Philadelphia is an amazing city all year round, but something magical happens during the Holidays. If you have ever spent the yuletide season in the City of Brotherly love, you have seen the glow of lights and felt the cheer and good spirit in the air.
Despite the challenges that 2020 has brought us, in true gritty style, Philadelphia found a way to keep the Holiday spirit alive.
So wash your hands, grab your mask, and head to Philly.
Good Things Happen in Philadelphia-the Christmas Edition
Macy’s Christmas Light Show
I dare you to name one thing more nostalgic than the tradition of the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s.
Generations of families have made the annual trek downtown, to be dazzled by sugar plum fairies, toy soldiers, and snowflakes, all accompanied by the sounds of the famous Wanamaker Organ. Oh and a tale narrated by Julie Andrews!
The Christmas magic is still on this year, with a few tweaks. The light display is illuminated to the final scene thru Christmas eve, with the full experience shifting from the tradition of the Grand Court to a virtual experience enjoyed from the comfort of home!For more information visit: https://www.macys.com/social/events/
Miracle on South 13th Street
Head down to South Philly to see how the locals spread holiday cheer. For the past 20 years, the neighbors of the 1600 block of South 13th Street (between Tasker and Morris) have come together to deck their halls inspired by their own personal flair to create this miracle. Go a socially distanced wassailing down the block with your flask full of your favorite holiday libation, to eye every detail, or cruise the lights from the distance of your 4 wheels! Lights are on thru New Years Day.
Winter at Dilworth Park
Located on the west side of City Hall, Dilworth Park transforms into a winter wonderland for all ages during the holiday season. Visitors can enjoy ice skating at the Rothman Orthopedic Ice Rink, support local businesses at the Holiday Market, hello Chadds Ford Winery, and be gobsmacked by the illuminated wonders of the Deck the Halls Holiday Lights, highlighting the architectural beauty of City Hall. The public space supports the health and safety of all wonder seekers in following all local and state guidelines and can be enjoyed through January 1st.
For more information visit https://centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter
Winter in Franklin Square
Making spirits bright is what’s happening at Franklin Square this holiday. The seasonal experience offers sparkling lights, winter bites and festive activities that guests of all ages can enjoy for free.
The Electrical Spectacle Light Show is the main jawn. Inspired by the electrifying genius of Benjamin Franklin, the show illuminates the square with over 100,000 lights, timed to a soundtrack of holiday hits, at times performed by The Philly Pops. The spectacle offers 2 alternating shows, every 30 minutes.
The seven acre Square has room for safe, socially distanced fun, offers sanitation stations and follows all local health and safety guidelines
For more information including special programming visit http://historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square/winter-in-franklin-square/
Winter on Broad Street
A newbie to the city’s holiday repertoire this year is Winter on Broad Street: A Holiday Light Spectacular. Meander thru over 100 larger-than-life light sculptures and displays and indulge in seasonal confections all within the transformed parking lot of the Wells Fargo Center.
My personal favorite is the opportunity to have your photo taken with Gritty Claus……..I mean what is more Philly than that!
Supporting the health and safety of all guests, the attraction offers timed ticket entry and limited capacity, a linear layout, hand sanitizing stations and adheres to the city’s outdoor dining guidance. Your opportunity to make lasting holiday memories is thru January 3rd.
For more information visit https://www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com/winter-on-broad
Despite this year being a year like no other, Philly remains the center for Holiday cheer!