Christmas in Philadelphia is a joyous occasion. The season gets started in late November and doesn't end until New Year's rolls around. During this period, a number of fun holiday events can be enjoyed, and simply strolling through the downtown area and viewing all of the Christmas decorations is a great way to spend some time. Among the highlights when it comes to Christmas 2016 in Philadelphia are the Christmas Village and the Macy's light show, though they aren't the only things that are worth considering when planning your holiday season visit.
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Shopping in Philadelphia can be a pleasure at any time of year, though it might just be at its best during the Christmas season. The Christmas Village in Philadelphia draws in visitors from near and far with its numerous vendors, its live entertainment, and its all around atmosphere. The Dilworth Plaza at City Hall is where the Christmas Village can be found. It is open daily from late November until December 24, and among the things that visitors can purchase are seasonal gifts, homemade products, and a wide variety of tasty treats. Mulled wine is available for adults to enjoy on the side, while kids can relish in the opportunity to meet Santa.
Seeing the light show at Macy's is one of the top things to do when it comes to celebrating Christmas 2016 in Philadelphia. The show, which has a variety of themes that relate to the holiday season, has been popular ever since it debuted back in 1956, and you don't have to pay a penny to enjoy it. You can find Macy's at 1300 Market Street, and the Christmas light shows are offered on an hourly basis between late November and the end of December. Also not to be missed on a holiday season visit to Macy's is the Dickens' Village display. It covers more than 5,000 square feet and features an array of scenes and animated figures.
While visiting The City of Brotherly Love during the holiday season, travelers can enjoy such great attractions as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, but they also have the chance to enjoy special Philadelphia Christmas events. These events include the performances of The Nutcracker that are offered by the Philadelphia Ballet. There's also the theatrical performances of A Christmas Carol, which are held at the historic Walnut Street Theater.
Between the Philadelphia Christmas events and the Christmas events that are offered in the nearby cities and communities, finding fun things to do during the holiday season won't be hard. It only gets easier when you also consider the wonderful holiday season attractions that can be found in the area.
In Philadelphia proper, the Reading Terminal Market at 51 North 12th Street puts on a Christmas-inspired model railroad display that is among the best holiday attractions in the area, and should you enjoy a side trip to the New Jersey city of Camden, you can enjoy the Christmas Celebration attractions at Adventure Aquarium or check out the wonderful holiday displays at the Camden Children's Garden. Ice skating, listening to carolers, and having an all around good time is possible at the Longwood Christmas attraction in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
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