10 Must-Do Holiday Experiences in the Philadelphia Area

Make memories this holiday season in the Philadelphia area
Photo courtesy of Longwood Gardens

‘Tis the season! Besides meeting Santa and find the perfect Christmas gift, max out on memories at these local events. We’ve included a mix of indoor and outdoor events, and rest assured that the outdoor events will come equipped with hot cocoa and other warm treats. With only six weeks until Christmas, it's time to start planning for days of fun with these must-do holiday experiences. 

A Longwood Christmas- Kennett Square
Celebrate the holidays with Longwood Gardens’ French-inspired holiday display at A Longwood Christmas. On display from November 23, 2017 through January 7, 2018, visitors can walk through the gardens to see the wreaths, fancy flowers, and more than 50 ornament-trimmed trees. The exhibits are both indoors and outdoors. Don’t miss the colorful fountains, holiday music, carolers, and half-million lights. Parking is free, but gets crowded early.

 Photo courtesy of Koziar's Christmas Village

Koziar’s Christmas Village- Bernville
Celebrating 70 years, Koziar’s Christmas Village draws visitors from near and far, open until January 1, 2018. More than one million Christmas lights adorn buildings and barns. The Winter Wonderland tour includes glass building displays, Santa’s post office, an old-fashioned bakery shop, and more. Visitors love the indoor and outdoor train displays. Guests can also enjoy freshly baked cookies and other treats in the country kitchen. The village is also open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Celebration- Camden, NJ
You’ve seen Santa in the mall, but have you seen him under water? Scuba Santa will be at the Adventure Aquarium from December 2 through 30, 2017. New this year, see sharks swim among the world’s tallest underwater Christmas Tree in Shark Realm. Kids can also listen to an elf share the story of Scuba Santa, and attend the “I Believe in Scuba Santa” live show. Scuba Santa also stops for underwater selfies with kids at the Ocean Realm Panoramic Window.

 Photo courtesy of Sesame Place

A Very Furry Christmas- Langhorne
Join Bert and Ernie and sing along to the music and light show at the 1-2-3 Christmas Tree. Enjoy a train ride tour through the Twiddlebugs’ Gingerbread Cookie Factory on the Sesame Place Furry Express. Get your groove on during the Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade. You can also meet Lightning, the adorable reindeer from the movie Elmo Saves Christmas. New this year, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will be available for photos with guests. The event takes place on select dates from November 18 through December 31, 2017.

Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm- Yardley
Take a look at more than 3 million lights as you drive through Shady Brook Farm’s light show in your own car. Weather permitting, open-air wagon rides are available (make sure you buy some hot chocolate before the ride!). The two mile train takes about 20 minutes to drive through. Afterward, purchase a s’mores kit and cook them at the bonfire. The show is open nightly from November 18, 2017 to January 7, 2018.

 Photo courtesy of Hersheypark

Hersheypark- Hershey
Enjoy Christmas Candylane at Hersheypark, open select dates through January 1, 2018. The whole family can head out on more than 50 rides, including six coasters. For the first time during Christmas Candylane, guests can enjoy Hershey Triple Tower and Sidewinder. You can enjoy more than four million lights while you walk through and check out the live entertainment. Also, Santa and all nine of his “reindeer” stop by for you to meet.

Christmas Spectacular by the Philly POPS!- Philadelphia
Get the family dressed up and head to the Kimmel Center for a fun, fancy night out. A Philly Pops Christmas features many of the most well-known holiday songs. The POPS have lobby entertainment, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, before and after the show. The 10-show run begins on December 2, 2017. With 300 performers on stage and a special musical version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, your family will be singing the whole ride home. 

 Photo courtesy of Linvilla Orchards

Christmas Around the Farm- Media
Linvilla Orchards is transforms into a Winter Wonderland featuring Santa and his elves, handmade wreaths, and plenty of poinsettias. More than 40,000 Christmas trees are planted on the farm. You can cut your own tree from November 19 through December 23, 2017. Explore the market, where you can enjoy holiday treats, decorations, toys, and collectibles. Santa is available every Saturday and Sunday in December. Sunday evenings feature caroling hayrides and a sea of poinsettias. Shop an enormous selection of timeless holiday decorations, children’s toys, and collectibles you won't find anywhere else!

 Photo courtesy of Christmas Village

Christmas Village- Philadelphia
Running from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, LOVE Park will be transformed to an authentic German Christmas Market. Bring the whole family to the outdoor holiday market event, featuring more than 80 wooden booths of food, sweets, and drinks. Kids can enjoy story time every Wednesday at 11 AM.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest- Philadelphia
Get your skates ready, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is opening on November 24, 2017. Philadelphia’s largest outdoor ice skating rink turns into a winter wonderland every holiday season. Open through March 4, the seasonal winter park features a tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin, and the Kids' Lodge with arcade games.

 Photo courtesy of the Delaware River Waterfront

Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
19348 Kennett Square , PA
Phone: 610-388-1000
39° 52' 16.2804" N, 75° 40' 30.558" W
Koziar’s Christmas Village
782 Christmas Village Rd
19506 Bernville , PA
Phone: 610-488-1110
40° 25' 10.326" N, 76° 8' 33.4032" W
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road Langhorne, PA
19047 Langhorne , PA
Phone: 215-702-3566
40° 11' 3.2136" N, 74° 52' 18.6132" W
100 W. Hersheypark Drive
17033 Hershey , PA
Phone: 717-534-3900
40° 17' 24.702" N, 76° 39' 18.7056" W
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Rd
19067 Yardley , PA
Phone: 215-968-1670
40° 13' 38.316" N, 74° 53' 10.3488" W
Linvilla Orchards
137 Knowlton Rd
19063 Media , PA
Phone: 610-876-7116
39° 53' 4.506" N, 75° 24' 44.9496" W
Christmas Spectacular by the Philly POPS!
300 South Broad Street
19102 Philadelphia , PA
Phone: 215-893-1999
39° 56' 48.21" N, 75° 9' 54.7812" W
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
08103 Camden , NJ
Phone: 844-474-3474
39° 56' 38.724" N, 75° 7' 50.3616" W
New Jersey
Christmas Village
1501 John F Kennedy Blvd
19102 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 13.1328" N, 75° 9' 54.3492" W
101 South Columbus Blvd
19106 Philadelphia , PA
Phone: 215-925-7465
39° 56' 50.82" N, 75° 8' 22.3368" W