November 14, 2023

The Best Way to Celebrate the Holidays in Philadelphia

The city of brotherly love comes alive each holiday season with a mix of both timeless traditions and exciting new attractions and events. The Philly Holiday Experience is officially here for 2023 and ushering in the season with an array of events that promise to sprinkle magic across Philadelphia, from river to river.

A Season to Remember: New Events and Cherished Traditions

Mid-November marks the beginning of a festive time in Philly that lasts through the New Year and showcases the essence of the city’s charm, culture, and traditions. Whether it’s the heartwarming glow of the VISIT PHILADELPHIA® Holiday Tree, the rhythmic beats of the marching bands and multi-cultural groups at the Philly Holiday Parade, or the array of holiday markets supporting local artists, there’s a merry moment for everyone – resident and visitor alike.

The Star-Studded Tree Lighting

A pinnacle of holiday cheer, the annual Tree Lighting Celebration is an event people look forward to each year and is fun for the whole family. This year’s Tree Lighting is on Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. and will feature dazzling performances by Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and actress Jordin Sparks, with additional performances by DJ Diamond Kuts, Felicia Ponzo, and Disney’s FROZEN.  This year’s lighting ceremony is a collaboration between the Office of City Representative and Welcome America, Inc. Those celebrating at home can join in on the fun with the live broadcast on 6abc!

Parade of Festivities

Celebrating all of winter’s diverse holidays, the Philly Holiday Parade promises to be a procession of joy, lighting up Market Street on December 2 at 5:00 p.m. Expect an array of performers, including marching bands, dance groups, and more, capturing the spirit of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Chinese New Year. Embrace the communal festivity by joining the cheer zones or watch the live stream on for a virtual dose of merriment.

2023 Holiday Happenings in Philly

The holiday season in Philadelphia is packed with activities for all ages. From skating at the ice rink to indulging in the culinary delights at holiday pop-ups, there’s an endless array of festivities. Revelers can soak in the winter wonderland with light shows, menorah lightings, and the grandeur of the holiday tree and dazzling decorations throughout the city.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Philadelphia extends a warm invitation to partake in its holiday jubilee. With a festive palette so vibrant and diverse, the 2023 holiday season in Philly is not just an event—it’s an experience, one that paints a memory to cherish long after the snow melts.

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