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Philadelphia has been transformed into a giant holiday wonderland for the Christmas season. Tis the most wonderful time of year to plan a holiday day trip into the city for you, your family and your friends. Experience all that Philadelphia has to offer with top light shows, Christmas markets, shopping adventures, festive food, spirited sips and family-focused attractions. Come for Christmas Village, Made in Philadelphia and Tinsel Christmas Pop-up Bar, and stay for Philadelphia Zoo’s LumiNature, Wonderspaces immersive art show, and Candytopia’s candy-coated holiday adventure. No matter what you do and see, you can’t go wrong with these three attractions on the top of your holiday bucket list! Grab your Santa hat, your reindeer antlers and your ugly sweater, and get ready for a merry ole time.

Philadelphia Zoo Presents LumiNature with 1 Million Lights

Philadelphia Zoo (3400 W. Girard) announces the dazzling return of LumiNature Presented by Chase, from November 18th to January 9th. The giant-sized holiday extravaganza will transform the entire Zoo into a dazzling winter wonderland. Guests will experience a magical journey of lights, music, sounds and surprises. LumiNature will feature 14 illuminated experience zones that will feature lively themed displays, newly-enhanced installations and hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. Highlights will include a 100 ft-long aquarium tunnel, enormous jellyfish, a brand new octopus tree, a 21-feet tall brilliant colored snake, hundreds of illuminated penguins, giant cat eyes glowing in the dark of night, a 22-feet-tall Butterfly Tree, a new Wilderness Express Train, and a 25-foot tree made entirely of lit flamingo lawn ornaments. LumiNature is a nighttime experience, with timed entrance tickets available every half hour from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. For tickets and membership information, visit www.philadelphiazoo.org.

Submergence by Squidsoup. Photo by Alison Narro.

Wonderspaces Presents Philly’s Most Immersive Art Experience

Wonderspaces Philadelphia heads into holiday season at Fashion District Philadelphia by adding two new extraordinary installations to its show of interactive and experiential artwork. The current collection of global art will now include the most ever pieces, sixteen in total, with the addition of On a Human Scale by Matthew Matthew, Before I Die by Candy Chang and returning favorite Dinner Party by Charlotte Stoudt, Laura Wexler, Angel Soto, Skybound, Ryot & Telexist. On a Human Scale is a project which unites voices and faces of the world through technology. The project started as an experiment, by filming everyday New Yorkers singing. The individual voices are woven into an interactive instrument which visitors are invited to play, bringing the immersive audio-visual installation to life. Before I Die is a global participatory public art project that reimagines our relationship with death and with one another in the public realm. Originally created by artist Candy Chang in New Orleans after the death of a loved one, the artwork invites people to reflect and share their personal aspirations in public. Dinner Party by Charlotte Stoudt, Laura Wexler, and Angel Soto is a virtual reality film based on the story of Betty and Barney Hill, the couple who reported the first nationally known UFO abduction case in America in the 1960s. The film takes the visitor through their abduction journey, which is a remarkably different experience for Betty and Barney. Along with the three installations, Wonderspaces announces the reopening of the bar and the debut of Wonderspaces signature cocktails, along with spirits, wine, local beers, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Wonderspaces Philadelphia is located in Center City just two blocks from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and is the west anchor for Philadelphia Fashion District. Entrance from the mall is on street level across from the escalators; our street entrance is at 27 North 11th St (11th Street between Market & Filbert Streets).

Candytopia Presents Sweet Holiday Wonderland

Candytopia presents Sweet Holiday Wonderland now through Christmas at Philadelphia Fashion District. The final days of Candytopia in Philadelphia are filled with sugar, spice and everything nice as this major attraction adds extra sugar, sparkle and bling for the holidays. Head to Philadelphia Fashion District for a deliciously immersive and outrageously interactive party. Candy lovers and visitors are invited to wear their Santa hats, reindeer ears, glittery scarves and festive garb to add to the holiday vibes. Candytopia will be decked out for the holidays with decorations, festive touches of red and green, and extra holiday candy to give out. On top of the flying unicorn pigs, confetti explosions, marshmallow tsunamis and candy at every turn, Candytopia will also feature themed and fun decorations at select exhibits. For festive selfies and family photos, a special Sugar Rush Holiday Photo Opp has been added where you can take photos and have them beamed to your phone for free. Candytopia: Sweet Holiday Wonderland is included in the regular price of admission. Tickets include access to all exhibits and experience, a trip to the Marshmallow Pool, a visit to the secret Candytopia gift shop – and yes, all that free candy.

Make it a holiday day trip you will never forget. While visiting, pair your holiday adventure with Christmas Village at Love Park, Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market, Tinsel Christmas Pop-up Bar, U-Ville at Uptown Beer Garden, The Greenhouses at Harper’s Garden, The Igloos at Figo Ristorante, and Craftsman Row Saloon’s Christmas Take-Over. Shop and support local businesses in Old City District, Northern Liberties Business Improvement District and Downtown Ardmore. Make reservations for dinner and drinks at Blind Barber, Amada, Village Whiskey, Positano Coast, Anejo Philadelphia, Wine Dive, Bridget Foy’s, Bagels and Co., SliCE, P’unk Burger, Sonny’s Cocktail Joint, Dim Sum House, French Toast Bites and Evil Genius Beer Company. Celebrate the grand opening of The Fin in Fishtown, and GBU (Good, Bad, Ugly) at Stove and Tap West Chester. Make it a day trip to Bucks County with dinner at Oldestone in New Hope, a show at Bristol Riverside Theatre, and night on the town with Parx Casino. And of course, on the Main Line, shop local in Downtown Ardmore, make memories at DePaul’s Table and Lola’s Garden, and sip the nights away at Stove and Tap Malvern, Lansdale and West Chester.

“Happy Holidays from Aversa PR and our clients all over the region,” said Aversa PR CEO Kory Aversa. “We are proud to represent over 100 of the very best restaurants, attractions, neighborhoods, events, festivals and more – and we hope to see you out this holiday supporting our local businesses. Thank you for supporting our clients as we make the Philadelphia region the best place to live, work, play AND celebrate the holidays.”

For the 2021 holiday season, Aversa PR is proud to represent these and over 50 other top attractions, pop-up bars, restaurants, breweries, neighborhoods and businesses. Follow the holiday adventure on social media at @aversapr and @koryaversa.

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