Philly Announces New Additions to 2018 Holiday Festival

When it comes to the holidays, Philly knows how to celebrate. It unveiled today a packed schedule of free, family-friendly programming that includes festive displays, outdoor activities, shopping and special events.

The five-week Holiday Festival kicks off Nov. 22 with the 99th-annual Thanksgiving Parade — the country’s oldest parade of its kind — and wraps up at the Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day. In between, expect a flurry of seasonal fun. Here’s what’s new for 2018:

Texting Program to Donate Books for Kids
Nov. 12-Jan. 1
This campaign encourages the public to text BOOK to 20222 and give a $5 donation, which will provide four books for children in need.

ACME Winter Memories at City Hall
Nov. 22-Dec. 24
This winter wonderland features illuminated trees, “Santa’s Secret Scavenger Hunt,” vendors, a carousel, live entertainment on weekends and kids’ activities.  

PHLASH Evening Shuttle Service
Nov. 23-Dec. 30
The service runs a shuttle that stops at 11 Holiday Festival attractions every 20 to 30 minutes, Thursday through Sunday evenings from 6-9pm.

Official Tree-Lighting Celebration at City Hall
Nov. 28, 5:30-7pm​
Head to the new Met Holiday Plaza to watch Philly’s holiday tree light up for the season. The 65-foot-tall tree boasts more than 2,250 linear feet of lights and decorations that showcase the city’s skyline, neighborhoods and icons such as the Ben Franklin Bridge and Independence Hall. The structure is topped with, of course, a Liberty Bell. The celebration will also feature performances by the Philly Pops and American Idol contestants, plus appearances by Gritty (!), the Phillie Phanatic and Santa.

Keep tabs on our calendar for the latest and greatest holiday happenings all season long.

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