What are you thankful for this year? We know that that question might be more difficult in 2020 than in past years, but we hope that you’ll take time during the holiday season to reflect on the positive parts of your life.

Though it may look a bit different this year, Thanksgiving is soon to be upon us and businesses in Philadelphia are coming together to meet the changing needs of the community. Whether it is dining inside a local restaurant or ordering their culinary excellence to-go for enjoyment at home, one thing is for certain, Thanksgiving is sure to be as flavorful and tasty as ever. Gather ‘round the table (a favorite restaurant or your own), and prepare to be delighted by the sights, tastes and offerings these local businesses have to offer.

Before or after feasting on the holiday meal, you can trot in a virtual format, indulge in unique and thrilling experiences, or simply enjoy nature and local scenery. We have it all in our recreational suggestions during Thanksgiving Week listed below!

Read on to find:

Dine Out (Or Get Take-Out!) for Thanksgiving Dinner

Order a Farm Fresh Bird

Order a Bakery Fresh Pie

Thanksgiving Week Events

Turkey Trots & More

More Local Favorites

Ways to Safely Celebrate the Holiday

Dine Out (or Get Take-Out!) for Thanksgiving Dinner:

Leave the cooking, clean up and planning to the local culinary experts and plan to dine in-house with family & friends. Be sure to check restaurant websites and social media to confirm availability and any last-minute changes. Most are encouraging and/or requiring reservations, so be sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible!

Bank & Bourbon

1200 Market Street, Philadelphia
215-231-7300

This Thanksgiving, enjoy a festive and seasonal three course meal at inherently American restaurant, Bank & Bourbon. Created by Chef Joe Thomas Jr. and his talented culinary team, guests can warm up with a parsnip potato soup, or nibble on the roasted squash salad a more seasonal and lighter option. Entrées include the classic roasted turkey breast paired with brioche sage stuffing, baby carrots, green beans, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce; or opt for something less traditional including seared sixty south salmon or grilled filet mignon. Thanksgiving isn’t complete there; feast on an elaborate selection of seasonal pies for dessert!

Pricing begins at $65 per person, and includes a glass of wine or sparkling champagne and $28 for children. Reservations are available via Resy. See the complete menu HERE.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

1426-1428 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
215-246-0533

Del Frisco’s is offering a prix fixe menu for $59 that features your choice of appetizer (butternut squash soup or salad), roasted turkey breast and all the trimmings, and either pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie a la mode.

Devil’s Alley (Dine-in, Take-out, Delivery) 

1907 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
215-751-0707

Devil’s Alley (Photo provided by Aversa PR.)

Thanksgiving Dinner at Devil’s Alley in Rittenhouse Square is an annual tradition! Leave the cooking to the chefs with a full three-course dinner. Devil’s Alley is open from noon to 9 p.m. for take-out or dine-in. First course – Butternut Squash Soup; Main Course – pick one Roasted Turkey or Bourbon Glazed Ham; select three sides including mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, charred brussels sprouts, whipped sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese or grilled sweet potatoes; Dessert – pick one Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie. Available for $45 per person for adults, or $20 per person for children (minus the soup). Non-alcoholic beverage included! Cocktails to go available for order as well. Delivery available through Doordash and Grub Hub – orders must be placed that day – and leave extra time for delivery, please! Otherwise for pick-up order through the Devil’s Alley website.

El Camino Real (Take-out)

1040 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia
215-925-1110

El Camino Real (Photo provided by Aversa PR.)

Forget the dirty dishes, grocery shopping, and cooking. Make this Thanksgiving holiday simple this year. Order your homemade turkey dinner from El Camino Real today with easy pick up in Northern Liberties. All packages will be prepared for pick up on Wednesday October 25th with reheating instructions included.  All orders must be in by November 23.

Package 1 – $85
Choose:14lb-16lb House-Smoked Turkey or 7-8lb House Smoked Boneless Turkey Breast
Includes Gravy and Cranberry

Package 2 – $225 (for 8-10 people)
14-16lb Apple & Cherry Wood Smoked Turkey
Classic Stuffing
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Spiced Pecans, Pomegranates and Balsamic Reduction
Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce
Rosemary Gravy
Buttermilk Biscuits
Apple & Pumpkin Pies

Package 3 – $130 (for 4 people)
Smoked Apple & Cherry Wood Turkey Platter
Carved Turkey Breast and Dark Meat
Classic Stuffing
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Spiced Pecans, Pomegranates and Balsamic Reduction
Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce
Rosemary Gravy
Buttermilk Biscuits
Apple & Pumpkin Pies

