Holidays in Philly

Merry South Philly window boxes to restore and revive your holiday cheer

A photo tour of rowhomes decked out for the season.

Bouvier Street near Oregon Avenue

Bouvier Street near Oregon Avenue

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If you’re suffering from quarantine boredom syndrome, of which one symptom is a significant dearth in holiday cheer, consider traipsing through any neighborhood south of Washington Avenue.

South Philadelphia window boxes from Pennsport to Point Breeze are swirling with fake snow, tiny elves and tinsel.

Plastic icicles drip from porch awnings, and some houses have turned into entire scenes from seasonal classics like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” You don’t even have to fret about the early darkness, since so many houses are decked out with twinkle lights and reflective tinsel.

Philly residents treat their rowhome windows almost like personal billboards. They get crafty and creative, using them as canvases to spread all kinds of messaging.

Early in the pandemic, scavenger hunt rainbows and essential worker thank-yous proliferated around town. During the election, windows boasted “lawn” signs for political candidates. And as soon as Thanksgiving ended, they became people’s own private snow globes.

Peep our journey through South Philly’s holiday window boxes. If you decide to take a stroll yourself, let us know how it goes.

South Philly’s holiday window boxes

Fitzgerald Street

Fitzgerald Street

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 Where to go if you want to do a live-action TikTok remake of The Grinch.

West Oregon Avenue

West Oregon Avenue

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It’s like Franklin Square and the Delaware Waterfront and the Zoo Balloon all in one.

Wolf Street

Wolf Street

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Why let any section of the window be without decor?

South 8th Street

South 8th Street

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Some classy reindeer gathering at a pine tree, as they do.

Fitzgerald Street

Fitzgerald Street

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Candyland, meet Christmastime.

Wolf Street

Wolf Street

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Got elves watching the whole block for naughty/nice behavior.

South 17th Street

South 17th Street

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Icicles dripping from just about every surface.

South Camac Street

South Camac Street

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House, snowman and Santa not to scale.

South 8th Street

South 8th Street

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Polar bear sleigh? Why not.

South 13th Street

South 13th Street

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Joy for a good cause! The Flying Dutchman Foundation is a Mummers group that marches for autism awareness.

South 11th Street

South 11th Street

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A tree trimmed with lights and presents.

 

South 11th Street

South 11th Street

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Reindeer stretching before their global commute.

South 10th Street

South 10th Street

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Are the elves trapped in there? If so, they probably get plenty of treats.

Maria Mantelone on West Oregon Avenue said her holiday window is a work in progress

Maria Mantelone on West Oregon Avenue said her holiday window is a work in progress

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A work in progress, per its creator.

South 17th Street

South 17th Street

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Some representation for the traditional decor lovers.

West Oregon Avenue

West Oregon Avenue

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Where to go if you forget how many days left till Christmas.

South 18th Street

South 18th Street

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A holiday arch perfect for the ‘gram.

South 22nd Street

South 22nd Street

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Fenced-in porch, Decorating 101.

South Chadwick Street

South Chadwick Street

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Sleek, very sleek.

South 17th Street

South 17th Street

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Santa HQ! Check out that North Pole igloo.

South 17th Street

South 17th Street

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Never enough wreaths or boughs.

Wolf Street

Wolf Street

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Green bulb porch light is obligatory.

South 11th Street

South 11th Street

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A 3D Merry Christmas sign and presents falling from the window, 10/10.

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