Christmas in the City with the Littles


I’ve had such an absolute blast this holiday season exploring and enjoying all the fun + festive holiday experiences in Philadelphia with my two boys. Graham is still too little to really enjoy most of it, but he does like watching the lights and he’s a lover of people watching too. Brooks is at the perfect age {2 next month!} where he is really getting into the Christmas spirit. So it’s been so much fun to take him all around the city and showing him all the fun {and mostly free} Christmas things!

Here are a few of our favorite spots when enjoying Christmas in the city {of brotherly love} with the littles:


Macy’s Christmas Light Show

We’ve gone to see this 4-5 times in the past month. It runs every 2 hours {I think it should run every hour!} and it’s a fun + festive 15 minute light show, narrated by Julie Andrews. It showcases all the fun lights that have been around in Macy’s forever along with your favorite holiday tunes. The only downside is that it’s pretty packed {I think it would be a little more comfortable if it ran more frequently!}

Also, if you check out the light show you have to go upstairs to walk through Dickens Village and enjoy the story of Ebenezer Scrooge – with a visit to see Santa at the end!

Cost: Free! {except for if you want to purchase Santa pictures}

macys santa

Comcast Holiday Spectacular

This has been my first year checking out the Comcast Holiday Spectacular, never made it in the previous years, but so far this year, we’ve gone about 5 times! This show plays every hour, on the hour and it’s a15 minute video show that showcases some of our favorite holiday tunes, highlights some Philly locations and includes a sing-a-long too {and maybe even a surprise snowmaker at the end!}

Both my boys have been really into this – it’s a great little entertaining show on a huge screen.

Cost: Free! Love!


LOVE Park Christmas Village

This is a great little shopping area in Center City where you can pick up some unique gifts. It’s been such great weather this year so it’s been lovely to walk around and enjoy the vendors. My boys aren’t so much into the whole shopping thing but they enjoy the lights and the fun eats and the stroller ride too!

Cost: Free! Unless you buy anything 🙂


Reading Terminal Market Trains

If you have a train lover in your life, like I do, this is a hit. There are tons of trains set up on display and buttons around all the tracks where you can start and stop some of the trains & animation options. It’s cute for the littles, but I feel like this was hyped up a bit – it’s not very large, but it’s big enough if you are a little. But really you can’t go wrong with a visit to Reading Terminal!

Cost: Free!

reading terminal

Christmas at Longwood Gardens

I shared our amazing experience this year in my Christmas at Longwood Gardens post if you want more information on our visit, but seriously this is a MUST DO for anyone during the holiday season. With or without kids – its such a great space and they do an amazing job with making it super festive and beautiful. The lights at night are an added bonus! Seriously, go!

Cost: Gotta buy tickets! Go during the week if you can, less crowded!


Cherry Hill Mall Adventure to Santa

So there is this random & huge gingerbread house set up in the middle of Cherry Hill Mall. I had never done this before and at the beginning of the year I wasn’t going to sign up, because you had to purchase you pictures with Santa BEFORE going {which I thought was a little nuts because there is no guarantee they will be good} But they adjusted that rule after Thanksgiving. Now you just have to make a reservation ahead of time – which is sort of awesome because there is no waiting in line. You get your boarding pass, go to flight school, enjoy a super awesome sleigh ride with the Shrek characters and end up in the Nord Pole with a visit with Santa. Seriously, take your kids here – I loved everything about this!

Cost: Free! {except for if you want to purchase Santa pictures}


Zoo Noel

We have a zoo membership and just like Boo at the Zoo, they do a few fun Christmas themed weekends in the park. You can enjoy a visit with Santa and they highlight Santa’s from around the world all around the Zoo. Again, it’s been such great weather so it’s been great to take advantage of these outdoor activities in December!

Cost: Free with Zoo Tickets


Scuba Santa at the Aquarium

We just went to this for the first time on Friday and it was cute. They have a little show with a Buddy the Elf type character about getting ready for Santa and then Scuba Santa makes his grand appearance with other elves in the water. All the kids are allowed to go up to the glass to see him. It’s cute and different but the show is quick – but seriously, seeing Santa in scuba gear swimming with sharks is kinda awesome.

Cost: Free with Aquarium Tickets


King of Prussia Mall

Hitting up any mall during the holiday season is a little crazy because it’s always so busy. I love this time of year personally so I always enjoy the hustle and bustle. The KOP mall always does a great job with decor – I especially love their massive & festive trees. Plus Santa is always great too! Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Cost: Free! {except for if you want to purchase Santa pictures}


Neighborhood Reindeer Romp

I partook in a Reindeer Romp bar crawl with some friends last week {not recommended for kids! Ha} But I will recommend doing a little baking with your little and taking him or her on a fun little walk to distribute some tasty eats to your neighbors! Brooks and I handed out some yummy banana bread + blondies to our neighbors yesterday and he had a blast walking around and saying Merry Christmas!

Cost: Free + Good for the Soul!


What’s your favorite way to enjoy Christmas with your littles?

Please share!


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  • Reply Krissy December 21, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    We did many of the things on your list. We also did storybook land which I absolutely loved! We are going to do the aquarium over break since we have a membership.

  • Reply Patty O December 21, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    What an awesome mom you are! I enjoyed all your activities with the littles too! Let’s do it all again next year, and add the Polar Express and Storybook Land!

  • Reply doubleM December 22, 2015 at 11:21 am

    You have a lot of energy! I heard you walked in the rain with the 2 boys to see Comcast Holiday Spectacular yet again. Awesome!

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