Package 4 – $75 (for 2 people)
Smoked Turkey Breast
Classic Stuffing
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Spiced Pecans, Pomegranates and Balsamic Reduction
Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce
Rosemary Gravy
Buttermilk Biscuits
Apple or Pumpkin Pie

$25 À La Carte
Choose: Stuffing, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole

Fork

306 Market Street, Philadelphia
215-625-9425
https://forkrestaurant.com/

Fork will be open and taking reservations from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Available for parties of up to four inside, and groups of up to six outside, guests can enjoy Fork’s feast at $75 per person. To start, each person at the table will have their choice of Green Salad with Walnuts and Pears, Grapes and Burrata,  Carrot Ginger Soup or Boston Mackerel with Sweet Potato. Similarly, each guest will choose their entree from the line-up of: Trout with Shaved Leeks, Short Rib with Jus and Horseradish or Green Meadow Farm Turkey with Cranberry Chutney and Gravy. Family-style sides, served for every table, include: Roasted Apples and Brussels Sprouts, Anadama Herb Stuffing, Parker House Rolls, Mashed Potatoes and Wild Rice Stuffed Squash. To cap off the meal with something sweet, each guest will take their pick of Classic Apple Pie, Kabocha Squash Pie, Salted Honey Custard Pie or Dark Chocolate Budino.

Reservations for Indoor Dining can be made HERE. Outdoor reservations can be made HERE.

Franklin Social (Takeout)

401 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia (located inside the Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel)
215-922-0000

Pick up a complete Thanksgiving dinner for your home at Franklin Social. Meals prepared for 4, complete with pre-heating instructions. Pick up times Wednesday 2pm – 9pm, Thursday 9am – 2pm. 10 – 12 lb Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Soy Glazed Green Beans with Bacon, Roasted Asparagus, Country stuffing, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Dinner Rolls with Whipped Butter, Pumpkin Pie.  $98.00 per dinner, schedule pick up date and time at Franklin Social.

Garces Events Thanksgiving Dinner  – Available for pick-up at The Olde Bar

125 Walnut St, Philadelphia
Order through Saturday, 11/21 and pick-up on 11/25
Order online at  www.TheOldeBar.com

Garces (Photo provided by Eddy Marenco.)

Package One – $95/package (serves 2 with leftovers), $60 per additional guest

Garces Events serves up a Thanksgiving feast with turkey and all the trimmings, includes:

-Butter Lettuce Salad, Tart Apple,Candied Walnuts, Creamy Cheese, Maple Vinaigrette
-Rosemary Parker House Rolls, Crème Fraiche Butter, Apple Butter
-Herb Roasted Hudson Valley Turkey Breast & Gravy from the Drippings
-Cranberry-Orange Relish
-Challah Bread Stuffing, Sage, Rosemary, Dried Fruits
-Salt Roasted Beets, Whipped Chevre, Arugula, Pecan Crumble
-Brussel Sprouts, Guanciale, Pecorino
-Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Pecan, Brown Sugar
-Whipped Mashed Potatoes
-Garces’ Green Bean Casserole, Mushroom, Crispy Onions
-One piece per person-Select your pie.  Pumpkin Butternut Squash, Bourbon Pecan or Caramel Apple. Smoked Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Package Two –
Cheese & Charcuterie Display $30 addition
Aged Manchego, Roquefort, Prosciutto di Parma, Speck, Chorizo Pamplona accompaniments

Red Owl Tavern (Indoor Dining, To-Go Cocktails & Beers, Takeout and Pickup)

433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
215-923-2267

Red Owl Tavern will offer Breakfast Pick Up from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then a Thanksgiving Menu from 11 a.m. t0 7 p.m. You can choose the 3-course prix fixe menu for $55, or order a la carte. View the complete menu HERE.

The Rittenhouse Hotel (Dine-in, Takeout, Park Suite Retreat)

210 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Lacroix Restaurant at the Rittenhouse Hotel

215-790-2533

Lacroix is offering a special takeaway menu this Thanksgiving for families and friends to enjoy a luxurious meal in the comforts of their own homes. The menu has been curated by Lacroix’s Executive Chef Jon Cichon with a focus on locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. Dishes include Herbs de Provence roasted turkey breast, maple glazed turkey thighs, sage and chestnut bread stuffing, caramelized brussels sprouts with pancetta, Foie Gras Torchon and seasonal marmalade and Osetra Caviar.
The meal feeds 8-10 people and starts at $450 + optional add ons ranging from $10 – $165. You can view the menu online here.

Scarpetta at the Rittenhouse Hotel (Dine-in)

215-558-4199

Scarpetta will be doing a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a few Italian touches. The $75 prix fixe includes 3 courses and dessert. Just a few of the options offered are: Creamy Polenta with truffled mushrooms, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Tagliatelle Bolognese, Pancetta-Wrapped Heritage Turkey, and Black Bass. View the full menu here. Dinner is offered from noon to 6 p.m.

