This holiday season we are unofficially touring (eating) our way through Philadelphia’s most festive spots. We started at Franklin Square Park, which to our surprise and delight, included a beer garden. Snag a seat at one of the many fire pits and enjoy bourbon cocktails with equally holly jolly friends now through December 31. Btw it’s free and very kid friendly so everyone can be included in this event.
Holiday Programs & Events
Sculpting in the Square (NEW FOR 2016!)
Thursday, December 8, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Watch live ice carving and enjoy ice sculptures to celebrate Franklin Square’s 10th birthday!
Fridays, November 18 – December 30, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Stop by the Square for special themed nights and holiday fun for the whole family.
Friday, November 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Characters from the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker bring holiday fantasy to life in Franklin Square. Visit with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mouse King. FREE kids’ craft activity.
Friday, November 25, 5 pm
The holiday season begins in the Square when Saint Nick arrives at 5 pm to spread Christmas cheer! FREE.
First Friday Franklin Square (NEW FOR 2016!)
Friday, December 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Celebrate the tradition of First Friday in Old City at Franklin Square. FREE.
Friday, December 9, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Come in costume to “Let it go!” with Elsa and Anna for a special night of fun activities with special guests WXPN Kids Corner Host Kathy O’Connell and Producer Robert Drake. FREE.
Party with the Princesses! Join Elsa and Anna for a private meet and greet with special snacks from 4 – 5 pm. Advanced tickets required ($15). Click here to purchase tickets »
Star Wars Night
Friday, December 16, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Come in costume, meet and greet favorite characters from Star Wars. FREE
Jedi Training: Trivia, Q&A and a VIP meet and greet with Darth Vader from 4 – 5 pm. Advanced tickets required ($15). Click here to purchase tickets »
Hanukkah Celebration (NEW FOR 2016!)
Friday, December 23, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Join us for holiday games and crafts, the night before Hanukkah begins, to celebrate the Festival of Lights. FREE.
Final Friday of 2016! (NEW FOR 2016!)
Friday, December 30, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Create free New Year’s Eve crafts and look forward to the final night of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. FREE.
Milk & Cookies with Santa
Saturdays, November 26 – December 17, 4 – 5 pm
Enjoy milk and cookies with Santa as he tells some of his favorite stories in the indoor, heated Pavilion.
Advanced tickets required ($10). Click here to purchase tickets »
Jingle & Mingle with Santa
Saturdays, November 26 – December 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Visit Santa at his holiday bench, give him your list, and take an elfie-selfie! FREE.
Santa Paws Saturday
Saturday, December 10, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Dress up in your favorite festive outfit and bring your camera and furry friends to Franklin Square for a puptastically fun time featuring photos with Santa. Artists from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will be available to draw holiday pet portraits. FREE.
Seasonal Sounds on Sundays
Sundays, November 13 – December 18, 4 – 8 pm
Listen and sing-along to a collection of seasonal tunes during selected Electrical Spectacle intermissions. FREE
- November 13: Sing-Along Sunday
- November 20: Sing-Along Sunday
- November 27: Sing-Along with Ms. Vicki Rogers, Ms. Senior Pennsylvania 2013
- December 4: Those Baxters present Holiday Music with Dezzie
- December 11: The Friends’ Central Middle School Choir
- December 18: The Baldwin B-Flats
Kids’ New Years Eve Countdown
Saturday, December 31, 3 – 8 pm
Close out Franklin Square’s 10th Birthday Season with the most family-friendly New Year’s celebration in town! Enjoy music and crafts beginning before the Square Drop from atop SquareBurger at 6 pm and Sugar House New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, viewable from the Square. The indoor Franklin Square Pavilion will host a Kids’ Dance Party until 8 pm for the final Electrical Spectacle of 2016. FREE.