Hey Philly!

The holiday season has arrived. 

We can watch our city magically transform into a winter wonderland, filled with family-friendly fun and exciting entertainment! Here are a few ways you can join in the holiday fun.

Shop small this holiday season

Every local dollar can make a lasting impact on the lives of business owners and their families. Consider shopping small this holiday season! And remember, there are plenty of ways you can support small businesses this holiday season.

As always, we hope you check out the shops at Christmas Village in LOVE Park and support some of our local vendors!

Give back

For those in the “spirit of giving” there are several opportunities to give back to the community. The first-ever Navy Yard Winter Wonderland & Winter Clothing Drive is approaching. This is a free event where you can enjoy a variety of winter-themed activities and donate winter clothing, which will be given to children at local elementary schools.

Looking for something specific? You can also find an array of volunteer opportunities around the city using the Mayor’s Office of Volunteer Service volunteer corps portal.

Have fun

As you can see there is no shortage of festive activities this season, whether it be snapping a photo with our breathtaking holiday tree, taking a spin in the outdoor Dilworth Ice Rink, or enjoying one of our free Parks & Recreation (PPR) Ice Rinks located in various parts of the city, or join PPR for a holiday celebration!

Are you adventurous and looking for outdoor winter activities like helping spot birds at the Christmas Bird Count or sitting around a campfire and roasting s’mores? Parks & Recreation (PPR) has a variety of events like these to choose from!

We hope you’ll join us at one of the amazing holiday events happening throughout our city.

Below are two staple holiday events you certainly don’t want to miss!

City of Philadelphia Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

December 01, 2022

7 to 8 p.m.

Philadelphia City Hall, 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107


Visit the Philadelphia Holiday Parade

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The parade will run from 2nd and Market streets to City Hall.