101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Philadelphia Area - 2021 | Kids Out and About Philadelphia

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Philadelphia Area - 2021

KidsOutAndAbout is the Philadelphia area's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, and please keep in mind that events could be canceled... so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

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Santa Sightings

Nov 4- Dec 24, 2021 Santa's Back - Cherry Hill Mall
Nov 6- Dec 24, 2021 Photo with Santa - Koziar's Christmas Village
Nov 8 - Dec 20, 2021 Pet Photos with Santa - Cherry Hill Mall
Nov 12 - Dec 24, 2021 Potos with Santa - King of Prussia Court
Nov 13 - Dec 24, 2021 Photos with Santa - Sprinfield Mall
Nov 18- Dec 24, 2021 Santa Pictures- Neshaminy Mall
Nov 19- Dec 24, 2021 It's Santa Photo Time - Oxford Valley Mall
Nov 19, 2021 Santa's Village - Shady Brook Farm
Nov 20, 2021 Santa's Grand Illumination - Sesame Place
Nov 20, 2021 Circle of Trees Celebration & Santa Drive - Chestnut Hill
Nov 25, 2021 6abc Dunkin' Thanksgiving Parade - Ben Franklin Parkway
Nov 26, 2021 Santa's Arrival - Franklin Square
Nov 26 - Dec 19, 2021 (Saturdays & Sundays) Photos with Santa - Peddler's Village
Starting Nov 26 , 2021 Macy's Santaland at Home - Virtual Event 
Nov 27 - Dec 18, 2021  Holiday Breakfast with Santa and Friends - Kitchen Kettle Village
Nov 28,Dec 5,12, 19, 2021  Breakfast with Santa - Peddler's Village Cock n Bull
Nov 28 - Dec 18, 2021 Select dates Breakfast with Santa - Shadybrook Farm
Dec 4, 2021 Santa Arrival & Tree Lighting - Fischers Park 
Dec 4,5,11,12,18,19, 2021 Brunch with Santa - Elmwood Zoo
Dec 4,12, 2021 Santa Cares Day - Neshaminy Mall
Dec 5, 2021 Caring Santa - King of Prussia 
Dec 18, 2021 The Chesnut Hill Community Hiliday Pardade - Chestnut Hill

 

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 19, 2021 Kick Off to the Holidays - Peddler's Village
Nov 25 - Dec 24, 2021 Christmas Village in Philadelphia - LOVE Park
Starting Nov 26, 2021 Christmas at Glencairn - Glencairn Museum
Nov 26 - Dec 31, 2021 Macy's Dickens Village - Center City
Nov 26, 2021 Tour Christmas in the Castle - Glencairn Museum 
Nov 30 - Dec 30, 2021 Holidays at Fonthill Castle - Mercer Museum 
Dec 11, 2021 A Twilight Toast to the Holiays - Chestnuut Hill
Dec 11, 2021 Victorian Christmas Open House - Pennypacker Mills

 

Light Displays

Nov 6 - Jan 1, 2022 Christmas Lights - Koziar's Christmas Village
Nov 20, 2021 Santa's Grand Illumination - Sesame Place
Nov 22, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022 Deck The Hall Light Show - Dilworth Park 
Nov 26 - Dec 31, 2021 Macy's Christmas Light Show - Center City
Nov 18, 2021 - February 27, 2022 Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show- Franklin Square
Nov 18, 2021 - Jan 9, 2022 LumiNature - Philadelphia Zoo
Nov 19 - Dec 30, 2021 Wild Lights - Elmwood Park Zoo
Nov 19, 2021 - Jan 9, 2022 A Longwood Christmas - Longwood Gardens
Nov 26 - Jan 6, 2022 Holiday Light Show - Shady Brook Farm
Nov 27, 2021 Grand Illumination - American Heritage Credit Union
Dec 1 - 31, 2021 Macy's Christmas Light Show - Macy's Center City Philadelphia
Dec 2, 2021 Philly Holiday Tree Lighting - City of Philadelphia
Dec 3-4, 2021 Holiday Cheer Concert - Uptown Knauer Theatre
Dec 4, 2021 Parade of Lights - Independence Seaport Museum
Dec 4, 2021 Towamencin Township Holiday - Fischers Park 

