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 they 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.
The Macy’s Holiday Light Show at Macy’s Center City
This is a Philadelphia holiday tradition since 1955. A perfect family outing, the Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert at Macy’s is a Philadelphia tradition that dates back half a century.
Come to the famous Center City store — housed in the historic Wanamaker Building — to watch snowflakes, ballerinas and reindeer float beyond the four-story-high velvet curtain of the Grand Court atrium.
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.
Shows begin every hour on the hour.
Friday, November 25 – Friday, December 23
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Christmas Day: Closed
Monday, December 26 – Friday, December 30
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call store directly for more information: (215) 241-9000.
The Comcast Holiday Spectacular
A holiday spectacle unlike any other returns for its fourth year. Shown on the state-of-the-art Comcast Experience Video Wall at The Comcast Center, the Holiday Spectacular is filled with sights and sounds of the season.
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. The show lasts approximately 15 minutes.
New this year, enjoy scenes from George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” performed by the renowned Pennsylvania Ballet along with updated scenes of the holiday. The Holiday Spectacular also features a magical sleigh ride through the snow covered Pennsylvania countryside, the majestic sounds of a 64-piece orchestra, and more.
The Comcast Experience Video Wall is the largest four-millimeter LED screen in the world. Spanning 83.3 feet wide by 25.4 feet high, the 2,100 square-foot video wall brings spectacular original programming to visitors 18 hours a day.
The wall displays thousands of unique hours of programming, created exclusively for The Comcast Experience Video Wall.The show runs every hour on the hour, between 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (except 5 p.m. on weekdays), seven days a week through New Year’s Day.
Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad
Friday, November 25 – Saturday, December 31
Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm & Sundays 10am-5pm
Closed Christmas Day. Piano Court in the Market
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,
For these events and more please visit my Events Calendar.