Holidays in Philly

Philly holiday photo bucket list: 14 selfies you have to take

The trees, the menorah, the outlandish decorations

City Hall Christmas tree

City Hall Christmas tree

Sydney Schaefer / Billy Penn

Peak holiday has arrived in Philadelphia: Hanukkah is here. Christmas and Kwanzaa are less than two weeks out. Plus it snowed!

So we’re here with an activity for the season. Consider it a guide, bucket list, a challenge, to-do list. These are the places you should be, the stuff to see, and the photos and selfies you need to take to experience the best of what Philadelphia has to offer this time of the year.

1700 Addison

Good news: This year they’re even brighter than normal.


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A neighborhood Christmas tree

Fishtown, Manayunk, North Central, East Passyunk… so many neighborhoods have ornate trees. Don’t forget the one outside City Hall, too.

Tree Lighting with my loves

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#waitingforsantapaws #merrychristmas 🐾🎄🐾

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Art Museum Christmas tree

From below or atop the steps.

Ben Franklin Bridge with holiday lighting

As we get closer to Christmas, the lighting turns green and red.

Flickr via Larry Donoso

Boathouse Row

Colors change for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

Denise’s holiday pound cake

This bakery at 22nd and Cambira has some of the best baked goods in the city. Can’t get there? There are plenty of other tasty photo options around the city. 

These gorgeous treats are made of pound cake

These gorgeous treats are made of pound cake

Anna Orso/Billy Penn

Giant inflatable of your choice

They’re everywhere. Find the weirdest.

Gang’s all here #christmas #fishtown #moreismore

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Ice skating … anywhere

Dilworth Park and the RiverRink both have impressive seasonal rinks, but the city also has five rinks where you can skate for free.

conquered the ice today #philadelphia #iceskating ⛸💙

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Miracle on 13th Street

You never know what you’ll find in South Philly. Or who.

Christmas Cheer #christmaslights #miracleon13thstreet #whyilovephilly #igersphilly

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Phanatic santa

Catch him at a Phillies community event if you can.

Rittenhouse menorah

This year’s lighting is scheduled for Sunday.

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SEPTA’s holiday buses and trolleys

#septa_social #septa

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Smedley Street Lights

One of a few classic displays in deep South Philly.

The twins meeting Santa! #twinningiswinning #smedleystreet

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Greeby Street

Nearly all the houses on this Tacony block spend weeks prepping for Christmas. Santa stops by every year.