‘Tis the season to be VERY jolly! Celebrate the holiday season around Philadelphia with great events like the Rittenhouse Tree Lighting, ice skating at Dilworth Park or Winterfest at Penn’s Landing. The One Liberty Observation Deck is open and a great spot for a selfie. Ring in 2016 with the city’s fireworks!
VERY Real Estate is all about what’s happening in Philadelphia and hopes our events calendar, VERY Happening, helps you catch the events everyone will be buzzing about. We hope to see you at some of these Happening events!
Rittenhouse Tree Lighting
When: December 3, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: Rittenhouse Square
Every year, locals and visitors pack the square for the ceremonial lighting of the Rittenhouse Square Christmas tree, which is typically more than 30 feet tall. For more information, click here .
Winterfest Tree Lighting
When: December 4, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Where: Penn’s Landing
Winterfest on the Delaware River Waterfront goes all out in lighting its tree with performances from the Philadelphia Youth Ballet and Philadelphia Symmetry Ice Skaters, as well as an appearance from Santa Claus. For more information, click here.
Deck The Alley 2015
When: December 5, 2016
Time: 3:00-7:00 PM
Where: Elfreth’s Alley
If you’ve ever longed to step inside the charming historic homes in Philadelphia, this event is for you. The residents of Old City’s historic Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest continuously occupied residential street, will once again open their doors for the annual Deck the Alley open house. For more information, click here.
When: December 9, 2015
Time: 8:00 PM
Where: The Kimmel Center
It’s a jam session, it’s a dance party, it’s a live show – and it always features the hottest talent on the scene! Sittin’ In is the free, monthly jam session at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Blending edgy horns, choice vinyl, cutting edge MC’s and soaring vocalists, each session is unique, led by a stellar lineup of guest hosts and their band of choice. For more information, click here.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
When: December 17 – 20, 2015
Where: Merriam Theater
Join us in celebrating Rudolph’s 50 years on television and come see all of your favorite characters as they come to life in the all new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. For more information, click here.
New Year’s Eve
When: December 31, 2015
Ring in the New Year in style! Philadelphia offers fireworks at 6PM and 12 AM to celebrate the new year! Make a dinner reservation and enjoy the show. For more information, click here.
HAPPENING: All Month
When: September 19, 2015 – February 15, 2016
Where: Franklin Institute
Experience 2,000 years of Vatican history at The Franklin Institute. See more than 200 works of art and historically significant objects that together form a great mosaic of the history of the Church and its impact on art, history, and culture. From the sights and sounds of the grand Basilica to a touchable cast of Saint John Paul II’s hand, embark on a journey through the ages of artistic expression and religious iconography. For more information, click here.
Franklin Square Holiday Festival
When: November 12 – December 31, 2015
Where: Franklin Square
Experience the magic of the holidays and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the more than 50,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square in alternating shows every 30 minutes (4:30 – 8 pm) during the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show; warm up with comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben’s Bites & Brews. For more information, click here.
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market
When: November 21 – December 27, 2015
Where: Dilworth Park
For the first time this holiday season, Dilworth Park will host a market showcasing local artists, crafters, confectionaries and designers. In white, festively lit tents, topped with Original Herrnhut Stars/MyBrilliantStar, holiday shoppers can find unique gifts and special holiday foods. For more information, click here.
When: November 27, 2015
Where: Penn’s Landing
Ice skating under the Ben Franklin Bridge, hot chocolate and the beer garden and lodge will entertain you during the winter months! For more information, click here.
One Liberty Observation Deck
When: All year
Where: One Liberty Place
The best view of Philadelphia is finally open! Head 883 feet up and take that selfie! For more information, click here.
The events listed in VERY Happening are not sponsored by or related to VERY Real Estate. Times, admission and locations are subject to change without notice. For questions about a particular event, please follow the “More Information” link provided.
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