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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,