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Chinatown

Stretching from Arch Street to Vine Street, and from 11th street to 8th Street, Chinatown is packed end-to-end with restaurants and stores that represent Hong Kong, Cantonese, Fujianese, Northern Sichuan and Taiwanese cultures, with a sprinkling of Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Burmese, and Vietnamese. Beyond the iconic Chinatown Friendship Gate, visitors can look forward to delicious food from acclaimed restaurants and street vendors, fabulous shops, seasonal street festivals, and more.

How to get there

Chinatown is a short walk from Jefferson Station (Regional Rail), 8th Street and 11th Street Stations (Market-Frankford Line), Chinatown and 8th Street Stations (Broad-Ridge Spur) and City Hall (Broad Street Line). Multiple Bus Routes also serve Chinatown. 

Bus Routes

Routes 23, 47M, 45, 48, and 61

Subway lines

Market-Frankford Line, Broad Ridge Spur, Broad Street Line

Regional Rail lines that come into Jefferson Station

Airport Line Regional Rail

Warminster Line Regional Rail

Wilmington/Newark Line Regional Rail

West Trenton Line Regional Rail

Media/Elwyn Line Regional Rail

Lansdale/Doylestown Line Regional Rail

Paoli/Thorndale Line Regional Rail

Manayunk/Norristown Line Regional Rail

Chestnut Hill East Line Regional Rail

Trenton Line Regional Rail

Fox Chase Line Regional Rail

Chestnut Hill West Line Regional Rail

Fare

There are many ways to get here on SEPTA, there are also many ways to pay. Click here to learn which fare is best for you. ​

Upcoming Local Happenings
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PhilHarmonica

Jefferson Station

Check out the PhilHarmonica, a mixed-voice choir that performs classical and contemporary a cappella choral music this Saturday, 12/7, as part of SEPTA's Music & Moves Program. They will be performing roughly from 1p thru 3p. It couldn't be easier to get there on SEPTA! Take any Regional Rail Line to Jefferson Station, or ride the Market-Frankford Line to 11th, Trolley to 13th, the Broad Street Line to City Hall or hop Routes 4, 16, 17, 23, 27, 33, 45, 48 or 61. 

20191207 00:00 20191208 00:00 America/New_York PhilHarmonica <p>Check out the PhilHarmonica, a&nbsp;mixed-voice choir that performs classical and contemporary a cappella choral music this Saturday, 12/7, as part of <a href="https://iseptaphilly.com/musicandmoves">SEPTA&#39;s Music &amp; Moves Program</a>. They will be performing roughly from 1p thru 3p.&nbsp;It couldn&#39;t be easier to get there on SEPTA! Take any Regional Rail Line to&nbsp;Jefferson Station, or ride the Market-Frankford Line to 11th, Trolley to 13th, the Broad Street Line to City Hall or hop Routes 4, 16, 17, 23, 27, 33, 45, 48 or 61.&nbsp;</p> Jefferson Station, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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PAX Unplugged

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Head to the Convention Center to enjoy PAX Unplugged, a gaming convention focused on analog games. Get there on SEPTA! The Convention Center is a short walk from Jefferson Station, or you can ride the Market-Frankford Line to 11th, Trolley to 13th, the Broad Street Line to City Hall or hop Routes 4, 16, 17, 23, 27, 33, 45, 48 or 61. 

20191206 00:00 20191209 00:00 America/New_York PAX Unplugged <p>Head to the Convention Center to enjoy PAX Unplugged, a gaming convention focused on analog games.&nbsp;Get there on SEPTA! The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.iseptaphilly.com/destination/conventioncenter?center=39.95418055486537,-75.15963099999999&amp;zoom=16">Convention Center</a>&nbsp;is a short walk from Jefferson Station, or you can ride the Market-Frankford Line to 11th, Trolley to 13th, the Broad Street Line to City Hall or hop Routes 4, 16, 17, 23, 27, 33, 45, 48 or 61.&nbsp;</p> Pennsylvania Convention Center, Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Macy’s Christmas Light Show

Macy's Center City

From 11/29 thru 12/31, enjoy images of snowmen, reindeer, snowflakes and more dance across the atrium inside of the historic Wanamaker building (now Macy’s Center City) during the ever-popular Macy’s Christmas Light Show. Set to a seasonal soundtrack and narrated by Julie Andrews, the show — on view since 1956 — runs every two hours during store hours. Between shows, visitors — more than 200,000 each year! — often tour the second floor’s vintage Dickens Village, where more than 100 intricate animated dolls and sets retell A Christmas Carol. Each free walkthrough ends in a chance to meet and get photos with Santa. Take the Market-Frankford Line to 13th, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Regional Rail to Jefferson, Trolley Routes to 13th, or Bus Routes 17, 23, 33, 28, 44, 45, 47, 61, 78, 124, or 125.

