Your guide to Christmas in Philadelphia

Celebrate Christmas in Philadelphia with festive activities, holiday markets and dazzling light shows

Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Photograph: Russ Brown Photography

Start decking the halls, folks. It’s Christmas in Philadelphia! From Thanksgiving through December the city transforms into a winter wonderland. Philadelphia parks glow with twinkling lights, sidewalks are crammed with intrepid shoppers and the best restaurants in Philadelphia roll out delicious seasonal menus. The season is also jampacked with fun holiday events taking place at a host of Philadelphia attractions—from ice skating at Dilworth Park to the time-honored light show and organ performance at Macy’s. To help you get the most out of Christmas in Philadelphia this year, we’ve compiled this guide to all the can’t miss events—including the essential Christmas markets and a hitlist of best Christmas lights in Philadelphia. Grab a hot cocoa and let the festivities begin. 

Christmas in Philadelphia

The 21 best Christmas events in Philadelphia
Things to do

The 21 best Christmas events in Philadelphia

Stay on top of the must-do Christmas events in Philadelphia with our guide to holiday festivities

Where to see Christmas lights in Philadelphia
Things to do

Where to see Christmas lights in Philadelphia

Our guide covers all the best Christmas lights in Philadelphia, from neighborhood gems to displays in parks and more

Shop at these festive Christmas markets in Philadelphia
Shopping

Shop at these festive Christmas markets in Philadelphia

Our guide covers all the best Christmas lights in Philadelphia, from neighborhood gems to displays in parks and more

Awesome rooftop bars to visit over the holidays
Bars

Awesome rooftop bars to visit over the holidays

Follow this guide to find seasonal cocktails, beer and wine in Philadelphia’s loftiest watering holes

Christmas shows in Philadelphia

A Christmas Carol
Theater

A Christmas Carol

This family favorite has been a perennial hit for Hedgerow for two decades

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Dance

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

What’s Christmas without Tchaikovsky’s glorious ballet? 

A John Waters Christmas
Comedy

A John Waters Christmas

The People’s Perfect comes to town to “spread yuletide profanity” in this hilarious one-man show

Lucia and Christmas Market
Shopping

Lucia and Christmas Market

See a performance of traditional Swedish Christmas songs and dances

Christmas shopping in Philadelphia

Christmas Village
Things to do

Christmas Village

Head to LOVE Park to peruse gifts at a German-inspired Christmas market

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market
Shopping

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Shop area artisans, designers and confectioners in the shadow of City Hall

Crafty Balboa Holiday Market
Shopping

Crafty Balboa Holiday Market

This year’s makers’ market will be the biggest ever, with more than 80 vendors

Go West! Craft Fest
Shopping

Go West! Craft Fest

West Philadelphia’s popular market returns just in time for the holidays

South Philly Handmade Brigade
Shopping

South Philly Handmade Brigade

Score one-of-a-kind finds ranging from original artwork and sculpture to vintage goods

Cricket Cringle Holiday Market
Shopping

Cricket Cringle Holiday Market

This open-air marketplace showcases more than 40 merchants, plus seasonal bites from food trucks

News about Christmas in Philadelphia

The first two major holiday attractions open in Philly this week
News

The first two major holiday attractions open in Philly this week

Longwood Gardens to launch massive holiday light show
News

Longwood Gardens to launch massive holiday light show

Christmas movies and TV

The 50 best Christmas movies
Movies

The 50 best Christmas movies

The best Christmas specials of all time
Movies

The best Christmas specials of all time

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