NOVEMBER 30TH - DECEMBER 28TH
Celebrate the season in America’s most historic square mile with Historic Holiday Nights in Old City, presented by Old City District.
Carolers, History Makers and a Tree Lighting Ceremony will signal the start of the holiday season in Old City, Philadelphia on Thursday, November 30. The kickoff celebration will take place at the Betsy Ross House courtyard (239 Arch Street) and will feature Betsy Ross, carolers, and the new Old City District Design Tree. Fezziwig’s Sweet Shoppe will offer seasonal sips and snacks, including their famous kettle korn. There will also be cider sampling by Austin EastCiders. (Must be 21 years of age or older).
At 5:30 p.m., the Philadelphia Youth Ballet will present excerpts of the holiday classic The Nutcracker.
At 6:00 p.m., the Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin. The Old City District Design Tree is an artistic lighting installation designed by FK Productions, and celebrates the season with a nod to the neighborhood’s strong history of art and design.
Visitors can enjoy $1 off admission at the Betsy Ross House, which will offer extended hours until 8:00 p.m.
Tippler's Tour: Yuletide Cheers & Beers will also begin at the Betsy Ross House at 5:30 p.m. Travel back to the winter of 1777 to enjoy festive ales and libations with a British soldier, as he provides a unique perspective on this tumultuous time in Historic Philadelphia. (Must be 21 and over with valid identification. Tickets must be purchased in advance at historicphiladelphia.org.)
Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest residential street, will also offer extended visiting hours from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (126 Elfreth's Alley).
The Snowflake Shuttle powered by PHLASH will offer FREE rides Thursdays- Saturdays 6PM-9PM throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District!
As part of Old City District’s Historic Holiday Nights, start a magical new holiday tradition by coming to see “Illuminating Liberty," the Museum of the American Revolution’s colorful new window illuminations, inspired by Philadelphia artist Charles Willson Peale. The window illuminations will be on display nightly from November 30 through the New Year.
In addition, get all of your holiday shopping done in one place, and enjoy some seasonal dishes and sips in Old City! More than 50 participating boutiques, shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants and cafes around the neighborhood will treat visitors to special sales, discounts, promotions and menu items every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00p.m., November 30th through December 28th.
HISTORIC SITES + MUSEUMS
239 Arch Street
*Visitors can enjoy $1 off admission at the Betsy Ross House, which will offer extended hours until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings, November 30th – December 28th.
Dec. 7 – Currier Kruczek: The Dialogue. A guitar duo rooted in the conversation of jazz improvisation, brings a fresh take to standards, covers, holiday tunes and original music.
Will Currier: Guitar, Austin Kruczek: Guitar 6:00 p.m.
Dec. 14 - Comprised of various talented jazz artists, Mélange Jazz Collective is a versatile and creative Philadelphia ensemble that works in the World Beat, Blues, Funk and Jazz scenes. Featured artists performing on December 14 Historic Holiday Nights in Old City: saxophonist, Laurent Bass; bassist, Bert Harris; percussionist, Karen Smith. 6:00-7:30pm.
Dec. 21 - Join Jupiter Blue for a holiday celebration, as they sleigh into town with a sled filled with Holiday cheer. Jazzy Christmas singing and Holiday music to set your fireplace a glow and make your eyes sparkle with the warmth of the season! Vocalist Tara Middleton, Guitarist D.M. Hotep, Percussionist Tom Lowery, 6:00 p.m.
Dec. 28 - V. Shayne Frederick is a pianist, vocalist, arranger and musical director with over a decade of stunning performance. The au courant crooner has been featured in sold out performances at museums, art galleries, jazz clubs, casinos, and festivals here and abroad. Cited by the Broad Street Review as “one of the region’s busiest and best jazz singers,” and by All About Jazz as “one to watch” and a “shining light,” V. Shayne makes each song his own. 5:30pm
124-126 Elfreth’s Alley
Making Christmas: How German Immigrants Shaped an American Holiday
The Elfreth's Alley Association presents: “Making Christmas” a pop up exhibition that will take visitors through a historic tour of German American Christmases Past on display in the Museum Houses (124 and 126). In the 1700s, the majority of colonists did not celebrate Christmas. This changed throughout the 1800s. Experience firsthand how Santa Claus, the Christmas tree, Christmas cookies, toys and the influence of retail all became a part of the celebration in America By 1870 Christmas was Established as a National Holiday.
Open to the Public - Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, Saturdays and Sundays 12:00-4:00pm, & Thursday evenings, November 30th, December 7th, 14th, 21st 5:00-8:00pm. Closed to the public December 2nd. Admission $5.
