Some people use the winter cold as an excuse to bundle up and stay inside, but the truly adventurous know that December is the most fun time of the year, especially in Philadelphia. Though summertime beer gardens and free outdoor concerts may be a thing of the past, the fun doesn’t stop when the snow starts falling. Here’s a list of wintertime events to keep the good times going into the new year:
Macy’s Christmas Light Show
Until December 31
Since 1956, Macy’s in the Wanamaker Building has been treating children and adults alike to a charming free holiday light show. Stop by this department store to pick up last minute gifts and enjoy a Christmas spectacle featuring over 34,000 LED lights. For an excellent view, watch from the second floor balcony in the women’s clothing department. The show plays every two hours on the hour beginning at 10am.
Christmas Village at Love Park
Until December 28
The Christmas Village at Love Park brings the charm of old world Europe right to the heart of Philadelphia. Visit this pop-up village and you’ll find a winding maze of charming stalls featuring gift items like hand-knit sweaters, wind-up toys, and nutcrackers. Be sure to save up an appetite, as the Christmas Village features European food items like “bratwurst” and “lebkuchen”.
Until March 1
From the people who brought us the beloved Spruce Street Harbor Park, RiverRink Winterfest brings laid-back outdoor fun to the Philly winter party scene. Whether you love ice skating, or are just looking for a place to kick back with a beer, this outdoor winter attraction has something to offer for anyone. This winter retreat, located at Penn’s Landing, features ice skating, shopping, food, and drink.
Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park
Until February 22
Forget standing on the traffic median in the center of Broad Street for a view of City Hall. At the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, skaters can take a whiz around the ice in the shadow of one of Philadelphia’s most beautiful buildings. This small but charming ice rink offers skate rentals as well as a warming tent.
Franklin Square Holiday Light Show
Until December 31
Inspired by the creative sprit of Ben Franklin, the Franklin Square Holiday Light Show brings lively nighttime entertainment to one of Philly’s five historic squares. Featuring music from the Philly Pops and over 50,000 lights, this attraction is a great free place to soak up the holiday spirit with your family. Light shows run seven minutes and begin every 30 minutes between 4:30 and 8 pm.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Night of December 31
There’s no better way to end the holiday season than some New Year’s Eve Fireworks. This year’s celebration of 2015 will feature not one, but two different displays. Early birds can wave goodbye to 2014 with an early show beginning at 6pm. Party animals will enjoy a traditional midnight spectacle. Penn’s Landing is the traditional spot to watch the fireworks, so be sure to arrive early to get a good seat.
Fun doesn’t hibernate when snow comes to town in Philadelphia. Be sure to get out on the town to enjoy these wintertime activities before they melt away.