Park Suite Retreat

Large groups of families or friends can even opt for the ‘Park Suite Retreat’ package (a private floor buyout package for up to 25 guests total) including a private Chef’s Table Thanksgiving Dinner in the P-suite Foyer by Lacroix’s Exec Chef Jon Cichon.

Smokin Bettys (Dine-in, Take-out, Delivery)

116 S 11th Street, Philadelphia
215-922-6500

Smokin’ Betty’s (Photo provided by Aversa PR)

Thanksgiving Dinner at Smokin’ Betty’s in Midtown Village is an annual tradition! Leave the cooking to Smokin’ Betty’s with a full three-course dinner. First course – Butternut Squash Soup; Main Course – pick one Roasted Turkey or Bourbon Glazed Ham; select three sides including mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, charred brussels sprouts, whipped sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese or grilled sweet potatoes; Dessert – pick one Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie. Available for $45 per person for adults, or $20 per person for children (minus the soup). Non-alcoholic beverage included! Cocktails to go available for order as well. Open for pick up and dining walk-in from noon to 6 p.m. Delivery available through Doordash and Grub Hub.  Delivery orders must be placed that day – and leave extra time for delivery please! For pick-up, order ahead through the Smokin’ Betty’s website.

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square (Dine-in, Family Style and Pick-up) 

120 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia
215-569-8300

Sofitel (Photo provided by Aversa PR.)

Presidential Suite Private Thanksgiving Feast for 3 Hours

For the first time ever, you can be thankful with up to 15 of your closest family and friends with a Thanksgiving celebration in Sofitel’s newly renovated presidential suite.  You and your guests will enjoy the Presidential Suite all to yourselves for three hours and at only $65 per person (10 person minimum). Available dates: November 20, November 21, November 22, November 26, November 27, November 28, November 29.

Chez Colette

Enjoy a family-style dinner in Chez Colette for up to four people. All courses served family-style. Two seatings available: noon and 3 p.m. Each table will enjoy a selection of all of the dishes listed below for $65 per person.

For take-out/pick-up, orders must be placed by November 20. Pick up is on Thanksgiving Day. To-go orders are available for up to 15 people priced at $60 per person.

Menu for all Sofitel Options: First course includes Pickled Shrimp Cocktail, Caesar Salad, Charred Octopus Tartine and Cheese & Charcuterie Board. Entrees include Herb Brined Turkey, Roasted Garlic Turkey Jus, Short Rib Pot e Feu, Seared Salmon, Crab Veloute, Pickled Onions. Vegetables/ Starches include Mashed Potatoes, Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Corn Bread Stuffing, House Made Cranberry Chutney. Dessert includes Salted Caramel Apple Tart, Pumpkin Cremeux and Chocolate Pot de Crème.

The Twisted Tail (Dine-in or Take-Out)

509-511 2nd Street, Philadelphia
215-558-2471

Just like at home, everyone can select their favorite meat option from Roasted Lancaster Turkey, Herb Crusted Prime Rib, Pineapple-Glazed Ham and Honey-BBQ Glazed Salmon. All the sides on the menu are served family-style in bowls with serving utensils. For dessert, there’s fresh baked pumpkin, apple and pecan mini pies. This meal is $49 per person. Children under $10 are $25, and under 3 is free. (Vegetarian entree of gnocchi is also available upon request.) Reservations are available between noon and 9 p.m.

This year, The Twisted Tail will also be offering Thanksgiving meals to go! Any to-go order must be placed by Monday, November 16. You will have the option of ordering a Whole Roasted Lancaster Turkey (12-15 lbs) for $160 or a full Thanksgiving meal (serves up to 6 people) for $300. Sides included with the full meal are mashed potatoes, seasonal salad, crispy brussels sprouts with bacon, mac & cheese, honey roasted sweet potatoes and cornbread stuffing.

Order A Farm Fresh Bird:

Serve your family a local farm, fresh turkey dinner from one of these local farms and stores:

Guinta’s Prime Shop

Reading Terminal Market
1100 Filbert Street, Philadelphia
(215) 627-6175
www.guintasprimeshop.com

Guinta’s is considered one of the top meat and poultry purveyors in the area. In addition to a full line of meats, fresh poultry is also available year-round.

Godshall’s Poultry

Reading Terminal Market
51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia
(215) 922-7589
readingterminalmarket.org/merchant/godshalls-poultry/

Godshall’s poultry is locally raised, free-range and delivered straight from the farm to the stand every day.

