About: During the light show around 100, 000 LED lights combine to create wonderful holiday images. Shows are scheduled for 10:00am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm,and 8:00pm. The Light Show itself lasts about eleven minutes. Good times for viewing are Monday through Thursday. Shoppers waiting for the next show will want to take in the Dickens Christmas Village on the Third Floor, Market Street, which is also free and is open on a continuous basis from 10 am. The Wanamaker Organ is the largest working pipe organ in the world and has more than 28,677 pipes and it is played daily at noon from Monday through Saturday, and during Macy’s light show it is used as the finale to the light show when Deck the Halls is played. It is also used at the 6:00 pm light show on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. At other times a recorded version of the organ is used to conclude the light show.
When: November 23to December 31. The store is closed on December 25.
Contact:215-241-9000 – Macy’s.
About: After their last album Flesh & Blood four years ago John Butler Trio, the Australian band are set to release their next album, Home just before heading on tour across America. Formed in 1998, the band has come a long way since John Butler, award-winning musician, lead guitarist, and vocalist started his career as a busker. The title track off their upcoming album was released earlier this year. John Butler Trio’s sound fuses folk, reggae, and acoustic and they cite a wide range of influences from Bob Marley, Tracy Chapman, and Blue King Brown, to De LA Soul, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Black Sabbath.
When: Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 pm.
Cost: From $32.
About: In the heart of Bucks County the festival will have live music, shopping, and kids activities. Their Apple Pies are popular so now you can make sure you get one by pre-ordering on the website and pick them up at the festival. There will be everything from pet accessories and needs to jewellery, clothing, home décor and loads more.
When: Saturday and Sunday, November 3-4 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Cost: Admission and most parking is free. Food and rides are pay as you go.
About: Lace up those skates and enjoy Philadelphia’s only outdoor roller skating rink with mini golf, a Midway carnival, and some great food spots. Lots of lights make it festive, and with river and Ben Franklin Bridge views, it is the perfect place to spend a day and evening. Tickets can be purchased online or on-site. Both quads and in-line skates are available for rental.
When: Winter season opens November 23.General Park Hours
Monday through Thursday: 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Friday: 1:00 pm – 1:00 am
Saturday: 11:00 am – 1:00 am, Sunday: 1:00 am – 11:00 pm. Skating, Mini Golf and Midway Rides end 30 minutes prior to close.
Cost:Skating Admission: $3.00, Skate Rental: $10.00. Free admission for all first responders and military personnel, and allIndependence Blue Cross Cardholders and employees.$2 off skating admission for all TD Bank Cardholders.
About: When Willy Wonka opens his marvellously mysterious chocolate factory to a few very lucky people, one of them Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with colour and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and popular songs like Pure imagination, and The Candyman.
When: November 6-18 at various times – see schedule on the website.
Cost: From $20.
About: With the wooden booths for vendors, live performances, and pavement artists this Christmas Village has an air of nostalgia about it, harking back to German village markets. Come here to look for handmade toys, unique and beautiful jewellery, unusual ornaments, high-quality arts and crafts, as well as great European food from the 80 or so vendors.
When: November 22 to December 24 from Sunday to Thursday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday to Saturday 11:00 m to 8:00 pm.
Cost: Free admission.
About: Winter Wonderettes, is a festive retro revue that’ll have your feet tapping along and your heart filled with swinging Yuletide spirit. Join the Winter Wonderettes, an all-singing, all-dancing quartet of beauties intent on pulling off the perfect Christmas party. When Santa goes missing ahead of the party, they use their considerable talent, creativity, and humour to save the year-end bash. You may find it difficult not to sing along to their harmony-laden, throwback versions of holiday classics like Jingle Bell Rock, Run, Rudolph, Run and Santa Baby.
When: November 13-30 (event runs until December 30) at various times.
Cost: From $67.
