The extended Thanksgiving weekend means there’s more time to enjoy all sorts of fun in Philadelphia — including the opening of many of the city’s most beloved holiday attractions.
The festivities kick off with the city’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — the oldest in the U.S.! — featuring floats, performances and, of course, a visit from Santa on Thursday, November 28.
When the parade is over (and the turkey is carved), the holidays really get underway, boosting holiday spirits of residents and visitors at seasonal traditions like the Macy’s Christmas Light Show and The Comcast Holiday Spectacular.
On the waterfront, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest kicks off another season of wintry fun with ice skating, cozy fire pits and a tree-lighting celebration.
And attractions in Philadelphia’s Countryside like Linvilla Orchards and the Brandywine River Museum of Art begin offering their season-long holiday activities and programming over the weekend as well.
That’s all in addition to holiday attractions that have opened earlier in November, including Winter at Dilworth Park and the Franklin Square Holiday Festival.
Read on for our official guide to all of the must-hit holiday attractions opening over Thanksgiving weekend in Philadelphia.