Basil Bandwagon

Clinton- 38 Old Hwy 22 | (908) 735-3822
Flemington- 276 US Hwy 202/31 | (908) 788-5737
Lambertville- 239 N. Union St | (609) 460-4500
Open Everyday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
www.basilbandwagon.com
Secure your local Organic or Heritage Turkey today with Basil Bandwagon’s online pre-order form HERE.

Bolton’s Farmers Market

1005 E. Main Street, Silverdale
215-257-6047
www.boltonfarmmarket.com 

These locally raised turkeys are available whole, in sizes from 10-40 lbs. Bolton’s turkeys are minimally processed and never frozen, so you are taking home 100% turkey: no salt, no added water, no fillers. Because the fresh turkeys are packed in ice, they cook faster than a traditional frozen turkey. Turkeys must be picked up Tuesday or Wednesday if being used on Thanksgiving Day.  You will choose a 2-hour time for for pickup in order to limit customers in the store.

Necessity Farms & Dairy

202 Green Hill Road, Telford
267-382-0556
[email protected]
www.necessityfarms.com

These turkeys are free-range and non-GMO. They also have free-range, non-GMO chickens, dairy products, and homemade, no-sugar-added fruit butters like a pumpkin butter and apple cider sauce. Contact the email above to place your order for Thanksgiving.

Altomonte’s Italian Market

85 North York Road
Warminster, PA 18974
215-672-5439
www.altomontes.com

Merrymead Farm

2222 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale
610-584-4410
www.merrymead.com

As they do each Thanksgiving, Merrymead is offering the opportunity to order fresh turkeys from Weaver’s Turkey Team in advance of the holiday! Always fresh and never frozen, order either a full bird (10-32lbs) or just the turkey breast (6-12lbs). For turkeys 24-32lbs, deposits will be taken. Place your orders by phone by Wednesday, November 18th! Pre-ordered turkeys will be available for pickup, November 24-25, 9 a.m to 7 p.m.

Quarry Hill Farms

620 Quarry Road, Lower Salford Township
215-513-1514

Raised on-site each year at their farm, Quarry Hill is offering a standard bronze turkey ($8 per lb), with a traditional round shape and was originated by breeding native wild eastern turkeys with domesticated, brought over by early European colonists. Also offered is the Bourbon Red Turkey ($8 per lb), developed in Pennsylvania with a triangular body shape & acclaimed for its dark meat. A $50 deposit is required for the organically-raised, soy-free, pastured birds and can be ordered and paid for via phone, check, credit card or even Paypal.

Shady Brook Farm

931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley
215-968-1670

Turkeys are fresh, all-natural and uncooked. When ordering a turkey, plan on 1 lb. per person. A $40 deposit is due at the time of your order. Orders must be placed by November 8 for pick up on November 23, 24 or 25th. View options and pricing HERE.

Order a Bakery Fresh Pie/Dessert:

Add a touch of sweetness to your Thanksgiving table with a bakery-fresh pie from a local spot.

Basil Bandwagon

Clinton- 38 Old Hwy 22 | (908) 735-3822
Flemington- 276 US Hwy 202/31 | (908) 788-5737
Lambertville- 239 N. Union St | (609) 460-4500
Open Everyday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
www.basilbandwagon.com
Basil Bandwagon offers traditional organic pies from Apple Ridge and diet-friendly, vegan, gluten-free pies from Starseed Bakery. View the menu HERE. Orders must be placed by November 11 and picked up either Tuesday, November 24 or Wednesday, November 25.

El Camino Real (Take-out)

1040 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia
215-925-1110

Leave the baking to El Camino with $20 homemade pies – Apple or Pumpkin. All pies must picked up on Wednesday October 25th.  All Orders Must Be in By November 23.

Garces Events

Available for pick-up at The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut St, Philadelphia
Order through Saturday, 11/21 and pick-up on 11/25
Order online at  www.TheOldeBar.com

Garces Events (Photo by Eddy Marenco.)

Whole Pies, $18 each – Pumpkin Butternut Squash, Bourbon Pecan or Caramel Apple, with Smoked Cinnamon Whipped Cream.

Hawthornes Beer Cafe

738 S 11th St, Philadelphia
215-627-3012

Hawthornes (Photo provided by Aversa PR.)

Hawthornes Beer Cafe has a brand-new pastry chef and baker – and will do holiday pies for the first time. This is also a preview of a special new bakery-oriented concept from the owners coming soon! They’ll have Dutch Apple Crumb Pie, Streusel Pumpkin Pie, Gluten Free Almond Apple Pound Cake Loaf, and Crumb Coffee Cake Loaf. You can order via their website or by phone. Pick up dates are Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25th from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Oui Pastries

160 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia
215-922-1269
https://ouipastries.com/

Oui Pastries is now taking Thanksgiving Holiday pre-orders through November 23.

