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The Rittenhouse Guide to Winter in Philadelphia

Philadelphians are always throwing interesting and unexpected events, mounting impressive productions, and otherwise celebrating their city — but things really kick into gear during the winter months. Here’s what’s happening in the City of Brotherly Love from Thanksgiving to late February 2020.

New Food and Drink Destinations

There are dozens of restaurants opening between mid-November and February, including a farm-to-table venue in Callowhill, a brewery in Kensington, and a South Philly diner-style eatery. If you visit sometime around Thanksgiving, you’ll also be among the first to experience a new Italian spot conceived by local celebrity chef Marc Vetri. Alternatively, swing by in January for Winterfest Live!, a massive craft-beer celebration in South Philly, as well as Center City Restaurant Week.

Incredible Performances

Winter is a time when many of the local bands and theater and dance troupes debut their new work, and national tours make Philly stops. This year, you can look forward to a Doctor Who parody called “Timeprov,” a comedy called “Stones in His Pockets,” a winter spectacular by Labyrinth Dance Company, Cher and Madonna concerts, plus productions of “The Band’s Visit, “Les Miserables,” and “Hello Dolly.” Theatre Week rolls around in February and brings 10 days of exciting theatrical events at highly discounted rates.


There’s a Philly festival or event happening almost every week of the winter, from a pop-up art exhibit that starts in mid-November, known as “Photo Pop Philly: Winter Wonderland,” to the African American Children’s Book Fair in early February. And we can’t forget the iconic Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day, known to be the oldest folk festival in America, and the re-enactment of George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware.

Art Exhibitions, Holiday Markets, and Festive Performances

There are so many holiday-themed celebrations and art exhibitions taking place in Philadelphia this winter, we’ve created separate guides just to cover those options. Check out our Art Lover’s Guide to Winter in Philadelphia and our posts on holiday markets and holiday events.