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Philadelphia-Area Holiday Events You Don't Want to Miss

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    Philadelphia is already plastered with holiday lights and decorations, and some holiday events are already in action. Here is a list of some local holiday events you don't want to miss: 

    Thanksgiving Day Parade
    When: Thanksgiving Day (November 26th)
    Where: Begins at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard. Ends at Philadelphia Museum of Art.
    Admission: Free
    About: The Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of Philadelphia’s oldest traditions, covering over a mile of Philadelphia’s streets with people, floats, bands, and more.

    Comcast Holiday Spectacular
    When: November 24th – January 3rd
    Where: The Comcast Center
    About: The 4mm LED display at the Comcast Center is lit up with an all Christmas themed display.

    Mummers Parade
    When: January 1st, 2016
    Where: Main performance at City Hall
    Admission: Free
    About: 10,000 people dressed in fun, colorful costumes strut through Philadelphia with music, dancing and more.

    Christmas Village
    When: November 21st, 22d, 26th – December 27th
    Where: Love Park
    Admission: Free
    About: Christmas Village transforms Love Park into a German Christmas Market. Guests can enjoy lights, a Christmas tree, shopping, and food.

    A Longwood Christmas
    When: November 26th – January 10th
    Where: Longwood Gardens
    Admission: $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 62+ years old, $10 for students, free for children 4 or younger.
    About: Longwood Gardens transforms into a winter spectacular with blue and white lights, fountain displays, plants, and more.

    Blue Cross Riverrink Winterfest
    When: Opens on November 27th
    Where: 121 N. Columbus Blvd
    Admission: Free. Ice skating is $3 per person.
    About: Guests can enjoy ice skating, firepits, cottages for rent, food, and more.

    Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park
    When: November 13th – February 28th
    Where: Dilworth Park, West side of City Hall (South 15th Street).
    Admission: $3 for children 10 & under, $5 for adults, $9 skate rental.
    About: Guests can enjoy ice skating at Dilworth Park right next to City Hall with incredible views of the city.

    Christmas Festival at Peddler’s Village
    When: December 5th-6th
    Where: Peddler’s Village
    Admission: Free

    Zoo Noel
    When: December, 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th.
    Where: Philadelphia Zoo
    Admission: Included with zoo admission. Free for zoo members.
    About: The Philadelphia Zoo will host a cross-globe adventure when the zoo transforms into a winter wonderland. The event includes a scavenger hunt, crafts, pictures with Santa Claus, and more.

    Fireworks on the Waterfront
    When: December 31st into January 1st, 2016
    Where: Delaware River Waterfront
    Admission: Free
    About: Fireworks along the Delaware River is Philadelphia’s main attraction on New Year’s Eve, showcasing a spectacular fireworks display for people of all ages.

    Old-Fashioned Christmas in West Chester
    Old- Fashioned Christmas Parade
    When: December 4th
    Where: Downtown West Chester, Pa
    Admission: Free
    About: West Chester's grandest parade is the highlight of the Winter holiday season with hundreds of dancers, performers, and musicians making the event a true extravaganza.

    Santa's Parade and Fun Run/Walk
    When: November 29th
    Where: State Street, Media, Pa
    Admission: Free - Donations of unwrapped toys or non-perishable food will be collected
    About: The parade is preceded by a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk which follows the parade route. Runners and walkers will enjoy a celebratory Block Party.

    Christmas at Hershey Park
    When: November 13th - December 31st
    Where: HersheyPark
    Admission: Prices vary depending on attraction
    About: The magic of the holidays comes to life with our biggest and brightest Hersheypark Christmas Candylane yet! Enjoy more than 4 million twinkling lights and fun rides for the whole family starting November 13.

    Yuletide at Winterthur
    When: November 21st - January 3rd
    Where: Winterthur
    Admission: Free to members, $20 for non-members
    About: Tour Henry Francis du Pont's home decorated in holiday style! Enjoy visions of holidays past, including those of the Gilded Age. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the majestic dried-flower tree, featuring some 60 varieties of flowers.

    Herr’s Christmas Snacktacular
    When: Light display runs from November 25th to January 3rd. Christmas Snacktacular runs from December 13th to December 19th.
    Where: Herr’s Snack Factory located at 20 Herr Drive, Nottingham PA.
    Admission: Free
    About: Visitors can enjoy pictures with Santa, hayrides through the lights display, crafting, live entertainment, and even pictures with Starr, a live reindeer.