Menu
Brioche Buns, Packs of 4 $4
Pumpkin Loaf $8
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing 6” $26
Rye Pecan Chocolate Pie 9” $26
Apple Rye Brown Butter Pie 9” $26
Rye Pumpkin Pie 9 $26
Pumpkin Cheesecake $26

Oui Let’s Bake
Carrot Cake with Speculoos Cookies, Raisins and Spiced Buttercream
$20 for pick up $30 for shipping

Thanksgiving Week Events:

Hopefully you have some extra time over Thanksgiving to relax and have fun with your family. Here are some events that are happening in or near the Bucks County area.

Wintergarden at Dilworth Park

When: Now through February
Where: Greenfield Lawn at Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street, West Side of City Hall, Philadelphia

Dilworth Park, photo by Michelle Reese in 2019

Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn returns to Dilworth Park this season with whimsically-crafted reindeer topiaries, seasonal plantings and an open-air layout. Visitors are welcomed with festive twinkling lights, a new rustic arbor and generous seating throughout the garden. Guests 21 and older can purchase warm mulled wine at the Chaddsford Winery kiosk conveniently located within the space. Children and adults are free to explore the Wintergarden at no cost all season long. As a reminder, masks must be worn at all times except when eating or drinking.

Rothman Orthopaedics Rink

When: November 6 through February 28
Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street, West Side of City Hall, Philadelphia

Dilworth Park Ice Rink, photo taken by Michelle Reese in 2019.

The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink is a safe, outdoor entertainment experience in Philadelphia’s beloved Dilworth Park. It is open severan days a week and offers wintry fun for all ages. This year, there will be an online reservation system to provide safe, contactless purchasing opportunities. There will also be limited in-person sales based on availability. Masks are required. Find out more HERE.

Tinsel Christmas Pop-Up to Return with Socially-Distanced Version in 2020

Photo provided by Avera PR.

Tinsel Christmas Pop-up and Craft Concepts Group are getting in the Christmas Spirit and will bring the joy of Christmas back to 12th Street and Center City Philadelphia with Philadelphia’s original and largest Christmas Pop-Up Restaurant and Bar – in partnership with Finn McCool’s and Sueño Philly. Following a socially-distanced, safe and carefully executed out-of-box format for Nightmare Before Tinsel and the debut of Tinsel in July, Tinsel Christmas Pop-up is anticipated to return from Thanksgiving week to New Year’s Eve with all of your favorite things for Santa’s good boys and girls – make sure to wear your mask or you will make Santa’s very naughty list. Look for Instagrammable scenes that include thousands of twinkling lights, thousands of bows, stockings and presents; special appearances by Santa, Reindeer and his Elves in the design; hot theme beverages and Christmas cocktails in take-away ornaments and keep sakes; special sweets and treats and food menu items; outdoor seating in holiday theme streeteries and parklettes outside both Tinsel, Sueño and Finn McCools – and special theme decorations for a Mexican inspired celebration of Feliz Navidad at Sueño – and the classics of Christmas inspired inside Finn McCool’s – where indoor dining will expand to the second floor. All elements will be socially distanced, masks required, and reservations will be available. Tickets for the Tinsel experience, pricing and details will be coming soon!

Gingerbread House Display and Lights at Peddler’s Village 

When: November 19 through January 9
Where: Street Road and Route 263, Lahaska

While Peddler’s Village will not be holding their traditional Grand Illumination Celebration this year, they’ve stated that the lights WILL be on beginning November 19! Walk around, do some shopping and check out the Gingerbread House Display.

Holiday Drive-In Movie Spectacular at Snipes Farm

When: Select dates starting Friday, November 20. Movies will start at 7 p.m. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
Where: 890 W. Bridge Street, Morrisville

This is a first of its kind immersive holiday experience created with Mid Atlantic Event Group and Snipes Farm. Come watch holiday favorite movies on a 50-foot screen as a Winter Wonderland and Holiday Lights surround you! Tickets are $40 per car and go on sale Sunday, November 1 at 5 p.m.

Friday, 11/20: Elf
Saturday, 11/21: Christmas with the Kranks
Sunday, 11/22: Jingle All the Way

Friday, 11/27: Bad Santa
Saturday, 11/28: The Polar Express
Sunday, 11/29: The Santa Clause

For December movies and to purchase tickets, visit THIS site.

