Things to Do In and Around Philly This Weekend

Morris Arboretum Holiday Garden Railway
R. Kennedy / Visit Philly

Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on. Whether it’s a holiday house tour, ice skating, light show or breakfast with Santa, this area is full of holiday fun every weekend. We’ve found the top (affordable) choices of what to do this weekend, Dec. 14-16, in Philly and down the shore.

What: Philly Holiday Festival

The holiday season fun kicks off this weekend with classic holiday attractions held throughout the city.

Where: Various locations

When: through Jan. 1

Cost: Varies

Visit the website here.

What: 45th Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour

Take this self-guided walking tour through Cape May’s featured homes, inns, churches and hotels superbly decorated for the holidays.

Where: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, New Jersey

When: Saturday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $35

Visit the website here. 

What: Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Experience this authentic open-air European Christmas Market right in Center City. There are more than 80 vendors selling crafts, clothing, food and more.

Where: Love Park, 15th and JFK, Philadelphia

When: through Dec. 24

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the website here. 

What: Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy breakfast and story time with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Where: Cape May Ferry Terminal, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., North Cape May, New Jersey

When: Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon

Cost: $23 for adults, $13 for children, children under 2 are free

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What: Christmas in Peddler’s Village

This holiday fest kicks off when Santa turns on the holiday lights to officially begin the holiday season. Enjoy festive holiday lights, food, visits with Santa and plenty of shopping opportunities throughout the season.

Where: Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope, Pennsylvania

When: through Jan. 5

Cost: Free

Visit the website here. 

What: Comcast Holiday Spectacular

This holiday tradition continues in the lobby of the Comcast Center with the super high-resolution LED holiday display. Watch the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a sleigh ride through the city and enjoy a sing-along.

Where: Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia

When: through Jan. 1

Cost: Free

Visit the website here. 

What: A Longwood Christmas

Thousands of poinsettias, Christmas trees, flowers and lights fill the indoor garden for the holidays. Plus, seasonal music and the fountain dance outdoors.

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

When: Through Jan. 6

Cost: Varies

Visit the website here. 

What: Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

This model train set offers 12 rail lines, seven loops and tunnels, two cable cars and nine bridges, all lit up for the holidays. 

Where: Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia

When: through Dec. 31

Cost: Free with admission

Visit the website here.

What: Macy’s Christmas Light Show

This free show of dancing lights and music in the Grand Court of the historic Wanamaker building (now Macy’s) has been a holiday favorite for years.

Where: Macy’s, 1300 Market Street, Philadelphia

When: through Dec. 31

Cost: Free

Visit the website here.

What: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When the weather gets chilly, head to rink for some ice skating, fire pits, food, drinks, an arcade and more.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia

When: through March 3, from 1 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday

Cost: Free for general admission, $4 skating admission, $10 skate rentals

Visit the website here.

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