The holidays are here and there is just so much fun to be had in and around Philly during this magical time of year that you don’t want to miss a moment of the celebrations! To make it easier for you, we’re compiled our list of the best and most festive family fun to be had at the holidays this season – enjoy!!
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Enjoy ice skating and fun down on the Delaware River with outdoor skating, shops, and fun. Opens 11/28. Admission $3, skate rental $10.
Rothman Ice Rink Dilworth Park
Philly’s newest seasonal attraction offers public ice skating against the backdrop of beautiful City Hall as well as ice skating lessons, birthday parties, and more. $4 for adults, $3 for children. $8 for skate rental.
Elmwood Park Zoo Ice Skating
Elmwood Park Zoo’s new outdoor artificial skating rink opens just in time for the holidays on 11/28. Adults $10.95, children $8.95. Skate rental $4.
Philly’s own German style outdoor holiday market with more than 60 booths selling food, crafts, gifts and more. Opens 11/27. Free admission.
Macy’s Holiday Light Show
A not to miss Philly tradition since 1956, take the kids Macy’s Center City to see the stunning indoor light show inside the historic Wanamaker Building with an LED display featuring 100,00 LED lights dancing to holiday music and the famous Wanamaker organ. Free.
Don’t leave Macy’s without a visit to the 3rd floor to check out the Dickens Village with 100 fully animated figures re-enacting classic scenes from Charles Dickens holiday classic A Christmas Carol. Free.
For three weekends of the season, the Philadelphia Zoo is transformed into Zoo Noel offering a unique experience with Santa as he travels to exotic places such as the rainforest, the outback, the arctic, the safari, and back down on the farm. Free with Zoo admission ($16).
Scuba Santa and Bumble Lights the Tree
Adventure Aquarium’s live I Believe In Scuba Santa show features Santa’s #1 Helper who tells the story of Christmas Celebration and puts the final touches on the decorations with the help of a very special guest – Scuba Santa himself! Families will also enjoy a special live show with a visit from the Bumble who puts the star atop the tree. Free with admission ($25.95 for adults, $18.95 for children).
Comcast Holiday Spectacular
This beautiful light show experience on one of the largest high resolution LED screens in the world will immerse the whole family in holiday scenes and exciting computer animations. Free. Starts Thanksgiving Day and runs every 15 mins. every hour on the hour from 10am t0 8pm (except 5pm weekdays). Free.
Adventure to Santa – A DreamWorks Dream Place
This newest addition to the holiday fun in Philly includes a unique Santa visit experience at the Cherry Hill Mall in partnership with Dream Works Animation. This unique interactive experience (and the only one of its kind in the Philly area and only 1 of 8 in the country) starts with Shrek and ends with Santa and seamlessly blends storytelling and cutting edge technology. Opens 11/28. Free.
Holiday Railway Train Display at Reading Terminal Market
500 sq. ft. model train display at Philly’s historic Reading Terminal Market with 12 working train lines running through nearly a third of a mile of track. Runs 11/28 – 12/31. Free.
Holiday Garden Railroad at Morris Arboretum
A quarter mile of track and fifteen trail lines are sure to delight train lovers of all ages at the beautiful Morris Arboretum. Opens 11/29. Free with admission ($16 for adults, $8 for youth, free for under 3).
~ A Little Further Afield But So Worth the Trip ~
And if you’re up for a little road trip here are some of our top picks for seasonal fun a little further afield (but so worth the trip!) too:
A Very Furry Christmas
SesamePlace in Langhorn, PA offers a magical holiday experience for the whole family at A Very Furry Christmas complete with holiday shows and unique meet and greets with your favorite furry friends. Admission $24.
Hershey Park Christmas Candyland
Hersheypark Candylane in Hershey, PA brings the holidays to life with two million twinkling lights, beautiful decorations, rides for all ages and Hershey characters dressed in their holiday best. Admission $12.
Christmas in beautiful Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, PA includes the dazzling lights illuminating the village, gingerbread house displays plus a visit with Santa and special holiday offerings from the merchants, too. Free.
Christmas Fantasy with Lights
Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township NJ offers a dazzling holiday light display that will transport you to a magical Christmas Fantasy Land with over a million lights around the park that Santa Claus “turns on” every evening at 5pm. Tickets $24.50.
Frozen Ice Palace at the Mall at Short Hills
Don’t miss a uniquely Frozen holiday experience in at this spectacular, interactive Ice Palace, where you can sing “Let it Go” just like Elsa, see special scenes from the movie, create a “Frozen” handprint, take a photo with Olaf on his ice throne, and lots more all within a 30-foot ice dome. End 12/24. Free.
Be sure to have the phillyfun4kids app installed on your iPhone so you can find updated seasonal fun fast when you’re out and about too!!