Seasonal Fun in Philadelphia : Thanksgiving Weekend and Beyond


‘Tis the season for ice skating, light shows and family fun. There’s lots to do in the Delaware Valley, so don’t go into hibernation just yet. Check out our mini-roundup below and have a fun wintery weekend!

Electrical Spectacle in Franklin Square | Photo: Jeff Fusco

Skates Up!

The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink and Cabin opened this month in Dilworth Park in Center City Philadelphia. Families can book a time to skate on the ice and relax between skating sessions at the cabin. The cabin offers seasonal dishes served up in a warm and cozy atmosphere. While your family is in the area, plan a stop at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market of the Wintergarden on Greenfield Lawn – two other popular attractions that opened in Dilworth Park this month.

Lights! Chocolate! Action!

Captivating light displays that flash, sparkle and glow are one of the most magical parts of the winter season. Families don’t have to go far to experience this holiday wonder. A free electrical light show is on at Franklin Square every night from 5-9 p.m. through Jan. 7, with shows beginning every 30 minutes. The lights are choreographed to holiday favorites such as “All I Want For Christmas is You” and “Carol of the Bells.” The square will also be host to a new street-curling platform, mini golf and seasonal sips.

Curling at Franklin Square’s winter wonderland | Photo: Jeff Fusco
Mini golf at Franklin Square’s winter wonderland | Photo: Jeff Fusco

Murder and a Show

For parents and teens, “Dickens of a Murder,” a live murder mystery show at The Red Rum Theater in Philadelphia, provides a murderous spin on the classic “A Christmas Carol.” The show will run through Dec. 30. While it’s not a dinner theater event, a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $35.


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