Lots to do this weekend before Thanksgiving in and around Philly! Don’t miss great new seasonal attractions (as well as the return of some classic favorites) plus family friendly performances of holiday classics and new productions too!
Grand Illumination Celebration
Friday Nov. 22nd
Routes 202 & 263
The annual Grand Illumination Celebration takes place Friday November 22nd from 6-9pm in beautiful Bucks County. Peddler’s Village is ready for the holidays as Santa hits the switch to illuminate the village with the beautiful outdoor light display at 6:15pm. Merchants offer special seasonal treats and goodies including free hot cider and mashmellow toasting, too. Free admission and free parking.
Friday Nov. 22nd – Sunday Nov. 24th
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
601 N. Lansdowne Ave
Drexel Hill, PA
The Nutcracker returns to the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center this weekend with shows running Friday Nov. 22nd through Sunday Nov. 24th This affordable, 90-minute family friendly experience will delight audiences of all ages with this classic holiday tale performed by professional soloists and classically trained dancers from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society. Tickets $10-$22.
Dear Edwina Jr.
Friday Nov. 22nd – Saturday Nov. 23rd
975 Westtown Road
West Chester, PA
Bring the family for a very special performance of Dear Edwina Jr., an hour long musical show benefitting the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County at the Westtown School this Friday November 22nd at 7:30pm and Saturday November 23rd at 2 and 7pm. The show is performed by students ranging from kindergarten to high school and touches on topics close to kids and the parents who love them like bullying, tolerance, believing in yourself, good manners and event how to behave at dinner. Tickets $10.
Baby Loves Disco “Pajama Party”
Saturday Nov. 23rd
World Café Live
3025 Walnut Street
Baby Loves Disco – the hottest kid-friendly dance party in town, returns to its new location at the World Café Live this Saturday November 23rd for a Pajama Party starting at 11am. Kids can dance the day away in their PJs and enjoy tasty snacks, fabulous music and dancing and lots of fun. $14 per walking human.
Opening Weekend of A Very Furry Christmas
Saturday Nov. 23rd – Sunday Nov. 24th
100 Sesame Road
Sesame Place is transformed into a magical wonderland for the opening weekend of A Very Furry Christmas this Saturday November 23rd and Sunday November 24th from 1-8pm. This one-of-a-kind family holiday experience is guaranteed to get you and your kids in the holiday spirit with dazzling light displays, holiday themed parades and shows and of course all your favorite furry characters, too. Plus kids get to visit with Santa too! Tickets $24.99. (Buy online to save $3 and get a free 2nd Day visit!)
Holiday Garden Railway
Saturday November 23rd
100 E. Norristown Ave
It’s the grand opening of the Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum this Saturday November 23rd from 1-3pm. See the Holiday Garden Railway decked out in its wintery finest. Kids get to enjoy a fun craft and the wonder of the winter gardens. Free with admission. $16/adults, $7 children 3-17, children 3 and under free.
Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle
Friday Nov. 22nd – Sunday Nov. 24th
6th & Race Streets
Check out the newest holiday light show in Philly – the Electrical Spectacle at Franklin Square this weekend Friday Nov. 22nd through Sunday Nov. 24th. This new tradition is inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s imagination and will delight kids of all ages with over 50,000 dazzling lights on display with shows every half hour from 4:30-8pm. The new Electrical Spectacle is sure to be a new family tradition this holiday! Free.
Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday November 24
9:30am – 12pm
Brandywine River Museum
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road & Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA
Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum on Sunday mornings this including Sunday November 24th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.
Sunday November 24th
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Santa arrives at the Camden Children’s Garden this Sunday November 24th at 12 Noon. This event is the kick-off for the Camden Children’s Garden Annual Holiday Festival of Lights and will feature a tree-decorating activity, Santa’s arrival, crafts, and a reading of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Free with admission. $6, Children 2 and under free.
Looking for even more holiday fun for families? Check out the phillyfun4kids fun finder app with newly updated seasonal listings for 2013!