147 N. 2nd Street
*Meet and take photos with Santa every Thursday evening, 7:00-8:00pm
101 S. 3rd Street
*As part of Old City District’s Historic Holiday Nights, start a magical new holiday tradition by coming to see “Illuminating Liberty," the Museum of the American Revolution’s colorful new window illuminations, inspired by Philadelphia artist Charles Willson Peale. The window illuminations will be on display nightly from November 30 through the New Year. (No exhibit access).
*On Thursday, November 30th from 5:00-7:00p.m., the Museum of the American Revolution’s Cross Keys Café will be offering seasonal treats including Shane’s Hot Cocoa, and hot seasonal cocktails. The Museum’s gift shop will be open for holiday shopping. Visitors can try on Revolutionary-inspired clothing and design their own decorative window illuminations on the Museum’s first-floor. (No exhibit access.)
321 Chestnut Street
*Pay-as-you-wish admission with extended hours until 8:00pm
323 Arch Street
*Receive 20% off your purchase
116 N. 3rd Street
*Happy Hour from 5:00-7:00pm
*10% off storewide (excludes alcohol sales)
*$2 featured cocktail
151 N. 3rd Street
*Flash sale with discounts of 20% or more on different product categories every Thursday.
Backpacks & luggage, books, hats, shaving paraphernalia and jewelry will be among the items included in the flash sale.
141 N. 3rd Street
*Nov. 30th – Snowflake and ornament hands on craft with hot cider, cookies and enjoy now through Dec 31st, 5% off when you spend $50 or more in our store. Not valid with any other offers or for exhibition work.
*Dec. 7th – Hot Cider, cookies and enjoy now through Dec 31st, 5% off when you spend $50 or more in our store. Not valid with any other offers or for exhibition work.
*Dec 14th – Elfreth’s Alley and the Center present and evening with Shane Confectionary for a talk on the history of German candy making and the molds that they used. After the talk the group will take a tour of the Elfreth’s Alley Museum. The Center for Art in Wood | 6 – 7pm |The Elfreth’s Alley Museum | 7 – 8pm | Tickets $5.00. Enjoy now through Dec 31st, 5% off when you spend $50 or more in our store. Not valid with any other offers or for exhibition work.
*Dec 21st - Hot Cider, cookies and enjoy now through Dec 31st, 5% off when you spend $50 or more in our store. Not valid with any other offers or for exhibition work.
233 Market Street
*Charlie's Jeans will offer 5% off entire purchase of regular priced items
139 N. 2nd Street
*5% off total purchase in The Clay Studio Shop
21 N. 2nd Street
*10% off all R+Co and Kevin Murphy Hair Care Products
33 N. 2nd Street
*15% OFF on ALL New Orders for Furniture & Lighting
*Up to 30% OFF on all Home & Personal Accessories
205 Arch Street
*Complimentary apple cider and a free stocking suffer with every $50 purchase
144 N. 3rd Street
*Sip, Shop, and Give - Thursday night’s champagne shopping from 5:00pm until 8:00pm with 10% of all sales donated to Toys for Tots
*Free Delivery - All Purchases on Historic Holiday Nights will be delivered with no charge in the city. Purchasers outside the city will incur a small charge.
*Active Military Thanks - 20% off to any active military purchasers during Historic Holiday Nights
*All Historic Holiday Nights Purchaser Thanks - Each Thursday night will bring a different special for shoppers to enjoy savings as well as a free gift with purchase
205 Race Street
*Mention Historic Holiday Nights to receive:
*Blowout Holiday Special: Get a Blowout, Give a Blowout
*Brow Wax Holiday Special: Get a Brow Wax, Give a Brow Wax
*Not valid with existing promotions
57 N. 3rd Street
*Weekly workshops on Thursdays
134 N. 3rd Street
*15% discount to all shoppers
35 N. 3rd Street
*One free button with any purchase
302 Arch Street
*10% off our gag gifts and toys each Thursday
*Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Dec. 28: Buy 3 tin signs, get 1 free
*Dec. 21: Buy 2 tin signs, get 1 free
219 Market Street
*20% off one item
241 Race Street
*15% off Jewelry
32 N. 3rd Street
*Receive a $10 discount coupon for next visit with purchase of any service during Historic Holiday Nights
242 N. 3rd Street
*Discount on select works
124 N. 3rd Street
*10% off entire purchase (excluding accessories and jewelry)
205 Race Street
*10% off of merchandise in the store, seasonal specialty offerings from our kitchen and coffee bar
*Specials, discounts, promotions and business hours at participating locations are subject to change.
