What are your favorite Philadelphia Holiday Traditions? There are so many from which to choose! Read on, and be prepared to plan a trip to Philadelphia this December.

December is such a magical time of year. There are many wonderful holiday traditions in Philadelphia. Generations of families come to Philadelphia during the holiday season to experience old traditions like the Macy’s Light Show (a tradition since 1956) and the newer traditions like the Comcast Holiday Spectacular (a favorite since 2008).

Young and the young at heart can ice skate at the outdoor rink at City Hall or the larger rink at Penn’s Landing. Besides skating at these outdoor venues, there are pop-up shops, food and drink, music, and all sorts of fun to be had here.

After a spin on the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at City Hall’s Dilworth Park, take a spin on the Holiday Carousel located in the City Hall Courtyard this year. The area surrounding City Hall is chock full of many other holiday offerings including a free Deck the Hall Light Show projected onto City Hall. Dilworth Park is also a great place to shop for gifts at the Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market with more than 40 local vendors.  The newly renovated LOVE Park, adjacent to City Hall, is where you will find the popular Christmas Village. Modeled after the traditional European open-air Christmas Markets, this village has over 80 vendors. You are sure to get unique gifts from these local artisans and designers.

If you decide you want more space to practice your double toe loops,  the regulation size rink at the Blue Cross RiverRink is the place to be! With spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, you can also enjoy all the Winterfest amenities at RiverRink. Winterfest includes a ski chalet-style lodge, a winter garden, fire pits, warming cabins, and a majestic holiday tree. The Lodge offers warmth, food and drink, craft beer and cocktails, and even Crabfries from Chickie’s and Pete’s!

The Cultural Arts are also alive and well in Philadelphia. December traditions  include  A Philly Pops Christmas. The Pops (and Friends) perform at the Kimmel Center. Another tradition, now in its 49th year, is the Pennsylvania Ballet’s performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker  at the Academy of Music. Either performance will have you smiling and fill you with holiday spirit.

If you are ready to experience some of Philadelphia’s holiday magic, or if you want to start a new holiday tradition, we invite you to come to our city. Spend a night or a weekend and enjoy the festive atmosphere of the city. Skate, shop, indulge, and be filled with awe this December In Philadelphia.


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