December’s Top Holiday Events: LumiNature at the Philly Zoo, Christmas Village, Ice Skating, Holiday Markets, Tree Lightings, Bar Crawls & More!

Some of the most festive happenings and events taking place this December!



Now through January 5th

4:30 – 10:30pm

Philadelphia Zoo

3400 West Girard Ave

Cost: $19 – $24. Kids under two enter for Free. Timed-tickets available every half hour.

This holiday season enjoy a new winter light experience that transforms the Zoo! Go on a magical journey of illuminations, music, sound and surprises. Enjoy 12 different entertainment zones with fantastical lighting experiences. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.


Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Opening November 29th

101 South Columbus Blvd

Hours vary. Open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve

Cost: Pay as you go. Ice skating tickets and rental: $4-$10.

Filled with all of Philadelphia’s favorite winter traditions, including skating under the stars amidst the majestic Ben Franklin Bridge, sipping hot chocolate and eating comfort foods in the chalet-inspired Lodge with food and beverages from Garces Group, Chickie’s and Pete’s, and Franklin Fountain, the fun lasts all season long with arcade games, storytelling adventures, late night dancing, character skating, and more at this picture-perfect winter wonderland.


Christmas Village in Philadelphia

December 1st – 24th

11am – 7pm

Love Park

1500 Arch St

Cost: Pay as you go

Get ready to enjoy Christmas Village in Philadelphia as it returns to LOVE Park and puts Center City in the mood for the winter holidays. LOVE Park transforms into an authentic open-air German Christmas market with holiday sights and sounds featuring festive Christmas decorations, live music, children’s activities and plenty of delicious European food and drinks.


Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market

December 1st – January 1st (Closed December 25th)

11am – 7pm

Dilworth Park

1400 JFK Blvd

Cost: Pay as you go

The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market turns Dilworth Park into a holiday shopping wonderland. Browse holiday goods and foods from over 50 artisans, designers, crafters and confectionaries from the greater Philadelphia region.


Breakfast with Santa

December 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd

9am – 12pm

Popi’s Italian Restaurant

3120 S. 20th St

Cost: $9.99 – $19.99

Enjoy breakfast with your family and get your photo taken with Santa at Popi’s annual Breakfast with Santa! Reservations required.


NextFab Made Holiday Pop-Up

December 1st

11am – 2pm

Dock Street Brewery

2118 Washington Ave

Cost: Free

NextFab has partnered with local handmade goods store Good Measure and Dock Street Brewery South for a one day only Holiday Pop-Up Market. Browse a selection of  NextFab made products, and sip on Dock Street’s specialty cocktails or signature drafts while shopping for those one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays. Support local businesses while checking everyone off your list, with retail store Good Measure, whose mission is to drive and promote the talent of local makers.


City of Philadelphia Holiday Tree Lighting

December 4th

5 – 7pm

City Hall

1515 Arch St

Cost: Free

Kickoff the winter holiday season at the City of Philadelphia’s Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration. Enjoy a festive evening as City Hall is transformed into a winter wonderland, featuring exciting entertainment, family-friendly activities, and the grand finale – the lighting of more than 4,000 lights on the spectacular 50-foot White Fir (Abies Concolor).


The Lunch Club Holiday Party

December 4th

6 – 8pm

Kismet Spring Arts

448 N. 10th St

6th Floor

Cost: $20

Not all of us have holiday office parties and not all of us enjoy the ones we must attend, and even if we do, why not have a fancier party with those you love to hang out with every day, all the while supporting a great cause? Join The Lunch Club Community at Kismet Cowork in Spring Arts. There will be food by Front Street Cafe, brews by Roy Pitz & Triple Bottom Brewing, Itz Spritz, and Bravazzi Hard Seltzer! All profits benefit Philabundance.


East Passyunk Tree Lighting 2019

December 5th

5 – 7pm

1904 East Passyunk Ave

Cost: Free

East Passyunk Avenue BID and Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation invite you to kick off the holidays at the Annual East Passyunk Christmas Tree Lighting. Come out with neighbors and friends for an evening filled with holiday music from Alphabet Academy Child Care, Andrew Jackson School HOME rock band, and more! Santa Claus will help spread holiday cheer and be on hand to take photos with the children.


Winter Wonderland

December 7th

10am – 12pm

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

3500 Reservoir Dr

Cost: $10 – $100

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse will host its annual Winter Wonderland celebration, families are invited for wintery and family-friendly festivities that include a s’mores roasting, a hot cocoa bar, a petting zoo, theater games, obstacle course challenges, a water table, book giveaway, and more!


Dashin’ Through The Bars

December 7th + December 14th

2 – 10pm

Various Locations

Cost: $22.99

Find your favorite holiday ugly sweaters, Santa suits, elf costumes or onesies and get ready to go Dashin’ Through The Bars this year at the top venues in Philadelphia!


Dr. Mütter’s Merry Emporium

December 8th

11am – 4pm

Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

19 S. 22nd St

Cost: Free

Experience Dr. Mütter’s Merry Emporium, a unique holiday market experience at The Mütter Museum. The historic Mitchell Hall will be transformed into a winter wonderland where you can find Mütter-esque items for your curious loved ones, enjoy plague doctor cookies from Dottie’s Donuts, and take a festive photo with the plague doctor himself for your holiday card!


Polar Express Day

December 14th

10am – 3pm

The Franklin Institute

222 N. 20th St

Cost: Included with general admission price of $23

Relive the magic and wonder of the timeless classic holiday tale “The Polar Express” with activities inspired by the award-winning book and beloved film. Let your imagination soar and settle in for a unique guided experience aboard the authentic Baldwin 60,000 locomotive. Understand steam vs. diesel and how trains move, the harmonics of sleigh bells, and why no two snowflakes are alike — plus more holiday-related science happenings and screenings of “The Polar Express.”


Holiday Flea Market & Craft Fair

December 20th

5 – 11pm

Boot & Saddle

1131 S. Broad St

Cost: $3

Boot & Saddle Presents the Holiday Flea Market + Craft Fair 2019, benefiting Planned Parenthood. This event will feature performances by Wynona, The Polka Dots, Yuckmouf, A Death By The Seaside, and The Truth Hertz.