Snowy, historic, and full of life—the city of Philadelphia has all of the proper elements to make it a prime holiday destination. Throughout the month of December, our metropolis will bustle with lively markets, colorful traditions, and breathtaking performances.
For those of you who are planning to visit us in the coming months, here are some shopping, partying, and dancing recommendations for celebrating the holidays in the City of Brotherly Love.
November 28th-December 24th
The Christmas Village in Philadelphia brings holiday cheer throughout the entire season. Running from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, the German Christmas market is located in Center City Philadelphia, a short walk from The Independent Hotel. If you’re looking for some spirit and charm, for a hot cup of cocoa, or for some more gifts to dole out during the holidays, this is a must-stop attraction.
The outdoor market is modeled after traditional German Christmas markets, and it will feature 80 wooden booths with vendors selling European food, sweets, and drinks. Among the vendors selling gift options, shoppers will find a wide array of products from across the Atlantic, ornaments, jewelry, and upscale arts.
Christmas Village in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA
Younger travelers who might be on the hunt for a more raucous holiday celebration in Philadelphia should check out the annual Mistletoe March Holiday Bar Crawl. Join hundreds of dressed up Santas and elves for a stroll through the city’s most well known watering holes. The opening location will be The Gaslight, where attendees of Philadelphia’s Mistletoe March can check in.
Throughout the rest of the day, you’ll be free to join over 3,000 fellow attendees for a crawl across over 20 Philadelphia bars and clubs. The first two-hundred people to check in will get a free official tee shirt, and then everyone will get a map of the locations, access to food specials, and holiday swag like mistletoe, beads, and Santa hats.
Mistletoe March. Philadelphia, PA
The world-famous Kimmel Center will welcome the holiday season this year with the annual Christmas Kids Spectacular concert. Among the various programs to be performed this evening, there will be the famous “Christmas Overture,” as well as selections from The Nutcracker, and a performance of “Somewhere in My Memory,” from Home Alone.
The show will feature conductor Aram Demirjianm, narrator Charlotte Blake Alston, and the beloved Rock School for Dance Education. Those who are fans of holiday tunes will make sure not to miss out on this special event at The Kimmel Center, which is within walking distance of The Independent Hotel.
The Kimmel Center. Philadelphia, PA
There’s no more apt way to describe the time between Christmas and New Years than a holidaze, but that’s not the only reason you should check out this amazing show. Cirque du Soleil is a high-flying acrobatic dance production hub that’s put on mesmerizing shows around the world for decades.
This holiday season, the company will take its Holidaze act to the distinguished Merriam Theatre in Philadelphia. The colorful program will feature over 300 imaginative costumes, original music, world-class singers, and a number of acts celebrating Christmas, Chanukah, Thanksgiving, and New Years.
Merriam Theatre. Philadelphia, PA
Planning a visit to the City of Brotherly Love? Check out The Independent Hotel’s blog for our favorite recommendations of what to see and experience in Philadelphia.