20191129 00:00 20200101 00:00 America/New_York Macy’s Christmas Light Show <p>From 11/29 thru 12/31, enjoy images of snowmen, reindeer, snowflakes and more dance across the atrium inside of the historic Wanamaker building (now Macy&rsquo;s Center City) during the ever-popular&nbsp;<a href="https://wanamakerorgan.com/christmas-light-show/" target="_blank">Macy&rsquo;s Christmas Light Show</a>. Set to a seasonal soundtrack and narrated by Julie Andrews, the show &mdash; on view since 1956 &mdash; runs every two hours during store hours. Between shows, visitors &mdash; more than 200,000 each year! &mdash; often tour the second floor&rsquo;s vintage&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitmacysusa.com/article/visit-dickens-village-macys-center-city" target="_blank">Dickens Village</a>, where more than 100 intricate animated dolls and sets retell&nbsp;<em>A Christmas Carol</em>. Each free walkthrough ends in a chance to meet and get photos with Santa.&nbsp;Take the&nbsp;Market-Frankford Line&nbsp;to 13th, the&nbsp;Broad Street Line&nbsp;to City Hall,&nbsp;Regional Rail&nbsp;to Jefferson, Trolley Routes&nbsp;to 13th,&nbsp;or&nbsp;Bus Routes&nbsp;17, 23, 33, 28, 44, 45, 47, 61, 78, 124, or 125.</p> 1300 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 Plan Your Trip


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Shrek The Musical

Walnut Street Theater

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture, see Shrek The Musical at the Walnut Street Theater on select dates thru 1/5. Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to Jefferson Station or Bus Routes 9, 12, 21, 38, 42, 47, 47M, or 61.

20191203 00:00 20200106 00:00 America/New_York Shrek The Musical <p>Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture, see <em><a href="https://www.walnutstreettheatre.org/season/show/shrek-the-musical">Shrek The Musical</a></em>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;Walnut Street Theater on select dates&nbsp;thru 1/5. Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to Jefferson Station or Bus Routes 9, 12, 21, 38, 42, 47, 47M, or 61.</p> 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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The SpongeBob Musical

Forrest Theatre

See The SpongeBob Musical at the Forrest Theatre 12/3 thru 12/15! Get there on SEPTA. Take the Market-Frankford Line Line to 11th Street Station, the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust Station, any Regional Rail Line to Jefferson Station, or hop Routes 42, 21, or 12.

20191203 00:00 20191216 00:00 America/New_York The SpongeBob Musical <p>See The SpongeBob Musical<strong>&nbsp;</strong>at the <a href="http://www.forrest-theatre.com/">Forrest Theatre</a> 12/3 thru 12/15! Get there on SEPTA.&nbsp;Take the Market-Frankford Line Line to 11th Street Station, the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust Station, any Regional Rail Line to Jefferson Station, or&nbsp;hop Routes 42, 21, or 12.</p> Forrest Theatre, Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Light Show

Franklin Square

Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer fill historic Franklin Square for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show. The main feature is the Electrical Spectacle light show, which utilizes thousands of twinkling lights and a dynamic holiday soundtrack. The seasonal outdoor attraction rounds out the ongoing festivities with a winter beer garden, seasonal eats from SquareBurger, Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around the square and a handful of other fun-filled events. Runs 11/14 thru 12/31. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from the 5th Street/Independence Hall stop on the Market-Frankford Line or ride Bus Routes 47 or 47M.

20191114 00:00 20200101 00:00 America/New_York Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Light Show <p>Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer fill historic <a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square/upcoming-events/">Franklin Square</a> for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show. The main feature is the Electrical Spectacle light show, which utilizes thousands of twinkling lights and a dynamic holiday soundtrack. The seasonal outdoor attraction rounds out the ongoing festivities with a winter beer garden, seasonal eats from SquareBurger, Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around the square and a handful of other fun-filled events. Runs 11/14 thru 12/31. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from the 5th Street/Independence Hall stop on the Market-Frankford Line or ride Bus Routes 47 or 47M.</p> 200 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 Plan Your Trip


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Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped A Nation

National Constitution Center

Explore Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, the National Constitution Center’s new exhibit highlighting the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his legendary rivals. Visit now thru December 2019! Check out this Perk before you go! So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, 48 or 57.

