Yes, the Arctic Vortex may be descending upon us, but that just makes it feel more like the holidays, right? Enjoy all the festive fun available for families in and around Philly this weekend from the grand opening of the new Dilworth Park skating rink, to gingerbread house displays, light shows and lots more! — Jennifer Oxenford
Grand Opening of Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park
Broad and Market Streets
West Side of City Hall
It’s the grand opening of the Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park this Friday, November 14th. Philly families can now enjoy outdoor public skating against the backdrop of our landmark City Hall. Adults $4, children 10 and under $3, skate rental $8.
Peddler’s Village Kickoff to the Holidays!
Routes 202 & 263
Get in the holiday spirit at the Peddler’s Village Kickoff to the Holidays! Happening Friday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. Head to beautiful Lahaska for a visit with Jingles the Elf and special guest, Mrs. Claus for mini lightings around the village and festive fun for all. Free.
Fairmount Park Gingerbread House Display
The Shops at Liberty Place
1625 Chestnut Street
Don’t miss the Fairmount Park Gingerbread House Display featuring 12 gingerbread houses handcrafted by Philadelphia chefs and made to look like historic sites in Fairmount Park, including Strawberry Mansion, SMITH Playground and more. Free.
Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia’s oldest square, Franklin Square, is transformed into a magical holiday setting starting this weekend with the Electrical Spectacle holiday light show and more. Plus new this year, shop for handmade gifts at the Holiday Market and sample local beers and snacks in Ben’s Bites and Brews. Festivities are offered 4-8 p.m. daily. Entrance is free. Some attractions ticketed.
Kennel Club of Philadelphia
National Dog Show
The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Ave
You know the holidays are here when the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s annual dog show is back in town! Don’t miss one of the oldest and most prestigious dog shows in the nation happening this weekend Saturday, November 15th and Sunday, November 16th at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. Enjoy over 175 breeds with over 1,500 dogs competing for “Best in Show” They are available for up close meet and greets too! Adults $14. Kids ages 7-12 $7. Free for kids 3 and younger.
Gyotaku: Japanese Fish Printing
Norristown Farm Park
Barley Sheaf Dr. & Germantown Pike
E. Norriton, PA
Kids can enjoy an afternoon of Japanese Fish Printing or “Gyotaku” at the Norristown Farm Park this Sunday, November 16th at 1 p.m. Kids ages 10 and older can use replicas and real fish to make these traditional Japanese prints perfect for turning into unique holiday gifts this season. $5.
Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Brandywine River Museum
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA
Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum on Sunday mornings including this Sunday, November 16th between 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free.
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Head to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central branch this Sunday, November 16th at 2 p.m. for Yah-Oh-Way! featuring dances of various Native American nations as well as drumming, traditional costumes and music. Free.