Winter is heating up at City Hall with these 6 holiday-themed attractions

It’s the sweater weather time of mittens, hot chocolate and bonfires. It’s also the time that Dilworth Park transforms into a winter oasis.

Part of this year’s Philly Holiday Festival, the public space by City Hall is a winter hub of wreaths, ornaments, twinkle lights and activities. Already plenty of holiday amusements to enjoy in Center City, there will be even more to come this week with the Deck the Hall Light Show, Philly Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration, Craft Hall Pop-Up Restaurant and Christmas Village at Love Park.

So while it might be cold, here are six reasons why you won’t want to stay inside.

1. Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Holidays and shopping go hand-in-hand. Buy presents for the ones you love from the city you love at the local winter market. Featuring over 50 vendors in tents topped with Herrnhut Stars, this will be both a holiday treat and retreat from the chaos at the malls.

2. Rothman Institute Ice Rink

It doesn’t matter if you’re the next Kristi Yamaguchi or the biggest klutz to ever meet ice, go have fun and take a lap around the rink. Ice skates are available for rent, and there are a number of themed nights to make your time on the rink even more festive.

3. Carousel

Located in City Hall’s courtyard, the kids and the kids-at-heart will have a blast bringing it back old school and riding the carousel adorned with 20 wooden horses, holiday wreaths and lights. Part of ACME Winter Memories, the carousel costs $3 a ride.

4. Wintergarden

Adding some needed greenery to Dilworth Park, stroll through the enchanting holiday-inspired gardens. Plus, be on the look out for some whimsical reindeer topiary structures.

Going on through Feb. 24, take a break and rest for awhile by having a drink at one of garden’s tables.

5. Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin

Warm up with a spiked hot chocolate, hot toddy or Spicy Dilworth Mule inside the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin. Grab a bite and relax with family and friends.

If you are looking for that outdoorsy vibe, go outback and sit by the fire pits.

6. Christmas Tree

Going all out on the Christmas gear, check out the 65-foot-tall white fir at the Met Holiday Plaza. The Philly Holiday Tree is still being decorated for its official lighting celebration on Nov. 28, but it is already showing its Philly flavors with large-scale ornaments like a Philly soft pretzel.

Dilworth Park Winter | November-February. Times and dates vary for each attraction. Pay as you go.


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