We are grateful for each and every one of you. May your Thanksgiving be filled with good times with your families, good food in your bellies and good naps where you can get them (well, if not for you then at least good naps for your kiddos)!!
Once you’re able to push yourself away from the table after that second (okay third) piece of pie, take a look at these great Turkey Day weekend events going on this weekend in and around Philly. It’s the official start of the holiday season and there is so much to get out and enjoy during this extra long holiday weekend with your families.
The National Constitution Center hosts a Thanksgiving Celebration this weekend in conjunction with the Art of the American Soldier exhibit for families with the opportunity to give thanks to our armed forces by creating care packages and writing letters to the troops. Children can also enjoy a History of Thanksgiving program to learn about the true history of Thanksgiving over the years and participate in seasonal make and take crafts. Thanksgiving Celebration runs Friday Nov. 26- Sunday Nov. 28th from 10am -3 pm. Free with paid admission $8-$12.
In our family, it’s not the holidays unless we get down to Macy’s to enjoy the Christmas light show spectacular. A holiday tradition for 50 years, we went when it was Wanamaker’s but now Macy’s does it justice with a beautiful light show and sound display followed by organ concerts. After the show, head up to the 3rd floor for the Dickens Christmas Village experience to see scenes from A Christmas Carol and allow children the opportunity to visit with Santa. Don’t forget to bring your stamped letter in an envelope marked for the North Pole for your child to mail in Macy’s. For each letter sent to the Big Guy, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make a Wish Foundation. Light show runs hourly 10am – 8pm starting November 26th through New Years Eve day. Dickens Village open 10am-7pm Nov. 26th – New Years Eve day.
The Comcast Holiday Spectacular
1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Thurs. Nov. 25 – Dec. 25
10am – 8pm
The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is shown hourly from Thanksgiving through Christmas on The Comcast Experience video wall, the world’s largest 4 mm LED display, in the lobby. The 15 minute show runs from 10AM to 8PM (except at 5PM M-F to avoid the business day exodus) and includes scenes from the Nutcracker, a winter sleigh ride and other holiday sights and sounds set to orchestral and choral holiday music. Free.
Starting Thanksgiving Day and running through Christmas Eve, City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza is the site of Philly’s own Christmas Village – a Christkindl style market complete with crafts, food and fun for the whole family. On Fridays, enjoy “Family Days” with special events like face painting, balloon animals and magic shows. New this year is a carousel for children to ride as well. Children can visit Santa’s house to have a seat on his lap and tell the big guy their Christmas wishes. There are also plenty of authentic German foods including bratwursts, gingerbread, waffles, crepes, potato salad and traditional German sweets like Lebkuchen and soft gingerbread biscuits for all. Runs from 11am-8pm daily from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Free.
Friday nights in Haddonfield get a bit magical with Haddonfield Candlelight Shopping starting Friday Nov. 26th with Candlelight Shopping to include carriage rides, a visit with Santa and live entertainment. This Friday Nov. 26th enjoy Haddonfield’s Tree lighting ceremony as well. Runs Fridays from 6-9pm through December 22nd. Free.
Santa’s Arrival and Holiday Parade
Sat. Nov. 27
10am – 2pm
Starting on Saturday Nov. 27th at 10am, Santa’s friends will be giving out cookies in the courtyard at Suburban Square. Santa’s procession and parade starts at Trader Joe’s and ends at the Courtyard at 11am. Families can also enjoy music from the School of Rock Main Line’s “Delta Squad” whose members range from 9 -17 yrs old. And free photos with Santa from 12 Noon – 2pm at Macy’s. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item for Philabundance food drive, too. Free.
Santa’s Arrival & Festival of Lights
Fri. Nov. 26
Santa arrives by fire engine promptly @ 6pm! on State and Jackson Streets in Media, PA this Friday night. Appearances by the Phillie Phanatic and a concert from Media’s own Makin’ Music from 5-6pm. And it’s the official opening of Santa’s Village at the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, too. Free.
Collingswood Holiday Parade
Along Haddon Ave.
Starts at Zane Ave. and continues to West Linden Ave.
Sat. Nov. 27
Come out to the Collingswood Holiday Parade starting at 10am on Saturday Nov. 27th for a procession of bands, dancers, entertainers, floats and more through historic Collingswood. Grand Marshal this year will be NBC 10 News Today Anchor Terry Ruggles with special appearances from the Phillies Phanatic and other Phila sports mascots. Free.
The Piazza at Schmidt’s
Fri. Nov. 26
11am – 7pm
Forget the malls, get on over to the Piazza at Schmidt’s Outdoor market on Friday Nov. 26th from 11am-7pm to peruse the local merchants and artisan goods along Liberties Walk and in the Piazza. Free.
Enjoy half a million lights on display in the most beautiful gardens in the area and you have the Longwood Gardens Christmas show running Thanksgiving Day through Jan. 9th, 2011. Lit trees, dancing fountains, and beautiful plants indoors and out will delight families. Daily performances include organ sing-alongs, choral concerts and new this year, Nutcracker vignettes from The Rock School for Dance Education. Cookies and photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy are available after each show. $8-$18 timed tickets, ages 4 & younger free. Nutcracker tickets: $15-$27.
Tree Decorating & Santa’s Arrival at the Camden Children’s Garden
Camden Children’s Garden
Saturday Nov. 27
12 Noon – 5:00pm – Holiday Festival Kick-off
5:30 – 7:30 pm – evening light show
The Camden Children’s Garden kicks-off its annual Holiday Festival of Lights on Saturday Nov. 27th starting at 12 Noon with tree-decorating, the arrival of Santa and a reading of How The Grinch Stole Christmas sure to get everyone in the spirit. Free with paid admission $5-6. And at 5:30 pm the holiday light display will premier in the gardens. Separate evening admission offers families a stroll through 4.5 acres of gardens beautifully illuminated with over 100,000 lights and other magical displays for the holiday season. Evening tickets are $4.
It’s the return of “Scuba Santa” at the Adventure Aquarium starting on Friday Nov. 26th. Children are thrilled to see “Scuba Santa” swimming with the sea creatures and waving to them from inside the Ocean Realm exhibit. New for this year is the addition of “Elfish”, a new underwater helper for Santa. Adventure Aquarium also boasts the best Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Show you’ll ever see with live appearances from the Bumble and live dance party and more. Kids can also take a ride on the Polar Express 4D Experience in the 4D theater. Shows runs daily through Jan. 2nd 2011. Free with paid admission $17.95-$21.95.