20190415 00:00 20200101 00:00 America/New_York Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped A Nation <p>Explore&nbsp;<a href="https://constitutioncenter.org/experience/exhibitions/feature-exhibitions/hamilton-the-constitutional-clashes-that-shaped-a-nation"><em>Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation</em></a>, the National Constitution Center&rsquo;s new exhibit highlighting&nbsp;the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his legendary rivals. Visit&nbsp;now thru&nbsp;December 2019!&nbsp;Check out <a href="http://iseptaphilly.com/perk/56">this Perk</a> before you go! So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, 48 or 57.</p> 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink

Dilworth Park

Those looking to ice skate in the heart of Philadelphia can pack up their cold-weather gear and head to the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Dilworth Park! Skaters of all levels and ages are invited to cruise around the rink while taking in skyline views just outside of City Hall. This Perk gets you $1 off admission! Afterward, check out the spectacular Dilworth Park Wintergarden or warm up in the Rothman Institute Cabin, offering a variety of eats and the ultimate post-ice-skating treat — hot chocolate. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.  

20191108 00:00 20200224 00:00 America/New_York Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink <p>Those looking to ice skate in the heart of Philadelphia can pack up their cold-weather gear and head to the <a href="https://centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter/rothman-rink" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink</a><a href="http://centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter/rothman-rink">&nbsp;</a><a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://www.ccdparks.org/dilworth-park/rothmanicerink">at Dilworth Park</a>! Skaters of all levels and ages are invited to cruise around the rink while taking in skyline views just outside of City Hall. This <a href="http://www.iseptaphilly.com/perk/143">Perk</a> gets you $1 off admission! Afterward, check out the spectacular Dilworth Park Wintergarden or warm up in the Rothman Institute Cabin, offering a variety of eats and the ultimate post-ice-skating treat &mdash; hot chocolate. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 &amp; 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 Plan Your Trip


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Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Dilworth Park

The Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market is back 11/23 thru 1/1 at Dilworth Park with more than 40 vendors selling their wares — gifts, food and more — in festive tents topped with Herrnhut Stars. Need a ride? Get there on SEPTA!  Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.

20191123 00:00 20200102 00:00 America/New_York Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter/market" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market</a> is back 11/23 thru 1/1&nbsp;at <a href="https://iseptaphilly.com/destination/dilworthpark?center=39.95263902962235,-75.16467940000001&amp;zoom=17">Dilworth</a><a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/dilworth-park-at-city-hall/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> Park</a> with more than 40 vendors selling their wares &mdash; gifts, food and more &mdash; in festive tents topped with Herrnhut Stars. Need a ride? Get there on SEPTA!&nbsp; Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 &amp; 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.</p> 1 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Notorious RBG

National Museum of American Jewish History

Now thru January 12, 2010 see Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first-ever museum retrospective of the Supreme Court Justice-turned-pop-culture-icon, at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Tracing a career that traveled from trailblazer to pop-culture icon, the special exhibition explores her precedent-setting role on our nation’s highest court, as well as her varied roles as a student, life partner, mother, change-making lawyer, judge, and women’s rights pioneer. Get there on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, or 57.

20191004 00:00 20200113 00:00 America/New_York Notorious RBG <p>Now thru January 12, 2010 see <em>Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg</em>, the first-ever museum retrospective of the Supreme Court Justice-turned-pop-culture-icon, at the <a href="https://www.nmajh.org">National Museum of American Jewish History</a>. Tracing a career that traveled from trailblazer to pop-culture icon, the special exhibition explores her precedent-setting role on our nation&rsquo;s highest court, as well as her varied roles as a student, life partner, mother, change-making lawyer, judge, and women&rsquo;s rights pioneer. Get there on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, or 57.</p> 101 South Independence Ml East, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Christmas Village

LOVE Park

The German-style Christmas Village takes over LOVE Park Thanksgiving Day thru Christmas Eve with vendors offering holiday decor, gifts and more! Open daily beginning at 11am. So easy to get here (and home from here) on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.

20191128 00:00 20191225 00:00 America/New_York Christmas Village <p>The German-style <a href="http://www.philachristmas.com/">Christmas Village</a> takes over LOVE Park Thanksgiving Day thru Christmas Eve&nbsp;with vendors offering holiday decor, gifts and more! Open daily beginning at 11am. So easy to get here (and home from here) on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 &amp; 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.</p> 1500 John F Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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