The holiday season is here and you know what that means–LIGHTS! Even though we can’t put up holiday trees in our dorm rooms (except for the Charlie Brown one), we can still enjoy the lights.
Lights have a long history not only in the Christian faith, but also in others. Diwali literally translates to the “Festival of Lights” – Hindu’s place small diyas (a small oil lamp) around the house to celebrate the victory of the good Rama over the evil Ravana. The diyas symbolize the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance.
Take a break from all the hard core studying and look at the lights decorating the city; it will remind you why you started this fight (aka, college) to begin with!
Parade of Lights
When: Saturday, Dec. 12 | 5:30 pm
Where: Independence Seaport Museum
Head to the Delaware River waterfront for the annual Parade of Lights at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. This boat parade features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in decorations and lights. Before the parade, the Independence Seaport Museum will have holiday activities.
Macy’s Center City
Dating back to 1955, Macy’s Christmas Light Show is a Philadelphian holiday tradition. More than 100,000 LED lights create fantastic holiday images every two hours, accompanied by the legendary Wanamaker Organ, the largest playable instrument in existence. The Egyptian Room on third floor of the building has been turned into a 6,000 square foot”Dickens Village” where scenes from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are brought to life. Father Christmas will also be there if you want to take a picture with him. If you only have time to walk by, check out their whimsical holiday windows.
Blue Cross Riverrink Winterfest
Where: Blue Cross RiverRink
In addition to the ice skating rink, this river front park has been transformed into a winter wonderland. In addition to hot chocolate and holiday treats, the rink is surrounded by a winter garden and forest created using locally sourced recycled shipping containers, holiday trees and shrubs, rustic furniture, thousands of lights, and fire pits. So, after ‘polishing the ice’ (or falling flat on your face on it in my case), relax in one of the five winter warming cottages on the warm armchairs or loveseats with friends around an electric fireplace while chomping on ice cream waffle sandwiches and sipping on hot cocoa.
The Christmas Village
When: Sun-Thurs | 11am-7pm; Fri-Sat |11am-8pm
Where: Love Park
The park has been transformed by million of lights, a huge Christmas tree, and more than 60 vendors housed in wooden booth into a traditional open-air Christmas market. A wide range of holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, toys, and high quality arts and crafts will be offered to shoppers in this Winter Wonderland. There will also be traditional European food such as mulled wine, gingerbread, and waffles.
Franklin Square Holiday Festival
Where: Franklin Square
Until Dec 31, “dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show” at Franklin Square. Inspired by Ben Franklin’s famous curious and experimenting nature, the show’s centerpiece features a 12 foot tall kite among the more than 50,000 lights decorating the square. In addition to the beautiful display, there are food trucks and a beer garden with spiked cider and mulled wine along with a holiday market and one off events such as movie screenings. There is also a putt putt green, if you’re into mini golfing.