And just like that it’s the last weekend before Christmas! Don’t miss a moment of the excitement and all the holiday fun to be had in and around Philly this weekend. There are holiday celebrations plus live music and theater too. Enjoy all that this city has to offer families at the holidays! — Jennifer Oxenford
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive
www.camdenchildrensgarden.org/events/The 4th Annual Camden Holiday Parade and Winter Wonderland Celebration is taking place Friday, December 19th from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Camden Children’s Garden in New Jersey. This magical evening of family fun is marked with the welcome of Santa Claus complete with a parade through downtown Camden ending on the Camden Waterfront and concludes with amusement rides, gingerbread decoration, character meet and greets, holiday crafts, face painting, live entertainment and more. Free admission.
Baby Loves Disco in Concert
World Café Live
3025 Walnut Street
Baby Loves Disco in Concert is happening Saturday, December 20th at World Café Live in Philadelphia. Bring the little rockers in your family out for dancing, music and lots of family fun as Peanut Butter and Jams welcomes BLD! Tickets $13.
The Christmas Village
Love Park (JFK Plaza)
1500 Arch St.
The holiday fun continues at Christmas Village in Love Park this weekend. Feel festive as you wander through the authentic German Christmas market with over 60 vendors from all over the world offering crafts, food and more. Plus enjoy special entertainment and visits with Santa! Free.
Holiday Garden Railway
100 E. Northwestern Ave.
Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway continues this Saturday, December 20th and Sunday, December 21st. View the quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen rail lines and more. $16 adults, $8 children.
Rothman Skate Rink At Dilworth Park
Broad and Market Streets
West Side of City Hall
Icy fun continues at the new Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park this Friday, December 19th – Sunday, December 21st. Philly families can now enjoy outdoor public skating against the backdrop of our landmark City Hall. Adults $4, children 10 and under $3, skate rental $8.
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest fun runs all weekend long with a magical winter landscape including a dazzling light show, winter garden and forest, shopping and refreshments in the new “Lodge” with indoor fireplaces, rustic décor and outdoor heat lamps plus shopping at ArtStar with gifts and handmade items. And of course, the outdoor ice skating rink as the centerpiece of all the fun. Admission to Winterfest is free. Skate admission $3. Skate rental $10.
Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Brandywine River Museum
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA
Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum on Sunday mornings including this Sunday, December 21st between 9:30 am – 12 pm. Free.
A Very Furry Christmas
100 Sesame Road
The seasonal festivities are still in full swing at Sesame Place this Saturday, Dec. 20th and Sunday, Dec. 21st with ‘A Very Furry Christmas’ featuring all of your favorite furry Sesame Street pals. The park is transformed into a Christmas wonderlands with millions of lights, festive decorations, plenty of rides and fun and of course special visits with all your favorite Sesame Street characters and event Santa in his Furry Workshop! Tickets $24 online, $29 at the gate.
Knights and Ladies in Training Family Program
Brandywine River Museum of Art
Chadds Ford, PA
Calling all young knights and ladies! Head to the Brandywine River Museum of Art this Saturday, Dec. 20th at 11 am and 1 pm for a series of noble tasks that will have kids designing a coat of arms, decorating crowns, learning sword fighting and more as children follow clues throughout the museum. At the end of the ceremony participants will be honored in a knighting ceremony. Geared for kids ages 3 and up. $12 for adults, $8 for kids.
Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia’s oldest square, Franklin Square, is transformed into a magical holiday setting starting this weekend with the Electrical Spectacle holiday light show and more. Plus new this year, shop for handmade gifts at the Holiday Market and sample local beers and snacks in Ben’s Bites and Brews. Festivities are offered 4-8 pm daily. Entrance is free. Some attractions ticketed.
45 Haverford Rd
Celebrate Hanukkah with family fun activities including Dreidel Mania, face painting, story time, arts and crafts, themed games and more. Plus cookie decorating, latkes, apple sauce and jelly donuts for themed refreshments. $5.
1130 York Road
Willow Grove, PA
Come out for Chanukah Bowling on Sunday, December 21st starting at 10 am at Thunderbird Lanes in Willow Grove for bowling, Menorah lighting, arts and crafts and live entertainment. Food and refreshments available for purchase.