Fun + Festive: Our Favorite Things to do during the Holidays in the Philadelphia Area with Kids

The holidays are in full swing. About 2 weeks until Christmas and I don’t know about you, but I am in complete OVERLOAD with all the festive things to do with the kids! There is always so much going on, all over the place and I don’t want to miss out {#FOMO} but I also don’t want to overdo it – because as fun as it is to see and do it all, the holidays are a beautiful thing done slow and enjoying each moment – especially through the eyes of the kiddos.

I’ve sort of made it my personal mission over my years living in the city and now as a new resident in the Philadelphia ‘burbs to see, do and explore it all – especially with my kids. I love to encourage them to try new things, experience different places and have all the fun.

If you are like me, looking for another thing or two to add to you holiday to do list with the family, I thought it would be fun {and possibly helpful} to compile a list of our favorites this winter season!

Here’s a look at our holiday favorite that we hit up every year:

First up, Dutch Winter Wonderland.

DW does an incredible job each season and its the perfect park for younger kids. It’s always so clean and not far from Philly – my boys love enjoying the rides at night when they are all lit up, checking out the holiday trains and the Dinosaur Walk {where the Dinos get festive!} There is also a magical train ride and a light up holiday show.

We love it here in the Summer with all the water fun, for Halloween and the Trick or Treat adventures and the Winter Wonderland is always magical! Definitely worth checking out!

Next up – Longwood Gardens.

This tradition sort of happened by accident – my parents are members and love going and we just started taking the boys each year – now they are old enough to enjoy it more and love everything festive. The light + water shows are beautiful and the decor is unreal!

This year was our first time going to a Christmas Tree Farm – picking a tree + chopping it down on our own. The boys LOVED it and I really enjoyed it too. Yeagers Farm + Market in Phoenixville is where we went this year, next year we are going to try another new spot – but it was a lot of fun and worth thinking about – especially if you don’t have a tree yet!

Can’t continue on with this post without a little love for Hershey. I did a entire post about our visit to Christmas Candyland + Sweet Lights – if you are looking for a great holiday time with family, this is it!

Next Up – Home Depot!

If you aren’t signing up for the monthly {FREE} Kids Workshops, you are missing out. They do extra ones around the holiday season and they are so much fun, my boys love them. Definitely add to your list to check out.

Brunch with Santa! We’ve done a few of these over the years and they are always so lovely. This year it was the only time our boys were going to get to visit with Santa, so it was extra special to see them give their lists and chat. They are EVERYWHERE and much more fun than a mall visit – definitely do some online searching to find one near you, they are happening all over!

Now for a little focus on the city in Philadelphia. After living there for so many years, we definitely had our holiday schedules down pat. A few of our favorites would always be the ice skating + markets around City Hall, along with the Holiday Light Show at the Comcast Building {a classic!}

We also LOVED to hit up the Macy’s Tree Lighting Show and Dicken’s Village. I hope to get down there this year to see this as its another holiday classic in Philadelphia. Reading Terminal Market also always has a great train display too!

And can’t forget about Scuba Santa! The underwater Christmas tree and all the Holiday Fun at the Camden Aquarium is a fabulous way to spend the day.

This year, new to the Philadelphia area for the holiday season is the Zoo Lights! We haven’t been yet, but I hope to get down for it sometime soon, its supposed to be so much fun!

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  • Reply Patty December 11, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Great post of what you can do in and around the city! Like you, I’m missing all the city traditions we’ve made over the years too!

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