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Midtown Village & The Gayborhood

Over the years, the rectangular section of Center City between 11th & Broad Streets, and Market & Spruce Streets has been divvied up and called different things by developers and realtors. But the current appellation - Midtown Village - serves it well: It resides in the dead-center middle of Center City, between the history-heavy mainstays of Old City and Independence National Historical Park, and the upscale cosmopolitan majesty of Rittenhouse Square.

As part of the larger umbrella known as Washington Square West, Midtown Village also contains the LGBTQ-centric Gayborhood, with its restaurants, galleries and hot spots; the popular dining destinations of the famed 13th Street corridor; and some of the biggest and best hotels and theaters in the city. The term “Gayborhood” was first used to describe OutFest by the City Paper, when David Warner described it as a “beautiful day in the gayborhood.”  Philly Pride immediately began to use to the term the following year to describe the area of our gay pride parade formation. It has now become a universally recognized term.

How to get there

Ride the Market-Frankford Line to 13th Street, Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust, Trolley Routes to 13th Street, and any Regional Rail Line to Jefferson Station. There are also several Bus Routes that serve the Gayborhood including Routes 9, 12, 21, 23, 42, and 45. Plan your trip here.

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
Macy's

Christmas Light Show

Macy's

The Grand Court in the National Historic Landmark Wanamaker Building has hosted a Christmas Light Show since 1956. Macy’s continues the tradition of twinkling snowflakes, dancing snowmen and more with a 100,000-light show narrated by Julie Andrews and accompanied by the famed Wanamaker Organ. Get there on SEPTA! Hop Regional Rail to Suburban or Jefferson Station or take the Market-Frankford Line to 13th Street Station!

20211201 00:00 20220101 00:00 America/New_York Christmas Light Show <p>The Grand Court in the National Historic Landmark Wanamaker Building has hosted a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/events/holiday-light-show-at-macys-center-city/">Christmas Light Show</a>&nbsp;since 1956. Macy&rsquo;s continues the tradition of twinkling snowflakes, dancing snowmen and more with a 100,000-light show narrated by Julie Andrews and accompanied by the famed Wanamaker Organ. Get there on SEPTA! Hop Regional Rail to Suburban or Jefferson Station or take the Market-Frankford Line to 13th Street Station!</p> 1300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


Christmas city hall

City of Philadelphia Tree Lighting Celebration of the Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree

City Hall

Powered by NRG, the 45-foot-tall Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree stands tall at the Wawa Holiday Plaza (i.e. the north side of City Hall), around the corner from all the wintry fun in Dilworth Park and Christmas Village. A tree-lighting celebration on Thursday invites residents and visitors to see the tree sparkle for the first time this season with more than 4,000 lights, as well as enjoy entertainment and free giveaways. 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.

20211202 00:00 20211203 00:00 America/New_York City of Philadelphia Tree Lighting Celebration of the Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree <p>Powered by NRG, the&nbsp;<a href="https://phillyholidayexperience.com/visit-philadelphia-holiday-tree/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">45-foot-tall Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree</a>&nbsp;stands tall at the Wawa Holiday Plaza (i.e. the north side of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/city-hall/">City Hall</a>), around the corner from all the wintry fun in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/the-rothman-ice-rink-at-dilworth-park/">Dilworth Park</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/christmas-village-in-philadelphia/">Christmas Village</a>. A&nbsp;<a href="https://phillyholidayexperience.com/visit-philadelphia-holiday-tree/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">tree-lighting celebration</a>&nbsp;on Thursday invites residents and visitors to see the tree sparkle for the first time this season with more than 4,000 lights, as well as enjoy entertainment and free giveaways.&nbsp;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.</p> City Hall, John F Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


Ice rink

Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink

Dilworth Park

Pop ups abound in Center City’s Dilworth Park every holiday season. Friday brings the return of two beloved holiday attractions to the very center of Center City. Residents and visitors can embrace the holiday cheer by cruising around the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink, offering timed, 90-minute skating sessions right next to City Hall. And in the Rothman Orthopedics Cabin, relaxation comes easy thanks to seasonal cocktails and food in a ski chalet-inspired setup. Both attractions remain on-site through the end of February 2022.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.  

