The holiday season has officially arrived. Everywhere you look, folks are decorating their houses, the air is getting colder, hats and mittens have come out of hiding, and the scent of evergreens are in the air! This month is full of holiday shows as well as breakfast, photos, and even train rides with Santa, and more. Have fun and enjoy a happy and warm holiday season!
Be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter to see our weekly roundups of events as well!
1. Lucia Fest and Christmas Market- Philadelphia
December 1, 2018
Held at the American Swedish Historical Museum, Lucia Fest is a family friendly festival complete with Lucia processions occurring both at 1 PM and 3:15 PM. In addition, the Christmas market offers holiday deli items, decorations, and gifts. Don't forget to pick up sweet treats at the Swedish Christmas Cafe and the bakery tables.
2. Franklin Square Holiday Festival - Philadelphia
Daily, through December 31, 2018 (closed on Christmas Day)
Historic Philadelphia is ready for the holidays with this annual Philadelphia tradition. Bring the entire family to watch the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show throughout the season.
3. Gingerbread Competition & Display - Lahaska
Daily, through January 5, 2019 (closed on Christmas Day)
View the delightful and whimsical display of gingerbread houses at Peddler's Village. This Gingerbread Competition and Display offers cash prizes in categories ranging from traditional to authentic reproduction of a significant building.
4. Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical - Philadelphia
Daily, through January 6, 2019 (closed on Christmas Day)
Based on the Roald Dahl novel, Matilda the Musical at Walnut Street Theatre is the inspiring story of an extraordinary little girl with an unbounded imagination and incredible courage. She proves that despite the odds, you can do anything you put your mind to—and change your destiny. Packed with high-energy dance and catchy songs, children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by this captivating musical.
5. BlueCross RiverRink Winterfest - Philadelphia
Daily through March 3, 2019
Grab your coat, gloves, and hat and head to the Blue Cross RiverRink's Winterfest as the rink is transformed into a winter wonderland. Guests can expect ice skating, outdoor seating with fire pits, warm cabins, arcade games, and plenty of delicious food and beverages.
6. Narberth Dickins Festival - Narberth
December 2, 2018
The quaint town of Narberth is transformed into the 1840's London as Ebeneezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the cast of characters from A Christmas Carol wander the streets for the afternoon. Children enjoy the popular scavenger hunt featuring a Dickens theme. Horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday crafts, carolers, period vendors and food, dancers, musicians, ballet performances, puppet shows, magicians, puppeteers, and ice sculptors await families at this annual celebration.
7. Hanukkah Story Time - King of Prussia
December 2, 2018
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with friends at the Upper Merion Township Library. This special storytime is to be held in the Little Theatre. It is important to note that guests must register online to participate in this event.
8. Car Menorah Parade - Cherry Hill, NJ
December 2, 2018
Chabad of Camden and Burlington Counties hosts this unique South Jersey celebration of the Festival of Lights, where the fire and police departments will lead a parade of menorah-adorned cars. The parade leaves the Chabad Center at 4 p.m. and arrives at the Barclay Shopping Center at 4:45 p.m., where there will be a community candle lighting and a gelt drop. Latkes and donuts will be served.
9. Seaport Parade of Lights - Philadelphia
December 8, 2018
The Seaport Parade of Lights is a lighted boat parade on the Delaware River featuring tugboats, working vessels and pleasure boats all ornamented with festive, twinkling holiday lights and decorations. The parade is set to begin at 5:30 PM. The best seats overlooking the Delaware River are from the 2nd floor balcony at the museum. While waiting for the parade to start, visitors to the museum can enjoy holiday festivities and entertainment from 11 AM - 5 PM.
10. Philadelphia Orchestra Christmas Kids' Spectacular - Philadelphia
December 15, 2018
Get into the holiday spirit with a little help from the Philadelphia Orchestra. Audiences can hear the sleigh bells jingle and the trumpets sound as well as listen to classics like Sleigh Ride. Special visitors from the North Pole may make an appearance. Have you been naughty or nice?, and more.
11. Yuletide Brunch with Santa at Winterthur - Winterthur, DE
Daily, December 15-23, 2018
The most popular elf from the North Pole, Santa Claus, is visiting Winterthur for this delicious Yuletide brunch. Santa appears from 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM. Reservations are required and children's tickets are 50% off.
12. Peeps Fest- Bethlehem
December 30-31, 2018
Celebrate your favorite marshmallow treat at Peeps Fest at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Enjoy live music, arts and crafts, photos with the Peeps chick, and more.
13. New Year's Eve in Kennett Square- Kennett Square
December 31, 2018
Ring in the New Year in Kennett Square with live music, food, and activities until 8 PM, then watch the raising and lighting of the Mushroom!
14. Kids' New Years Eve Countdown - Philadelphia
December 31, 2018
2018 is almost in the history books but only after this exciting celebration! Guests can enjoy music and crafts beginning before the Square Drop from atop SquareBurger at 6 PM and Sugar House New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, viewable from the Square. The indoor Franklin Square Pavilion hosts a Kids’ Dance Party until 8 PM for the final Electrical Spectacle of 2018.