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Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade

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Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade

The Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade takes place on East Market Street on Saturday, December 4, at 5:00pm.

The parade will kick off at 2nd and Market Street in Old City. This inclusive parade will feature floats representing Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, and Christmas, with performances by local marching bands, cold air balloons of your favorite holiday characters, and much more.

The Parade is outside this year, however organizers are expecting large crowds and encourage everyone in attendance to bring a mask and maintain social distance when possible.  Find additional information and COVID-19 protocols here.

Find road closures, parking restrictions, and SEPTA detours here.

Make a day of it and enjoy everything Old City has to offer including holiday events, brunch, specials, and so much more!  Please be sure to follow all health and safety guidelines and check with the business before your visit for any additional protocols.

Find a list of holiday happenings below:

Philadelphia Jazz Project at the Betsy Ross House
239 Arch Street
2:00pm and 3:00pm
Join the Philadelphia Jazz Project and an amazing quartet on Saturday, December 4th as they spread the joy of the season in Old City, Philadelphia. See performances by Marion Salaam - saxophone, Rob Henderson - drums, Frank Rein - trombone, and Elliott Levin - flute, at 2:00 and 3:00pm at the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street. Enjoy the holiday festivities and a memorable afternoon of jazz and celebration.


Pop Up Performances by Choral Arts Philadelphia
3:00 and 4:00pm
Various locations throughout Old City
The Holidays would not be complete without your favorite holiday carols. Join members of Choral Arts Philadelphia for the afternoon as they spread cheer by 'singing loud for all to hear.' Usher in the holidays with favorites like "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," "White Christmas," "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," and more in this unforgettable afternoon of celebration. 

Deck the Alley
124-126 Elfreth’s Alley

Parade of Lights
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Boulevard
10:00am-6:00pm (parade starts at 5:15pm)
‘Tis the season to get festive at the Seaport! Sea-lebrate the holiday season with Independence Seaport Museum on Saturday, December 4, as Parade of Lights returns to the Delaware River. Make a day of it along the waterfront, with crafts, activities, fun, and exploration; there’s truly something for everyone! And, of course, the day culminates with a lighted parade of local boats along the river after the sun goes down (roughly 5:15PM).

Terrace on Tap presented by Visit Philadelphia
at the Liberty View Terrace, 599 Market Street
December 4, 12 – 7 p.m.

Enjoy outdoor dining with a view at Terrace on Tap presented by Visit Philadelphia, on the second-floor Liberty View Terrace at Independence Visitor Center, featuring local brews from Workhorse Brewing Co. and Wissahickon Brewing Co., with appetizers, finger foods, light bites, and specialty cocktails by Brûlée Catering.

This family-friendly, all-ages event is an outdoor experience with access to indoor facilities and convenient parking. Enjoy free seasonal activities for kids and panoramic views of Independence Mall and the Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade. Make a stop at the Independence Gift Shop (open late) for the best Philly-themed holiday gifts!

Visit Philadelphia Love + Grit Storefronts Project
244 Race Street

  • On view through the holidays, the Love + Grit Storefronts Project, an extension of Visit Philadelphia’s popular Love + Grit podcast, features original creations by 12 QBIPOC (queer, Black, Indigenous, people of color) artists that highlight 24 Black- and Brown-owned businesses adversely affected by COVID-19. The art appears in storefronts in multiple neighborhoods, including Old City. Curated by Conrad Benner (of photo blog Streets Dept.) and curator Ginger Rudolph, the installation features works by Fabiola Laura, Tash Billington and Nazeer Sabree, to name a few. Each artist collaborated with two businesses that served as the inspiration for their custom-made digital artwork.

Carpenters’ Hall
320 Chestnut Street
Visit the architectural gem that hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774. Admission is free.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
10 S. 2nd Street
Open 12:00pm-11:00pm
Brunch: 12:00-4:00pm

Kick Axe Throwing – Philadelphia
232 Market Street
Open 12:00pm-12:00am

Midnight Lunch Studio 
20 S. 3rd Street 
20% off sweaters and outerwear 

Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd Street
10:00am – 5:00pm
Living History: Meet the Philadelphia Associators
On Dec.4,  join the Museum for a one-day living history program to meet historical costumed interpreters portraying the Philadelphia Associators! Explore the galleries, learn military drill from them, and find out how they survived “the times that tried men’s souls.”

Philadelphia Independents
35 N. 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(between Market and Arch Streets)
Philadelphia Independents will offer a festive selection of handmade holiday ornaments, Christmas cards, candles, stockings, pillows, and great Philly-made gifts for everyone on your list.

Positano Coast
212 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor
Phenomenal food inspired holiday gift baskets and sets for your shopping pleasure
Peppermin-tini Cocktail:  A festive blend of house-made limoncello, creme de menthe, creme de cacao, and half & half. $15.00. 
Live Christmas inspired jazz music featuring "To The Max" jazz band

Red Owl Tavern
433 Chestnut Street
Brunch, 8:00am-4:00pm

Red Parasol Cafe
220 Market Street

Wild Honey Salon
261 N 3rd Street
(267) 519-0060
Open 9:00am-6:00pm
Free Samples of our Oribe products available

The Wellness Refinery
216 Church Street, 2nd Floor
We will be open on December 4th from 9am - 5pm with holiday drinks including: Pink Peppermint Smoothie, Salted Caramel Smoothie, Peppermint Mocha Latte & Hot Tahini Cocoa

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
400 Arch Street
Start your Cyber Monday shopping early and book at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. Surrounded by treasures of American heritage, you can relax, dine, and embrace the culture of the City of Brotherly Love based in the distinguished Old City neighborhood . Book between November 16th-30th, 2021 for stays November 16th to April 30th, 2022 and save 20% if you stay two nights. Book now and experience Old City charm at its best. Utilize this link to make your reservation.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Celebrate the holiday season safely at a Winter Wonderland on the Waterfront. Enjoy skating under the
holiday lights, cozying up in a festive cabin or by a firepit, delicious eats, warm beverages and cocktails, and boardwalk rides and games. To learn more or order skating tickets, a cabin, or firepit, visit