Your guide to 2023 Winter Holiday Events in and around Philadelphia

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Winter is just around the corner! Ready to get in the holiday spirit? We have your guide to 2023 Winter Holiday events in and around Philadelphia!

winter at dilworth park (November 3, 2023 – March 17, 2024)

Just steps away from City Hall, Winter at Dilworth Park returns! Check out the return of the Wintergarden, a chalet-style cabin, fire pits, seasonal refreshments, a holiday market and plenty of winter events this winter season starting Friday, November 3rd.

winter in franklin square (November 16, 2023 - February 25, 2024)

Winter In Franklin Square's free nightly Electrical Spectacle Light Shows begin Thursday, November 16th. Experience live music, fireside food, Chilly Philly Mini Golf or ride the Parx Liberty Carousel at this festive Philly location!

luminature at philadelphia zoo (November 17 – December 31, 2023 (select dates))

While the animals are tucked away for the holiday season, 1 million lights and 14 illuminated zones come to life at LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo starting Friday, November 17th!

tinseltown holiday spectacular (November 17, 2023 – January 1, 2024 (select dates))

The Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular touches down in a new spot, taking over South Philly’s FDR Park! Experience the twinkling lights and pop into the Mistletoe Marketplace starting Friday, November 17th.

wild lights at the elmwood park zoo (November 17 – December 30, 2023 (select dates))

Heading down to Norristown? Experience the Elmwood Park Zoo Wild Lights walk-through Featuring millions of LED lights across 16 acres starting Friday, November 17th.

a longwood christmas at longwood gardens (November 17, 2023 - January 7, 2024)

Experience Longwood Gardens Celebrate A Very Retro Christmas! Take a stroll through millions of holiday lights and mid-century magic at this Kennett Square holiday festivity. It all starts Friday, November 17th.

seasonal celebrations at sesame street (November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024 (select dates))

From A Very Furry Christmas, Hanukkah Celebration, Kwanza Celebration, and New Year's Eve Fireworks, there's lots to celebrate the holiday season at Sesame Place! The fun festivities kick off Friday, November 17th.

holidays at peddler's village (November 17, 2023 - January 14, 2024)

Ring in the holiday season at Peddler's Village! Starting Friday, November 17th, experience family-friendly events and over 1 million twinkling lights this holiday season.

christmas village in philadelphia (November 18 – December 24, 2023 (select dates))

Make your way through carousels, cuisines, and 120 vendors at Christmas Village in Philadelphia! The preview weekend takes place Saturday, November 18th and Sunday November 19th, and the full village opens daily starting Thursday, November 23rd.

holiday lights display at the herr's snack factory (November 22nd, 2023 - January 2nd, 2024)

From dusk to dawn, enjoy Herr's Free Holiday Lights Display! Drive through the corporate campus to see over 600,000 twinkling lights this holiday season starting Wednesday, November 22nd.

holiday light show at shady brook farm (November 18, 2023 – January 27, 2024 (select dates))

Over 3 million lights illuminate the Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm! Open Friday, November 18th, take a drive in your car or car or enjoy the open air while snuggled up in a tractor-pulled wagon through January 27th.

philadelphia's 6abc dunkin' thanksgiving day parade (Thursday, November 23, 2023 | 8:30 a.m.-noon)

The nation's oldest Thanksgiving Day parade kicks off at 8:30 AM on the holiday! From floats to marching bands, dazzling dancers, and Santa and Mrs. Claus, check it out on Thursday, November 23rd at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

holiday garden railway and nighttime express at morris arboretum & gardens (November 24 – December 30, 2023 (select dates))

Choo choo! Get in the holiday spirit with the Holiday Garden Railway! Check out mini locomotives during the day, or experience even more lights and magic at night during the Nighttime Express at Morris Arboretum & Gardens. The fun starts on Friday, November 24th.

macy's christmas light show and dickens christmas village (November 24 - December 31, 2023)

Experience the lights and seasonal sounds of the Wanamaker Organ at Macy's Christmas Light Show starting Friday, November 24th! Five free shows take place Mondays through Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. On Sundays, three shows run at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Wanamaker Organ is played live during the noon and 6 p.m. showings each day (except Sundays).

yuletide at devon (November 24 – December 31, 2023 (select dates))

The Yuletide at Devon at the Devon Horse Show grounds has it all! From a European Christmas market, live music festival, a community carnival, and farm-to-table dining, check it our starting Friday, November 24th.

blue cross riverrink winterfest (Friday, november 24 through the winter season)

A Waterfront Winter Wonderland is at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest starting Friday, November 24th! Experience illuminating lights, a 60 foot Ferris wheel, ice skating, plus more. Don't miss the tree lighting ceremony is set for Friday, December 1!

philadelphia city hall holiday tree lighting (thursday, november 30th)

Mark your calendars! The city's holiday tree arrived Thursday, November 9th. Stay tuned for the annual tree-lighting ceremony on Thursday, November 30th.

new year's eve in philadelphia (sunday, december 31st)

You won't want to miss these two incredible fireworks displays at Delaware River Waterfront celebrating New Year's Eve in Philadelphia! See the first show at 6PM, and ring in the New Year with fireworks at midnight. More details to come from the official Delaware River Waterfront Corporation website!

mummers parade (monday, january 1st, 2024)

Celebrate 2024 with one of Philadelphia's most famous traditions, The Mummers Parade! Stay tuned for complete details on the 2024 parade route and competition taking place on New Year's Day.

How are you celebrating this holiday season? Tag us on our socials '@NEW965PHILLY' and let us know!


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