Happy first weekend of December! Enjoy all the wonderful holiday happenings to ring in this festive fun-filled month in Philadelphia for families! — Jennifer Oxenford
Frozen Winter Party
duck duck goose
702 Haddon Ave
Anna & Elsa will be at the Frozen Winter Party for crafts and pictures with kids at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 6th at duck duck goose toys in Collingswood. Free.
Jingle Fest Holiday Baaar & Family Fun Festival
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Ave
Head to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at 100 Station Ave in Oaks for the Jingle Fest Holiday Bazaar and Family Fun Festival starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6th. Activities include visits with Santa and Olaf, horseshoe painting, holiday crafts, balloon animals, a moonbounce, sandy candy, shopping, crafters, food, refreshments and more. 100 percent of the money raised benefits Horse Power for Life, a non-profit organization that provides a 16 week therapeutic horsemanship program for those with cancer. Free to attend. Activity costs vary.
18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Celebrate the winter season at FrostFest happening Saturday, Dec. 6th from 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. at Sister Cities Park with family-friendly activities, free carriage rides around the park, ice carving demos, visits with Santa, plus a special visit from the Franklin Institution Traveling Science Show, costumed carolers from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and hands-on crafts from the Philly Art Center. Free.
The Christmas Village
Love Park (JFK Plaza)
1500 Arch St.
The holiday fun continues at Christmas Village in Love Park. Feel festive as you wander through the authentic German Christmas market with over 60 vendors from all over the world offering crafts, food and more. Plus, enjoy special entertainment and visits with Santa! Free.
Routes 202 & 263
Head to beautiful Lahaska, PA for the Peddler’s Village Christmas Festival happening Saturday, Dec. 6th from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 7th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Santa arrives in a special parade to welcome children for visits. Enjoy hot cider, toasted marshmallows, and more.
19th Annual Peace Around the World
3260 South Street
The 19th Annual Peace Around the World event takes place this Saturday, December 6th at the Penn Museum from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. All are invited for the celebration and will receive a “passport for peace” upon arrival. Then journey through the Museum’s galleries to explore holiday festivals, history, cuisine, and traditions from countries around the world. Free admission.
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, December 7th between 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free.
Lucia Fest and Christmas Market
American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Ave
The annual Lucia Fest is happening at the American Swedish Historical Museum this Saturday, December 6th with Lucia processionals at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Drop in for the processionals as well as Swedish Christmas Market with traditional holiday items, decorations, and gifts. $10.
Holiday Garden Railway
100 E. Northwestern Ave
Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway continues this Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th. View the quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen rail lines and more. $16 adults, $8 children.
Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park
Broad and Market Streets
West Side of City Hall
Icy fun continues at the new Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park this Friday, December 5th – Sunday, December 7th. 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.
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest fun runs all weekend long with a magical winter landscape including a dazzling light show, winter garden and forest, shopping and refreshments in the new “Lodge” with indoor fireplaces, rustic décor and outdoor heat lamps, plus shopping at ArtStar with gifts and handmade items. And, of course, the outdoor ice skating rink is the centerpiece of all the fun. Admission to Winterfest is free. Skate admission $3. Skate rental $10.
PNC Grow Up Great
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S. Broad Street
Little music lovers get to go on a journey of jazz at The Kimmel Center during PNC Grow Up Great this Saturday, December 6th at 11 a.m. Kids will learn about America’s unique musical style of jazz through an interactive hour-long session with musicians and instruments. Geared for ages 3-5. Free.
A Very Furry Christmas
100 Sesame Road
The seasonal festivities continue at Sesame Place this Saturday, Dec. 6th and Sunday, Dec. 7th with A Very Furry Christmas featuring all of your favorite furry Sesame Street pals. The park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with millions of lights, festive decorations, plenty of rides and of course special visits with all your favorite Sesame Street characters and Santa in his Furry Workshop! Tickets $24 online, $29 at the gate.
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, too. Festivities are offered 4-8 p.m. daily. Entrance is free. Some attractions ticketed.
Christmas On The Farm
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Lane
Santa, his elves and his sleigh arrive at the Howell Living History Farm at 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 6th to visit with kids and give out treats. Children can board a horse drawn wagon for a ride to the woods to take turns cutting down Christmas trees with a two-man saw. Everyone helps decorate the tree with natural ornaments and then enjoy cookies and hot apple cider. Bring an unwrapped toy to the farm to donate to Toys for Kids. Free.
Jennifer Oxenford is a mother of two and the founder of phillyfun4kids http://www.phillyfun4kids.com your place to find free and mostly free things to do with your kids in and around this great city of motherly love. You can also follow phillyfun4kids on twitter at @phillyfun4kids and Facebook.Find. Fun. Fast. — Now you can download the FREE phillyfun4kids app (newly updated with 2013 seasonal attraction listings!) for your iPhone in the iTunes App Store here.