There are plenty of activities to tempt you out of the house and shake off the post-Thanksgiving food-induced slump this holiday season in Philadelphia. Check out our top picks below to find an event near you that everyone in the family is sure to enjoy.
- Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park
This stunning ice rink is located right in the heart of the city, and this will be the fourth season that skaters will be invited to enjoy skyline views as they whisk their way around the ice in front of historic City Hall. Once you’re ready to warm up after a good skate, the Rothman Cabin located just on the top corner of the rink will be on hand to provide you with warm seasonal cocktails as well as craft beer and a variety hot food options. Admission to the rink is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10, but skate hire comes at an additional $10 per pair, so bring your own if you have them!
- Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
This Philadelphia tradition is proud to call itself the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the US, now in its 98th year. Marvel at the giant balloons and incredible decorative floats marching along the city’s streets with a while host of performers, including dance groups, marching bands, choirs, and surprise special guests – even Santa himself will be making an appearance! Wrap the kids up warm and head down early to one of the prime viewing spots on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the south side of Eakins Oval, or Logan Circle alongside Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The parade starts from 20th Street and JFK Boulevard at 8.30am.
- Christmas Village in Philadelphia
A European-style market featuring over 80 stalls selling a variety of unique, hand-crafted items for the holiday season along with delicious food and drinks to enjoy whilst you stroll around this pretty market based in JFK Plaza. There is live entertainment and festive music daily to keep you in the holiday spirit, and the market is just a stone’s throw from some of the other popular city center attractions such as the ice rink at Dilworth Park and the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market which features all-local designers and craftspeople selling their hand-made wares.
- Franklin Square Holiday Festival
Head down to Franklin Square to witness this incredible display of twinkling lights and other festive treats completely free of charge. The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Lights Show features more than 50,000 lights set to a soundtrack of classic holiday tunes. There is even a 12-foot kite that rises above the square’s main fountain, glittering with lights. The light shows take place every 30 minutes between 4pm and 8pm on weekdays and 4pm and 9pm on weekends, but there are plenty of other events and activities to enjoy while you’re there including Santa visits, live music, carousel rides, and even make-your-own s’mores and hot beverages served around fire pits.
Whatever Thanksgiving activities you choose, make sure that the difficulty of transportation doesn’t hold you back and treat your friends and family to our luxurious Philadelphia car service – no parking, no hassle, and no designated driver required!