Philadelphia is our nation’s birth place and with that comes many years of fantastic tradition. Every year Philadelphian’s look forward to the holiday traditions that make this season so special. Here are five experiences that make Philadelphia one of the best places to live, work, and play during the holiday season.

blue-cross-riverrinkBlue Cross RiverRink Winter Fest

The holiday’s mean that winter is right around the winter and there is no better way to celebrate this chilly season then ice skating.  In addition to the Rothman Institute ice rink at Dilworth Park, this weekend marks the opening of the ever popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winter Fest. Running November 25th-March 5th 2016 the rink is open Monday through Sunday with extended hours closer to the Christmas/New Year’s holidays.  The rink is located outside right next to the Deleware River.  For more information click here.

dickens-villageDicken’s Christmas Village

Charles Dicken’s famous holiday tale, ‘A Christmas Carol’ is a staple during this time of the year and Macy’s in Center City allows you and the family to tour their famous Dicken’s Village for FREE!  The celebrated Dicken’s Christmas village was acquired by Macy’s from Philadelphia’s Strawbridge & Clothier Department Store.  Step through the door and into the world of Scrooge, his ghosts, and of course Tiny Tim.  At the end of the tour you have the chance to see the Jolly Old Elf, Santa Clause, to take a picture and tell him what you want for Christmas.  For more information and fun facts click here.

Comcast Holiday Spectacular

The Comcast Center, located at 17th and JFK Blvd, is currently the largest building in Philadelphia.  In the lobby of this epic building is a 2,000 square foot, high-definition, LED screen that boasts an amazing Holiday Spectacular that starts this weekend.  This holiday tradition started in 2008 and is totally free.  For more information click here.

macys-light-showMacy’s Christmas Light Show

John Wanamaker started the very first department store in Philadelphia on 13th and Market Streets.  The building boasts the largest working pipe organ in the world which he bought at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1909.  A spectacular light show timed to music played by the organ has been a holiday tradition since November of 1955.  The current occupants of the building, Macy’s Department Store, keeps the tradition alive with shows running from this weekend through December 31st.  Show times are daily at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm.  The store is closed on Christmas Day.

FREE Saturday Parking in Center City

The Philadelphia Parking Authority gets a bad rap through most of the year but during the holiday’s they are happy to give us all a break in an effort to make holiday shopping that much easier!  Parking is free on Saturday’s after 11am in Center City starting Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Day.  Parking will also be free on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  For more information click here.