The Best Places to Visit with Kids this Holiday (in Philly)

The Best Places to Visit with Kids this Holiday (in Philly)

There’s still time to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year – and there are some things in the Philly area you don’t want to miss this holiday season.  As the cool temperatures take over, this year guarantees the return of Philadelphia’s festive holiday spirit and endless events for kids of all ages. Take a look at the best places in Philly to visit with kids this holiday in Philly.

Macy’s Center City


Since 1956, the Grand Court in the Wanamaker Building has offered an impressive Christmas Light Show. The store brings back the sugarplum fairies tradition and dancing snowmen with a light show of more than 100,000 lights. These performances are free of charge and offered every two hours during the normal store hours. Tour the Dickens Village on the third floor between shows – the setup of animated dolls retell a Christmas Carol and ends with the opportunity to let your kids meet Santa and get photos with him. Allow for at least 2hrs to see everything.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Throughout the season, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts various activities and events to celebrate the holiday season. Visit on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m. and admission to the museum is Pay What You Wish. Don’t miss the tree lighting celebration on the East Terrace and the card-making night where you can make your own handmade holiday cards for your loved ones. The festive Friday night performances are a must-see and make sure to enjoy the seasonal snacks and spiked hot chocolate.

Dilworth Park Wintergarden

The area is chocked full of holiday activities including the Deck the Hall Light Show. The Rothman Institute Ice Rink offers skate rentals for ice skating, lights, and a space indoors where visitors can enjoy snacks, and hot and cold drinks. Don’t miss Craft Hall where you can enjoy BBQ, bread, and beer while viewing the city’s holiday tree. In the open-air courtyard, the youngest guests will find pleasure in the carousel.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

Last night Buddy The Elf – Mayor Jim Kenney and Santa Councilman Mark Squilla lit the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

The Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square brings the historical square to life, with shows to music playing every half hour from 4 to 8 p.m during the week and from 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. In the center of the 50,000 bulbs is a large, illuminated kite. Enjoy the free event other festivities created with kids in mind such as Saturdays with Santa. Ride the holiday train and enjoy the comfort foods, hot beverages, and local beer. Make sure to check out the mini-golf while you are there! December 31, 2017 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Christmas Village

The Christmas Village is back at the refurbished JFK Plaza, also called LOVE Park. Visit this German-style village where local and international merchants set up booths to showcase and sell cold weather apparel, edible goods, and handmade toys. Festive entertainment makes LOVE Park a must-visit spot by locals and visitors alike this holiday season. The Village is set up through Christmas Eve. Look for the Love statue to return in early 2018.

The Morris Arboretum

The Holiday Garden Railway within the evergreens of Morris Arboretum offers a mini winter wonderland with a model-train track with multiple rail lines, seven tunnels and loops, and model trains that move past replicas of various historical monuments and landmarks decorated with twinkling lights.  Your little train-lovers will be awestruck! Viewings are on select nights and tickets are required.

Philadelphia is home to a wealth of fun experiences and destinations to make this holiday season one for the books. Make sure to take a break from wrapping presents so you don’t miss these breathtaking seasonal celebrations throughout Philly. It’s always a good time to make new family traditions!

This post was written by Katie of Junk Car Medics. Junk Car Medics buys junk cars for cash in Philadelphia.