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Philly Holiday Guide: Family-Friendly Activities

The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without family-friendly activities with your loved ones. Bundle up warm and grab the whole family to visit the many holiday attractions that Philadelphia has to offer. The City of Brotherly Love transforms into a winter wonderland packed with outdoor ice skating, light shows, festivals, and more. Check out our breakdown of Philly’s holiday activities suitable for ALL ages!

Christmas Village

November 23 – December 24, 2017
15th and Arch Streets

The Christmas Village is back again to transform the streets of Philadelphia into a European wonderland. This year, the newly renovated LOVE Park will house the daily outdoor holiday market selling a variety of giftable items. Browse through more than 80 vendors, offering an array of international holiday gifts, toys, and arts and crafts. See our complete guide of this fantastic winter special.

Dilworth Park Wintergarden

November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
1 S. 15th Street

The heart of Center City is now the heart of the holiday season. Dilworth Park at City Hall is packed with holiday pop-up shops, the Deck the Hall Light Show, and the outdoor Rothman Institute Ice Rink & Cabin. Take a break from the skating inside a cozy cabin with cocktails, snacks, beer, and hot drinks until February 2018. Don’t forget to capture a family portrait in front of Philly’s official Christmas tree overlooking North Broad Street.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show

November 24 – December 31, 2017
1300 Market Street

The Macy’s Christmas Light Show is a beaming good time with more than 100,000 bright, energy-efficient LED lights combined to create nostalgic holiday images. Watch as snowflakes, ballerinas, and reindeer float among the four-story historic Wanamaker Building. Bring the family to encounter one of Philadelphia’s oldest holiday traditions dating back to more than half a century ago.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

November 24, 2017 – Sunday March 4, 2018
101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

The Winterfest at Penn’s Landing is back for its fifth season. With chalet-style lodges among a winter garden of majestically lit Christmas trees, there’s so many family-friendly activities available. Find outdoor fire pits, arcade games, and of course, the Olympic-sized skating rink that overlooks the Delaware River. Check the calendar for a variety of special events throughout the season including food, drinks, and entertainment. The winter oasis makes for a memorable time for the entire family to enjoy!

Yakitori Boy*

211 N. 11th Street

Need to get the kids out of the house while they’re on winter break? Yakitori Boy offers family hours on Sunday and Monday from 5 – 10 p.m. Rent a private room for groups of 6-20. Their karaoke library has thousands of songs including family-friendly throwbacks and Disney classics. Don’t forget the extensive menu has something for even the pickiest of eaters (plus adult beverages for the chaperones *wink*). Call 215-923-8088 to make your reservation.

A Longwood Christmas

November 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA

Worth the drive to Chester County, this spectacular at Longwood Gardens is comprised of 500,000 lights and picturesque fountain shows. Walk the grounds to marvel at miles of glowing trees and seasonal plants. Dance alongside the colorful fountains that are accompanied by classic holiday music. Before you go, cozy up under the stars around the fire pit for a memorable moment that the family won’t forget.

What family-friendly activities or traditions do you love in the winter? Let us know in the comments!


* Yakitori Boy is a client of Philly PR Girl.