With cozy vibes, rustic decor and a plethora of twinkly lights, here are our picks for where to wine and dine in the Philly area if you’re in need of some holiday spirit. – Chelsea Karnash
7620 Ridge Ave (Roxborough)
For a festive, throwback atmosphere (plastic fish, handmade photo collages and tons of lights in various shapes are the main decor) and amazing (cheap!) Italian food, GO HERE. Just don’t take my table, k?
18th & Sansom Sts
Set inside a gorgeous old rowhome near Rittenhouse and sporting an abundance of plaid and vintage goodies, this British pub offers the kind of comforting, hearty fare and strong cocktails that make it perfect for a holiday meal.
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20th & Walnut St
The place is red and green and resembles a child’s toy Christmas train. Around the holidays, the outside is decked out in lights. Plus, it’s centrally located. The perfect spot for casual food and drink with a side of holiday cheer.
2301 Fairmount Ave
This little corner restaurant has tons of holiday and seasonal events and specials, and the lights outside make for a festive vibe year-round.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
1310 Drury St
Comfy, old-as-dirt and bedecked in Christmas lights. What’s not to love?
2 Liberty Pl, 37th Floor
Want an amazing view of the city’s Christmas lights? You can’t beat R2L’s! But be warned — that holiday cheer comes at a price here.
2nd & Poplar St
This NoLibs eatery makes a lot of lists we put together, and this one’s no different. Here’s why: farmhouse-in-the-country vibe, urban location. Lights. And a fireplace. Glorious.
Tavern on the Hill
8636 Germantown Ave (Chestnut Hill)
There’s nothing that’s not Christmas-y about Chestnut Hill during the holiday season, and the cramped quarters, ancient décor and live entertainment at this “cozy village pub” reflect that.
Valley Green Inn
W Valley Green Rd (Wissahickon Park)
It doesn’t get prettier than the Valley Green Inn in fall and winter. Take a walk (or a hike) through Wissahickon Park before you stop by this historic restaurant for dinner and a hot toddy or chocolate (by the fireplace!). You seriously won’t believe you’re within city limits.
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Pretty much anywhere in South Philly…
Because it looks like someone threw up Christmas on this section of the city no matter where you turn. And that’s a wonderful thing.