8 Festive Events Happening in Philly Right Now

It’s beginning to look like the holiday season in Philadelphia! From festive light shows to ice skating, we’ve been adding tons of awesome holiday happenings to our calendar. Below are just some of the events we’ve handpicked for college students to check out this month.

2017 Franklin Square Holiday Festival 
200 N 6th St | Now until December 21
For the 21-plus crowd, the Winter Beer Garden will be open in the evenings. Gather by the outdoor fire pits to drink craft beers, wine and specialty cocktails. 


The Christmas Village in Philadelphia
LOVE Park | Now until December 24
Modeled after traditional European open-air Christmas markets, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is a daily outdoor holiday market selling all sorts of gift-able items right in the heart of Center City.


Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show in Franklin Square
Now until December 31 | 4:30 – 8 pm, Sundays – Thursdays, 9 pm on Fridays & Saturdays; final show at 8 pm on December 24
Marvel at more than 50,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square to a soundtrack of holiday classics. Every evening, one lucky audience member will be selected to “ignite” the 4:30 pm show.


Historic Holiday Nights in Old City
2nd and Market St 
| Thursdays, 5-8PM |  November 30 – December 28
More than 50 participating boutiques, shops, art galleries, museums, salons, spas, restaurants and cafes around the neighborhood will treat visitors to special sales, discounts, promotions, seasonal cocktails, added menu items, special events and extended hours.


Macy’s Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City
Now until  December 31 |  10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
A whopping 34,500 LED lights create a visual spectacular accompanied by festive music from the world-renowned Wanamaker Grand Organ


The Miracle on South 13th Street Holiday Light Display
Now until January 1 | 5PM-12AM
Take a stroll down the 1600 Block of South 13th Street (between Tasker & Morris) and enjoy Philadelphia’s favorite holiday display!


Deck the Hall Light Show at Dilworth Park Wintergarden
Now until January 1 | Every hour on the half hour and more frequently on weekends
Center City District, in collaboration with 6abc, brings City Hall to life this holiday season with a FREE nightly choreographed light show, projected onto Philadelphia’s Historic City Hall.


Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
101 South Columbus Blvd | Now until  March 4  
This seasonal winter park includes a beautifully lit landscape featuring a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin,  and a chalet-inspired Lodge with food and beverages from local restauranteurs.


 

Find Your Spring Internship, Get on the List for an Awesome Conference + Check out Local Holiday Happenings!

Believe it or not, it’s time to lock down that spring internship! Create your free Launch account at campusphilly.org/launch to check out hundreds of local gigs like the ones featured in our Top 5 picks.

 


Bookmark the Inclusive Leadership Conference registration page. Starting this Friday, December 1, you can RSVP to this free, all-day conference happening on Saturday, February 3 at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center.


‘Tis the season for tree lightings, holiday markets and parties! On Tuesday, November 28, you can catch the Christmas Tree Lighting in Rittenhouse Square. Thursday night looks like the perfect time to get a little holiday shopping at the opening night of  Historic Holiday Nights in Old City! And lace up your ice skates and coast into the weekend at Friday’s tree lighting at the Blue Cross RiverRink.

Get more ideas for fun holiday activities by checking out our picks for Holiday Happenings and Holiday Lights in Philadelphia.


Looking for more local events? Check out Campus Philly’s event calendar, which has tons of events handpicked with college students in mind!

No Classes This Week? More Time to Get Motivated!

Fall break = more time to hang out, plan ahead and explore! Get motivated to find that dream internship for the spring semester and explore Philadelphia in all it’s holiday glory with our picks below.

Apply to one of our Top 5 picks

1.  Pennoni | Graduate Transportation Engineer – Warrington
2. City of Philadelphia | Shared Prosperity Fellow
3. Garfield Group | Junior Copywriter
4. Netrality | NOC Analyst
5. Salus University | Digital Marketing Internship


 

Right now the city is getting dressed up in twinkling lights to dazzle us this holiday season. It all starts with a parade and continues with lighting ceremonies, outdoor markets, ice skating and holiday spectaculars. Check out our ‘Tis the Season To-Do:

Looking for more local events? Check out Campus Philly’s event calendar, which has tons of events handpicked with college students in mind! 

‘Tis the Season To-Do: Must-Attend Holiday Happenings

2017 Franklin Square Holiday Festival 
200 N 6th St | Now until December 21
For the 21-plus crowd, the Winter Beer Garden will be open in the evenings. Gather by the outdoor fire pits to drink craft beers, wine and specialty cocktails. To eat, there will be empanadas, latkes, turkey legs, soup, churros, fried Oreos, pie and other bites from Squareburger. Ben’s Sweets & Treats also will be back, but with a new gourmet hot chocolate bar and s’more-making station.