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov, 23, 2021 Turkey Drop & Live Broadcast - The Kimmel
Nov 27, Dec 4,11,12,28,19, 2021 Santa's Sing-A-Long - The Adrienne Theatre
Nov 28, 2021
Nov 30 - Dec 30, 2021 Really Good Tidings -  Act II Playhouse
Dec 4, 2021 Charlie Brown Christmas - Merriam Theater
Dec 4, 2021 A Year Without a Santa Claus - The Blue Moon Theatre
Dec 10 - 12, 2021 Holiday Spectacular: A Celebration of Gathering - Theatre Horizon
Dec 10 -31, 2021 George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® - Academy of Music
Dec 12, 2021 Blues Brothers Blue Christmas - The Adrienne Theatre
Dec 16, 2021 Holiday Kid's Mini Theater Show - Deptford Mall
Dec 17, 2021 Thank You, Places: An Improvised Holiday Musical - Theatre Exile
Dec 18, 2021 Ghosts of Christmas Past - DCP Theatre
Dec 19, 2021 A Wonderful Life - The Newton Theatre
Dec 19, 2021 Roll Play: A Holiday Adventure - CSz Philadelphia - Home of ComedySportz

Holiday Concerts

Dec 3, 2021 Holiday Organ and Brass Celebration - Verizon Hall
Dec 4- 18, 2021 A Philly POPS Christmas - Kimmel Center
Dec 4, 2021 A Rat Pack Christmas - Sellersville Theatre
Dec 5, 2021 Holiday Organ Celebration - Kimmel Center
Dec 10, 2021 George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - Kimmel Center 
Dec 14, 2021 The Glencairn Christmas Sing - Glencairn Museum
Dec 16 - 21, 2021 The Glorious Sound of Christmas® - Verizon Hall
Dec 17, 2021 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Eve & Other Stories - Wells Fargo
Dec 18, 2021 The Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia Holiday Celebration - Penn Live Arts
Dec 22, 2021 Messiah - Kimmel Center
Dec 22-23, 2021 Messiah - Verizon Hall
Nov 27 - Jan 9, 2022 select dates Outdoor Christmas Musicians - Longwood Gardens

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Open Nov 2021 Cut Your Own Tree - Colavita Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 20, 2021 Cut-Your-Own - Clark's Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 26, 2021 Choose & Cut Trees - Hague's Christmas Trees
Open Nov 26, 2021 Cut Your Own Tree - Marsh Creek Tree Farm
Open Nov 26, 2021  Cut Your Own Tree - AGA Farms
Open Nov 27, 2021 Pre-Cut or Cut Your Own Tree -  McArdles Holiday Farm

 

Ice Skating

Nov 5, 2021 - Feb 2022 Ice Skating - The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink
Opens Nov 26, 2021 Ice Skating - Blue Cross RiverRink
Early Dec 2021 Public Skating - Rizzo Rink

 

Hanukkah

Nov 28, 2021 OCJAC Public Menorah Lighting - Betsy Ross House
Nov 28, Dec 3-5, 2021 Hanukkah Celebration - Sesame Place
Dec 1, 2021 Kehillah Hanukkah Candle Lighting - Rittenhouse Square
Dec 4, 2021 Hanukkah Dreidel Giveaway - Franklin Square
Dec 22, 2021 Sensory Friendly Hanukkah Celebration - NMAJH

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 20, 2021- Jan 1, 2022 Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market - Dilworth Park
Nov 20-21, 2021 Christmas Fest - Basket Bonanza - St. Anselm Parish
Nov 15 - 21, 2021 Merchants Open House Week - Peddler's Village
Nov 20, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022 Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market - Dilworth Park
Dec 4 - 5, 2021 A Very Merry Local Holiday Now + Then Marketplace Weekend - Warehouse om Watts
Dec 18, 2021 Philly Christmas Walk - Love Park 

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2021 Family New Year's Eve Party - The Big Event Entertainment Experience
Dec 31, 2021 Noon Year's Eve Kids Paint - ARTrageous Brush & Flow
Dec 31, 2021 River's Casino New Year's Eve Firework's on the Waterfront - Seaport Museum
Dec 31, 2021 New Year's Celebration - Verizon Hall
Dec 31, 2021 New Year's Celebration - Kimmel Center
Dec 31, 2021 Kid's New Years Eve Countdown - Franklin Square
Dec 31, 2021 New Year's Eve Fireworks - Sesame Place
Dec 31, 2021 New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront - Cherry Street Pier

 

Miscellaneous

Nov 18 - February 27, 2022  Chilly Philly Mini Golf - Franklin Square
Nov 19, 2021 - Jan 8, 2022 Gingerbread House Competition & Display - Peddler's Village
Nov 19, 2021 Dashin' thru the Lights - Shadybrook Farm
Nov 19, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022 Holiday Bricktacular - Legoland Discovery
Nov 25, 2021 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade - In Person or Virtual 
Nov 27 - Dec 26, 2021 select dates Holiday Garden Railway - Morris Arboretum
Dec 18, 2021  The Chesnut Hill Community Holiday Parade - Chestnut Hill
Dec 26 - 30, 2021 Kwanza Celebration with The African American Museum in Philadelphia - Franklin Square

 


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