I may be biased, but I think Pennsylvania is one of the best places to live in. Not only do we experience all of the seasons, but each season is magical in its own right. Whether you’re exploring the fall foliage along the gorges in one of the many state parks in the state or celebrating the holidays in the city, it’s truly a magical place to be.
Speaking of the holidays, the Southeastern PA region really shows out this time of year and there’s so much to do, regardless of where you are in PA during the winter season.
If you’re planning to visit during the holiday season or just looking for some new ways to experience the city this time of year, here are some suggestions we’d recommend for you.
KENNETT SQUARE HOLIDAY VILLAGE:
We went for the first time last year and it was so much fun! They have everything from specialty drinks to delicious eats to a photo booth with all the fixings. It’s nice to walk through for a fun date night, but if you have children, there’s a lot of interactive things for kids as well. They can even apparently take a photograph with Santa while there.
Recently, Penns Landing has been hosting not only ice skating along the river, but a ton of other fun ways to interact with the area during the winter season. You can roast marshmallows by the fire as you overlook the Camden waterfront or drink hot chocolate and take a stroll along the park.
It’s a bit pricey if you go with more than one person, but it’s worth it when you actually attend. Every year Longwood Gardens has this beautiful light display for the holiday season where you can see the beautiful lights and enjoy the beautiful winter floral displays they have set up for their Christmas Light Show. We went a few years back and have been meaning to go back every year since as it’s truly a sight to behold.
YEARLY CHRISTMAS DISPLAY AT MACY’S:
For as long as I can remember, there was a holiday display at Macy’s inside of the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia. You’d sit on the floor and watch as the holiday decor lit up, with beautiful melodic tunes ringing in your ears. It’s something I would look forward to because it’s truly nothing like it. They also have pretty window displays this time of year if you’re up for taking a walk around the huge store.
We went to this village a few years back because we were randomly in the mood for some Christmas or holiday-related activity on a Sunday evening. It was a lot of fun when we went and there’s a ton of things to do there. It’s also very kid-friendly if you’re looking for activities to partake in with little ones.
Every year, Nemours Mansion and Gardens put up holiday decorations in the home so you can get a glimpse of not only the grandeur of the home, but you get to enjoy the holiday decor. Each room is normally themed and you can you tell it was decorated with intent. It’s definitely a museum I would recommend visiting during the holiday season.
YULETIDE AT WINTERTHUR:
This mansion is another DuPont family property and it is absolutely stunning. It’s truly the biggest mansion I’ve ever seen as it’s more than 100 rooms. Insane – right? Well, imagine how gorgeous it looks during the holiday season!
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE IN PHILADELPHIA:
Every year in Dilworth Park, Philadelphia hosts its annual Christmas Village where you can enjoy everything from hot chocolate while you browse for handcrafted gifts that are made in Philadelphia, and food while you watch people ice skate on the plaza near the Christmas tree. It’s a beautiful way to experience the city during the holiday season.
FIGURE SKATING AT CONSTITUTION YARDS IN WILMINGTON, DE:
I cannot ice skate, but that hasn’t stopped us since it’s creation from stopping by when we’re able to, enjoying hot cocoa and watching others. If ice skating is your thing, this is a fun thing to do with friends along the waterfront.
What are some of your favorite things to do to celebrate the holiday season?