What's Open on Christmas Day in Philly: 19 Things to Do with Kids

Skate next to the Ferris wheel at Blue Cross RiverRink WinterFest. Photo by Danielle Smith
Skate next to the Ferris wheel at Blue Cross RiverRink WinterFest. Photo by Danielle Smith

For those that don’t celebrate the holiday or just find themselves getting restless once the gifts are unwrapped, we’ve rounded up what’s open on Christmas Day near Philly to get out of the house. Spectacular light shows, outdoor activities, and area restaurants are just some of the places open on Christmas Day for families to enjoy.

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Philadelphians will find hardly any stores open on Christmas, and yet, getting out on Christmas Day in Philly has its perks. The traffic is light, and spots that are normally crowded are virtually empty. If you’ve ever been greeted with a ticket on your windshield and wished the Philadelphia Parking Authority would take some time off, guess what? It does exactly that on Christmas. Parking isn’t all that’s free on our list, so keep reading to see what’s open on Christmas Day near you.

Note: Many venues have COVID-19 protocols requiring masking or proof of vaccination. Please check with individual venues before arrival to ensure compliance with necessary guidelines.

Places Open On Christmas Day Near Philly

1. Residential Light Displays––Multiple Locations

Head to South Philly for The Miracle on South 13th Street or the Smedley Street Christmas Spectacular. In the 'burbs, pay a visit to the West Chester Griswolds or Colonial Drive Lights.

2. Crayola Experience––Easton

It will be a "Colorful Christmas" at the Crayola Experience, which is open from 12pm–6pm. A themed adventure, story-telling snowman and tree friends, a life-sized snowglobe, and gift crafting await visitors. 

3. Disney on Ice––​Philadelphia

Let's Celebrate comes to the Wells Fargo Center and will feature 50 Disney characters—make Christmas Day extra magical with Mickey and Minnie as they remember 14 Disney tales.

4. Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show––Yardley

Shady Brook Farm's drive-thru Holiday Light Show is open from 5pm–10pm. Over 3 million lights make up this remarkable Bucks County display.

5. Outdoor Ice Skating––Philadelphia

Bring the kiddos ice skating at an outdoor rink. Both Blue Cross RiverRink and Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink are open with limited hours.

6. Deck the Hall Light Show––Philadelphia

Make your way to City Hall for this light show on the building's west facade which runs every 30 minutes. Before or after the show, take in the greenery next door at Wintergarden.

7. A Longwood Christmas––Kennett Square

Tour Longwood Gardens' beautiful Christmas displays which include an Open Air Theatre Fountain Show, Garden Railway, Organ Sing-a-longs, and a half-million decorative lights.

Koziar's Christmas village is nationally renowned. Photo courtesy of Koziar's

8. Koziar's Christmas Village––Bernville

Take a ride to Koziar's Christmas Village to see the spectacular light attraction, train displays, and Winter Wonderland showcase.

9. Festival of Lights––Media

From 5pm–10pm, visitors can stroll through the glimmering walkways to view the peaceful beauty of this annual light display.

10. Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular––Oaks

Not only is this light show, ice rink, and winter village open on Christmas, but kids' admission is half-price online.

11. Magical Fantasy––Philadelphia

If you haven't seen this ultra-bright, castle-like art installation at the Navy Yard yet, check it out on Christmas Day when crowding is unlikely.

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Big Bird and company help celebrate the holidays at A Very Furry Christmas. Photo courtesy of Mommy Poppins

12. A Very Furry Christmas––​Langhorne

Come out for a few hours with your favorite furry friends, all decked out for the holidays. Don't miss the 1-2-3 Christmas Tree Show, sing-a-long, "Elmo's Christmas Wish", a visit with Santa in his Furry Workshop, and much more.

13. Adventure Aquarium––Camden, NJ

Scuba Santa swims back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve, but the aquarium and the rest of its sea life are open on Christmas Day from 11am-3pm.

14. Washington Crossing the Delaware––​Washington Crossing

Witness the reenactment of George Washington's historic crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day, 1776 at Washington Crossing Historic Park.

15. Holiday Lights at Fairhill Park––Philadelphia

5 acres of glowing lights illuminate Historic Fair Hill Park through Christmas. Plan for a peaceful evening stroll and the warmth of a crackling fire to beat chilly temps.

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A glowing angel is part of the display at Herr's Snack Factory. Photo courtesy of Herr's

16. Herr's Snack Factory Christmas Lights––Nottingham

Load up the car and drive through the Herr's Snack Factory property to view the twinkling lights on display from dusk until dawn.

17. The Comcast Holiday Spectacular––Philadelphia

Stroll through the city and make time for this Philly favorite tradition that brings the magic of the holidays to life at the top of the hour from 10am–8pm.

18. Area Restaurants––Multiple Locations

Treat the family to breakfast, brunch, or dinner out at one of these family-friendly establishments in the Philadelphia area. 

19. Local Movie Theaters––​Multiple Locations

Visiting the movie theater is often a go-to choice when it comes to things to do on Christmas Day. Some great family options right now include Sing 2, Encanto, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. 

This article has been updated for 2021 by Corrie Stango.

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