Experience holiday cheer at Parks & Rec sites across the city this December! Click on the event titles for links to more details and updates on potential schedule changes caused by inclement weather.

2019 December Holiday Events


December 1-24: Christmas Village
Sunday- Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday- Saturday: 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Where: LOVE Park (1501 John F. Kennedy Blvd., 19102)

Experience an authentic German Christmas market in LOVE Park from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.

December 1-31: Franklin Square Holiday Festival Electrical Spectacle
Time: 4-9 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square (200 N. 6th St., 19106)

Sparked by Benjamin Franklin’s electrifying genius, this free light show is the key to holiday fun in Franklin Square.

December 5-January 1, 2020: A Very Philly Christmas at the Historic Houses
House tours:
December 5–January 1, days and times vary
Special events: December 7, 8, 14, and 15

At the 48th annual “A Very Philly Christmas” in Fairmount Park six historic houses will be decorated & open for tours. Four special event days will celebrate Philadelphia history, food, music, and creative culture.

Christmas Village.
Christmas Village in LOVE Park.



Sunday, December 1

Caroling Night at Gorgas Park
6-8 p.m.
Where: Gorgas Park (6300 Ridge Ave., 19128)

Wednesday, December 4

City Hall Tree Lighting
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia City Hall north side (1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., 19107)

Friday, December 6

Santa Visits Campbell Square
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Campbell Square (2525 E. Allegheny Ave., 19134)

Saturday, December 7

Dickinson Square Holiday Lights Celebration
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Where: Dickinson Square (1600 E. Moyamensing Ave., 19148)

Ryerss Victorian Tea and Christmas Bazaar
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Ryerss Museum & Library (7370 Central Ave., 19111)

Make & Take Winter Hand Salves
Time: 12-2 p.m.
Where: DiSilvestro Playground (1701 S 15th St, 19145)

Winter Wonderland at Smith Playground
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Smith Playground (2100 S. 24th St., 19145)

Sunday, December 8

Fitler Square Holiday Tree Lighting
Time: 5 p.m.
Where: Fitler Square (2301-23 Pine St., 19103)

Christmas tree.
Christmas tree lighting.

Thursday, December 12

Goodnight Moon (adult early-morning hike)
Time: 6-7:30 a.m.
Where: Wissahickon Environmental Center (300 W. Northwestern Ave., 19118)

Saturday, December 14

Christmas Bird Count & Natural Ornament Craft
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Pennypack Environmental Center (8600 Verree Road, 19115)

Sunday, December 15

Christmas Caroling in Clark Park 
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Where: Clark Park (4301 Chester Ave., 19104)

Tuesday, December 17

Senior Holiday Gala
Time: Resource Expo 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Gala lunch & dancing 12-4 p.m.
Where: Marriott Downtown Grand Ballroom (1201 Market St., 19107)

Senior Gala 2018.
Senior Gala 2018.

Thursday, December 19 & Friday, December 20

Woodland Santa
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Wissahickon Environmental Center (300 W. Northwestern Ave., 19118)

Saturday, December 21

Winter Solstice Hike
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Where: Pennypack Environmental Center (8600 Verree Road, 19115)

Monday, December 23

Menorah Lighting
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Fitler Square (2301-23 Pine St., 19103)


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