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Philadelphia County


When you hear, “Philadelphia”, the city is the first thing that comes to mind. But Philadelphia County stretches beyond the city limits to include neighboring towns like Manayunk and Chestnut Hill that have personalities all their own and are a hop, skip, and a ride from Center City.

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Upcoming Local Happenings
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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink

Experience a riverfront winter wonderland at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Glide around an enormous ice skating rink, snap a photo next to the festive holiday tree and warm up with a hot beverage next to a fire pit or inside a cozy cabin. Entry into Winterfest is free. Ice skating, cabins and firepits can be reserved in advance. Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, or 33. 

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Brett Young

The Met Philly

Catch Brett Young at The Met on Friday. 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.

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Buy Black. Shop Local.

The Enterprise Center

The Enterprise Center is partnering with local and regional Black-owned businesses this holiday season for a Black Holiday Pop-up. This curated marketplace is a one stop shop to Buy Black for your holiday gifting and to treat yourself! Get there on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 52nd Street!

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Christmas Village

Love Park

Organizers from Germany help to transform LOVE Park into an open-air European wonderland that is Christmas Village, with more than 110 different vendors set up in brand-new wooden huts. It's open from 11/24 thru 12/24. 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.

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Clark Park Farmers Market

West Philadelphia

Clark Park is home to one of the largest and most well-populated farmers markets in Philadelphia, and boasts over a dozen vendors manning tables piled high with organic fruits, heirloom vegetables, milk, eggs, cheeses, meats and more. It's open year-round on Saturdays from 10a to 2p. Get there on SEPTA. Routes 13, 30 & 34 drop you right there!

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CraftMONTH — wrapped around the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s annual Contemporary Craft Show — celebrates the art of crafting and making with special events throughout the city all month long.

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Deck the Alley

Elfreth's Alley

Celebrate the festive season on Philly’s most historic residential street this Saturday! At Deck the Alley - visitors can be swept away by the historic homes decked out in holiday style. The residents once again open their homes for a holiday celebration like no other! Carolers and other performers fill the historic street with song and Colonial charm and admission to the Elfreth’s Alley Museum is included! Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or hop Routes 17, 33. or 48.

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Deck the Hall Holiday Lights

City Hall

City Hall comes alive for the holiday season as the western façade of the historic building lights up with stunning technicolor projections that are synchronized to sound effects during the nightly (and free!) Deck The Hall Light Show. The must-see lighting display kicks off at the top of the hour at 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9PM each night. 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.  

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Wells Fargo Center

The Flyers take on the Islanders on Tuesday, the Lightning on Thursday, and the Devils on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Best way there is the Broad Street Line. Hop it south to NRG Station - last stop.

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Franklin Frost

The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute’s seasonal celebrations include a 26-foot-tall celestial-themed Christmas tree, model train displays inside Big Chill Valley and the life-size Baldwin 60,000 Locomotive decked out in festive décor. Step inside Celestival Village (open Saturdays and Sundays only) for fun photo ops inside a giant holiday card, a frost maze and hands-on activities like holiday card making. Franklin Frost is included in regular museum admission. Leave the driving to SEPTA. Short walk from Suburban Station, hop Bus Routes 7, 33, 38, 48 or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 or 36.

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World Cafe Live

WXPN's Free At Noon is held every Friday at World Cafe Live and always features fabulous music. Heading to the show? Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to William H. Gray III 30th Street Station, the Market-Frankford Line to 30th, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 30th Street, or Bus Routes 21, 42, or 49.

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Headhouse Farmers Market

South Street District

On Sunday stop by the Headhouse Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, local meats, cheeses and wines. It's so easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop Route 12, 40, 47 or 57. 

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Holiday Garden Railway

Morris Arboretum

The annual Holiday Garden Railway brings a mini-winter wonderland to the historic Morris Arboretum, with a quarter-mile track where model trains chug along loops, through tunnels and over bridges, past perfect little replicas of beloved Philadelphia landmarks. In short, it’s adorable. On select Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings throughout the display’s run, guests enjoy the railway amid thousands of twinkling lights as part of the after-hours Holiday Garden Railway: Nighttime Express programming. Lighted trees and other colored lights make the garden even more magical. Tickets are required. Ride the Chestnut Hill East to the last stop. From there hop the Route L or 97 toward Plymouth Meeting or Plymouth Meeting Mall to the Germantown Avenue & Northwestern Avenue stop.

