Christmas in Philadelphia is a great time to reconnect with your family and enjoy the festivities with your kids.
There are so many family-friendly Philadelphia Christmas events it is hard to choose which ones to enjoy! These Philadelphia Christmas activities are sure to leave you filled with holiday spirit. Updated for 2022!
Christmas in Philadelphia- Philadelphia Christmas Events for 2022
Get in the Holiday Spirit at a Philadelphia Area Amusement Park
Amusement parks in the Philadelphia area roll out the red carpet, the lights, and Santa’s red suit. Families can enjoy their favorite amusement parks dressed up for the 2022 holidays! You can still ride your favorite rides and enjoy added shows and festivities.
In Bucks County, PA, A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place decorates to the hilt, lining the entrance and the park with trees and lights. Families delight in the Christmas parade (they even make it snow!), visits with Santa, Christmas-themed shows, and holiday treats.
A Very Furry Christmas is held on select dates November 19, 2022 – January 2, 2023.
Two million twinkling lights set the stage for Hershey Park’s Christmas Candylane. This year’s event will take place November 11, 2022 – January 1, 2023.
Families will love the festive decorations (over five million lights!), holiday entertainment, Santa and his reindeer, and Treeville at the Boardwalk at this family-friendly Pennsylvania park. A limited amount of rides are open for the season.
Dutch Wonderland Winter Wonderland is perfect for younger kids. Here you can enjoy the Royal Light Show, festive entertainment, cookie decorating, rides, and more on weekends and select weekdays throughout the season. This event takes place November 19, 2022 – January 1, 2023.
Experience the New Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade
The new Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade will take place on East Market Street December 3, 2022 at 5pm. Locals can also watch the parade on 6ABC.
This parade isn’t just about Christmas- there will be floats representing Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, and Christmas. There will also be balloons, bands, and lots of other performers.
Trekaroo tip: People from Wawa will be handing out free hot chocolate and coffee between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Score!
Visit Philadelphia will also hosting a New Years Day Fireworks Show at Penn’s Landing at 6PM on January 1, 2023.
Take in the Philadelphia Christmas Lights
Macy’s Holiday Light Show
There are so many great Christmas light displays in Philadelphia to explore! One of the coolest Philadelphia Christmas events is the Macy’s Holiday Light Show the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Accompanied by the sounds of the famous Wanamaker Organ, Christmas scenes are illuminated by 100,000 LED lights on a 4-story tall velvet curtain. Then head to the Dickens Village on the third floor where A Christmas Carol is brought to life.
Comcast Holiday Spectacular
The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is quite a sight! The world’s largest LED screen displays holiday imagery set to orchestra music. The 15-minute show is set to music from classic holiday songs. Shows run daily at the top of every hour from 10 am to 8 p.m.
Winter in Franklin Square
A returning classic Philadelphia Christmas event Winter in Franklin Square, home to the Franklin Square Holiday Light Festival and Electrical Spectacle.
Featuring a 12-foot-tall kite made of lights and hundreds of feet of holiday garland, as well as 200,000 lights, comes to life every 30 minutes from 5pm to closing daily. This event takes place November 16, 2022 through February 26, 2023.
There will also be Chilly Philly Mini Golf where the course filled with reproductions of Philly landmarks is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, seasonal music, and winter character displays. You can purchase your admission in advance online.
LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo
This year, excitement surrounds the incredible addition of a new winter experience in the city. From November 17, 2022 to January 7, 2023, LumiNature at The Philadelphia Zoo will wow guests as it leads them on a truly magical journey of lights, sounds and surprises.
This giant-sized, fantastical holiday lights experience features 14 experiences that include eye-popping things like illuminated penguins, oversized bold-colored illuminated flowers, a 21-foot tall brilliant colored snake, giant cat eyes glowing in the dark and oh-so-much more.
Advanced tickets are required for LumiNature which can be purchased online.
Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular
Back for its second year, is the Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. It will run Novcember 25, 2022 through December 31, 2023. Tickets can be purchased online.
In addition to over a million beautiful lights in themed displays, there will be photos with Santa as well as Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers mascot, an ice rink, holiday marketplace, and lots of tasty treats to eat and drink. There is also a two-lane ice slide this year.
Shady Brook Farm
At Shady Brook Farm, families can drive through the wonderful holiday light show or enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride. Traverse acres of farmland while enjoying whimsical displays and countless lights. There is also a drive-thru experience where you can drive your own vehicle. Tickets can be purchased online.
This lovely holiday activity starts off each year with the very family-friendly Dashin’ Thru… the Lights event where families can participate in a two-mile run/walk through the holiday lights on November 18, 2022.
This event runs November 19, 2022 – January 8, 2023.
A walk through Longwood Gardens will leave you amazed. A half million lights, brilliant Christmas trees, thousands of poinsettias, fountains, and daily concerts make it a festive wonderland.
