(This entry will grow, and is currently not in date order. Julie Andrews info down a little ways)
With Thanksgiving right around the corner that can only mean one thing Christmas and the holidays are upon us and there’s no better place to come than Philadelphia to experience the sights, sounds and joy of the holiday experience. Beginning with the Ikea Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, 2009. The parade starts at 20th & Market and concludes at the Steps of the Art Museum. This years celebrity guests include Sam Champion from Good Morning America, Bobbie Eakes from All My Children, Mark Indelicato from Ugly Betty, Jason Derulo (whose song “Watcha Say” is currently #2 on the Billboard charts), Miss America 2008, American Idol finalist Kimberly Caldwell and Nuttin’ But Stringz from America’s Got Talent.

What’s Open on Thanksgiving: Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are open on Thanksgiving from 11am-4pm! Tickets are not required to see the Hall that day!

ALL MUSEUMS ARE OPEN, INCLUDING TOURS OF Phila City Hall. Plus get your timed tickets to the tower in Rm 121. They also have a gift shop and ornaments. The lighting of the City Hall Christmas Tree is 12/2/09

Also on Saturday November 21, 2009, Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton join Santa in unveiling the Macy’s Holiday Windows @ 2pm. Then @ 2:45PM they will sign books for the first 200 people who purchased “Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies” on Friday 11/20.

Unfortunately you will have to wait until Black Friday to enjoy the beautiful Holiday Light show that Julie Andrews narrates, which is shown in the Grand Courtyard.
Chestnut Hill:
Chestnut Hill starts the season a bit early with its “Lets Get Lit” tree lighting ceremony on Friday, November 20th. Share this family tradition which includes mummers and music, caroling and cocoa, treats and goodie bags for the kids as well as a special surprise guest that will delight everyone. Plus lots of Holiday stuff going on all month, Santa, House tours, Shopping:

Walnut Street Theatre for Kids production of A Christmas Carol running December 5 – 19
The Comcast Light Show Begins on Black Friday 11/27/09

The Bellevue will be kicking off this holiday season with great discounts, relaxing music and fun for the whole family. On November 27th 2009 from 6 to 10 PM The Bellevue will host its Black Tie Friday event.

Thanksgiving at XIX
Broad Street’s premiere sky-high dining destination, XIX (NINETEEN) café, bar and restaurant, is celebrating the season with a delicious spread on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2009 from 1 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The buffet is $65 for adults and $32 for children (children under 5 are free). Tax and gratuity are additional. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit or call XIX at 215.790.1919.

XIX Nutcracker Tea
Honoring the Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, XIX Café is pleased to present the return of our festive Nutcracker Tea. XIX’s NutcrackerTea is $36 for adults and $19 for children under 13; for an additional $4, adults over 21 can add a glass of champagne and a chocolate-covered strawberry to their experience. XIX hosts Nutcracker Tea from November 15 – January 15, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily. As a special kick-off event, the Sugarplum Fairy will be available for photos in XIX on December 5 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Please visit for additional information or call 215.790.1919 for required reservations.

Black Tie Friday Package at Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue
Stay in the heart of the city to get an early start on the most popular shopping day of the year or celebrate at our exclusive shopping event, Black Tie Friday at The Bellevue, all night long! Park Hyatt Philadelphia is offering a Black Tie Friday Package, including luxury overnight accommodations and breakfast in the morning, for a wallet-friendly $135.00. Only available on Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) and Black Friday (Nov. 27), use the special offer code bltie to book your reservation at or by calling 1-800-778-7477.

Santa Come to Life at noon on four Saturdays this holiday season: November 28, December 5, 12 and 19. Enjoy free hot chocolate compliments of Teuscher, and delicious cookies–free! Santa will be available to chat with children and you can take your own photo with Santa too! It’s a holiday tradition that lasts through the year!

CITY HALL CHRISTMAS VILLAGE has a sneak preview on Thanksgiving, but then begins regular operating hours on 11/27/09 Daily – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. It’s located on the west side of City Hall on Dilworth Plaza.
MACY’S CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW BEGINS 11/27/09, as well as Charles Dicken’s Enchanted Village located on the 3rd Floor.

Lighting of Philadelphia City Hall’s Christmas Tree is December 2, 2009

Some of my favorite sites to find out about Holiday Happenings:
UWISHUNU search on holidays
Go Phila
Independence Visitor Center ask for Mr. Philadelphia Albert Lee for the best info on the City.