Holiday Traditions in Center City

Holiday Traditions Continue in Center City 

It’s time to enjoy the winter season in Center City. Holiday attractions like the Macy’s Light Show and The Nutcracker are back! Shopping for that particular friend or mother-in-law? Check out the one of a kind hand-crafted gifts at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park or treat yourself to something new at one of Center City’s chic boutiques.  Make sure you end your perfect day with a delicious meal and hand crafted cocktail at one of the hundreds of restaurants Center City has to offer. Come experience beloved holiday traditions while creating new memories with your family and friends in Center City this season.

For a list of places to find those unique holiday gifts, visit our Shop page

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Merry on Market

Center City District has partnered with retailers along Market Street East to present “Merry on Market,” a brand-new promotion that celebrates the many holiday traditions of the historic shopping street in Center City Philadelphia. Beginning Thursday, December 2 and continuing every Thursday through December 30, residents, workers and visitors are invited to stroll through the streets of East Market to shop, dine and experience live outdoor entertainment from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.  

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Macy’s Center City
Enjoy this season’s story, the journey of a very special reindeer on display in the 2021 Holiday Windows. New this year, The Spirit of a Christmas Carol lives in Dickens’ Village at Macy’s Center City. Loved traditions, like the famous Macy’s Holiday Light Show, also return with a limited schedule.
1300 Market St., 215.241.9000,

Reading Terminal Market
Stroll through the market to find holiday décor and custom painted exterior windows, plus live music, Santa sightings, professional chef demonstrations, crafts and Thoughtful Thursday Charity events.
51 N 12th St., 215.922.2317,

Fashion District 
Admire the holiday light show, enjoy live music and shop at the retailer market. Don’t forget to check out the Fashion District’s massive holiday mirrored ornaments, a perfect photo-op for all!
901 Market St., 215.925.7162

East Market
This year, East Market will become a magical winter wonderland as hundreds of LED lights come together with a 35-foot tree to create a synchronized, animated holiday light show on Chestnut Walk. Plus, enjoy live music and food and drink specials.
1100 Market St., 215.419.7685,

Lits Building
Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Timberdale Brass Quintet 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm while gazing at the spectacular holiday lights.
701 Market St.,

Market East Holiday Attractions

Center City Holiday Attractions

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Winter at Dilworth Park

Philadelphia’s premier wintertime traditions, the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink and Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin will open to the public on November 5, 2021. In addition, the Deck the Hall Light Show, Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn presented by TD Bank and the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market will round out the holiday season fun.

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