Philly's Spectacular Holiday Light Shows
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When 'holiday' becomes synonymous with 'hectic,' you know it's time to take a breather from the shopping, baking, planning and decorating for a chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. It’s as if the city of Philadelphia tries to outdo itself year after year with over-the-top, glittering decor, and this time, it has succeeded. Travel from the suburbs or take the train downtown – you won't want to miss the city’s breathtaking holiday displays!
Want to know Philly's best locations for absorbing the holiday spirit? We've got a few suggestions.
The Macy's Christmas Light Show
Historically, Macy's prides itself in transforming into a holiday mecca, which is why the Macy's Christmas Light Show is more than just pretty lights; it's an experience. Nestled in the city's famous Wanamaker Building, Macy's Center City location is decorated to the nines with over 100,000 bright lights, glittering snowflakes and floating reindeer - all in front of a 4-story velvet curtain backdrop.
Guests can enter the Grand Court atrium to witness a holiday light show that operates in sync with some festive music pumping from the world-famous Wanamaker Grand Organ. The show runs daily every two hours. Don't forget to visit the third floor of the building to see an animated recreation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol – it's been a Philly tradition for more than two decades and is aptly named "Dickens Village."
The Comcast Holiday Spectacular
Philadelphia's Comcast Building is renowned for its incredible 21,000-square-foot video wall, which is one of the highest-resolution LED displays in the world. Enter the lobby of the Comcast Center at the beginning of every hour to witness a holiday show featuring Walnut Street Theatre performers, talented ice skaters and more. Lasting about 15 minutes, this show makes a great stop for families doing a tour of the city's holiday lights.
Christmas Village at Love Park
Tourists come from all over to visit Love Park, but Christmastime is definitely the best time of year to drop by. Each year, Love Park is transformed into Christmas Village, a traditional German outdoor holiday market. Vendors set up traditional-style wooden booths and sell hot drinks, European sweets, international gifts, jewelry and more. It's a true invasion of the senses! Enjoy the aroma of bratwurst and gingerbread while admiring the impressive Christmas tree and listening to European holiday music. Christmas Village is open until 7 p.m. from Sunday-Thursday and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday through New Year’s Day. Don’t miss out!
Waterfront Winterfest at Penn’s Landing is open daily until 1 a.m., so this can be your last stop if you turn these events into a tour. Winterfest is the only place in Philly where you can test your skills on an Olympic-sized outdoor skating rink. While sipping on a local craft brew and enjoying some hot food, settle in to enjoy a breathtaking holiday light show put together by Ricardo Rivera of Klip Collective. Best of all, if you still have holiday shopping to do, there's a holiday craft market to peruse where you can pick up some unique gifts crafted by some of the best independent and local artists.