There are no better times to experience the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection than Thanksgiving Time, the Holiday Season and of course Philly’s Iconic New Year’s Eve Celebrations!
Many feel the Winter Philly Festivities really begin with the Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend November 20-22. The Philly Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Run have been a tradition and joy for runners the world over to compete in since 1994. This Friday Nov 20th Philadelphia is expecting 30,000 running participants.
The Philadelphia Marathon is one of the world’s top ten marathons. Runners say they never forget the unique course featuring a mixture of nature and historic lore as they traverse along the scenic Schuylkill River and through beautiful Fairmount Park, into the suburbs of Manayunk then weave through the spirited streets of University City lined with college cheerers. You’ll pass through Old City’s Historic District and enjoy the love and support of many Philadelphia diverse neighborhood crowds all along the way.
The main race starts on Sunday 22nd, sharply at 6:57 AM on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street, in Front of the Art Museum stairs that Sylvester Stallone made famous running up during the block buster Rocky movies. Wheelchair participants zoom off 6:57 AM just three minutes before the runners and walkers take off at 7:00 AM. This is the start as well as the finish line so spectators, tourists and cheerers are reminded to get there early so you can get a good spot along the street.
Race enthusiasts, culinary aficionados and anyone of any age who has caught the holiday spirit will certainly want to visit Christmas Village at Love Park which is opening Saturday November 21st the day before the Marathon and running until December 27th. Love Park one of Philadelphia’s renowned tourist photo spots is transformed into a Santa Clause Village, sparklingly light up with a large tree and filled with European craft stands, traditional and unique foods, delicious one of a kind deserts, candies and innovative gifts all with an international flair!
Thanksgiving Philadelphia Style means walking around a truly remarkable City with lots happening, planned and spontaneous, for kids of all ages. Enjoy world class shopping, dining, entertainment plus national historic sites. Take a tour of Philadelphia’s famous Mural Mile featuring 17 of Center City’s most iconic outdoor mural art projects arranged along an enjoyable walking route that takes you through downtown Philadelphia’s commercial districts and into Philly’s boutique, art gallery and antique sections.
Tourists, visitors, locals and traditionalists won’t want to miss our country’s oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 96 year old, Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade features massive cartoon character floats, Dunkin Donut’s Grand Opening Patriotic Float Act, giant balloons, the Campbell’s Thanksgiving Harvest float plus of course Santa helps us welcome in the holiday season in grand style. Many local performances from Philly’s best choirs, dance groups, marching bands will also perform. Lance Bass of N’Sync fame will be there as will American Idol Season 12 winner Candice Glover!
The downtown Philly traditional Macy’s Holiday Lights Show starts November 27th and runs until December 31 at the Center City Macy’s department Store located at 1300 Market Street. The 100,000 bright lights have been a holiday joyous fascination since 1956 when the show was first coupled with the Wanamaker Organ to create a visual and audio concert that is still just as awe inspiring, mesmerizing and memorable as ever.
The Nutcracker is playing at the Academy of Music, performed by the multi award winning Pennsylvania ballet from December 11 to 31.
Sports enthusiasts will not want to miss the Army-Navy Football rivalry game at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia on December 12th.
Who has the best fireworks show to welcome in the New Year? Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing lights up both sides of the Delaware River banks with two explosive fireworks shows this year, the first starts at 6 PM which is a family, all age appropriate, full music accompanied event and of course there is the dazzling midnight countdown extravaganza of fireworks for the adult crowds.
What better way to start your New Year off on the right foot than by attending the fabulously fun Philadelphia Mummer’s Day Parade and strutting down Broad Street on January 1. See you all there!