Are you looking for some snowy, fun, winter activities in Philadelphia? The drive from Reading to Philly is about an hour and a half – making it a great spot for a day or weekend trip from the Berks County area. Between snowfall and the holiday season, there are many great things for kids, families, and friends to do together. In this article, we have come up with our recommendations for the best winter activities in Philadelphia for all ages. Many of these activities run from November through January. Let’s dive in!
Winter Activities in Philadelphia
1. LumiNature at Philadelphia Zoo
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Experience a magical journey of wildlife at Philadelphia Zoo during their LumiNature event. The zoo is lit up with more than a million twinkling lights across 14 illuminated zones. A fan favorite is their Tis the SEAson zone, a 100 ft. long tunnel filled with lights of creatures under the sea.
While you’re there, take a ride on the Wilderness Express Train, as you go through the sparkling trees and sip on some hot cocoa. You can also visit Sweet Whimsicality to make s’mores over an open fire.
With so much to do and see, LumiNature is a fun Philly winter activity for all ages!
2. Independence Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Photo Credit: Delaware River Waterfront
The RiverRink Winterfest will be celebrating its 30th season this year – a favorite winter tradition for many in Philadelphia. The winter wonderland displays gorgeous views along the Delaware River and features an ice rink, boardwalk rides, fire pits, and delicious food.
New to Winterfest is the option to rent a Rinkside Lounge, perfect for hosting an event for up to 45 people. For more information, visit Delaware River Waterfront.
3. Winter in Franklin Square
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Winter in Franklin Square has events throughout the winter season, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa celebrations. During the holidays, they have a stunning light show that is synchronized with music throughout the evening. Kids can visit Santa at the festival on Black Friday.
For extra adventures, kids and adults can play on the Chilly Philly Mini Golf course which is decorated with holiday gear and famous Philadelphia landmarks. The Parx Liberty Carousel is also open during the winter months and plays holiday music.
4. Winter at Dilworth Park
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If you are looking for a place with a variety of Philly winter activities, Dilworth Park is your spot to go. Find all the perfect gifts at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market during your visit to Winter at Dilworth Park from local artisans.
Other activities to enjoy are:
- Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn – Take a stroll through beautiful reindeer topiaries and seasonal plantings
- Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink – Great for adults and older children
- Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin – A ski-cabin setting with food, beverages, and outdoor firepits
- Deck the Hall Lights Show – a gorgeous light show displayed at City Hall
5. Macy’s Christmas Light Show
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Macy’s Christmas Light Show has been a classic winter activity in Philadelphia since 1956. Be sure to visit during one of their showings on the Wanamaker Organ – the world’s largest playing pipe organ.
During the event, you can spot beautiful window displays along Market Street with story themes such as Dickens Christmas Village, and the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Kids can visit Santa during the event.
6. Nutcracker Performance
Photo Credit: Philadelphia Ballet
Escape the cold as you delve into a live performance of The Nutcracker at Philadelphia Ballet. The performance is a classic, originated by icons George Balanchine and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, featuring the famous toy soldiers, scurrying mice, dancing candy canes, and waltzing flowers.
Performances are throughout the holiday season from December 8-30. Visit Philadelphia Ballet for tickets.
We Hope You Enjoy These Best Winter Activities in Philly During Your Day Trip from Berks County!
Enjoy all there is to do during the winter and holiday season on your day trip from Berks County to Philly.
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