Philly’s Holiday Traditions, Lights

Philadelphia is a little brighter thanks to holiday traditions all within walking distance

Japan Obit David Bowie

Center City Philadelphia is a little bit brighter thanks to holiday family-friendly traditions all within walking distance. And, all for free!

Start at the Comcast Building at 1701 JFK Blvd for the Comcast Holiday Spectacular.

Now in its seventh year, the show utilizes one of the world's largest 4-mm LED video displays in the lobby of the Comcast Center. The 15-minute show features amazing visuals to Christmas music including The Nutcracker performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet and a brand-new animated performance of Carol of Bells featuring a 64-piece orchestra.

Comcast Holiday Spectacular runs daily on the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day (excluding 5 p.m. on work days). Use the hashtag #Spectacular to share your photos and experiences of the show. (Comcast is the parent company of NBC10.)

After your visit to the Comcast Center, head towards the Christmas Village at LOVE Park. Now a tradition, the German-style Christmas market features dozens of merchants in wooden decorative booths with holiday gifts, ornaments and crafts for sale as well as the city's holiday tree. The market goes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from Thanksgiving through Dec. 28.

After leaving LOVE Park head to the other side of City Hall for the annual Holiday Light Show in the main area of Macy's in Center City.

The "Macy's Christmas Light Show," a holiday tradition since 1956, includes about 100,000 LED lights, the majestic sound of the Wanamaker organ and holiday favorite songs from Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bell Rock and more.

Starting Black Friday, you can catch it every two hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (click here for the full schedule) through New Year's Eve (excluding Christmas) at 1300 Market St.

While at Macy's, head up to the third floor for the traditional "Dickens Village" display where the story of A Christmas Carol comes to life. You can even stop to take a photo with Father Christmas.

On your way out of the store be sure to check out the traditional holiday windows outside Macy's -- where the first Christmas window displays happened back in the 1870s.

All the events are geared towards kids of all ages.

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