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  • Holiday Lights in Philadelphia

    Published: November 25, 2020

    By: Frances Ellison & Phillyfunguide Staff

    • Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

    One of the best local holiday traditions is seeing all of the beautiful light displays across the city and Philly has some of the best. If you're traveling around Philadelphia during the holiday season, you won’t be disappointed! From local businesses to entire residential neighborhoods--everyone goes above and beyond in holiday decorating.

     

    Below is our list of the top holiday light displays, the cream of the crop if you will. Light shows, spectaculars and festivals, oh my!

     

    Did we miss any? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @Phillyfunguide!

     

    **Please be sure to view and participate in these holiday spectaculars safely. For more information on the City of Philadelphia's Safer-at-Home restrictions, visit their official website.**

    • Macy's
      1300 Market Street Philadelphia PA 19107

    Macy's Christmas Light Show

    Macy's Center City

     

    A Philadelphia tradition since 1956, the Christmas Light Show at Macy's in Center City illuminates a large wall inside the Wanamaker Building, a National Historic Landmark, with almost 100,000 LED lights that dance to the sounds of the Wanamaker Organ. This year, the Christmas Light Show and popular Dickens' Village will be virtual! Find out how to enjoy both on their official website.

    The Miracle on South 13th Street

    South Philadelphia

     

    In South Philly, just a few blocks off of bustling East Passyunk Avenue, the 1600 block of South 13th Street is known in Philadelphia as the Miracle on South 13th Street. The elaborate lights hung on neighborhood homes along this stretch has been a must-see holiday lights destination for many years!

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    Winter in Franklin Square presented by Citizens featuring the Electrical Spectacle Holiday...
    Historic Philadelphia Inc. Center
    November 19th, 2020 - December 31st, 2020

    Winter in Franklin Square

    Franklin Square

     

    Winter in Franklin Square presented by Citizens featuring the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO will include their beloved 18-hole mini golf course, children's playground and the Parx Liberty Carousel! Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO, a free light show that illuminates the Square with more than 50,000 lights to a soundtrack of holiday classics.

    • Jewelers' Row
      Sansom Street between 7th and 8th Streets and on 8th Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets

    Jewelers' Row Holiday Lights

    Jewelers' Row

     

    Many Philadelphia neighborhoods go all out for the holidays, creating spectacular presentations of lights and decorations. The city’s Jewelers’ Row, comprising 300 retailers, wholesalers and craftsmen on Sansom Street between 7th and 8th Streets and on 8th Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets, features a light display rivaled only by the gems that adorn the shops’ windows. Fun fact: this display can be seen in Silver Linings Playbook.

    • Longwood Gardens
      1001 Longwood Road, Route 1 and Route 52, Kennett Square, PA 19348

    A Longwood Christmas

    Longwood Gardens

     

    Stroll through Longwood Gardens' spawling Christmas wonderland with cozy fire pits, beautifully adorned trees and their beloved Holiday Garden Railway. Admission this year is ticketed and timed entry; make sure to read over their visiting guidelines before attending.

    Boathouse Row Lights

    Boathouse Row

     

    The lights of Boathouse Row can be seen reflecting on the Schuylkill River throughout the year, but with them having recently been updated with brand new lights last year, now is the perfect time to check them out!

    More holiday lights in the Philadelphia area:

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    Winter in Franklin Square presented by Citizens featuring the Electrical Spectacle Holiday...
    Historic Philadelphia Inc. Center
    November 19th, 2020 - December 31st, 2020
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    Winter on Broad Street: A Holiday Light Spectacular! presented by Dietz & Watson
    Wells Fargo Center
    November 27th, 2020 - January 3rd, 2021
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Bucks County Wine Trail - "Light Up The Vines"
    Crossing Vineyards and Winery
    December 5th, 2020
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Virtual Parade of Lights
    Independence Seaport Museum
    December 12th, 2020

    Find more fun holiday events on our PNC Arts Alive Holiday Spectacular page (starting December 4!) and sign up for Funsavers to learn more about your favorite arts organizations!

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