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Let's Go Sixers! 🏀

Wells Fargo Center

The Philadelphia 76ers take on the Hawks on Monday at 7:30PM. Skip traffic and parking - SEPTA IS THE WAY TO GO! Hop the Broad Street Line to NRG Station (last stop). 

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LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo

Girard Avenue

This immersive display transforms the Philadelphia Zoo’s day-scape into a nighttime multimedia spectacle. After the animals are tucked away for the evening, the zoo lights up with more than 1 million holiday lights in 14 distinct zones. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance. Get there on SEPTA Routes 15 or 38. Save $2 on admission with this Perk!

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Penn Basketball

The Palestra

The Penn Quakers take on St. Joe's on Wednesday and LaSalle on Saturday The Palestra. Your best bet there is SEPTA. Hop Regional Rail to 30th Street or Penn Medicine Station, Trolley or Market-Frankford Line to 33rd Street or Routes 21, 31, 40, 42 or 49.

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Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink

Dilworth Park

It’s a winter wonderland in the shadow of City Hall. Now thru 2/26, glide around the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink, snap a selfie in the festive wintergarden, warm up with a hot beverage inside the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin and grab some seasonal snacks — all set against a very festive backdrop. Reservations are encouraged for timed, 90-minute skating sessions. Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.  

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Stag and Doe Night

Chestnut Hill

Midweek shopping gets a little more festive in Chestnut Hill during the area’s annual Stag & Doe Nights. Every Wednesday - enjoy extended shopping hours, holiday specials and complimentary refreshments at stores throughout Chestnut Hill. Be on the lookout for a roaming brass quartet and even Santa himself during the evening hours along Germantown Avenue. Leave the sleigh at home and leave the driving to SEPTA. Ride Routes 23, 94 or L or hop the Chestnut Hill East or Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail Lines to the last stop.

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Temple Basketball

The Liacouras Center

The Temple Owls battle VCU this Saturday at the Liacouras Center. To get there, hop the SEPTA Broad Street Line to Cecil B. Moore or Regional Rail to Temple University.

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The Comcast Holiday Spectacular and The Universal Sphere

Comcast Center

The Comcast Center’s annual (and free!) super high-res LED holiday show returns this year, back in the lobby of the city’s second-tallest building on one of the world’s largest LED continuous video walls. Shows run daily at the top of every hour from 10AM to 8PM with sensory-friendly shows on offer every Thursday and Friday at 2:30PM (and upon request) - from 11/24 thru 1/1. Also back from 2022 is The Universal Sphere - a free cinematic experience (advanced reservations encouraged) created by Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Animation, Universal Parks & Resorts and Comcast Labs - located in the upper lobby of the Comcast Technology Center. Shows run daily from 10AM to 8PM with the last daily show starting at 7:45PM. Get here on SEPTA Regional Rail. The Comcast Center is literally connected to Suburban Station. Or hop the Market-Frankford Line to 15th Street, Broad Street Line to City Hall, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 19th Street or one of many Bus Routes that cross-cross the city. See you there!

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The Gardens After Dark

Magic Gardens

Experience the splendor of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens after dark, when the mosaics sparkle under the glow of colorful lights. The Gardens After Dark experience runs on Fridays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. through December 30, 2022, except for November 25 and December 9. Timed tickets are required. Get there on SEPTA! Short walk from the Lombard-South stop on the Broad Street Line or hop Routes 40, 45, or 47.

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Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Academy Of Music

Catch Tina: The Tina Turner Musical the Academy of Music from 11/22 thru 12/4. Get there on SEPTA. Hop Routes 4, 12, 27, 32 or the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust. Get up to $10 off tickets with this Perk!

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Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade

Market Street

Visit Philadelphia gets in on the holiday action with a can’t-miss winter parade in Center City. The Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade — returning for its second year — celebrates all of winter’s holidays, including Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and the Chinese New Year. The event — which runs on Market Street from 2nd Street to City Hall —  features cold-air balloons, marching bands, floats, dancers and more. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to get a prime spot along the path!

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Franklin Square

Franklin Square celebrates the winter season with free nightly light shows inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s legendary kite and key experiment - from 11/16 thru 2/26. Free light shows — set to a soundtrack of seasonal tunes —  illuminate the square every 30 minutes from 5 p.m. until close. Before or after the show, grab a burger or beverage fireside from the on-site Square Burger, play a round of festive Chilly Philly Mini Golf or hop aboard the classic Parx Liberty Carousel. Get there on SEPTA: it's a short walk from 5th Street/Independence Hall Station on the Market-Frankford Line!

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