FOOD + DRINK
117 Chestnut Street
*Standard Brews - $5 Pints
*Seasonal Three Years Alt - $4 Pints
*House Red & House White Wine - $5 Glass
*$6 House-made Pretzels
217-219 Chestnut Street
*All Happy Hour specials offered through 8PM in the bar only
218 Market Street
*All Big Ass Slices $5.00
325 Chestnut Street
*1/2 off General Tso Soup Dumplings
*1/2 off Short Rib & Scallion Pancakes
*$5 glasses of Zengria
214 Market Street
*A cheesesteak and a Yuengling for $10
138 Market Street
101 S. 3rd Street (At the Museum of American Revolution)
*Thursday, November 30th from 5:00-7:00pm only
*Seasonal treats including Shane’s Hot Cocoa, and hot seasonal cocktails
*The Museum’s gift shop will be open for holiday shopping
*Visitors can try on Revolutionary-inspired clothing and design their own decorative window illuminations on the Museum’s first-floor. (No exhibit access.)
10 S. 2nd Street
*Entire Happy Hour menu offered through 8PM
312 Race Street
*White cranberry delight Martini $5.00
*Mussels with jalapeño butter sauce $10.00
17 N. 3rd Street
*Free bag of kettle korn with any purchase
320 Walnut Street
*10% discount of all hand-made products available at our Holiday Market
*Nov. 30 and Dec. 21 only
308 Market Street
*$5 Mezcal Jawn cocktail
230 Arch Street
*Any medium drink and a Macaron for $5
224 Market Street
* All beers and wines $5
*Crispy Spring Rolls, Garlic Ginger Dumplings and Chicken Satay half price
140 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
*Original Sin Hard Cider $5
*Blackbird Hard Cider $6
*La Val de la chevre brut cider 750ml bottles $24
*Cidre Fermier Normand Brut 750ml bottles $24
*“Thanksgiving Dinner” - Turkey thigh, mashed potatoes, green beans with crispy shallots, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy $22
243 Chestnut Street
*$5 Spiked Hot Cider
*$5 Southern Poutine
16 S. 2nd Street
*$5 raspberry Bellini
*Discounted select appetizers
Old City Coffee (open until 7 p.m.)
221 Church Street
*Mocha Latte Drink $5 Special: Our six-bean espresso laced with our secret house made mocha sauce blended steamed milk. House made whipped cream optional.
125 Walnut Street
*$5 hot buttered rum
*Half priced oysters
14 N. Front Street
*Italian Mulled Wine - Simmered Chianti infused with brandy, orange, apricot, cinnamon & clove - $5
*Half price selected appetizer
227 Market Street
* $5 glasses of warmed Spiced Red Wine
*$5 glasses of assorted hard ciders
*50% 0ff our Bacon Jam and Goat Cheese appetizer ($4.50, regularly $9)
212 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor
*$5 Aperol spritz (Aperol, Prosecco, Blood Orange Soda)
*$6 Salmon Focaccia
48 S. 2nd Street
*Sailor’s Punch $5
*Housemade Sausage Rolls $5
110 Market Street
*Our Chocolate Café will be offering a "Hot Chocolate Happy Hour" from 5:00-8:00pm! The Happy Hour features $1 off our small Thomas Jefferson Drinking Chocolate with (or without) peppermint!
216 Market Street
*Poinsettia (Champagne with a delicate splash of cranberry cocktail)
*Sealed with a Kiss (A delicious blend of hot chocolate and caramel vodka, topped with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle)
34 S. Front Street
*$5 Mixed drink (Choice of vodka, gin, rum or tequila mixed with your choice of soda or juice)
*$6 Martinis (Choice of vodka or gin, cosmopolitan, Lemon drop, Apple-tini, Peach-tini)
*$6 Manhattan (Whiskey, sweet vermouth, with a splash of angostura bitters)
*$6 Red wine
*$6 White wine
*$3 Domestic bottle of beer (Choice of Yuengling lager, Coors light, Budweiser, Michelob Ultra)
433 Chestnut Street
*$5 Winter Warmer Cocktail (D’USSE cognac, lemon, prosecco)
*$12 Miniature Coconut Curry Shrimp Spring Rolls (5 per order, served with ginger ponzu)
1 Dock Street
*$5 drafts (Stacy’s Mom and our seasonal beer)
*Half price small plates
10 S. Front Street
*Mulled wine for $5
*Half priced appetizers
160 N. 3rd Street
*Free dessert with any dinner item purchased
*Specials, discounts, promotions and business hours at participating locations are subject to change.
Historic Holiday Nights in Old City is part of Philadelphia’s Historic District HoliDays & Nights, a celebration of the season which includes Franklin Square, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, the Independence Visitor Center, Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross House and Old City! (each location will link out to its website)
Snowflake Shuttle, Serviced by PHLASH – Getting around the District is even easier Thursdays through Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m., when a dedicated, decked-out PHLASH bus loops the neighborhood, picking up and dropping off riders free of charge. The six-stop, 17-minute route includes Franklin Square, the Museum of the American Revolution, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 3rd and Market Streets, Elfreth’s Alley and the Betsy Ross House. November 30-December 30. ridephillyphlash.com
The best way to experience Historic District’s wintertime fun is with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, offering guests of participating hotels free parking and more perks, bookable at visitphilly.com.