20211105 00:00 20220301 00:00 America/New_York Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink <p><a href="https://www.centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pop ups abound</a>&nbsp;in Center City&rsquo;s Dilworth Park every holiday season.&nbsp;Friday brings the return of two beloved holiday attractions to the very center of Center City. Residents and visitors can embrace the holiday cheer by cruising around the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter/rothman-rink" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink</a>, offering timed, 90-minute skating sessions right next to City Hall. And in the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter/rothman-cabin" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rothman Orthopedics Cabin</a>, relaxation comes easy thanks to seasonal cocktails and food in a ski chalet-inspired setup. Both attractions remain on-site through the end of February 2022.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


Wintergarden

Wintergarden

Dilworth Park

November 1 brings the very first (of many) holiday attractions to Philadelphia. From Monday through spring 2022, residents and visitors can stroll through the Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn, a free-to-explore, open-air wonderland of lights, topiaries and rustic décor perfect for photo ops in Dilworth Park. For the 21-plus set, a Chaddsford Winery kiosk on-site sells warm mulled wine. Stay tuned for more holiday fun in and around Dilworth Park, including the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink & Cabin. 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.

20211101 00:00 20220402 00:00 America/New_York Wintergarden <p>November 1 brings the very first (of many) holiday attractions to Philadelphia. From Monday through spring 2022, residents and visitors can stroll through the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter/wintergarden" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn</a>, a free-to-explore, open-air wonderland of lights, topiaries and rustic décor perfect for photo ops in Dilworth Park. For the 21-plus set, a Chaddsford Winery kiosk on-site sells warm mulled wine. Stay tuned for more holiday fun in and around Dilworth Park, including the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink &amp; Cabin.&nbsp;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.</p> Dilworth Park, South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


Dilworth 2

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Dilworth Park

Shopping local and supporting area makers is easy at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market, opening this Saturday at Dilworth Park. Shoppers can find handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing, home décor and treats from more than 40 local vendors scattered throughout the park. The market is one of five holiday attractions that make up this year’s Winter at Dilworth Park programming, which also includes an ice-skating rink, a cabin, a light show on City Hall and a wintergarden. 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.  

20211120 00:00 20220101 00:00 America/New_York Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market <p>Shopping local and supporting area makers is easy at the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/the-rothman-ice-rink-at-dilworth-park/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market</a>, opening this Saturday at Dilworth Park. Shoppers can find handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing, home d&eacute;cor and treats from more than 40 local vendors scattered throughout the park. The market is one of five holiday attractions that make up this year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/the-rothman-ice-rink-at-dilworth-park/">Winter at Dilworth Park programming</a>, which also includes an ice-skating rink, a cabin, a light show on City Hall and a wintergarden. 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> Dilworth Park, South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Deck the Hall Holiday Lights

City Hall

This mesmerizing display returns for another year of brightening the western façade of City Hall. Technicolor projections — created by Philadelphia-based Klip Collective and synchronized to captivating sound effects — make the historic building come alive during a completely free show. 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.  

20211122 00:00 20220102 00:00 America/New_York Deck the Hall Holiday Lights <p><a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/the-rothman-ice-rink-at-dilworth-park/">This mesmerizing display</a>&nbsp;returns for another year of brightening the western fa&ccedil;ade of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/city-hall/">City Hall</a>. Technicolor projections &mdash; created by Philadelphia-based Klip Collective and synchronized to captivating sound effects &mdash; make the historic building come alive during a completely free show.&nbsp;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> 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


Love park

Christmas Village

Love Park

The European wonderland that is Christmas Village in LOVE Park officially returns for 2021 with glowing Herrnhut stars decorating the tops of the wooden booths of 110 different vendors. On offer: local and international gifts such as Käthe Wohlfahrt ornaments, accessories, wintry apparel, along with raclette sandwiches, spiced wine and more seasonal treats. 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.

20211125 00:00 20211225 00:00 America/New_York Christmas Village <p>The European wonderland that is&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/christmas-village-in-philadelphia/">Christmas Village</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/love-park/"><em>LOVE</em>&nbsp;Park</a>&nbsp;officially returns for 2021 with glowing Herrnhut stars decorating the tops of the wooden booths of 110 different vendors. On offer: local and international gifts such as K&auml;the Wohlfahrt ornaments, accessories, wintry apparel, along with raclette sandwiches, spiced wine and more seasonal treats.&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> Love Park, Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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