About: Kids love to listen to music by their peers – and when those kids are super talented then it’s even better. Seeing youngsters achieve their dreams spurs a kid’s determination to succeed. Kidz Bop has sold over 19 million albums and generated over 1 billion streams since the brand debuted in 2001. The best-selling series has had 24 Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 Chart; only three artists in history—The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand—have had more Top 10 albums. Kidz Bop Live 2018 is a great family concert experience, “sung by kids for kids” just 14 minutes by car in Camden, New Jersey.
When: Saturday, November 3 at 6:00 pm.
Cost: From $35.
About: The Universoul Circus, founded by Cedric Walker, delivers a unique brand of high-energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Maybe you’ll be dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarhill Gang; or volunteering for the UniverSoul Circus Soul Train Line; singing 2,200-part harmony with the kids to Sponge Bob Square Pants; or enjoying a musical finale with the entire cast line-dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller – there’s something for everyone to interact with at UniverSoul Circus inspired by the only African American owned circus operating in 1893. When you’re not dancing under the big top there are gravity-defying acts to watch and lots more.
When: November 10-18 at various times – see schedule on
Cost: From $20.
About: The musical follows the story of a child abused by her parents who turns to the world of books, and then develops incredible powers, which she has to use to protect her fellow students at Crunchem Hall from the tyrannical headmistress Mrs Trunchbull. This fun musical, based on the Roald Dahl book Matilda, has won 85 international awards among them five Tony Awards and seven Olivier awards.
When: Starts November 6-30 (event continues to January 6, 2019) at various times – see schedule online.
Cost: From $25.
About: The grand illumination celebration will see one million twinkling lights, visits from Santa, shopping and delicious treats. The Season of Lights starts with the Grand Illumination Celebration on Friday, November 16, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Shops open until 10:00pmtocelebrate Merchants’ Open House Weekend! Santa switches on the lights at 6:15 pm and The Gingerbread Display debuts in the Village Gazebo will have more than 50 of the most creative, technically excellent, and visually exciting entries on exhibit.
When: November 16 through to Jan 5, 2019. Gingerbread house display times are Monday to Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.
Closes at 4:00 pm on Christmas Eve. Closed on Christmas Day.
Cost: Free admission and free parking.
About: Be there for the first Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show of 2018, presented by PECO, where you can take in more than 75,000 lights as you enjoy seasonal foods at SquareBurger, Ben’s Sweets and Treats and the Winter Beer Garden. The Festival is open daily(except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). The lights and music will usher in that happy holiday feeling.
When: Thursday, November 15 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm – event continues to December 31.
Contact:215-629-4026 or email email@example.com.
Cost: Free event.
About: Besides the race which draws 30, 000 athletes from around the world to run the 26.3-mile race, there is also Health & Fitness Expo to kick off the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend. The expo is no for two days at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during race weekend, with vendors showcasing the newest running apparel, shoes, and accessories, distributing product samples and offering tips on health and fitness. The race takes place on Sunday 18 with the start and finishes between 21st & 25th Streets on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Expo open Friday 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Contact: email info@PhiladelphiaMarathon.com – they do ask you to check the FAQ to make sure the answer isn’t already there.
Cost: Free to watch. Check the website for registration and categories if planning on entering.
About: With the support of corporate sponsors, 6abc has been producing the parade since Gimbel’s closed in 1986 – Gimbel Brother’s Department Store initiated the parade in 1920 and this year marks the 99th parade. It draws an extensive lineup of celebrities, floats, balloons, performance groups and marching bands that come from all over the country to participate, some with up to 90 members!
When: Thursday, November 22 from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon.
Contact: via Facebook or Twitter.
About: The teen dark pop singer has had a meteoric rise. Supported on stage by her talented brother Finneas who does vocals, keys and guitar, Billie’s voice sounds every bit as good on stage as on her records. Listen to her hits idontwantobeyouanymore,Bellyache,&burn, COPYCATand Ocean Eyes. Her concerts sell out fast!
When: Sunday, November 4 at 7:00 pm.