December 1, 2016 |

Philly To-Do: Holiday Activities


It’s the most wonderful time of time of year…to have a lot going on! For the sake of keeping everything organized and in one place, we’ve compiled our picks to having the best holiday season in the city.

Holiday lights across the City 

Grab some friends, bundle up, and make a nice hot chocolate to go, and explore the neighborhoods of Philadelphia and the amazing decorations that’ll truly wow you.

Check out Visit Philly’s list of  The Top Places to View Holiday Lights in Philadelphia.’

Ice Skating at City Hall

You can skate the night away while admiring the beauty of City Hall and Center City. Want to learn how to skate? They offer a five week session of skating lessons on Sunday mornings that include skates and admission. You can also warm up after skating with food and drinks at the Rothman Rink Cabin.

P.S. Tuesday nights this winterCollege Night at Rothman Rink! What does that mean for you? College students pay $2 for admission (skate rental not included) for an evening of fun with friends! This cool event will be happening every Tuesday until February 21st.

Christmas Village at City Hall

More than 80 vendors will be out selling little trinkets and gifts perfect for the holidays. Not only will there be shopping but you can expect side-street performances and other special events throughout the entirety of the markets stay in Center City.

Catch the annual holiday show at Walnut Street Theatre

Want to catch an awesome show and see some history as well? Hit up Walnut Street Theatre, which just so happens to be America’s oldest theatre and catch a classic, Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’! Maybe take a stroll to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, which are just a quick walk away before settling in for a bit to watch an awesome cast perform one of the most classic Christmas favorites of all time.

Have “A Very Philly Christmas” at Fairmount Park

Music. Friends. Neighbors. Family. These four elements are the four most important ideas to our lovely city. Head to Fairmount Park to see some of the historical homes decked out for the season with these ideals in mind. Fairmount Park will also be hosting some really awesome events based around those four elements.

Waterfront WinterFest at Penn’s Landing 

“Are we in Philly?” That’s what you’ll be asking when you get to this winter wonderland near the Delaware River. WinterFest is a cold-weather version of Spruce Street Harbor Park, which houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the River, ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with recycled shipping containers, a heated tent, holiday trees, fire pits and plenty of cozy seating.

Have any suggestions or want to share your experience at one of these places? Tweet us @CampusPhilly! You can find more exciting events on our calendar page.


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