15 Holiday Events Worth Your Time in Philadelphia


The Seaport Parade of Lights is Saturday, December 13th. | Photo via Facebook.

You froze while site-seeing, you can’t get the Nutcracker theme out of your head, and you finished shopping last month. What now? Get out and warm up at one of the city’s festive holiday gatherings.

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Christmas Tree Farms in Pennsylvania and New Jersey: Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Farms in Pennsylvania and New Jersey: Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Want to cut your own Christmas tree this year? Here’s where to do it | Shutterstock

Kill two birds with one stone this year: Cut your own Christmas tree. Not only will you get to haul home a beautiful, fresh, delicious smelling pine, fir or spruce, you’ll also get a killer arm workout! Just be sure to rehydrate with some steaming hot cocoa afterwards. (Doctor’s orders.)

Excited to get chopping? Here are 18 Christmas tree farms in our Pennsylvania and New Jersey where you can chop, chop, chop to your heart’s content.

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Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas in Atlantic City? Yup!

It doesn’t sound like a likely pair: Atlantic City and Christmas trees. However, the folks at DOAC are going all out by presenting a series of gorgeously decorated holiday trees at the free Atlantic City Tree and Light Fest. The display, located at The Walk, Atlantic City’s massive collection of outlets, has Christmas ideas for every taste, including some trees that are dedicated to the City of Brotherly Love (and even a naughty one that celebrates “adult” entertainment).

We have some fabulous shots of what you can expect below. If you’re interested in getting jolly down by the shore, the festivities run through January 2. For more information, click here.

WATCH THIS: Longwood Gardens Transforms Into Christmas in Under Two Minutes

Longwood Gardens

It’s a magical and majestic holiday tradition for many people in the Philadelphia area: Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square puts on a killer Christmas light show, with a host of gorgeous trees, florals, and plants all decked out for the season.

But did you ever wonder how much work it takes to make all of the holiday grandeur come to life?

A time lapse video produced by the Longwood Gardens folks two years ago shows, in under two minutes, how a huge workforce transforms the iconic Conservatory into the Christmas wonderland everyone loves and adores. However, don’t be fooled: it isn’t as effortless as the video makes it look. In fact, the Gardens actually has to close down the Conservatory for two days so expert landscape artists can work around the clock to transform the space.

Take a look at the video below, and then take a trip over to Kennett Square to see it for yourself. The Conservatory re-opens on Thanksgiving Day for holiday explorers who want to get the first look.

Celebrate an Early Christmas Dinner German-Style At Brauhaus Schmitz


Starting on Tuesday, November 11th, St. Martin’s Day, and ending on December 21st, Brauhaus Schmitz chef Jeremy Nolen will be preparing traditional a German Christmas Dinner for parties of eight or more. The dinner will feature a 10-pound whole roasted goose, served family-style, stuffed to the brim with house-made pretzel, apple and sage stuffing.

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Philadelphia’s Christmas Tree Will Be Inside the City Hall Courtyard

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

In response to a question on Twitter, the Center City District confirmed that the City of Philadelphia’s Christmas tree will not be in the newly opened Dilworth Park just west of City Hall. It will be in the City Hall courtyard.

The Center City District says the city made the decision to put the three in the courtyard instead of next to the park’s new ice rink, which will open on November 14th. The Center City District plans to light the already-exising trees in Dilworth Park.

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