Nov. 26 – Jan. 10
This holiday display is legendary, with the entire garden transforming into a winter wonderland. Wander the outdoor, artfully-decorated gardens or meander through the cozy, warm 4-acre conservatory, which will feature blue and white lights this year. Listen to holiday music set to a fountain light show and discover the other wonders tucked away all throughout. Advanced ticketing required.
13. Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
Partake in the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade as floats take to the 1.4-mile route traversing the city. Can’t make it? The parade will be broadcast between 8:30 a.m. and noon on ABC.
20th and Market streets. Visit www.abclocal.go.com.
14. A Brandywine Christmas
Nov. 27 – Jan. 3
View the amazing 2,000 feet of track that the O-gauge model train runs over, the impressive Christmas tree display and antique dolls dressed in period clothing, among much more.
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford. Visit www.brandywine.org.
15. Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum
Nov. 27 – Jan. 3
The annual quarter-mile long display will delight all ages. Watch as cars make their way through the impressive displays made of natural materials adorned with holiday lights.
100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.morrisarboretum.org.
16. Macy’s Christmas Light Show
Nov. 27 – Dec. 31
A Philadelphia tradition since 1956, this light show has shoppers stopping every two hours to look up at Macy’s expansive walls to take in the sights and sounds of Christmas. Nutcrackers and snowmen dance across it, set to the sounds of the Wanamaker Organ. Show times are 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., daily.
1300 Market St., Philadelphia. Visit www.wanamakerorgan.com.
17. RiverRink Winterfest
Nov. 27 – March 6
Penn’s Landing transforms into a skating rink for the winter, complete with a winter garden, food and spectator seating. Skating is free and rentals are available.
101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. Visit www.delawareriverwaterfront.com.
18. Concord Township Tree Lighting
Join Santa as he helps light the Concord Township tree to kick off the holiday season.
19. Santa Comes to Town
Join Santa as he rides into town on a Bryn Mawr Fire Company truck to light the tree. There will be carols, hot chocolate and cookies. 7-9 p.m.
Celebrate the 35th annual parade, televised on Christmas Day. Other festivities will include breakfast with Santa, a holiday bazaar—featuring handmade baked goods, jewelry and other items—a holiday home tour of 10 area homes and more. See the complete guide to the weekend’s events here.
21. Wayne Hotel’s Old Fashioned Christmas
Once again, the charming streets of this town will transform into full-blown holiday fun. Extended shopping hours accompany the lighting and Santa Parade.
22. Phoenixville Candlelight Holiday Tour
Take a tour of beautifully-decorated area homes and places of worship and enjoy music and light refreshments. 3-7 p.m.
23. Zoo Noel at the Philadelphia Zoo
Santa is swapping his suit for overalls as he takes a trip around the exotic world of animals. Visitors can get their photo taken with Santa, enjoy the hot chocolate bar and go on a scavenger hunt, which features replicas of Santa around parts of the zoo. Select dates.
3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.philadelphiazoo.org.
24. Hanukkah Extravaganza
Join the Kaiserman JCC for their annual party, leading up to the holiday. The event will be held from 12-2 p.m.
25. Holiday Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27
Enjoy a ride through downtown Kennett Square for a quintessential winter experience with the family.
101 E. State St., Kennett Square. Visit www.historickennettsquare.com.
Get your fill of the potato pancake favorites symbolic of this time of year at the Gershman Y in Philadelphia. Now in its 13th year, the event will feature 10 area chefs putting their own take on the latke. There will also be live music and entertainment for children.
401 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Visit www.gershmany.org.
27. Narberth Dickens Festival
Step back in time to 1840s London. This festival gives a nod to “A Christmas Carol” with Scrooge and company wandering the streets. There will be carriage rides, dancing and period food.
Downtown Narberth. Visit www.narberthonline.com.
28. Stag and Doe Nights
Dec. 9, 16, 23
Chestnut Hill becomes a holiday wonderland to rival Santa’s workshop with fresh pine trimmings, decorations and caroling. Enjoy extended shopping hours on Wednesdays.
Chestnut Hill. Visit www.chestnuthillpa.com.
29. National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum’s Holiday Open House
Stroll through an embellished historic site while listening to carolers and delighting in the train display.
50 S. First Ave., Coatesville. Visit www.steelmuseum.org.
30. Holiday Cookie Tin
Join local chef Chiwishi Joy Abney for a baking extravaganza. Bring a tin to fill up and bring back home.
Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne. Visit www.wayneart.org.
31. Kwanzaa Family Celebration at the Johnson House
Celebrate Kwanzaa and African American culture with stories, arts and crafts, cultural food and more.
6306 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.johnsonhouse.org.