1. The Christmas VIllage at Love Park – The Christmas Village (http://www.visitphilly.com/shopping/philadelphia/christmas-village-in-philadelphia/) is a great spot for shopping and for taking selfies. If you don’t have time before Christmas, don’t worry, the village remains open until December 27, though it is closed on Christmas day.
“With its medieval-village type setting, Philadelphia’s German-style Christmas Village has become a favorite tradition,” according to visitphilly.com. “Here shoppers find popular Christmas gifts from Germany, including glass ornaments, music boxes, nutcrackers and more while vendors serve up hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts to keep shoppers warm and satisfied.”
If you go make sure to check out the new food-and-wine garden behind the Fairmount Park Welcome Center at Love Park.
2. Longwood Gardens Christmas – Longwood Gardens is located in Kennet Square, PA and worth the drive out from the city. http://www.visitphilly.com/museums-attractions/philadelphia/longwood-gardens-christmas/
“No holiday is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens, where more than 500,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows compose a brilliant wonderland your family is sure to love,” says visitphilly.com. “As you stroll through the grounds, marvel at lights strung on 40 miles of wire glowing in the trees. Large, starry snowflakes and icicles sparkle throughout the Gardens, while the continuously performing Theatre fountains present the colors of a Christmas rainbow.”
The Christmas display is available for viewing until January 10, 2016.
Make sure to visit their website (http://longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/longwood-christmas) because you must purchase tickets ahead of time if viewing the lights at night.
3. Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration – From Dec-3-31, “Adventure Aquarium is transformed into a winter wonderland under the sea as it welcomes back Scuba Santa®, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Rudolph during its ninth annual Christmas Celebration,” says visitphilly.com.
“Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration will feature larger-than-life decorations, twinkling lights, glowing trees, and gently falling snow — not to mention 8,500 super cool animals and two million gallons of fun. Festivities include exciting live shows, daily appearances by Scuba Santa in the Ocean Realm exhibit, character appearances, and more.” For more information visit http://www.visitphilly.com/events/philadelphia/adventure-aquariums-christmas-celebration/
4. Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum – This attraction runs through Jan. 3 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Morris Arboretum (http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/gardens_railway.shtml).
“Visitors of all ages will be wow-ed by a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under), and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely winter garden of the Morris Arboretum,” according to their website. “The buildings are all meticulously decorated for the holidays with lights that twinkle along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape. The Garden Railway Display has become one of the Arboretum’s most beloved attractions since it opened in 1998, and the Holiday Garden Railway is quickly becoming a favorite holiday tradition for many families.”
5. SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade
You had me at Mummers.
“The Mummers Parade, the only-in-Philly tradition that dates back to 1901, is welcoming a whole new group of marchers to join them as they ring in the New Year,” according to visitphilly.com. “All the feathers, sequins, music and merriment that mark the festivities will still be on display, but now, in addition to the Comics, Wenches, Fancies, Fancy Brigades and String Bands, fans can cheer on the all-new Philadelphia Division with costumed participants representing the city’s many diverse cultures and ethnic groups.”