This year’s event at Longwood Gardens will take place November 18, 2022 through January 8, 2023
Due to the popularity of garden visits this time of year, a timed ticketing system is used. Be sure to visit the website for ticketing options.
Koziar’s Christmas Village
At Koziar’s Christmas Village, visitors enjoy walking the paths and observing the lights, displays, and model trains. Take a moment to visit with Santa, he’ll be waiting for you on Santa Claus Lane. If you get chilly, warm up with some hot chocolate and snacks.
The village is open from the first Saturday in November through the beginning of January 1, 2023, including on holidays. This year is their 75 year of this wonderful Christmas seaosn tradition.
South Philly Neighborhood Lights Worth Seeing
If you want to see a neighbor filled with holiday spirit, head on down to the 1600 block of South 13th Street and check out Miracle on South 13th Street.
You can either drive through or choose to park and stroll this neighborhood filled with great lights and Christmas decor. There are lots of local restaurants to choose from on nearby E. Passyunk Avenue if you want to make and evening of it.
Smedley Street is another spot you won’t want to miss. The Smedley Street Christmas Light Spectacular has been happening on the 2700 block of Smedley Street for over 50 years!
The West Chester Griswold House
Fans of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will definitely want to stop by the Plummer family’s house to check out their over-the-top light display. How over the top? Well, their house features over 100,000 lights controlled by computer!
The lights will be up Thanksgiving through January 3, 2023.
Holiday Trains in Philadelphia
Holiday Garden Railways at Morris Arboretum
This year the Holiday Garden Railway returns at Morris Arboretum. The miniature displays and replicas of Philadelphia landmarks decked out for the holidays dazzle visitors of all ages.
Fifteen train lines, including two cable cars, run over a quarter mile of track, around loops and through tunnels. This event runs November 25, 2022 though January 1, 2023. A special evening train experience takes place on weekends during the holiday season.
Santa’s Paradise Express at Strasburg Railroad
My children have always enjoyed a train ride with Santa. Thanks to the popularity of The Polar Express, more railroads than ever are offering their own Polar Express experiences. Strasburg Railroad is offering Santa’s Paradise Express where families will enjoy a train ride with Santa himself.
This event will take place on weekends, November 19, 2022 through Christmas Eve.
The Night Before Christmas Train creates special memories and excitement. A visitor dressed in his night-dress reads this classic tale and children will enjoy cookies and milk. There is also a “Santa Claus Limited” and Christmas Tree Train experience to choose from. Book early because these train experiences sell out fast!
New Hope-Ivyland Railroad
The New Hope-Ivyland Railroad‘s Santa Steam Train Ride is also a fun excursion with kids. It offers riders a visit with Santa, hot chocolate and a cookie, as well as a scenic train ride through Bucks County.
This year they offer a special deluxe train experience aboard their Mid Century stainless steel passenger railroad cars that were once used on celebrity trains. This a more expensive, premium experience that is sure to attract train enthusiasts.
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Chrismtas in Philadelphia- Fun Places to Do Holiday Shopping
The Christmas Village located in Love Park is an authentic German outdoor holiday market that is a favorite of locals. Visitors will enjoy the holiday lights and the Christmas tree while exploring booths offering up a unique shopping experience, traditional food, and sweets.
Enjoy the entertainment presented by choirs and dancers throughout the season, as well as a visit with Santa.
Love Park was recently remodeled, and the market is back and better than ever. Take some time to enjoy the remodeled park and the market, and stop at Dilworth Park across the street for some skating and hot chocolate afterward! This event takes place November 19 through December 24, 2022.
In historic Bucks County, Peddler’s Village offers up unique stores and restaurants. The village is beautifully decorated with hundreds of twinkling lights for the season.
Enjoy the Christmas Festival and the Gingerbread House Display, with entries from people of all ages for the annual competition!
When the kids get tired of the shopping, be sure to treat them to a stop into Giggleberry Fair to ride the wonderfully restored carousel, tackle Giggleberry Mountain and play the arcade games.
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Outdoor Ice Skating in Philadelphia
The only regulation-sized outdoor skating rink in Philadelphia can be found at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, which is found along the Delaware River.
The skating rink opens after Thanksgiving. In addition to ice skating, visitors can also enjoy fire pits, a Kids Lodge and arcade, warming cabins, and food and drink.
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The Mummers Parade is an important Philadelphia tradition that takes place on New Years Day.
This holiday festival is said to be one of the oldest folk festivals in the United States! Several local clubs create costumes, scenery, and elaborate routines to perform in the parade in hopes of winning awards in five different categories: Comics, Fancies, Fancy Brigades, String Bands, and Wench Brigades.
The Parade begins at City Hall and heads south to Washington Avenue and Broad Street. Broad Street is a great place to watch the performers, but arrive early to secure a good spot. The fun lasts all day, beginning at 9am and ending at 5pm.
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