Sunday, November 30, 2014

Holiday Happenings In Philly!


There are two times of the year when I'm especially excited, and proud, to live in Philadelphia (affectionately known as "Philly"). Those times are July 4th and the Christmas Holiday Season. On the 4th, I'm honored to be in our nation's birthplace. During the Christmas Holiday Season, "philly-folks" are whizzes at making things beautiful and fun.

If you're in -- or around -- the Philadelphia area over the next few weeks, you might want to check out these fun events.

Christmas Light Show (Nov 28th through Dec 31st)

Come to the historic Wanamaker Building, see festive lights, hear holiday music and be part of a Philadelphia tradition that's over a half century.

FMI, http://www.visitmacysusa.com/visitor-center/macys-center-city#vc-iconic-events

Dickens Village (Nov 29th through Dec 31st)

Located in The Egyptian Room of the Wanamaker Building, walk through 26 lovely, artistic scenes from Dickens' The Christmas Carol (one of my favorite Christmas stories!).

FMI, http://www.visitmacysusa.com/visitor-center/macys-center-city#vc-iconic-events


Franklin Square Holiday Festival (Nov 13th through Dec 31st)

A winter beer garden, holiday market and fantastic light show (the latter of which was motivated by the ingenuity of Benjamin Franklin). Evenings at Franklin Square are great during the Holiday Season.

FMI, http://www.historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square/holidays-in-franklin-square/

Neighborhood Lights/South Philadelphia (through Jan 6th)

In South Philly, the 1600 block of South 13th Street is known as the "Miracle of South 13th Street." The dashing, spectacular lights hung on the homes on this block are a holiday treat for folks (like me!) who enjoy walking through the streets and seeing the decorated homes.

FMI, https://www.facebook.com/themiracleonsouth13thstreet





Longwood Gardens Christmas (Nov 27th through Jan 11th)

Located in Chester County, Longwood is beautiful at any time of year. But even more so at Christmas! A Longwood Gardens Christmas features plenty of lights, poinsettias, and decorated trees.

FMI, http://longwoodgardens.org/


Christmas in Peddlers Village (Nov 27th through Dec 28th)

Located in the Philadelphia suburbs of Bucks County, the village at Christmas time is known not only for its shopping and restaurants but for its beautiful and merry decorations.

FMI, http://www.peddlersvillage.com/






The Mummers Parade (New Year's Day)

No one who lives in South Philly can talk about the Holiday Season without a mention of the parade that dates back to 1901. Folks line up along Broad Street to cheer, sing and strut to the marchers who make the best, festive music.




If you’re planning a trip to our great city, now or in the future, and need information on events, hotels, or restaurants, visit, http://www.visitphilly.com/


If there are any special activities, or traditions, your community enjoys over the Holidays, please feel free to share.

Have a great week, Everyone!





(photos c/o facebook.com/visitphilly,
 facebook.com/themiracleonsouth13thstreet
facebook.com/pages/Peddlers-Village/127854415023)

12 comments:

  1. Angela, when I first graduated from college, i worked at Wanamaker's. Christmas was always a magical place there. Thanks for the memories!

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    1. I'm always happy to take you for a walk down "Memory Lane," Lois. Thanks for visiting today!

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  2. Oh my gosh! I love the pictures! I've always wanted to go to Philadelphia around the Fourth. But now I want to go around Christmas. I loved all the lights. Gosh, I love Christmas!

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    1. Red, with your love of history and "time-travel," you would feel right at home in Philadelphia on July 4th. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Hi, Angela! I love there is so much fun at this time of year. I go with girlfriends to a small town for the Christmas Candlelight Home Tour. We have a blast touring 4 pre-Civil War homes, eating good food, and gabbing until the wee hours. Toss in a bit of shopping too.

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    1. Going through decorated homes is one of the Holidays' best activities, Vicki. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  4. You have brought back wonderful memories for me..I love Philly at Christmas!

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    1. People who live in the suburbs have to get in a car and drive to look at the lights. In Philly, we walk the streets and stop somewhere for coffee or hot chocolate. Thanks, Kimba, for visiting!

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  5. Phoenix also has fun things celebrating Christmas. There's Zoo Lights at the Phoenix Zoo and a special evening parade of lights with all the street lights out and the people, vehicles and bands in the parade lit. Glendale has a million lights in their center and on the last weekend in mid-January, the streets are filled with huge balloons. A fantastic sight and very noisy due to the fires keeping the balloons inflated.

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    1. The Glendale activity -- going into January -- sounds awesome! Anything to keep the magic of the Season going. Thanks, Marion, for stopping by and sharing!

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  6. It's not an event-event, but it is still cool. My school district collects gently used clothes and shoes for two months at all its schools. The kids help sort the clothes per size. Then they're all arranged in the gymnasium for anyone who needs something free of charge. It's one free big shopping day.

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    1. That's a great event! Helps the kids focus on helping others. Thanks for stopping by, Morgan.

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