Best Holiday and Christmas Events Near Philadelphia in 2021

Sharpen your skates, mask up, and hit the ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Photo courtesy of Delaware River Waterfront
Sharpen your skates, mask up, and hit the ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Photo courtesy of Delaware River Waterfront

When the most wonderful time of the year arrives, in-the-know Philly parents appreciate a long list of ideas to celebrate with kids. November marks the arrival of twinkling lights, mesmerizing train gardens, and a jolly old elf from the North Pole. And following the 2020 holiday season, Philadelphia is seriously overdue for some fun Christmas activities to keep every kid on the nice list.

With that in mind, we've rounded up our favorite must-do holiday and Christmas events in Philly, including some new additions to the calendar, that are sure to make the season memorable.

For additional seasonal fun, review our Philadelphia Holiday Guide, which includes the best Polar Express winter train rides in the area and a preview of the brand new holiday light experience, Tinseltown.

Our goal is to promote safe activities for our readers. Please be aware as COVID regulations are modified during the winter months, guests should check directly with venues for the latest updates on mask wearing and social distancing protocols. 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:


Kimmel Center - Verizon Hall

American Swedish Historical Museum

Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Story Art: Parkway Pals Program
Sister Cities Park - 10:30 AM Pick
Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink
Dilworth Park - various times Pick
Let's Learn Circuits
Zoom - Online - 9:30 AM
Investigation Station: Parkway Pals Program
Sister Cities Park - 10:30 AM
5th Birthday Celebration at LEGOLAND®
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides