Winter in Franklin Square presented by Citizens featuring the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO will sparkle from November 18, 2021 – February 27, 2022.
Visitors can celebrate the magic of the season both day and night in festive Franklin Square, with evening activities beginning at 5:00pm each evening. Winter in Franklin Square presented by Citizens featuring the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO will sparkle from November 18, 2021 – February 27, 2022. Franklin Square is open November 18 – February 27 daily (closed November 26, December 25, January 1), 10 am - 9 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10 am - 10 pm. The nighttime festivities run 5 - 9 pm daily, until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
New for 2021!
New this year, Winter in Franklin Square presented by Citizens continues all the way through Sunday, February 27 with new songs incorporated into the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO (note new name!). Also, from November 18 – January 9, enjoy Franklin’s Winter View operated by Cescaphe with outdoor fire pits and a beautiful indoor heated tent featuring adult and hot beverages and seasonal food.
One of the highlights of winter fun for all ages is the Chilly Philly Mini Golf presented by IBEW Local 98, transforming Center City’s only miniature golf course both daytime and evenings. Experience lights, seasonal music, and larger than life wintertime friends throughout the course. The 18-hole game features reproductions of Philadelphia icons and landmarks. The fun lasts from November 18 – February 27, with love in the air for the month of February when Philly Mini Golf with Love takes over the course from February 1 - 27, 2022. Daytime tickets: $10 adults/$8 children (3-12); nighttime tickets (after 5 pm): $15 adults/$12 children (3-12); FREE for children under 2.
Daytime in Franklin Square
During the day, delight in playing 18 holes of wintery splendor while playing Chilly Philly Mini Golf presented by IBEW Local 98, spin with holiday music on the Parx Liberty Carousel, dine on comfort food and special seasonal fare at SquareBurger operated by Cooperage, and slide, swing, and run in the playgrounds.
Nighttime in Franklin Square
The Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO is the key to holiday nighttime fun in Franklin Square. Sparked by Benjamin Franklin’s electrifying genius, Electrical Spectacle is a free light show that illuminates the Square nightly with shows every 30 minutes from 5 pm until closing. Visitors marvel at more than 150,000 lights (more than ever!) as they shimmer and illuminate the Square to a soundtrack of seasonal classics.
This season, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. debuts two new songs as part of the Electrical Spectacle Light Show. The first one, Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano, will kick off the holiday season on November 18, and run, rotating with four other songs, through January 9, 2022. Each show features two songs selecting from Feliz Navidad as well as past favorites Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies by Tchaikovsky with Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a - Russian Dance performed by Charles Dutoit & L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Sleigh Ride performed by Peter Nero and The Philly POPS® featuring Ann Hampton Callaway; A Christmas Festival, performed by Peter Nero and The Philly POPS® featuring Ann Hampton Callaway; and Carol of the Bells (Starchild Excaliber Drumadelic Remix) performed by the London Festival Orchestra.
Beginning on January 10, Winter Wonderland by Johnny Mathis, another new song, will be the solo song for each show running nightly through February 27. Electrical Spectacle shows begin at 5 pm daily and run every 30 minutes until 9 pm Sundays – Thursdays and 10 pm on Friday & Saturdays, weather permitting.
Franklin’s Winter View
Franklin’s Winter View will operate nightly beginning at 5 pm (only through January 9) serving a variety of hand-crafted cocktails, classic and spiked hot chocolate, seasonal beers, and wine along with seasonal food. Enjoy the outdoor fire pits and seating throughout the Square as well as the beautiful indoor heated tent. SquareBurger also available both daytime and nighttime for comfort classics.