Christmastime in Philadelphia


The Christmas season is in full swing in Philadelphia. There is so much to do downtown to get in the Christmas spirit. Instead of spending Black Friday shopping (which we ended up doing Thanksgiving evening), we ventured into the city to explore the festivities.

A favorite tradition for many Philadelphians is the Macy’s Christmas Light Show. It’s about 10-15 minutes and recaps everything from “Frosty the Snowman” to “The Nutcracker” to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. Black Friday was probably not the BEST time to go, but it was fun nonetheless.

Our timing worked perfect, and we were able to see the 12PM show. Insider tip – go at 12PM and they play the organ at the end! That organ is the largest organ in the world and is definitely worth fighting the crowds to hear.


After the Light Show, we had lunch at Nomad Roman just a couple blocks away. Kyle & I absolutely LOVE the Spicy Sorpressata pizza (drizzled with honey).


It’s amazing how quickly the city has gotten into the Christmas spirit!



We wandered into Reading Terminal, a favorite of Kyle’s parents. It was bustling with excitement and very hungry people taking a break from all the shopping. One of the best things about Reading Terminal in the winter is that it’s HEATED. It was a nice break from the cold, and a chance to check out all the shops & people watch.


And get homemade donuts from the Amish. Nothing compares I’ll tell you that.



Another must do is a trip to the Christmas Village. Located in JFK Plaza by the LOVE Statue, with a perfect view of the Museum of Art, the Christmas Village makes you feel like you’re in Germany. With nutcrackers, pretzels, beer & crafts, it’s a great place to wander and spend an hour or so.








What is your favorite Christmas activity in your hometown? Any one in Philly have better recommendations??

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