Tis’ the season for holiday cheer and festive lights scattered across the city! From the Dilworth Park Light Show to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Philly’s attractions, both new and old, are shining bright this winter. Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Gary Barbera knows the best places to check out the holiday lights this season. So, grab the hot chocolate, pack up the car and turn up the holiday music because Gary Barbera has some tips on the best places to see all the colorful twinkling lights in the City of Brotherly Love this season.
During the holidays, Dilworth Park–located in the heart of Center City–turns into a winter wonderland that you and your family won’t want to miss. Walk around the Wintergarden and enjoy the excellent views of City Hall and its historic clock.
When: November 9, 2018-February 24, 2019
Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Need a place to take the kids this holiday season? Be sure to bundle up because Sesame Street holds a festive celebration each year around the holidays with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street Characters. During the holidays the park gets transformed into a winter wonderland, with the Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade, train rides, and pictures with Rudolph!
When: November 17, 2018-January 1, 2019
Where: 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA
Cost: $34.99 per ticket
Blue Cross RiverRink
If you want to enjoy all the sights and sounds of the holidays, stop by the Blue Cross RiverRink and skate around or cozy up by a nice warm fire. If your bringing the kids, stop by the Kids Lodge for arcade games and tons of great activities.
When: November 23, 2018-March 3, 2019
Where: 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
Cost: General admission is free. Skating admission $4.
With more than 75,000 lights and festive holiday songs, the Franklin Square electrical spectacle is sure to impress visitors of all ages. The historic Franklin Square was named in 1825 to honor one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin. He would have never guessed that his discovery of electricity would lead to a spectacular light show in the heart of Philadelphia.
When: Till December 31, 2018
Where: 200 6th St., Philadelphia, PA