November 8, 2016 |

Holiday light spectating, ice skating, do-gooding, running & parading


Here it is everyone, the stuff you’ve been waiting for. Now that Halloween is over (even though we hate saying bye to you, October 31.), it’s time to make room for the next best thing, Thanksgiving! A day full of food, family and friends needs a fun-packed month of preparation; here are some of this month’s events that you won’t want to miss:

The Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show 

Nothing says “Tis the season” better than a festival and a light show! From November 10th to December 31st, head over to Franklin Square and catch the main feature, the Electrical Spectacle light show. Welcoming all ages and filled with winter treats, complete with a beergarden, there is also a Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train that rides around the square.

Wintergarden at Dilworth Park

Although some of us despise the cold, we will bundle up and get in on the winter fun! Starting on November 11th, America’s Garden Capital Maze will be filled with thousands of twinkly lights, seasonal trees and everything else a winter wonderland could ever need. You can grab all of the essentials (hot chocolate, fun snacks and boozy drinks for you 21+’ers) to keep you warm near the Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Cabin where you can also find the holiday Made in Philadelphia Market. The famous Christmas Village will also be in the Courtyard at City Hall this year. For more information, click here!

Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner at Arcadia University

Nothing can compare to a nice hot steamy bowl of soup when the weather starts to cool. Arcadia University holds an Annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner, and this is its 23rd! On Monday, November 14 you can purchase a ticket and enjoy bountiful amount of soups, breads and dessert that have all been donated by community restaurants. 100% of proceeds from the Empty Bowl Dinner go to organizations that benefit the hungry and the homeless. Make sure to catch this one, you can enjoy delicious food as well as do something great for the city’s people.

The Philadelphia Marathon along Boathouse Row

This 8K (half-marathon) race takes place through November 18th to the 20th and will power through the city, passing the Philadelphia Museum of Art as well as Boathouse Row. There will also be a Kids Fun Run as well as a Health & Fitness Expo. Even if you’re not a runner, volunteer or just head over and support your fellow Philadelphians!

The Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Parkway

Last, but definitely not least; make sure you head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to catch the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country. You’ll enjoy the legendary floats, huge balloons, music, performances and even a visit from Santa!



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