Hearthside Happenings

The Top Holiday Happenings in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Get into the holiday spirit!
Posted: December 06, 2018 by Rebecca Nutt

The holiday festivities are in full swing and it can be hard to choose exactly where to go and what to do in the Greater Philadelphia area. While there are so many great events and happenings all around Philadelphia, Bucks County and Lehigh Valley, we thought it’d be a good idea to make a list of some of the most popular things to do. Get ready for holiday cheer at these local happenings:


Winter at Dilworth Park

The City of Brotherly Love knows how to put on a holiday show! At Philadelphia’s City Hall, you’ll find Dilworth Park, the destination for some of the most unique holiday happenings in the city. Located in the park is the Rothman Orthopedic Ice RInk & Cabin, a great spot to enjoy the heart of the city and grab some great drinks and food. Each night you can also witness City Hall light up during a magical holiday light show. Pictured below: Visitors skating in Dilworth Park via www.phillymag.com.

Christmas Village

Just a few steps from City Hall there is a German-style shopping village waiting for you to find the most unique holiday presents for your loved ones. Christmas Village at LOVE Park is filled with over 50 vendors with custom goods. There’s also great food and drinks located throughout the village.

Stop by Visit Philly to see more of the best holiday events in the city.

Bucks County

Holiday Magic in Peddler’s Village

Located in the heart of Bucks County is a quaint 18th-century style village with brick walkways and serene gardens. Peddler’s Village is one of the best spots to see during the holidays. The grounds are beautifully lit up in thousands of lights and there are dozens of unique shops to browse through. There is also a Gingerbread House Competition and surprise visits from Santa! Pictured below: Holiday lights at Peddler's Village via www.peddlersvillage.com.

Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm

What says “holidays” more than three million (yes - three million) decorative lights across acres of farmland? Nothing! Drive through Shady Brook Farm’s Light Show and see all your favorite holiday characters and famous destinations. After your drive stop by their bonfires to enjoy delicious hot cocoa and s’mores.

Lehigh Valley


Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - a.k.a. Christmas City USA - offers one of the most popular Christmas markets in the world! Christkindlmarkt has over 100 vendors with uncommon goods that would make amazing holiday gifts. While you shop you can enjoy live performances, glass-blowing demonstrations and more! Pictured below: Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem via www.discoverlehighvalley.com.

Winter Light Spectacular at Lehigh Valley Zoo

A spectacular light display amongst the company of animals! Visit the Lehigh Valley Zoo this holiday season to see their amazing lights throughout the grounds and stop by to see Santa while you’re there.


You read that right - PEEPSfest, as in the delicious marshmallow snack you eat that are shaped like bunnies and chicks! PEEPSfest celebrates the end of the year with an awesome, family-friendly event. It ends with a PEEPS Chick drop, which replicates the famous ball drop in New York City, and a firework show.


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