PHILADEPHIA - If you're planning a winter holiday trip, you might want to think about a Christmas Staycation in Philadelphia. This city is truly magical during the holidays. You won't find many other places to enjoy the season like Philadelphia.
Start with a visit to the City Hall courtyard and the Dilworth Park Christmas Market. The park is filled with vendors and a small ice skating rink, which visitors can rent for a small fee. You'll also find a beautiful two-story carousel ride in City Hall's Court Yard. Then take some time to visit the historic sites and many museums in and around center city.
Where to Stay
If you're looking to stay downtown, consider the Ritz Carlton. This luxury hotel is a short distance from the city's downtown and is adjacent to City Hall. While you're there, don't forget to take advantage of the complimentary breakfast. The Ritz Carlton has a restaurant and a bar with live entertainment.
Just Outside the City
Looking for a day trip, consider visiting Longwood Gardens. Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens is a spectacular location for holiday photos. And, just a short drive from Philly is, Peddler's Village is a charming small town with 60+ shops and six restaurants in historic colonial homes. And don't forget to stop by the Peddler's Village to enjoy a delicious meal.
Christmas Things to Do Near Center City
Back in Philadelphia, there are numerous festivals and holiday events in Philadelphia, including the Macy's light show.
Check out Franklin Square's centerpiece attraction, The Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO, illuminating the historic park with more than 150,000 lights that twinkle to a soundtrack of seasonal tunes.
If you're in the mood for some festive shopping, make sure to visit Philadelphia's Winter Wonderland. The Christmas Village in Love Park, City Hall North Apron, and City Hall Courtyard is the place to be. With tens of thousands of twinkling lights, festive decorations, live music, and multiple children's activities. You are sure to find something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
The Tinsel Bar in Philadelphia is one of the most festive bars in the city. While the glittering bar may look like a cozy cabin, it's a cocktail bar, and you can only drink here during the holiday season. Still, it's open only during the holiday season. But if you are a Philadelphian and you're planning to celebrate the Christmas season in style, then Tinsel is the place to go.
Some attractions require reservations. If you're visiting with younger children be sure to, plan ahead.