College Nights at the Rothman Rink
Dilworth Park by City Hall | Thursdays | Now until February 22
College students pay $2 admission to the Rothman Rink with student ID (skate rental not included).  On Wednesdays, 21+’ers can enjoy the weekly Cocktails and Cold Ones event.


The Christmas Village in Philadelphia
LOVE Park | November 23 – December 24
Modeled after traditional European open-air Christmas markets, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is a daily outdoor holiday market selling all sorts of gift-able items right in the heart of Center City.


Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
101 South Columbus Blvd | November 24 – March 4  
Philadelphia’s largest outdoor ice skating rink and winter wonderland is open seven days a week, including all holidays. This seasonal winter park, includes a beautifully lit landscape featuring a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin,  and a chalet-inspired Lodge with food and beverages from local restauranteurs.


Historic Holiday Nights in Old City
2nd and Market St 
| Thursdays, 5-8PM |  November 30 – December 28
The kickoff celebration will take place on Nov. 30 at 5PM at the Betsy Ross House courtyard (239 Arch Street) and will feature Betsy Ross, carolers, and the new Old City District Design Tree.  Fezziwig’s Sweet Shoppe will offer seasonal sips and snacks. Visitors can enjoy $1 off admission at the Betsy Ross House, which will offer extended hours until 8:00 p.m. 


Holiday Meet Up: Ugly Sweater Party (21+) 
Philadelphia Museum of Art | Friday, December 1 | Free for Young Friends
Spiked hot chocolate, anyone? Grab your favorite ugly holiday sweater and have a drink with us in the Members’ Lounge.


Punk Rock Flea Market: Holiday Edition
BOK Building, 1901 S 9th St | December 16 – 17
Find one of a kind holiday gifts for your family and friends at the The Punk Rock Flea Market! Over 100 vendors per day, different vendors each day! $3 to enter, entry good for both days. The event is in the Boy’s Gym of the BOK building, enter on Mifflin St.


Stag & Doe Nights in Chestnut Hill 
16 E Highland Ave | Wednesdays | December 6th, 13th and 20th
Stroll along the festive Germantown Avenue and enjoy extended store hours (until 9 PM) along with holiday sales and promotions throughout the Chestnut Hill shopping district. Celebrate the season with live entertainment, seasonal treats, dazzling lights, and a visit from the jolly old elf, himself. 

Get Motivated to Explore All Things Philly!

Check out our weekly Top 5 picks! There are gigs from Pennoni, Pop! Promos, SAP, Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs and Philadelphia Film Society.


Make plans to check out one (or all!) of the events on  Campus Philly’s calendar. We’re always adding to it so check in to see what’s new!


RSVP to tomorrow’s Leadership Connection  event at Publicis Health Media!  Learn from regional activists, civic leaders, artists, and others about how they began, what challenges they face, and what they hope their impact will be in the future.

 

Wanderlust Weekend in Philadelphia

A weekend in Philly = eating delicious food, strolling around and discovering new spots. Below are our picks for doing all of the above.

These pro-tips from the local gods is great advice for any day of the week! Check out and dine on Philly chefs’ favorite foods for under $20.

We just saw this Instagram post from Weckerly’s in Fishtown and we want some right now. Hop off the Girard El Stop and test their autumnal flavors. YUM!

On Friday, head to City Hall to celebrate the grand opening of Dilworth Park’s Wintergarden, which includes ice rink, maze, light show! If you’re closer to New Hope, check out Christmas in Peddler’s Village Opening.

After a fun night in the city, wake up and smell the brunch! Here are 10+ Delicious New Spots For Brunch In Philly This Fall.

With brunch in your bellies, walk it off while looking at vintage goodies at any of the Jinxed locations – Northern Liberties, West Philly, Fishtown and East Passyunk.

Check out one or all of the awesome festivals happening around Philly!
First Person Arts Festival | November 5 – 18
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 
November 4 – 19
CraftNOW Philadelphia | 
November 1 – December 8
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival | November 9 – 19
Philly Zine Fest | November 12

Looking for more things to get into? Campus Philly’s event calendar is full of local events picked especially for Philadelphia students!

Local Festivals, Free Museum Days + More!

There’s never a dull calendar week in Philadelphia! We have festivals,  a celebrity sighting, free (or almost free) museum days, plus more in this week’s rundown. 

Festivals happening right now:

First Person Arts Festival
November 5 – 18
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
November 4 – 19
CraftNOW Philadelphia |
November 1 – December 8

Coming up:

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival | November 9 – 19
Philly Zine Fest | November 12


Tuesday, November 7

An Eagles player could be your barista on Tuesday… See for yourself at Saxbys New Café Preview Party.