Peddler’s Village Family Mystery Walking Tours: Elf on the Stealth:

When: Fridays, November 20 through January 10. Fridays at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturdays on the hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays on the hour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Street Road and Route 263, Lahaska

It’s almost Christmas, and the Elf on the Shelf is missing! Join Mrs. Claus at the “North Pole” for a walking tour and help solve the mystery of the missing Elf on the Shelf. Tickets are $25 per person. It does not include dinner, but you can enjoy dinner before or after the show and receive a 10% discount at select restaurants by showing your receipt. 20 people per tour. Maks are required. Purchase tickets HERE.

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

When: November 21 through January 3
Where: 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

During this festive, family-friendly celebration, the park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and decorations all around.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

(Photo taken prior to 2020, provided by Aversa PR.)

When: Preview Weekend is November 21-22. Officially opens on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. After that, Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: LOVE Park and City Hall Courtyard, Philadelphia

The Christmas Village in Philadelphia is one tradition that is committed to providing a safe and fun experience this year!

The authentic open-air German-style Christmas Market at LOVE Park and City Hall will return from Thanksgiving Day, November 26 through Christmas Eve, December 24. Keeping in mind the health of vendors and guests, there will be a considerably modified layout and extensive safety precautions in response to COVID-19. Find out more HERE.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

When: November 20-December 30, 2020, on select dates, 5-9pm.
Where: Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown, PA

Get ready to delight in animals, glistening lights and even Santa, himself, as Wild Lights, a holiday exhibition, returns to Elmwood Park Zoo! Purchase advance tickets online and enjoy new light attractions, even more animals on exhibit than before, stroll through “Oh Christmas Tree,” and be amazed by the glistening trees. Even stroll the Trail of the Jumping Jaguar, where jaguars will make your acquaintance! Enjoy live music as you take in the lights and sights, plus the chance to see Santa!

Shady Brook 2020 Holiday Light Show

When: November 21 through January 10, nightly
Where: 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show (Photo taken by Elisa Baxt.)

Shady Brook Farm’s spectacular Holiday Light Show is a Bucks County tradition featuring more than 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland. Encounter whimsical displays and familiar characters as your drive through in the comfort of your own car or enjoy the show on an open-air wagon ride (weather permitting.)

NOTE: This year, you will need to purchased TIMED tickets! Timed tickets will be available soon HERE.

PHestivaL of Trees

When: Friday, November 27 through Sunday, November 29 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: The Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks

This festive holiday drive-thru features 200 uniquely decorated holiday trees, live nativity scenes, Hanukkah menorah, Kwanzaa imagery, a 30-foot live decorated tee, a drone light show … and even Santa! Tickets are $20 per car and benefit local animal shelters and rescues. Find out more HERE.

Winter on Broad Street: A Holiday Light Spectacular at Wells Fargo Center

When: Friday, November 27 through January 3; Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: 3601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

Find the magic of the season as you meander through 193 larger-than-life light sculptures and displays. Indulge in yuletide confections and fill your senses with your favorite holiday traditions. This spacious outdoor experience allows plenty of room for social distancing. With seasonal surprises along the path, every inch of this twinkling wonderland comes to life for winter lovers of all ages. In addition to the lights, you can enjoy holiday-insprired treats and dining options, shop the Mistletoe Marketplace with a variety of vendor kiosks, visit with Gritty Claus, write letters to Santa, decorate ornaments, and more!

Timed tickets must be purchased in advance HERE. General admission is $32.50 for adults, $27.50 for children under 13. Children 5 and under and free. Select weekdays in December are discounted.

Turkey Trots:

Many of the usual Turkey Trots have been cancelled, gone virtual, or will have very limited registration due to the pandemic. So register ASAP if you’d like to participate!

Shady Brook Farm Dashin’ Thru the Lights

When: Thursday and Friday, November 19 and 20 with timed tickets between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Where: 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

Dashin’ the the Lights is a family fun 2 mile run/jog/walk through Shady Brook Farm’s holiday light show. This is a fun and unique way to see the lights before the show opens to the public. To keep everyone safe, there will be two dates and timed ticketing. Register HERE.

YMCA Virtual Gobble Wobble 5K

When: Thanksgiving Weekend, November 26 – November 29
Where: It’s up to you!

Gobble Wobble is the beloved annual YMCA Thanksgiving 5K in the Greater Philadelphia region. This year, it’s gone virtual! Complete the 5K any time that weekend. Track your miles and compete virtually. Each participant receives a finisher medal, local suggested race routes, and other fun goodies. Find out more and register HERE.

Bucks County Turkey Trots (Wild & Mild 5Ks)

When: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26
Where: Peace Valley Park, Sailor’s Point Boat Launch, New Galena Road, Doylestown

This event is in place of the traditional Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in North Wales on the US 202 Parkway. For this “In Real Life” Event, you will choose your start time and if you want your 5K to be “mild” (flat) or “wild” (hilly). Start times will be at either 7:45 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. to allow runners to be more spaced out. Find out more and sign up HERE.

