Holiday Season Philly Style: Events Around The City This Holiday Season

The 2013 Holiday Season is officially in full swing, and with it comes a treasure trove of events for the family to enjoy. From shopping to tree lighting ceremonies and all in between, Philly’s Holiday Season promises not to disappoint. Here are a list of events taking place so far throughout the month of December:(this list is subject to change and updates)

The Shops at Liberty Place Holiday Tree Lighting– Join The Shops at Liberty Place for their annual tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday December 3rd from 6-8pm. Performances by The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus and The Philadelphia Dance Academy.

The City of Philadelphia Tree Lighting Ceremony-Head over to Love Park on Wednesday December 4th from 5-6pm for the annual tree lighting ceremony celebrating the official kickoff of Philly’s holiday season. Featuring performances and entertainments by various groups.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show– Head to Macy’s inside the historical Wanamaker Building for the annual Christmas light show which is ongoing until December 31st. Visit here for the official schedule

Christmas Glogg Party– Join The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce at The Racquet Club on Thursday December 6th from 6:30-9:30pm for their annual Glogg Party. For ticket info visit here

Aversa PR Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting After Party– Join Aversa PR in East Passyunk on Thursday December 5th for the East Passyunk tree lighting ceremony at The Singing Fountain from 5-7 and then hit up Aversa PR from 7-9 for the official after party. For more info visit

Nutcracker Market Preview Party– Join the Pennsylvania Ballet on Friday December 6th at the Kimmel Center to enjoy shopping at various vendors as well as face panting, raffles, and more. For more info visit here

Handmade In Philadelphia 6th Annual Holiday Exhibition & Sale– Shop with local Philadelphia vendors selling a variety of artwork, ceramic goods and other one of a kind gifts. Open Friday December 6th 5-7pm and Saturday December 7th 10am-4pm

Holiday Bazaar at Northwestern Stables– Visit Northwester Stables on Saturday December 7th from 10am-4pm for a day of photos with Santa, shopping with various vendors, tasty treats and more.

Annual Christmas Festival at Peddler’s Village– Join Santa & Mrs. Claus on Saturday December 7th and Sunday December 8th for the annual Christmas Parade and a host of other delightful goodies.

South Street Headhouse District Winter Wonderland & Tree Lighting– On Sunday December 8th enjoy an afternoon of fun filled holiday festivities in the historic Headhouse Square that include performances by Philadelphia Dance Academy & society Hill Dance Academy.

Spirits & Suds with Santa on East Passyunk– Visit bars on east Passyunk December 11th for an evening of awesomely delicious drink specials. For more info visit here

Smith’s Winter Wonderland Presented by PECO– Fun for the kiddies at Smith Memorial Playground on December 14th. Includes an ice carving demonstration, a hot cocoa bar, and more for more information visitsmithplayground.ticketleap

Diamonds In The Rough Holiday Party– Whisper Lounger 9pm December 14th -2am December 15th. For more info visit here

Hope Chest Holiday Soiree– Join Hope Chest from 6-9pm on December 18th for a night of holiday shopping and mingling at their store located in Rittenhouse. For more info visit hopechest

MatzoBall 2013– The city’s hottest holiday party; at G Lounge on Christmas Eve. Doors open at 9pm and close at 4am. For more info visit here

Kwanzaa Celebration– Visit the African American Museum on December 28th for the annual celebration of Kwanzaa, commemorating African Culture and the seven principles of the festival.

Waterfront Winterfest– Visit the Blue Cross River Rink from now until January 5th for Waterfront Winterfest. Includes Art Star Holiday Market and The Lodge. For more info visit

Skate at The Piazza– From now until February 23rd 2014 enjoy ice skating at The Piazza at Schmidt’s. For more info visit


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