8 Things to Do in Philly at Christmas


Long Black Ribbed Cardigan (on sale, only $29) //  White Boyfriend Tee // Black Distressed Skinnies // Free People Red Scarf // Gold Stud Earrings // North Face Parka // Boots, Koolaburra for Uggs (on sale, $10 off)  // Quay Aviators

Happy Friday Friends!!! I can’t believe that it’s already December 1st!! I am obsessed with the holiday season, so naturally, I had to round up all of our favorite things to do in the Philadelphia area. There are sooooo many of them! B and I always choose something fun to do each as part of our gift to each other. We plan it all out and make a whole day of it and it so much fun. It’s become one of the things we look forward to most each year. Since, B was off over the Thanksgiving break, we decided to forgo going to stores for Black Friday, and head down to Philly instead. This year, we hit up the Dilworthtown Winter Garden, Christmas Village, Macy’s Light show and had festive cocktails and brick oven pizza at one our fave places…Vino. It was an awesome day!! If you are in the Philly area during the holidays, read on to find out all of the BEST and MOST FESTIVE things to do to get you in a jolly holiday mood!!

About the outfit: I absolutely love how festive this bright red scarf is!! It was the perfect accessory to keep warm while walking around. The long cardi helped to keep me warm as well, plus my Koolaburra For Ugg boots are a must when trying to  warm while doing tons of walking downtown!!

Things to Do in Philly at Christmas

Dilworth Park Winter Garden and Holidays at City Hall  Complete with an ice rink, it’s own “Deck the Halls” light show and beer garden, you don’t want to miss it! It’s also the home to Philly’s official Christmas tree! There are tons of local vendors to shop, a maze for the kids, and places to warm up with a cocktail or hot drink!


Macy’s Light Show  Held in the historic Wanamaker building, this spectacular light show has been going since 1956. It’s a free event and goes on every two hours during store hours. It’s such a fun tradition and a must see!


Christmas Village in LOVE Park  This place is setup up like tradition German market complete with about 80 festive wooden booths. Vendors sell everything from food, to artwork, to hand painted ornaments. Make a stop at the Chaddsford Winery booth to grab some hot spiked to stroll around with! B and I like to buy ornaments here each year to symbolize a memory we made that year.


Comcast Holiday Spectacular  Located in the lobby of the Comcast building, this huge LED display is one of my favorite newer traditions! It’s about 15 minutes long and FREE, every hour on the hour (10 am – 8pm, but excluding 5 pm on weekdays) Def check it out!!  

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest  Love this place!! Located at Penn’s Landing, this area is transformed into a Winter Wonderland. There are fire pits, an ice skating rink, a chalet-style lodge for food and cocktails, and they EVEN show 12 nights of Christmas movies. The total bonus though is the unbelievable view of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Holiday Light Show at ShadyBrook Farm This tradition is top on our list! Tons and tons and tons of awesome light displays that can all be enjoyed from the warmth of your car!! Each year we try to take a trip over on a weeknight when it is less crowded. You can bring a whole car full of people and take a lovely, leisurely drive through the miraculous display. If you plan right, you can also have a nice dinner a nearby place called Bella Tori Mansion. The food is wonderful and if you lucky you will be seated near the gorgeous fireplace!

Christmas in Peddler’s Village If you have been following along for a while, y’all know how much I LOVE LOVE Peddler’s Village. During Christmas, the Village transforms into a magical area filler with lights and gingerbread displays!! We love to hit up HEWN spirits for a warm, festive cocktail to carry around with us! Plus, you can also even go to a holiday-themed Murder Mystery Dinner at the Cock N’ Bull restaurant. We went last year and it was hysterical and the food was amazing!!! So much fun!!

Longwood Gardens  The best way to describe this place is ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING. The gardens are transformed into a beautiful holiday wonderland. Tons of poinsettias, bows, and and thousand of twinkling lights are on display. It is quite the sight to see! There is even a dancing fountain light show set to the tune of Christmas music. You will love it!!

Have you ever been to Philly at the holidays? What’s your favorite thing to do or which one are hoping to go to this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts!! Drop me a comment below!

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Alison Dragun
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