Twinkling lights, colorful tights and sweet treats! Everyone and anyone should be looking forward to the upcoming holidays this year; and with Christmas and New Year’s Eve just around the corner, the loving city of Philadelphia is doing more than enough to keep with its grand holiday traditions.
From luxurious mansion tours to delicious and delectable gingerbread house displays, holidays in Philadelphia haven’t been more vibrant and inviting.
Residents and tourists enjoying festivities can delight in hopps with a little extra cheer this year with warm comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages in Ben’s Bites & Brews. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be the spark of the Gingerbread House Display event, taking place in the Rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place on Monday, November 10th.
The Franklin Square Holiday Festival stands to hold no punches this 2014 holiday season featuring a bigger and brighter ‘Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show’. The festival is introducing a new imaginative Winter Beer Garden this year along with a holiday shopping market with a select group of local artists. Food Truck Fridays, Santa Saturdays, Kids’ Craftivity Hours, and the dashing Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around Franklin Square are just a few of the many elaborately new and expanded attractions one could look forward to if planning to attend.
And when you’re feeling a bit more fancy, indulge in elegance during Fairmount Park’s historic mansions annual Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Holiday Tours. This liberating sightseeing experience showcases these stunning landmarks dressed to the 9’s in festive décor with estates including Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion and Lemon Hill. Tours will be given December 3 – 30, 2014. The houses will host Holiday Open Houses, Fairmount Park Holly Trolley, and a variety of special events and tours.
Get excited and head out to experience all of the love Philadelphia has to give this winter. You might’ve just stumbled upon a new holiday tradition of your own. Save the date!
For more information, (215) 629-4026 or visit www.historicphiladelphia.org or
buy tickets in person at the Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut Streets. Follow Franklin Square
at twitter.com/FranklinSqr or on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/FranklinSquare.
Franklin Square is located in Historic Philadelphia at 6th & Race Streets. Franklin Square hours
are November 13 – December 31, 10 am – 8 pm, daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). All
hours are weather permitting. Discounted parking for Franklin Square is available at the Philadelphia
Parking Authority lot under the Independence Visitor Center, with entrances on 5th & 6th Streets between
Arch & Market Streets. A wonderful addition for guest ease is the new PHLASH Holiday Evening
Loop to quickly and conveniently arrive at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival from other Philadelphia
holiday attractions. The Franklin Square stop is on 7th Street, just across the street from the Square.
Buses run every 15 minutes. $2 per ride, $5 all day ticket. Daily, November 28 – December 28, 6 – 10
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