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Fun holiday activities in Philadelphia

Spend the holidays in leisurely shopping, classic comfort foods, eclectic entertainment and even take a spin on the ice. Philadelphia is never lacking for an excuse to celebrate.

Dilworth Park Wintergarden

The sounds of ice skating, your breath frosting against Philadelphia’s skyline and the comfortable burn of DeKuyper Cordial-spiked hot chocolate await you at the Dilworth Park Wintergarden, next door to City Hall.

From November to February this stunning venue will feature the Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Cabin and America’s Garden Capital Maze. Enjoy the magic on your own or rent out the location and host one of the season’s most memorable soirees.

LOVE Park at John F. Kennedy Plaza

The long awaited return of Philadelphia's iconic John F. Kennedy Plaza--popularly known as LOVE Park--is almost upon us, just in time to host the city’s Christmas Village.

After almost two years of construction, redesign and refurbishment, this iconic space showcases new water features, gardens and a freshly painted LOVE sculpture. Slip in now for charming photos and to indulge in a few food truck goodies before the scheduled grand reopening next spring.

Fall at Longwood Gardens

With its renowned Chrysanthemum Festival winding down and its French inspired holiday display coming up, there’s no bad time to visit Longwood Gardens’ 1000 acres of paradise.

Along with traditional harvest themed festivities, Longwood Gardens has a superb array of performance arts planned for enjoyment in their exquisite garden ambiance.

Apple Cider Donuts & Pick-Your-Own Crops at Highland Orchards

Highland Orchards is your last chance to snag the best Gold Rush, Pink Lady and Granny Smith apples on the east coast in preparation for Thanksgiving apple pie, cinnamon baked apples slices and holiday morning fritters. Purchase them from the market or head out to the fields and pick your own for a farm-to-table meal in your gourmet home kitchen.

Highland Orchards’ country-style bakery also sells delicious pies, traditional apple cider donuts and other goodies.