Sharpen your skates, mask up, and hit the ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
Sharpen your skates, mask up, and hit the ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Best Holiday and Christmas Events Near Philadelphia in 2020

When the most wonderful time of the year arrives, it helps if Philly parents are ready with ideas to celebrate with their kids. Of course, the holidays bring twinkling lights, mesmerizing train gardens, and a jolly old elf from the North Pole. But this year is unique as we adapt our traditions in the COVID era.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite must-do events, plus some new ones, that are being held in-person and are sure to make your holidays memorable.

For additional seasonal fun, review our Philadelphia Holiday Guide, which includes our recently updated post on the best Polar Express winter train rides in the area.

While we are trying to promote safe activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, keep your family and others safe by wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.

Places featured in this article:


Dilworth Park
upcoming events
(Tue Mar 23, 2021 - Tue Apr 13, 2021) Storytime in the Wintergarden
(Sat Mar 6, 2021 - Sat Apr 17, 2021) Family Saturdays

Franklin Square
upcoming events
(Fri Mar 19, 2021 - Sun Apr 18, 2021) Spring into Philly Mini Golf

Kimmel Center - Verizon Hall
upcoming events
(Fri Dec 3, 2021 - Sat Dec 18, 2021) A Philly POPS Christmas

Brandywine River Museum
upcoming events
(Thu Mar 18, 2021 - Thu Apr 29, 2021) Virtual Children's Read Aloud

Peddler's Village
upcoming events
(Mon Mar 22, 2021 - Sat Apr 17, 2021) PEEPS in the Village
(Sat May 15, 2021 - Sun May 16, 2021) Strawberry Festival

Longwood Gardens
upcoming events
(Sat Mar 27, 2021 - Sun May 2, 2021) Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens
Celebrating Earth Day
Temple University- Ambler Campus - various times Pick
Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens
Longwood Gardens - 9:00 AM
Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age
The Philadelphia Zoo - 9:30 AM
Spring Break at the Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution - 10:00 AM
Spring Break at the Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
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