It’s the most wonderful time of year! Indeed, there’s no place like Philadelphia especially during the holidays. Connect with friends, make new memories with loved ones, or even kiss under mistletoe. Fall in love with the magic of the city with our complete guide of things to do in Philadelphia this 2023 holiday season.
Enjoy the melodies of Christmas with by attending an unforgettable Candlelight Concert. These concerts, held in beautiful Philadelphia locations, are the perfect way to spend time with loved one during the holiday season. Hear iconic classical holidays scores surrounded by an array of tiny flickering candles. The holiday concert series includes:
The Philadelphia Zoo just got brighter! Beginning November 17th, 2023 until January 6th, 2024, LumiNature will light up the Philadelphia Zoo. Over one million dazzling lights make up this nighttime holiday show extravaganza.
🦃 Where: S3400 W. Girard Ave
5. Get Lost In A Winter Wonderland
Beginning, November 3, 2023 through February 25, 2024, Dilworth Park transforms into a dazzling Winter wonderland with activities for all. In addition to free events planned throughout the season, vistiors will enjoy an array of popular attractions. Skate, sip, shop, and take plenty of photo for endless memories at this festive destination.
☃️ Where: 401 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Find the perfect gift for loved ones this holiday season by shopping at the Christmas Village! From November 18th – December, 24th, 2023, magic returns to LOVE park.
Enjoy the lights, sounds, and smells of all things Christmas! Shop local artisans and vendors, enjoy delicious food, warms drinks and family-friendly activities for all.
🎄 Where: City Hall’s Courtyard and LOVE Park (JFK Plaza, 1500 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102)
Now until January 2nd, 2024, visit this family-friendly unique holiday experience. Christmas House, is an interactive and visually-pleasing walk-through of all things Christmas. Enjoy over a dozen uniquely-themed rooms to explore, each with their own interactive opportunities.
❄️ Where: 701 Cathedral Road
Embark on an unforgettable train ride when you board Santa’s North Pole Express! At New Hope Railroad they’ve reconditioned their beautiful, century-old trains to transport you away to the wonderful land of reindeer and Santa Claus just in time for the holiday season.
🚞 Where: 32 W Bridge St, New Hope, PA
9. 6abc Presents: City of Philadelphia Tree Lighting Celebration
A beloved Philadelphia tradition, the City of Philly Tree Lighting Celebration takes place at City Hall Thursday November 30th, 2023 at 7pm. Revel in the magic of the holidays and enjoy star-studded entertainment and giveaways. Come see grammy-nominated singer, multi-platinum, singer, songwriter and actress Jordin Sparks as she performs live. Other musical entertainers include DJ Diamond Kuts, Felicia Ponzo, and a special pre-show performance from Disney’s FROZEN.
🎄 Where: Northside of City Hall, at Broad Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard
The holidays are the perfect time to go ice-skating with family and friends. Luckily, Philadelphia is home to plenty of rinks both indoor and outdoor. Enjoy hot chocolate, cozy cabin rentals, skating lessons and more at these local ice skating rinks. Check out our list right here.
⛸️ Where: various locations (see list)