Spectators are welcomed back to this year's Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo courtesy of the parade
Spectators are welcomed back to this year's Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo courtesy of the parade

Thanksgiving Weekend Things to Do in Philly with Kids: Parade, Grand Illumination

Looking for the best things to do in Philly this Thanksgiving weekend? We're grateful for these family-friendly activities and events to add to your holiday plans.

Celebrate turkey day by watching the 6abc 'Dunkin Thanksgiving Day Parade in person or on TV, then get in some family exercise at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. More light displays arrive this weekend to brighten spirits, including Herr's Snack Factory, Macy's Center City Holiday Traditions, Tinseltown, and the American Heritage Grand Illumination Kickoff. Franklin Frost is a new kid-friendly winter experience this year at the Franklin Institute bringing S.T.E.A.M.-powered fun to the holidays. To close out November, mark Hanukkah at the Sesame Place Hanukkah Celebration or the Old City Menorah Lighting.

Don't miss our preview of Delco's new ice rink and winter village, and check out cost-free holiday fun on our list of 25 Free Holiday and Christmas Events. Find all the must-do activities of the season on our rundown of the Best Holiday and Christmas Events, and check out the Best Things to Do in Philly in November with Kids. However you spend your holiday weekend, the team at Mommy Poppins Philadelphia wishes you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!

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Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Miracle on South 13th Street

Smedley Street Christmas Light Spectacular

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network

Family Service Association of Bucks County

United Way of Bucks County

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

French Creek State Park

Winterfest Ice Skating Rink
Brandywine Railroad Exhibition
Brandywine River Museum - 9:30 AM Pick
Night Skies in the Observatory at Home
The Franklin Institute - various times Pick
Christmas Underwater at the Adventure Aquarium
Adventure Aquarium - various times Pick
Christmas Around the Farm
Linvilla Orchards - 9:00 AM
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