More Local Favorites:

Whether you’re doing some holiday gift shopping, looking for a way to de-stress during the holiday season, or looking to make some positive changes for yourself or your family … here are some favorite local businesses to consider.

Beauty Releaf

Beautyreleaf.com 

Now more than ever it is vital to make an educated decision when choosing a face mask and skincare products. All Beauty Releaf products focus on protecting, preventing and reducing inflammation of the skin. In addition to their anti-aging benefits many of the anti-inflammatory ingredients will help reduce redness, irritation, production of oil, skin breakouts and guard against harmful bacteria because of their strong anti-bacterial properties. 

Skin will feel softer, smoother, brighter, more hydrated and overall healthier.

Gannon Insurance Agency

2704 Street Road, Bensalem
215-891-9990
www.gannonagency.com

At Gannon Insurance, customer needs come first!  Gannon Insurance Agency is your independent, one-stop insurance center for all Bucks County insurance needs. Just one call can get you a customized proposal package with rate quotes from a variety of quality companies for your individual, family and business insurance needs.

Gannon Insurance Agency, Inc.’s  is one of the most comprehensive and full-service insurance agencies in the Bucks County, Philadelphia and Montgomery County area.

Fox & Holly

Peddler’s Village Shop 162, Lahaska
215-302-4300
www.facebook.com/foxandhollybuckscounty

Fox & Holly, now located in Peddlers Village, is a boutique department store featuring the brands you love including Patagonia, UGG, Yeti and more! This shop includes all the must-haves for Him, Her and Shoes, specializing in premium casual clothing brands for women with one of the top leading stylists. Sizes run XS to XXL for men and women. The store also features a shoe bunker filled with top brands you love, showcasing UGG. Fox & Holly provides the hometown experience that brings people together; where you can delight in unparalleled shopping, dance to music, and find what you need to fulfill your individual lifestyle needs, and, most importantly, feel good and have fun! This multi-level shopping experience includes a third floor Mezzanine featuring one-of-a-kind vintage luxury pieces, perfect for the gifting season. This fall season is filled with special events including Trunk Shows, Designer Appearances, and Exclusive collections for the Bucks County lifestyle. Be sure to check out the F&H Square located outside the store for special event pop-ups throughout the fall and holiday season, and for outside market shopping!

Radiance Spa at the Bucks Club

2600 York Road, Jamison
215-343-0350 Ext. 6
www.radiance-spa.com

Escape to Radiance Spa for the holiday and pamper yourself with their restorative treatments. Select from their full menu of therapeutic massages that will help you relax and loosen tight muscles. Bring your significant other and enjoy a Couples Massage in their romantic suite with complimentary champagne. Their professional therapists will customize your massage based on your needs. Winner of the 2020 Best Facial in Bucks County, Radiance Spa offers a full range of facials from their Radiance Signature facial to more advanced treatments including microneedling, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and LED Light Therapy. Now offering a scientific skin analysis using the Biologique Recherche Paris “Skin Instant Lab”. Call for a free consultation. Their hydrating body treatments give you the best of both worlds – a smoothing body exfoliation followed by a relaxing body massage with hydrating masks. Clients love the “Dreamsicle” and their “Mellow Moonchild CBD” treatments.

Or try one of their beauty enhancements – permanent makeup for brows, eyeliner, and lips. Give your mascara a break and try a Lash Lift. And don’t forget about their Black Friday gift card special! Shop the online store for your at-home treatments.

ROG Orthodontics

900 Heritage Drive, Pottstown, PA 19464
610-374-4097
fantasticsmiles.com

SAY CHEESE! The holidays are right around the corner, and that means pictures! This year, you deserve to have the smile you’ve always wanted in your family photos. At ROG, it’s all about YOU, uncompromised care and affordable treatment options that allow patients to have a Fantastic smile without adding hassle to busy schedules.

Invisalign® is a great treatment option for parents because it’s discrete and allows for no interruption to your lifestyle aesthetically or functionally.

Life is better with a FANTASTIC smile! TEXT or call 610-374-4097 today or visit www.fantasticsmiles.com to schedule an appointment and learn more about the ROG difference.

Howard Kredo – Access Mortgage Lending, LLC.

215-498-1443
www.accessmortgagelending.com
[email protected]

Howard Keto believes that a mortgage should be about building relationships and helping customers find the home loan that’s right for them. As a Mortgage Banker for the past 25 years, he can answer your questions so that you have a clear understanding of what you can comfortably afford. Howard specializes in First Time Homebuyer Programs, FHA, 203K Rehabilitation Loans as well as all conventional and Jumbo Products. “Many loan officers can help get a loan. My mission is to help my clients find the home loan that is right for them.”

