Best of December: 22 Top Things To Do in Philly with Kids

The Night before Christmas Train Coach on the Stausburg Rail Road recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve. Photo courtesy of the Rail Road
The Night before Christmas Train Coach on the Stausburg Rail Road recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve. Photo courtesy of the Rail Road

Christmas lights and holiday activities are back this December, and that's just the beginning of things to do in Philadelphia as the holiday season kicks into high gear. Don't miss our favorite kid-friendly events and activities in Philly this month.

Philadelphia is not just a city of delicious cuisine and crushing culture; it's also home to some truly spectacular holiday light displays! Take your family out for an evening stroll through the neighborhoods this month, from the The Miracle on South 13th Street to the Smedley Street Christmas Lights Spectacular, to the delightfully over-the-top West Chester Griswolds in the 'burbs. Head down to the nearest holiday parade, like the Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade where you can watch balloons and bands marching to City Hall. Glide on over to Flight on Ice, Delco's pop-up ice rink, or stop by for a skate at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Don't miss the epic Frozen-Encanto mash-up when Disney on Ice descends on Philly at the end of the month, and before we say goodbye to 2022 forever, grab the kids and enjoy fireworks at Sesame Place to send the year off with a bang.

For more ways to keep the season merry and bright, check out our Holiday Bucket ListChristmas lights, ice skating, volunteering opportunities, and more, which can all be found in our Guide to Holiday Events and Christmas Activities.

We’re adding more events to our family activity calendar daily, so don’t forget to check it frequently. Get our picks for every weekend in your inbox—sign up for our newsletters.

 

 

Places featured in this article:


American Helicopter Museum & Education Center

Strasburg Rail Road

American Heritage Credit Union Campus

Miracle on South 13th Street

Smedley Street Christmas Light Spectacular
Eagles Pep Rally at the Comcast Center
Comcast Center - 12:00 PM Pick
Leaders and Legends of Philadelphia: Black History Month Exhibit
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse - various times Pick
Black History Month at the National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center - various times Pick
Wintergarden
Dilworth Park - 9:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides