Celebrate the Holidays in Franklin Square
Franklin Square Holiday Festival
Experience the magic of the holidays and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. From November 12 - December 31, dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show; warm up with comfort food, authentic German beers, and hot beverages at Ben's Bites & Brews; and shop for special holiday gifts at the Holiday Market.
Inspired by Benjamin Franklin's electrifying genius, the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show is the key to holiday fun in Franklin Square. Marvel at more than 50,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square to a soundtrack of holiday classics performed by The Philly POPS®* in two alternating shows every 30 minutes (4:30 - 8 pm, November 12 - December 31). Every evening, one lucky audience member will be selected to "ignite" the 4:30 pm show.
*Including arrangements by Peter Nero, Music Director Emeritus.
Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle is funded by a grant from the William Penn Foundation. Special thanks to the William Penn Foundation, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, MJK Electrical Corporation, PECO, Aramark, More FM, 6 ABC, Visit Philadelphia, The Philly POPS®, EventQuip.
Philly Mini Golf
Holiday warming stations will keep golfers warm as they putt around the only Philadelphia-themed mini golf course, featuring the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ben Franklin Bridge, Chinatown Gate, Liberty Bell, and other landmarks.
Adults: $9, Children 3 - 12: $7
Parx Liberty Carousel
Hop on this spectacular all-American style carousel playing holiday music through December 31.
Ages 3+: $3 per ride, Children 2 and under: FREE
Lightning Bolt Holiday Express
Saturdays & Sundays, November 14 - December 27, plus November 12, November 27, & December 31.
All aboard for a special holiday train ride around the magnificently lit Square!
Adults: $5, Children: $4
Hospitality & Shopping
Ben's Bites & Brews
November 12 - December 31, 4 - 8 pm
Warm up in-between light shows with comfort foods and hot beverages. Relax by the outdoor fire pits and enjoy mulled wine, apple cider and authentic German beers presented by Brauhaus Schmitz.
Food and beverage available daily. Beer Garden open Thursdays - Sundays; open daily December 26 - 31
Franklin Square Holiday Market
November 12 - December 31, 4 - 8 pm
Stop in the Holiday Market to purchase gifts for adults and kids alike, including jewelry, knit scarves, hats and gloves, blankets, light up wands and LED toys.
Holiday Programs & Events
Fridays, November 20 - December 18, 4 - 8 pm
Stop by the Square for special themed nights, food trucks, and holiday fun for the whole family.
The following food trucks are scheduled to appear during #FranklinSquareFridays and Holiday Week:
- November 20: Dump N Roll and The Grill Cheese
- November 27: The Cow and The Curd and Whirly Pig
- December 4: BrazBQ and Daily Press'd
- December 11: Pbon's Fresh Phood of Philly and Eat-A-Pita
- December 18: PB&Jams, Surf and Turf Truck, and Sweet Lavender
- December 28: Eat-A-Pita and Bombay Local Pizza
- December 29: Daily Press'd and Bombay Local Pizza
- December 30: Surf and Turf Truck and Sweet Lavender
- December 31: The Cow and The Curd and Whirly Pig
Friday, November 20 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Characters from the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker bring holiday fantasy to life in Franklin Square.
Friday, November 27, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Holiday season begins in the Square when Saint Nick arrives to spread Christmas cheer!
Friday, December 4, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
“Let it go! Let it go!” with Elsa and Anna for a special night of fun activities with Kids Corner host Kathy O’Connell!
Army - Navy Night
Friday, December 11, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Join U.S. Military Academy cadets and U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen as Franklin Square celebrates the 116th Army-Navy Game.
Star Wars Night
Friday, December 18, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Celebrate the release of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens with Boba Fett and Darth Vader!
Milk & Cookies with Santa
Saturdays, November 28 - December 19, 4 - 5 pm
Enjoy milk and cookies with Santa as he tells some of his favorite stories in the indoor, heated Pavilion.
Tickets: $10. Click here to purchase tickets »
Jingle & Mingle with Santa
Saturdays, November 28 - December 19, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Santa returns to Franklin Square to pose for photos and collect wish lists! Be there for Santa's special arrival in the Square on Friday, November 27! FREE
Santa Paws Saturday
Saturday, December 5, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Bring your camera and furry friends to Franklin Square for a pup-tastically fun time featuring photos with Santa and much more.
