By Michael Muldoon, Communications Associate

Bundle up and check out these December outdoor events at Parks & Rec sites. This list will be updated regularly. Please check back for additional events.


Christmas Village in LOVE Park

When: November 25 – December 24, 2021
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: LOVE Park, 1501 John F Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19102

Christmas Village is back at LOVE Park and City Hall! The festivities begin after the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25. They continue through Christmas Eve, December 24. The event is one of the largest and most authentic German Christmas markets in the United States. Admission to Christmas Village is free. Shopping, food, and drink are pay-as-you-go. Check out 14 ways to enjoy German traditions—and some new editions!

Christmas Village Storytimes

When: December 1 – December 22, 2021 — Every Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Where: Christmas Village stage in LOVE Park, 1501 John F Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Free Library will be returning to Christmas Village for weekly family storytimes. Join us for a variety of festive stories and songs. Read more about it.


Deck the Porch at Ryerss Museum & Library

When: December 4, 2021 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Ryerss Museum & Library in Burholme Park, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Join The Friends of Ryerss for the return of their Holiday Celebration and Christmas Greenery Sale. Featuring wreaths from Fox Chase Farm, fun activities for kids, delicious baked goods for sale, and a used book sale. Be sure to check out the blacksmith demonstration by Stuart Geisler in front of the carriage house.

Handmade Holidays at Bartram’s Garden 

When: December 4, 2021 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindberg Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19143 

Celebrate the holidays at Bartram’s Garden in person this year! Craft workshops, pie making contests, winter tree ID activities, and more are planned for a fun day in the park. Local vendors and small businesses create a holiday marketplace experience for guests. Learn more about Handmade Holidays 

Winter Festival at Gold Star Park 

When: December 4, 2021 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Gold Star Park613 Wharton St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 

Bask in holiday cheer and enjoy warm drinks, snacks, and fun inflatables at the park this December. View the event details Facebook.

Movie night at Cianfrani Park: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

When: December 4, 2021 – 4:30 p.m. showtime
Where: Cianfrani Park, 721 S 8th St., Philadelphia, PA, 19147 

Bundle up and enjoy a viewing of the holiday classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Bring your own chair or blanket. Be sure to bundle up (think football weather) and consider wearing a mask. Read more about this event hosted by the Friends of Cianfrani Park.

Holiday Lighting Celebration at Dickinson Square

When: December 4, 2021 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Dickinson Square, 1600 E. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19148

Join the Friends of Dickinson Square as they turn on the park’s holiday lights. View the event information on the Friends of Dickinson Square’s Facebook page.

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy Holiday Bazaar

When: December 10, 2021 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 8297 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152-1919

Enjoy food, drinks, arts and crafts, pictures with Santa and his elves and more. View the event details on Facebook.

Winter Nights, Winter Lights  

When: December 11, 2021 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Bardascino Park1000 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The friends of Bardascino Park bringing light to long winter nights by installing an illuminated tree and inviting the community to light up the park with handcrafted lanterns. Community members are encouraged to pick up a craft lantern kit from the park on December 4 to decorate and bring to the ceremony on December 11. Neighbors will be on hand to help hang your masterpiece. Learn more about this event hosted by the Friends of Bardascino Park. 

Visit the City’s Holiday Celebrations page to find additional events.


Yoga with Jenna Song

When: Sundays at 10 a.m. Now through March, 2022.
Where: Online (Zoom)

Join this online yoga class evert Wednesday from now until March. Hatha yoga emphasizes physical health and relaxation of your mind. The class will focus on posture alignment, strengthening, and flexibility. Register for the class. Event by Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership.

“A Toymaker’s Christmas”

When: December 22, 23, and 24, 2021 at 8 p.m.
Where: Online (Facebook)

Star Players of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
presents a virtual concert of its 2014 hit show “A Toymaker’s Christmas.” The show, written and directed by Bill Arthur will be presented on December 22, 23, 24 at 7 p.m. To view the show, visit Star Players on Facebook prior to the show and use the link provided.