34 Holiday Events Around the Main Line
From Thanksgiving through Christmas and everything in between, a guide to the region’s festivities.
1. Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacular Light Show
Nov. 10 –Dec. 31
Featuring more than 50,000 festive lights set to classic Christmas music, this colorful display honors Benjamin Franklin. Family themed nights celebrating The Nutcracker, Frozen and Star Wars will take place every Friday night in November.
6th and Race streets, Philadelphia. Visit www.historicphiladelphia.org.
2. Hersheypark Christmas Candylane
Nov. 11 – Jan. 1
Hersheypark once again transforms into a Christmas-themed wonderland, complete with Holiday Coaster Rides.
100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey. Visit www.hersheypark.com
3. Christmas at Peddler’s Village
Nov. 11- Jan. 1
Twinkling lights adorn this Bucks County town, providing a delightful start to the holidays, as well as the chance to shop. Stop by on Nov. 18 for the village illumination celebration, which features a Light Parade and an appearance from Mrs. Claus. Guests will also have the chance to give her their wish list letters to Santa.
Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com.
4. Wintergarden at Dilworth Park
Nov. 11-Feb. 26
Dilworth Park will open its new outdoor feature, America’s Garden Capital Maze, created and inspired by a holiday garden theme featuring decorative lights, plants and trees. Those who complete the maze will have the chance to see a gazebo embellished with holiday decorations.
1 S. 15th St, Philadelphia. Visit ccdparks.org.
5. Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park
Nov. 11- Feb. 27
Pull out the cold-weather gear and head downtown to the ice rink at Dilworth Park. The park is open to all ages and private lessons are available.
1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia. Visit www.ccdparks.org.
6. Penn Museums Shop Special Savings Days
Nov. 15- 20 and Dec. 13-21
The Museum Shop at Penn Museum has a wide variety of unique gifts to choose from this November and December. Don’t miss your chance to get discounts on the variety of gifts including fair trade arts and crafts from around the world, jewelry, clothing, accessories and books.
3260 South St., Philadelphia. Visit www.penn.museum.
7. Tippler’s Tour: Yuletide Cheers & Beers
Nov. 17 – Dec. 29
On Thursdays throughout the season, join in on this weekly pub-crawl through historic Philadelphia.
Departing at Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market streets. Visit www.historicphiladelphia.org
8. A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place
Nov. 19 – Jan. 1
Sesame place will transform into a Christmas wonderland filled with twinkling lights, decorations, shopping, food and more. Families can see their favorite Sesame Street friends and take a train ride at the Sesame Place Furry Express.
100 Sesame Road, Langhorne. Visit www.sesameplace.com.
9. Christmasland at Linvilla
Nov. 19 – Dec. 23
This annual tradition includes cutting your own Christmas tree, shopping for decorations, and on Saturdays, a caroling hayride.
10. North Pole Express at New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
Nov. 19 – Dec. 31
Take a scenic train ride through Pennsylvania with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Christmas carolers. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided along the ride.
32 W. Bridge St., New Hope. Visit www.newhoperailroad.com.
11. Shadybrook Farms Holiday Light Show
Nov. 19 – Jan.8
Shadybrook Farms drive-through holiday light show is one of the most popular locations to see festive lights in Pennsylvania. With over three million lights, this farm provides the chance for visitors to warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and ride through the light show in the comfort of their car or on a tractor ride.
931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley. Visit www.shadybrookfarm.com.
12. Yuletide at Winterthur
Nov. 19 – Jan. 8
The historical H. F. du Pont house will embellish its rooms with tree displays and visitors can take a tour to see a variety of American Christmas vignettes and holiday decorations. A new doll mansion was added to the assortment of displays and will be decorated with wreaths, candles, trees and more.
5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Del. Visit www.winterthur.org.
13. Christmasvillage in Philadelphia
Nov. 24 – Dec. 24
Visit City Hall, the new location for downtown Philadelphia’s Christmasvillage, to get the chance to browse and shop local vendors.
1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia. Visit www.philachristmas.com.
14. Comcast Holiday Spectacular
Nov. 24 – Jan. 1
This 15-minute show showcases the city of Philadelphia on the enormous video wall in the Comcast lobby.
1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia. Visit www.corporate.comcast.com.
15. Longwood Gardens Christmas
Nov. 24 – Jan. 8
Longwood Gardens transforms its conservatory this season to feature a musical-inspired display in its indoor and outdoor gardens. An 18-foot Fraser fir will be embellished with garlands inside the music room. Outside, visitors can enjoy music and the half a million lights twinkling around the colorful fountain.
16. Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
Experience the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade as floats take to the 1.4-mile route traversing the city. Visitors will be able to enjoy music and performances during the 97th celebration.
20th and Market streets. Visit www.abclocal.go.com
17. Brandywine Christmas
Nov. 25 – Jan. 8
View the amazing 2,000 feet of track that the O-gauge model train runs over, the impressive Christmas tree display, antique dolls and more.
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford. Visit www.brandywine.org.
18. Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum
Nov. 25 – Dec. 31
The annual quarter-mile long display will delight all ages. Watch as cars make their way through the elaborate displays made of natural materials embellished with twinkling lights.
100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.morrisarboretum.org.
19. Macy’s Christmas Light Show
Nov. 25 – Dec. 31
Since 1956, this light show and the Wanamaker Organ Concert has been a tradition for families. The tall and expansive four-story building has shoppers stopping to take in the beauty of the twinkling lights and decorations floating from above. The third floor of the Center city story will transform into a 6,000 square-foot Dickens Village bringing Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to life.
1300 Market St., Philadelphia. Visit www.wanamakerorgan.com.
20. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Nov. 25 – March 5
Penn’s Landing will transform into an Olympic-sized skating rink for the winter, complete with entertainment, food and drinks. New this year to the family-friendly holiday tradition is the Confectionery Cabin, which will provide delicious treats including waffle sandwiches, s’mores, hot apple cider, coffee and a variety of seasonal ice cream.
101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. Visit www.delawareriverwaterfront.com.
21. Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad
Nov. 25 – Dec.31
Experience an array of foods and hand-made crafts this season at this popular market in downtown Philadelphia and get the chance to see the decorative 500-square-foot holiday railroad in the piano court.
51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia. Visit readingterminalmarket.org
22. Historic Chocolate Making Demonstration
See how women played an active role in the American Revolution. Get the chance to sample the chocolate drinks they made and learn about other patriotic beverages.
Betsey Ross House, 239 Arch St., Philadelphia. Visit historicphiladelphia.org
23. Holiday Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
Nov. 27 – Dec. 18
Enjoy a family-fun experience this winter by going on a carriage ride through the town of Kennett Square.
101 E. State St., Kennett Square. Visit www.historickennettsquare.com.
24. Concord Township Tree Lighting
Family and children can join Santa as he helps light the Concord Township tree.
25. Santa Comes to Town
Join Santa as he rides into town on a Bryn Mawr Fire Company truck to light the tree. Sing-a-long to Christmas carols, meet Mrs. Claus and enjoy light refreshments
26. Phoenixville’s Christmas Parade
This annual Phoenxiville Christmas Parade is followed by a tree lighting.
27. Old-Fashioned Christmas in West Chester
Celebrate the traditional West Chester parade that will be broadcasted live on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The 1-mile parade features marching bands from local schools. The weekend also includes a holiday home tour.
28. Christmas in Wayne, presented by PECO
The charming streets of downtown Wayne provide holiday fun throughout the weekend. Families and children can watch Santa’s parade and enjoy winter carriage rides, ornament decorating, face painting and more.
29. Zoo Noel at the Philadelphia Zoo
Get the chance to visit the winter wonderland at the Philadelphia Zoo during the first two weekends in December. The adventure offers visitors the chance to get their photo taken with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate and treats, and go on a scavenger hunt to see Santa replicas featured across the zoo.
3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.philadelphiazoo.org.
30. Narberth Dickens Festival
Thousands of people gather at the holiday festival in Narberth every year to see the town transform into 1840’s London for this Charles Dickens-themed event. Characters from A Christmas Carol will be featured and visitors can go on carriage rides, watch dancers and musicians, and more.
Downtown Narberth. Visit www.narberthonline.com.
31. Stag and Doe Nights
Dec. 7, 14, 21
Get some extra holiday shopping in while enjoying the quaint town of Chestnut Hill decked out for the holidays. Santa’s workshop, decorations and caroling are all part of the tradition.
Chestnut Hill. Visit www.chestnuthillpa.com.
32. National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum’s Holiday Open House
Walk along this historic site while singing Christmas carols, listen to the Lukens Band, see the embellished buildings, drink holiday refreshments and more.
50 S. First Ave., Coatesville. Visit www.steelmuseum.org.
33. Holiday Cookie Tin
Decorate cookie tins with chef Chiwishi Joy Abney this holiday season.
Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne. Visit www.wayneart.org.
Renowned chefs from 10 of Philadelphia’s most popular restaurants will be featured in this year’s event of the latke.
401 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Visit www.gershmany.org.