Our Favorite Holiday Activities in Philadelphia

November 21, 2023

The holidays in Philadelphia are a magical time for locals and visitors alike. The festive glow of decorations can be found across the city. From light shows to ice skating and shopping to shows, there is no shortage of things to do. Here are just a few of the fun activities to enjoy this holiday season.

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Christmas Village in Philadelphia

November 23rd - December 24th

LOVE Park is an iconic Philadelphia landmark, and every year, it transforms into a true winter wonderland. Christmas Village is an open-air holiday market with over 100 vendors and a wide variety of international holiday gifts to find and explore. Live music and rustic wooden cottages add a magical atmosphere. 

Right across the street at City Hall, the Christmas Village includes a double-decker carousel in the courtyard and a German food court. Families can also visit the north apron of City Hall to hop on the Ferris wheel or kids' train. There is something for everyone to enjoy. 

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George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music

December 9th - 30th

If you want to see a show during the holidays, The Philadelphia Ballet’s annual production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music is just the ticket. This classic holiday show transports you to The Land of Sweets with the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, and all the other magical characters. 

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Winter at Dillworth Park

November 3rd - February 25th 

Dilworth Park is a must-visit spot in the heart of Center City during the holiday season. There are many activities from November to February as the park transforms into an arctic oasis. You can try ice skating, go shopping at a holiday market, warm up by chalet-style cabins and firepits, or stroll through reindeer topiaries and twinkling lights in the Wintergarden.

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Macy’s Christmas Light Show & Dickens Christmas Village

November 24th - December 31st

Since 1956, the National Historic Landmark Wanamaker Building has hosted the iconic Christmas Light Show. Macy’s is happy to continue the tradition through the years, showing displays with thousands of lights in the shapes of snowflakes, dancing snowmen, and candy canes. Free shows throughout the week and weekend feature the Wanamaker Organ played live.