Seasonal Sounds on Sundays
Sundays, November 15 - December 20, 4 - 8 pm
Listen and sing-along to a collection of seasonal tunes during selected Electrical Spectacle intermissions. FREE
- November 15: Sing-Along Sunday
- November 22: Valley Choral Society and Lady Hoofers
- November 29: Miss Senior Pennsylvania
- December 6: Sing-Along Sunday
- December 13: Friends' Central Middle School Chorus
- December 20: Sing-Along Sunday
101.1 More FM Holiday Fun Days
101.1 More FM, the official radio partner of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival, brings music and games to Franklin Square throughout the season. 4 - 6 pm. FREE
- Thursday, November 12
- Friday, November 20
- Friday, December 11
- Friday, December 18
- Sunday, December 20
- Thursday, December 31
Kids' New Years Eve Countdown
Thursday, December 31, 3 - 8 pm
Enjoy music and crafts, as you stick around for the Square Drop from atop SquareBurger at 6 pm and SugarHouse Casino’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, viewable from the Square. The park remains open until 8 pm for a Kids Dance Party in the indoor Pavilion and the final Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show of 2015. FREE
Holiday Parties in Franklin Square
Holiday music and décor, and the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show make Franklin Square the premier venue for corporate, social, and family events! Book your birthday and office parties, or catered dinners, in the indoor, heated Pavilion! Affordable and easy-to-book packages allow you to personalize your event and enjoy all that the Square offers, including Philly Mini Golf and the Parx Liberty Carousel. New this year, book your seating reservation package in Ben’s Bites & Brews Beer Garden during the Holiday Festival and immerse your guests in a unique winter experience featuring dazzling lights, fare,festivities, and entertainment.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-629-5801 x221 to book your event today!
Historic Philadelphia Gift Guide
Franklin Square Holiday Passport
Treat the kids and kids at heart to a Franklin Square Holiday Passport - one carousel ride, one round of mini golf, one cup of hot chocolate, and Electrical Spectacles. Available daily, November 12 - December 31. Adults: $16, Children: $14
Buy your Holiday Passport here »
Franklin Square Season Pass
Give the gift of a full year of fun with a 2015 Franklin Square Season Pass and use the pass now through December 31 as a bonus! Season passes include unlimited rides on the Parx Liberty Carousel and rounds of Philly Mini Golf. Individual: $75
Purchase at Franklin Square (6th & Race Streets) or the Historic Philadelphia Center (6th & Chestnut Streets), or call 215-629-4026.
Patriots, Pirates, Heroes, & Spies
An anthology of the best stories from the Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches makes an ideal stocking stuffer for young readers and parents alike. Available for purchase at Franklin Square (6th & Race Streets) and the Historic Philadelphia Center (6th & Chestnut Streets) for only $12.95.
Leave Your Mark with a Personalized Brick in Historic Philadelphia!
Give a unique and personal gift by inscribing a name or message in a Franklin Square or Betsy Ross House walkway brick for a fully tax-deductible donation. Franklin Square: $100, Betsy Ross House: $250.
Contact email@example.com or call 215-629-5801 x217.
Getting to Franklin Square
Discounted parking is available starting at 5 pm at the PPA Autopark at Independence Mall, located below the Independence Visitor Center. Entrances are located on 5th and 6th Streets between Arch and Market Streets. Discounted tickets are available at the Franklin Square ticket office.
Franklin Square is easily accessible via PATCO High Speed Line(8th and Market Streets), SEPTA Market Frankford Line (6th and Market Streets/ 8th and Market Streets). For additional information visit: www.ridepatco.org or www.septa.org
Franklin Square Holiday Festival
November 12 - December 31, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Experience the magic of the holidays and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. From November 12 - December 31, dazzle in the more than 50,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square in alternating shows every 30 minutes (4:30 - 8 pm) during the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show; warm up with comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben's Bites & Brews; and shop for special holiday gifts at the Holiday Market.
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