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2013 Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad

Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad
Piano Court in the Market
51 North 12th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Now – Tuesday, December 31, Open Daily at 10am. Closed Christmas Day.
Kids and adults alike will delight in this 500 sq.f. model railroad display with almost a third of a mile of track! Twelve working train lines rumble through a multitude of miniature scenery including Center City Philly, a Christmas Village, and snow-covered countryside.

2013 Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square

Photo by Jeff Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Photo by Jeff Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square 
200 North 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Sparked by Benjamin Franklin’s imagination, the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show is a new holiday tradition and the key to holiday fun in Franklin Square! More than 50,000 lights will create two alternating shows every 30 minutes (4:30 to 8 pm, November 14 – December 31) to a holiday soundtrack by The Philly POPS® conducted by Music Director Emeritus Peter Nero. The Electrical Spectacle will illuminate the historical fountain, buildings and trees around the Square! A volunteer from the audience will be selected to countdown the 4:30 pm show each day.

 

2013 The Christmas Village at LOVE Park

Photo Credit: Russ Brown Photography

Photo Credit: Russ Brown Photography

The Christmas Village at LOVE Park
Love Park 1500 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Philadelphia will once again transform into European wonderland for the annual Christmas Village at Love Park. The Christmas Village sponsored by NRG Residential Solutions opens to the public Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28) and runs until New Year’s Day (January 1st).

Love Park will be aglow for the holiday season as the Village’s cozy atmosphere is decorated with thousands of lights and the city of Philadelphia’s official Christmas Tree (to be lit on December 4th). Get into the Christmas spirit as you wander through the outdoor market with the smell of waffles and gingerbread wafting through the air.

On top of the great shopping experience, the visitors of Christmas Village will enjoy numerous attractions, such as the Face-In-A-Hole Wall, the traditional Advent-Calendar as well as the Wish Wall. On December 7, 14, 21 and 28, the Christmas Village in Philadelphia will introduce a new kid’s zone to the market, offering different kinds of activities for children on the weekends.

The Christmas Village is open 11 AM-7 PM (Sunday through Thursday) and 11 AM-8 PM (Friday and Saturday) until New Year’s Day. Closed only on Christmas Day (December 25), the Christmas Village will be open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day from 11 AM-5 PM. The Christmas Village in Philadelphia will also feature local musical performances every day and every weekend will have a special theme to promote the love of the Christmas season.

Hours:
Sun. – Thur. 11am – 7pm
Fri. – Sat. 11am – 8pm
Closed only on Christmas Day
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day from 11am – 5pm.

2013 Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Photo Credit: Joseph Kaczmarek

Photo Credit: Joseph Kaczmarek

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular
1701 John F Kennedy Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19103

Shown on the state-of-the-art Comcast Experience video wall at Comcast Center, The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is filled with sights and sounds of the season. Since its debut in 2008, nearly one million people have experienced the joyful holiday show in the Comcast Center lobby.

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, the Spectacular will run from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (except 5 p.m. on weekdays) every hour on the hour, seven days per week, through New Year’s Day.

This year’s show includes scenes featuring Olympic-caliber ice skaters and performers from the Walnut Street Theatre. Each show lasts approximately 15 minutes.

Share your favorite photos and stories from The Comcast Holiday Spectacular by using the hashtags #HolidaySpectacular and #ComcastCenter.

Macy’s Holiday Windows Displays

Macy’s Holiday Windows Displays
1300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Macy’s has been wowing crowds with their elaborate holiday window displays and celebrations since the early 1870s. The first store to feature holiday windows in the spirit of the holiday season, Macy’s continues this joyful tradition today.

2013 Macy’s Dickens Village

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Macy’s Dickens Village
3rd Floor Holiday Lane
1300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

A Philadelphia tradition for more than 20 years, the third floor of Macy’s is transformed into “Dickens Village” for the holiday season. The 6,000-square-foot Village on the 3rd floor of Macy’s Center City brings Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to life with more than 100 fully animated figures reenacting 26 of the story’s most memorable moments.

Holiday Hours:

  • November 29–December 23: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve): 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • December 26–December 28th: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 29: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Monday, December 30: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve): 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

2013 Macy’s Christmas Light Show

Macy’s Christmas Light Show
Grand Court
1300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

A perfect family outing, the Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert at Macy’s is a Philadelphia holiday tradition that dates back half a century.

During the light show, more than 100,000 bright, energy-efficient LED lights combine to create fantastic holiday images. The lighting display is accompanied by festive music from the world-renowned Wanamaker Grand Organ.

The Christmas Light Show can be seen every two hours, seven days a week starting November 29. See times listed below for more information:

Daily:
10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m

Holiday Hours:

  • Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve): 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • Wednesday, December 26–Saturday, December 29: 10 a.m.– 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 30: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Monday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Call store directly for more information: (215) 241-9000.

Where to get into the Holiday Spirit in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia is filled with old traditions and for the holidays this city will not disappoint! Old and new, there are a few stops that you must visit to get into the holiday spirit. The fact that most of these events are FREE make this the ideal family outing no matter your budget. Also since these events are indoors, it also makes it a great outing! Whenever anyone asks me where to go in Philly for the holidays here where I always tell them to go. Just click on the links for dates, times and all the info!

Macy’s Christmas Light Show
Grand Court
1300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Macy’s Dickens Village
3rd Floor Holiday Lane
1300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Macy’s Holiday Windows Displays
1300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular
1701 John F Kennedy Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Christmas Village at LOVE Park
Love Park 1500 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square 
200 North 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Waterfront Winterfest at Penn’s Landing
101 S. Columbus Blvd, on Columbus Boulevard at Market Street

Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad
Piano Court in the Market
51 North 12th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum
100 East Northwestern Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19118

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™
The Academy of Music
240 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Enchanted Colonial Village at Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA 19131

Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration
1 Riverside Drive Camden, NJ 08103

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd Langhorne,PA 19047

Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show
931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, PA 19067

Longwood Gardens Christmas
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

For more holiday events please be sure to visit my Events Calendar.

Free: Photos with Santa at Walmart

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It’s back! Get your FREE 5×7 Photo with Santa Claus November 30 – December 1 and December 7-8 from 10a-2pm at Walmart in their Photo Department.

For a list of participating stores please click HERE, however this list does include most of the Walmarts in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area. More info here.

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Academy of Music now through Sunday, December 1st

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Broadway Philadelphia Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Academy of Music Tuesday, November 26 – Sunday, December 1. For tickets: www.kimmelcenter.org/broadway

Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, returns to Philadelphia! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of more than 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including ‘Be Our Guest’ and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast at the Academy of Music!