Celebrate Christmas in Philadelphia

Celebrate Christmas in Philadelphia

Celebrate Christmas in Philadelphia

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PhillyBite10Philadelphia, PA - MLK Drive will be shut down to traffic between Eakins Oval and Sweet Briar Drive beginning at 5:00 pm so that attendees can walk to the gathering spot across from Boathouse Row.

Attendees with mobility issues can drive and park closer to the event by accessing MLK Drive at the outbound entrance off of Eakins Oval. All Philadelphians are encouraged to come out to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

From December 20th until December 25th, Boathouse Row will be red, green, silver, and gold in honor of the Christmas holiday. At the top of every hour after 6:00 pm, the lights will be programmed to display a 5-minute light show which will be visible from various vantage points including the Fairmount Water Works, the Fish Ladder on MLK Drive, and the Spring Garden Street Bridge.

Philadelphia Hanukkah, Christmas, and KwanzaaHappyHoliday  - The City of Philadelphia announced plans to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa through public recognition and celebrations on one of the City’s iconic landmarks, Boathouse Row. The Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, Office of the City Representative, and the Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement are joining together to produce these celebrations.

Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Plaza at Dilworth Park will open Friday, November 10, 2017, with a salute to veterans. This winter season at Dilworth Park is supported by Live Nation, Temple University, Capital One, and 6abc. Welcoming more than 60,000 skaters last season, the Rothman Ice Rink will open this year in time to celebrate winter in the heart of the city.


America’s Garden Capital Maze Dilworth Plaza, a holiday-inspired garden created in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens and supported by Temple University Ambler. Located on the Albert M. Greenfield Lawn, children and adults will delight in discovering picture-perfect moments amid holiday topiaries, twinkling lights, and seasonal plants that showcase more than 30 public gardens, arboreta, and historic landscapes located within 30 miles of Philadelphia, giving Philadelphia the distinction of America's Garden Capital.


Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Plaza will open again this year at the southern end of Dilworth Park, featuring local artisans, designers and crafters offering unique selections for gifts. The market was conceived and designed to complement the Christmas Village in Philadelphia. The market opens Saturday, November 18, 2017, with special hours on Thanksgiving Day and extended hours on Black Friday, and closes Monday, January 1, 2018.


Join SEPTA and Center City District for Santa Express, with fun-filled holiday train rides and a festive parade to welcome Santa Claus to Dilworth Park at City Hall. Festivities will also include skating with Santa at the Rothman Ice Rink. Kick off the season on Friday, November 24, 2017, and spend the day in Philadelphia visiting the city’s boutiques on this shoppers’ holiday. Dilworth Park has convenient access to SEPTA’s Broad Street, Market-Frankford and Trolley Lines.

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