Luxe Lash & Beauty Bar

45 E. Afton Avenue, Yardley
215-394-0599
www.luxelashbeautybar.org/book

The holiday season is the perfect time to try lash extensions or lash lifts! Visit Luxe Lash & Beauty Bar throughout the months of November and December and receive 15% off your Lash Lift or first set of Classic lash extensions. Each of their services is provided by a member of their highly trained team. The Classic Lash Full Set is a perfect start for someone new to lash extensions, each set is fully customizable allowing for as much or as little drama as you’d like! Not ready to try extensions? Try the lash lift which is essentially a perm for your lashes, no more lash curler. Pair this option with a lash tint and say goodbye to mascara for the holiday season. Cross one more thing off your list this season with easy, fast mornings. You can truly say #iwokeuplikethis!

McCarthy Real Estate

13 Henry Avenue, Feasterville
215-867-4511
mccarthyrealestate.com

McCarthy Real Estate can help you with all of your real estate needs in Bucks County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia. Visit their website to preview properties for sale, tour neighborhoods, learn more about listing your property, and get to know the team.

Bucks County Community College

bucks.edu

Plan ahead for the upcoming winter break! College students can make the most of winter break – and save a tidy sum on tuition – by earning up to eight credits in just four weeks during Winter Session at Bucks County Community College. Classes remain online for both Winter and Spring sessions.

Register now for online classes beginning December 21. Get more information HERE.

Zanya Salon Spa

287 S Main St, Lambertville, NJ 08530
609-773-0770
zanyaspasalon.com

Update your look for the holiday season! The Zanya Spa Salon Team is skilled in the latest techniques to give you whatever you’re craving this fall. And if the stress of the holidays are getting to you, schedule yourself a spa treatment to relax and unwind! You can also do some gift shopping (for others or yourself) via Zanya’s online shop! Find out more HERE.

If you’re interested in reading more about how Zanya (and other local businesses) has adapted to COVID-19 with new regulations and safety procedures, click HERE.

Ways to Safely Celebrate the Holiday: 

For many families, concerns over the spread of COVID-19 will require changes to the way they typically celebrate Thanksgiving. Here are a few suggestions for ways that you can still make the day (and entire season) still feel special.

Start a Thankful Jar (or similar craft)

This year, perhaps more than ever, it’s important to focus on the things we’re grateful for in our lives. Designate a jar or basket in your home as “The Thankful Jar.” In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, ask each person in your home to record things they are thankful for on a slip of paper and place it in the jar. On Thanksgiving, you can take turns passing the jar around the table and reading the papers.

(Photo by Michelle Reese)

If you want something that’s a little more visible leading up to the holiday, consider a “Thankful Turkey.” This is also a great option for younger children that might not be able to write their own response. Cut out a turkey shape and feathers out of construction paper. Leading up the holiday, take time each day to talk about the concept of being thankful and ask them what they’re thankful for. Write it on a feather and glue it onto your turkey body. By Thanksgiving, you’ll have a turkey full of feathers!

Choose a Charity to Make a Donation

Get into the giving spirit by making a donation to a local charity. (Visit our 2020 Happening List for a few suggestions.) Get your kids involved by letting them help you research local causes.

6abc Action News’ Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Celebration At-Home Events

In lieu of their usual Thanksgiving Day Parade, Channel 6 Action News has come up with a number of ways that you can get in on the fun from the safety of your home. Visit the website HERE for information on the Dunkin Dance, Shoebox Float Parade, and more.

Get the Kids Involved

Let them help set the table, play a hand in the kitchen, or create personalized place cards for the table.

Organize a Virtual Party

By now, even your youngest family members can probably navigate a Zoom call. If you’ve decided not to gather with your usual Thanksgiving crew, be sure to at least check in with everyone to share the love. You could even plan out a game you can play virtually, or at least do the usual sharing of what you’re thankful for.

Share Recipes

Doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving without your aunt’s sweet potato casserole? A few week’s before Thanksgiving, have your family members share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes so that you can keep the traditions going. (This is also a great year to organize a family recipe book in general!)

You could even arrange a Zoom call with one of your relatives to make a dish together virtually.

Start Decorating

If there was ever a year where we could all use some holiday cheer, this is it! If you typically travel Thanksgiving weekend, take advantage of the extra time at home and haul out those decoration boxes NOW. Psst – We won’t tell if you even start BEFORE Thanksgiving.

Go On a Family Walk or Bike Ride

Get moving before the eating! Enjoy the beauty of nature with the fam.

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