The Rittenhouse Guide to the Holidays in Philadelphia

In some ways, the holiday season in Philly is the same as in any big city: You’ve got fireworks, skating rinks, and streets filled with enchanting Christmas lights. But there’s also something here that’s uniquely Philly — maybe it’s the scent of strudel and raclette mingling with local beer and wines at holiday markets, or the music of the POPS accompanying the Franklin Square light show. Read on for more of the delights you can look forward to during this magical season.

Amazing Shopping

Between the Christmas Village, Made in Philadelphia market, and craft bazaars, there’s no shortage of absolutely fantastic pop-up shopping destinations for you to pick up your holiday gifts and décor.

Dazzling Lights

The Macy’s Christmas Light Show, the Electrical Spectacle show, the Parade of Lights on the Delaware River, and the luminous decorations on South 13th Street are just a few of the enchanting displays that light up the city.

Glittering Ice

Those who enjoy the chilly temperatures can give ice skating a try at the Rothman Orthopedic Ice Rink or Olympic-sized Blue Cross RiverRink. There’s also the recently opened ice bar at historic Lemon Hill Mansion.

Festive Entertainment

George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker;” the riverfront fireworks show; and seasonal plays, musicals, and concerts are known to add a whole new dose of festive cheer to the Philly holiday season, alongside nostalgic movie screenings.

Seasonal Greenery

Evergreens are for sale at many of the aforementioned fairs, and a dedicated annual greenery fair and wreath-making lesson takes place at Bartram’s Garden. The Longwood Gardens are known to showcase more than 50 seasonal trees and topiaries.

Holiday Cocktails

Drinks flavored with eggnog, cocoa, and seasonal syrups and bitters are served at bars from The Olde Bar to the Dandelion to our very own Library Bar, while pop-up Tinsel pours gingerbread and peppermint-based cocktails.

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