Franklin Square Holiday Festival

November 13 - December 31


Celebrate Your Holidays in Franklin Square

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Photo by Jeff Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Franklin Square is everyone’s destination for fun, traditions, and celebrations this holiday season. The Square will open at 10 am daily, and will light up nightly at 4 pm for holiday activities— featuring the return of the Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show. Enjoy holiday music on the Parx Liberty Carousel and “hot spots” to stay warm at Philly Mini Golf. Enjoy seasonal snacks and warm beverages along with holiday shopping and special gift packages!

Sparked by Benjamin Franklin’s imagination, the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show is a new holiday tradition and the key to holiday fun in Franklin Square! More than 50,000 lights will create two alternating shows every 30 minutes (4:30 to 8 pm, November 13 – December 31) to a holiday soundtrack featuring music by The Philly POPS®. The Electrical Spectacle will illuminate the historical fountain, buildings and trees around the Square! A volunteer from the audience will be selected to countdown the 4:30 pm show each day.

Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle is funded by a grant from the William Penn Foundation. Special thanks to The Philly POPS®, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, and MJK Electrical Corporation.

Franklin Square Holiday Market

The new Franklin Square Holiday Market will feature a selection of artisan goods and handmade wares available for purchase.

If you are an artist, chef*, crafter, or designer and would like to participate in the Franklin Square Holiday Market, please fill out the following application from PHAIR, which can be found HERE. All applications must be submitted by October 1st.

*On-site, cooked food vendors will not be selected through this application, only pre-packaged foods. Interested food vendors may inquire at

Philly Mini Golf

Holiday warming stations will keep golfers warm as they putt around this Philadelphia-themed miniature golf course! 18 holes feature Philadelphia landmarks such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ben Franklin Bridge, Chinatown Gate, and Liberty Bell. 
Adults: $9, Children 3-12: $7

Parx Liberty Carousel

Hop on this spectacular all-American style carousel playing holiday music through December 31. Center City’s only carousel features a zebra, a lion, an eagle, a dragon and more! 
Ages 3+: $3.00 per ride, Children 2 and under FREE.

Franklin Square Gift Shop

Stop in for a selection of fun and unique holiday gifts, ornaments, LED novelties and Franklin Square-themed souvenirs.

Food Truck Fridays

Sweet and savory seasonal selections provided by food trucks from the Philadelphia Mobile Food Truck Association will provide a rotating variety of favorites on Fridays, November 28 - December 26, 4 - 8 pm. Plus every day, our food tent serves fresh funnel cake, batter-dipped fried Oreos, chicken tenders and fries, and hot chocolate.

Holiday Events & Programs

Lightning Bolt Holiday Express
November 15 - December 28: 4:30-7:30 pm, Saturdays & Sundays
November 13 & December 31: 4:30 - 7:30 pm

$5 adults / $4 children
All aboard this holiday train ride around the Square!


Santa Saturdays
Saturdays, November 29 – December 20, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Santa returns to Franklin Square Saturdays through Christmas to pose for photos and collect wish lists!









Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown
December 31, 3 - 6 pm

Enjoy music and crafts before the Square Drop from atop SquareBurger at 6 pm and Penn’s Landing fireworks, viewable from the Square. The indoor Pavilion will host a Kids Dance Party and the park will remain open until 8 pm for the final Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show. FREE


Upcoming Events


Spooky Mini Golf

October 3 - 31, 6 - 9 pm
(Fri. - Sun.)

Philly Mini Golf is transformed with spooky fun for the season with fog, lights, music, and spooky surprises! Tickets: $9 adults, $7 children 3 - 12

Trick-or-Treat Trail

October 25, Noon - 3 pm

Make your very own Trick-or-Treat bag and follow the Trick-or-Treat Trail map throughout Franklin Square to find Halloween treats! FREE for children under 10.

Trick-or-Treat Trail and the Lightning Bolt Express Train are sponsored by: 

Twilight Yoga

Wednesday October 29, 7 -8 pm

Pop Up Yoga Philly's Twilight Yoga series returns to Franklin Square for three additional fall dates!
Tickets: $10

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