Favorite Holiday Traditions in Philadelphia with the Littles

I CANNOT believe Christmas is this weekend.

Feels so surreal – it happened so quick. I feel like I should have a list a million miles long, but really, everything is done. Just have a little grocery shopping to do over the weekend, but that’s it. Easy Peasy.

This month has been jam packed with all sorts of holiday goodness. Sometimes I think the Christmas season should be spread out a little more than from Thanksgiving to the New Year – it just doesn’t feel like enough time to get everything done and do everything you want to do, while being to enjoy it all. But, then again, as the mom who does all the planning, prepping, shopping, purchasing, decorating, wrapping – 5 weeks seems like long enough!

We managed to do just about everything we wanted to do this Holiday Season in Philadelphia. Living in the city there are so many amazing options and opportunities to celebrate the holidays with the littles. We hit up a bunch of my favorites, but I already can’t wait for next  year when we can do some more of the nighttime things with the lights – but I’m not messing with my 7pm bedtime!

If you follow me on Instagram, many of these things probably look familiar, but I wanted to do a roundup of my favorite Holiday activities with the Littles to share one the blog! Check them out and let me know what you think:


We enjoyed some outdoor time seeing the big Christmas tree in front of the Art Museum.

The Macy’s Light Show {that runs every 2 hours starting at 10am} is always fun to see. Brooks was really into it this year. 

And if you time it right, you can hit up Dickin’s Village for a walk through A Christmas Carol to see the tale of Scrooge. I suggest seeing the 10am Light Show and then going straight up to the 3rd floor to check this out. Early in the day there are the least amount of lines! Plus – at the end, Santa!

We really love the Holiday Spectacular at the Comcast Building. This runs every hour for about 18 minutes and the kids are both obsessed with it. The wall comes to life playing favorite Holiday songs and it’s fun to watch – plus we love grabbing lunch downstairs after!

Not to mention it snows TWICE during each show {the last two songs} – it’s Brooks, and every other kids favorite part. They stand under the snowmen and wait for it!

This year was our first time checking out the Holiday Railway at Morris Arboretum – and we did just that on the coldest day of the year so far, but it was still so amazing to see. They do an amazing job with the trains and they were really cool – we will definitely be going back to that next year, maybe at night to see it all lit up!

We also go to Longwood Gardens every Christmas season to see the beautiful display – this was Brooks’ 3rd visit! I can’t believe it! We go during the day and didn’t get to see the nighttime lights this year, but are planning to show it to the boys next year, I know they will love it! I’m always amazed whenever we go to Longwood – so beautiful all year long.

Not to mention Longwood does an incredible indoor holiday display – it’s a gorgeous place to walk around. Check out my posts with the boys from the previous two years:

Christmas at Longwood – 2015 / A Longwood Christmas – 2014

It’s also always worth it to make the trek down to City Hall to see another gorgeous Christmas tree and see the Christmas village. There’s an ice skating rink, tons of shops and places to grab a bite {or a beverage} and a carousel too! They always do a nice job with the set up!

This year we also made a new Christmas tradition which was going to a local bakery to do cookie decorating – we went with Brooks’ preschool class, but I’m seeing lots of places doing it now for the kids – it was so fun!


What’s your favorite Holiday Tradition where you live with your Little?

Please share !


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  • Reply Patty O December 26, 2016 at 8:05 am

    These ideas are just wonderful if you live in the city and I love doing them too, but if you live in the burbs check out the West Chester Railroad – Santa Train – we took our grandkids this year and they loved it!

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