Thanksgiving Day Parade. The oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country takes place Nov. 24 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year is the 97th annual parade, featuring floats, massive balloons and a visit from Santa. Balloons include Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch and My Little Pony. Special guests and performers from local choirs and dance groups also appear. Catch performances from some of the musicals running in Philly from “Mamma Mia!” to “Wizard of Oz.”
The Comcast Holiday Spectacular. Looking to warm up after the Thanksgiving Day parade? Head to the Comcast Center to check out the annual holiday spectacular. The video wall at The Comcast Center comes to life with sights and sounds of the holidays. The 15-minute show features classic holiday songs like “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Carol of the Bells.” It also includes a clip from The Nutcracker as performed by the Philadelphia Ballet. The show takes place at the top of every hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (except weekdays at 5 p.m.) through Dec. 31 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
The Macy’s Christmas Light Show. This beloved holiday tradition returns to Macy’s on Nov. 25. The historic Wanamaker Building features the famous light show which uses 100,000 LED lights to show holiday images from Santa to the Nutcracker. While this year’s showtimes have yet to be released, in years past, the show has run every two hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Dec. 31. Come for the light show and stay to see the Holiday Windows and Dickens Village, the 6,000 square foot village on the third floor of Macy’s, which brings Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” to life.
The Christmas Village. The annual European inspired holiday market has a new location this year: City Hall. The open air market sells holiday gifts through Christmas Eve. Eighty vendors sell ornaments, jewelry, toys and arts and crafts. While you shop, take in street-side performances and enjoy special events. Skate on the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park and explore America’s Garden Capital Maze.