Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on. Whether it’s a Christmas parade, festive house tour, light show or breakfast with Santa, this area is full of holiday fun every weekend. We’ve found the top - and affordable - choices of what to do this weekend, Dec. 7 to 9, 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: Friday through Jan. 1
What: Winter at Dilworth Park
In the shadow of Philadelphia City Hall, families can enjoy ice skating, the Wintergarden, shopping and plenty of snacks and hot chocolate outside. A light show projected onto city hall can also be seen at night.
Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street, Philadelphia
When: Friday through Feb. 24, 2019
Cost: Free to explore
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
When: Friday through Jan. 5
What: Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Experience this authentic open-air European Christmas Market right in Philadelphia. There are more than 80 vendors selling crafts, clothing, food and more.
Where: Love Park, 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia
When: Now through Dec. 24
Cost: Free to attend
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: Now through Jan. 1
What: A Longwood Christmas
Thousands of poinsettias, Christmas trees, flowers and lights fill the indoor garden for the holidays. Seasonal music and the fountain dance outdoors is not to be missed either.
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
When: Now through Jan. 6
What: Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum
This model train set is not to be missed with 12 rail lines, seven loops and tunnels, two cable cars and nine bridges, all lit up for the holidays. All aboard!
Where: Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia
When: Now through Dec. 31
Cost: Free with admission
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: Now through Dec. 31
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: Now through March 3
Monday through Thursday 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday 1 p.m. to Satuday 1 a.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. to Sunday 1 a.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: Free for general admission, $4 skating admission, $10 skate rentals