15 Stunning Photos That Show Off Philly’s Holiday Magic

We’re not happy the holidays are ending, either — but at least we can look back at some of the season’s most beautiful sights.


The holiday tree outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art. | Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Sure, 2018 is almost over — but that doesn’t mean the holiday decorations need to come down just yet.

As we prepare to ring in the New Year, let’s take a look at some photos that show off just how beautifully Philly celebrates the holiday season.

We present: 15 photos that show off Philly’s most magical sights (and make you want December to start all over again).

1. The Miracle on 13th Street

The best place for an impromptu holiday lights stroll in the city, hands down.

2. Our hidden golden alleyways

One of the best things about being an old city with narrow streets? Stumbling upon romantic sights like this one.

3. Rittenhouse Square

Any evening shopping trip in the Rittenhouse area requires a stroll under the glowing tree lights during the holiday season.

4. Franklin Square

Ain’t she a beauty?

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The Franklin Square Holiday Festival presented by @chase kicks off tonight and can be enjoyed for FREE until December 31st ⚡️❄️✨ . . . Marvel at more than 75,000 lights as you enjoy seasonal foods and beers at SquareBurger, Ben’s Sweets & Treats and the Winter Beer Garden. Don't forget to greet Ben Franklin, take a ride on the Lightning Bolt Holiday Express Train, and enjoy enchanting performances from @thephillypops . . The Franklin Square Holiday Festival presented by @chase is open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) from November 15 – December 31. . Photo by Jeff Fusco for Historic Philadelphia Inc. . #VisitPhilly #Philadelphia #Thanksgiving #Philly #PhillyCurrent #PhillyHolidays #igers_philly #PhillyGram #InstaPhilly #WhyILovePhilly #HowISeePhilly #CityOfBrotherlyLove #DiscoverPHL #VisitPA #Explore215

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5. The King of Prussia Carousel 

To help make holiday shopping (and soon, holiday returns season) a little more bearable.

6. Elfreth’s Alley

Our nation’s oldest residential street, Christmas-ified.

7. The view from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

There are 12,000 LED lights on that 55-foot white fir, in case you’re wondering. And it traveled 300 miles on flatbed truck, from Hornell, New York, to get here.

8. Residential lights

One of the best things about the holidays: finding decked-out row homes.

9. AND decorations

Because it’s the little things.

10. Jewelers’ Row

One of the most picturesque streets in the city in the winter (and always, really).

11. The Present at LOVE Park

This 27-foot-tall walk-through gift box (which is new this year) holds 100,000 bulbs.

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Check out this huge 'present' in the Christmas Village at Love Park in Philly. I did get a kick out of the 'no climbing' signs placed all around it though. You know that one girl in the shot was thinking about climbing up it! Canon 6D Sigma 14mm F/1.8 Art F/16 ISO 100 30 seconds Tripod – Feisol CT-3342 Ballhead – Acratech GP ___________________________________ Prints available for purchase, check my bio! Stop by for more photos and stories. __________________________________ #philadelphia #phillycurrent #phillyunknown #visitphilly #pcpotd #discoverphl #visitpa #christmas #christmasdecor #ig_great_shots #igersphilly #6abcaction #visitphilly #phillydotcom #philly_igers #howphillyseesphilly #phillygram #Feisol #igersusa #icu_usa #jj_philadelphia #pennsylvania_life #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #bns_city #ig_northamerica #got__greatshots #christmas2018 #holidayphotos #philachristmas #loveparkphilly

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12. The City Hall holiday tree

This 70-foot, 7,000-pound beauty is a 60-year-old white fir from upstate New York. It makes for a pretty stunning view when you’re leaving City Hall.

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13. Bella Vista

The photo caption says it all.

14. Longwood Gardens

Sure, it’s a short drive outside the city, but it’s totally worth it (especially this time of year).

15. The City Hall Light Show

This KLIP Collective project is just another reason why stopping at Dilworth Park — and LOVE Park — is necessary during the holiday season.