While it’s not exactly the most wonderful time of the year just yet, it’s sure starting to feel like it in Philly!
The magnificent Franklin Square Holiday Festival — featuring more than 80,000 twinkling lights in the Electrical Spectacle Light Show alone! — opens on Thursday to fill the historic square with fire pits, seasonal treats and lots of holiday cheer.
The newly opened Fashion District Philadelphia debuts a holiday light show of its own on Thursday, while Peddler’s Village officially kicks off its holiday season on Friday with jolly old Saint Nick himself switching on the attraction’s 1 million lights at the Grand Illumination Celebration.
In other exciting news, the Penn Museum reopens 10,000 square feet of reimagined spaces and galleries this week! The storied institution celebrates the highly anticipated completion of the first major phase of its building transformation project — which includes the new Mexico and Central America Galleries and Africa Galleries — on Saturday and Sunday with special tours, hands-on activities, live performances and more.
And the curtain closes on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s record-breaking Broadway show Hamilton at the Forrest Theatre. The popular show ends its three-month run on Sunday, and tickets for some of the final performances are still on sale!
Also this week: the season’s last Food Trust Market at Cherry Street Pier, the winter edition of Photo Pop Philly opens at The Bourse Food Hall and the Philadelphia Eagles play the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field.
Check out all of our picks for this week in Philly, below.