Holidays in Philly

Local gifts, mummers and cheap costumes: How to do the holidays right in Philly

Do you know where you can chop down a Christmas tree near Philly? How ’bout which local bars are serving Mad Elf and where to shop for gifts without breaking the bank? Use this guide to figure out where to shop and what to eat during the holidays in Philly. Bonus: Photos of crazy decorations.

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First-ever Kwanzaa celebration at Boathouse Row

Boathouse Row will light up for Kwanzaa for the first time ever. MLK Drive will be closed to traffic between Eakins Oval and Sweet Briar Drive at 5 p.m., and a drum line procession from Paine’s Park to the Fish Ladder will begin soon after. 

Where: Boathouse Row at Fairmount Fish Ladder, Schuylkill River Trail, 19131

When: December 26, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Kwanza Week celebration

In honor of Pennsylvania's Kwanza Week resolution, celebrate the African American holiday with cultural presentations and performances by local artists.

Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia at 701 Arch St. 19106

When: December 30, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Marconi Plaza’s first-ever tree lighting

Take part in what's expected to become an annual tradition at Marconi Plaza. Meet at the west side of Broad Street near the Columbus statue and bring an ornament to hang on the tree.

Where: Marconi Plaza at Marconi Plaza 19148

When: December 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

How much: Free


North Fifth Street Winter Festival

Carolers, hot chocolate, gifts and trolley rides will get you in the holiday spirit at this annual celebration in Olney. Santa will be there, too!

Where: La Caleñita Bakery at 5034 N. Fifth St. 19120

When: December 16, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Holiday pop-up shop at a historic Society Hill house

The Hill-Keith-Physick House has been gorgeously restored, and this is a chance to explore the historically accurate rooms while getting some holiday shopping done. Expect handmade arts, crafts and jewelry for sale, plus hands-on workshops to make your own presents. Happy hour drinks and food are available to buy while you browse.

Where: Hill-Keith-Physick House at 321 S. 4th St., 19106

When: December 15, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Hanukkah celebration on Boathouse Row

What better way to celebrate the Festival of Lights than to light up Boathouse Row? The iconic houses will glow white and blue in the shape of a menorah from Dec. 12 - Dec. 19, and the week begins with traditional songs and prayers at the Fairmount Fish Ladder.

Where: Boathouse Row at 1 Boathouse Row, 19130

When: December 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

How much: Free