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Nov 30
Old City, Philadelphia
5:00 pm  - 8:00 pm

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 at 5:00 p.m. 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 TreeFezziwig’s Sweet Shoppe will offer seasonal sips and snacks, including their famous kettle korn.


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


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).


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.


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.)


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. 


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