Every season in a city as historic as Philadelphia is brimming with tradition. But the winter months truly shine in terms annual events. We are excited about a number of local winter traditions that include shows, games, parades and more.
November 23 – December 31
Since 1956, one Philadelphia Grand Court in the National Historic Landmark Wanamaker Building has hosted a nightly Christmas light show across its grand, multi-story display. There are over 100,000 flashing bulbs featured in this fantastic production.
Certain shows and performances are a staple of the holiday season in Philadelphia. George Balanchine’s gorgeously choreographed The Nutcracker takes over stages around the world every December, and the Philadelphia Ballet will join this December 8th – 31st. And from December 1st – 15th, America’s oldest theatre, the Walnut Street Theatre, will host Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Philadelphia’s athletic franchises are tradition throughout a given year, but the winter season is an exceptionally busy one. This year, we have the Super Bowl Champion Eagles trying to defend their title, and the star-studded Philadelphia 76ers bringing the city back to its basketball glory days. We also can’t forget about the NHL’s historic Flyers franchise.
Every year, the Philadelphia New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show on the Delaware River lights up the sky for a festive evening. An early evening show, and then a midnight extravaganza provide extra entertainment, while many watch from the famous Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest with its music, food, bars, and ice skating rink.
The Mummers Parade is held every New Year’s Day in Philadelphia, and it is considered by many to be the oldest folk festival in the United States. The procession down the street pits four local clubs against each other to compete for the best costumes, dance routines, floats, and more.