Wednesday, November 8

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of our favorite midweek activities.

If you’re 21+ and a Drake fan, you have to check out So Far Gone aka #DrakeNightSFG at The Fillmore in Fishtown!


Thursday, November 9

Make your way down the Parkway for an evening of ‘out of this world’ astronomy activities hosted by Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts at Night Skies in the Observatory at the Franklin Institute. 


Friday, November 10

Celebrate International Science Center and Science Museum Day at the Franklin Institute.  Free demonstrations, activities, and live shows will promote sustainability, environmental responsibility, and biological innovation + more!


Saturday, November 11

The National Constitution Center will be honoring Veterans Day with free admission to all visitors.  Following your visit to the Constitution Center,  stroll down to the Museum of the American Revolution for their Veterans Day Weekend activities.

Looking for more things to get into? Campus Philly’s event calendar is full of local events picked especially for Philadelphia students!

Dreamin’ of the Weekend in Philadelphia

This Friday! Celebrate National Sandwich Day with a free FOMO cheesesteak from SOMO on Main Street in Manayunk. Grab yours from 11AM to 3PM while supplies last.

Oh, and this Friday = First Friday in Philadelphia! Check out:
— Open Arts College Night at the Arden Theatre
— First Friday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
— InLiquid 2017 Benefit – Young Professionals Night + more.

Show your local park some love on Love Your Park Fall Service Day on Saturday, November 4! It’s a great way to pitch in and get involved in your community. This is a citywide event with multiple locations. Register here.

Indulge in everything apple at Peddler’s Village 44th Annual Apple Festival happening this Saturday and Sunday.

Treat yourself to a little something from Sunday’s Clover Market in Bryn Mawr. This traveling market has everything– vintage finds, handmade goods and most importantly, food!

Stroll around the city and local museums at Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation and Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

And make sure these upcoming events are on your radar:
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, November 4-19
— First Person Arts Festival happening November 5-18
Leadership Connection at Publicis Health Media on Tuesday, November 14.

Five Gigs to Apply to, Five Events to Check Out

We want to motivate you to have the best Philly experience! Below we have our weekly Top 5 career picks and a handful of events you can check out this week.

Top 5 gigs:

  1. Comcast | Community Investment Intern (FT)
  2. Pennoni | Graduate Municipal Engineer – West Chester 
  3. SAP | SAP iXp Intern – Software Design Engineer Job 
  4. City of Philadelphia | Policy Intern 
  5. Frank Recruitment Group | Entry-level Sales: Trainee Recruitment Consultant 

Monday, October 30 & Tuesday, October 31
Halloween Movie Marathon at The Schmidt’s Commons 

BYOC (bring your own chair) and blanket for FREE outdoor movie screenings of “Paranormal Activity” on Monday and “Halloween” on Tuesday!


Tuesday, October 31
Science After Hours: Spirits at The Franklin Institute (21+)
“Come in costume and encounter spine-tingling science and hair-raising experiments at an evening that will distill the science of your favorite drinks and the myths of Halloween haunts and horrors.”


Tuesday, October 31
“Carrie” at Bok
“On Halloween night, catch a screening of the 1976 horror film “Carrie,” adapted from Stephen King’s novel. The film will be screened at what was once Bok Technical High School…we have a feeling it will still be eerie to watch the prom scene while inside an old high school.”


Friday, November 3
Open Arts College Night: First Friday at the Arden Theatre
Spend Friday night in Old City! On the first Friday of every month, Old City’s neighborhood galleries hold open houses. On November 3rd, check-in at the Open Arts table at the Arden Theatre to get your FREE arts crawl map and discount card.


Saturday, November 4
LOVE Your Park Fall Service Day
“This one-day citywide event invites Philadelphia friends and neighbors to plant trees, collect leaves for compost, and prepare their public green spaces for the winter season.”

Halloweekend Events + First Friday with Open Arts

Photo: The Franklin Fountain snapped by Olivia Brosky


Make sure to sign-up for our final Open Arts College Night at the Arden Theatre on November 3rd. Spend Friday night in Old City! Check out the neighborhood galleries and businesses holding open houses. Registration for this FREE event gets you free snacks, a discount card and an art crawl map.


Weekend Highlights:

  • Boogie down at the Kimmel Center with 2017 AfroPunk Battle of the Bands winner- Courtnee Roze. She has worked with celebrated musicians including J. Cole, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and Tony Award winner Lachanze. Claim your free tickets now!
  • For our 21+ crowd, celebrate Halloween at the Rosenbach.
  • Snag some free tickets to hear classical music from the Schumann Quartet w/ Gilbert Kalish, piano put on by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.