artists in Gardens of the Mind at the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the kid-friendly Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit at the Please Touch Museum.

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Museum of the American Revolution

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Now open

The drama unfolds exhibit by exhibit at the new Museum of the American Revolution. Just two blocks from Independence Hall — the command center for the Revolution — the newest addition to America’s most historic square mile documents the strategic wins, crushing losses and world-altering consequences of the war for We the People. Visitors learn stories of well-known and everyday people who experienced the tumult through galleries, engaging films and a collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, diaries and works of art.

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Past Events


SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade

— Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Monday, January 1, 2018

During the Mummers Parade, an only-in-Philadelphia New Year’s Day tradition that dates back to 1901, thousands of men, women and children delight and dazzle crowds with feathers, sequins, music and merriment during a day-long romp along Broad Street. Stretching from City Hall to Washington Avenue, the parade offers plenty of spots exist to catch all of the action. Indoors, watch the Fancy Brigade Finale competition at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where clubs perform their Broadway-style music-and-dance routines for prizes and bragging rights.

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The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Comcast Holiday Spectacular performance
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Through Monday, January 1, 2018

A massive, street-level, high-resolution LED display screens The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, 15-minute shows featuring dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet and a magical sleigh soaring through Philadelphia’s skyscape. New Year’s Day marks the last opportunity to take it all in!

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