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.
Inspired by Benjamin Franklin's electrifying genius, the free Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO 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, some of which are performed by The Philly POPS®* in two alternating shows every 30 minutes (November 9 - December 31, 4:30 - 8 pm, Sundays - Thursdays, 9 pm on Fridays & Saturdays; final show at 8 pm on December 24). Every evening, one lucky audience member will be selected to "ignite" the 4:30 pm show.
The Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle was initially funded by a grant from the William Penn Foundation and is now sponsored by PECO.
The Franklin Square Holiday Festival is pleased to be the kick-off event for Philadelphia's Historic District HoliDays & Nights!
Dates and Hours
Daily, November 9 - December 31 (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
Daily, 4 - 8 pm, until 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays
Special Thanks to El Azteca, SquareBurger, Steve’s Prince of Steaks, DiBruno Brothers, & El Fuego.
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Franklin Square Attractions
Philly Mini Golf
Enjoy the Philadelphia-themed miniature 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 11 – December 31, plus November 9 & November 24 (No train on Saturday, December 24)
All aboard for a special holiday train ride around the magnificently lit Square!
Adults: $5, Children: $4; Purchase tickets at the Franklin Square Ticket Office.
Food & Fun
Ben's Sweets & Treats
Daily, 4 - 8 pm, until 9 pm on Fridays & Saturdays
Warm up in-between Electrical Spectacle shows with seasonal favorites in the heated tent. Decorate freshly-baked holiday cookies, learn from pros to assemble gingerbread houses or buy a set to create one at home, see a donut hopper create fresh donuts and add a variety of toppings, or indulge at the gourmet Hot Chocolate Bar featuring five different flavors and the s’more-making station (new for 2017).
Winter Beer Garden
Daily, 4 – 8 pm, until 9 pm on Fridays & Saturdays
Relax by the outdoor fire pits and enjoy a variety of seasonal beverages, local craft beers, wine, and specialty cocktails presented by Cooperage. The Coquito cocktail will benefit hurricane relief – $1 will be donated from each drink sold during the Franklin Square Holiday Festival to Puerto Rico relief efforts. Beer and ale items include lager, IPA, cider, barrel-aged beer, and a warm seasonal drink. Cocktails on the menu include the Rock & Rye, Coquito, Crown Royal Vanilla Manhattan, and Wassel.
November 9 – December 31, Monday-Thursday, 3 pm - 8 pm, Friday, 3 pm - 9 pm, Saturday, 12 pm - 9 pm, Sunday, 12 pm – 8 pm
SquareBurger’s delicious menu by Cooperage features family favorites and warm seasonal additions. Enjoy the signature Cake Shake, blended with Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets®, the Shake-of-the-Month and the Burger-of-the-Month. Indulge in seasonal additions including Empanadas, Latkes with Roasted Pepper Sour Cream & Apple Sauce, Turkey Legs with Mashed Potatoes, Soup-of-the-Day, Churros, Fried Oreos, Pie-of-the-Day with Ice Cream, and much more. Beverages include Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Apple Cider, and Egg Nog.
Fridays, November 10 - December 29, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Stop by the Square for special themed nights and holiday fun for the whole family.
WXPN Kids Corner Night
Friday, November 10, 5 pm
WXPN Kids Corner host Kathy O’Connell and producer Robert Drake welcome guests and ignite the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO. FREE.
Friday, November 17, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Come in costume to “Let it go!” with Elsa and Anna for a special night of fun activities. FREE.
Party with the Princesses! Join Elsa and Anna for Tea & Cookies from 4 - 5 pm. Advanced tickets required ($15).Click here to purchase tickets »
Friday, November 24, 5 pm
The holiday season begins in the Square when Saint Nick arrives at 5 pm to spread Christmas cheer! FREE.
Hope for the Holidays
Friday, December 1, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Franklin Square will be taking donations for those affected by recent hurricanes in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Friday, December 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
A few days before Hanukkah begins, enjoy dreidel games, latkes, and free crafts celebrating the Festival of Lights. FREE.
Star Wars Night
Friday, December 15, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Come in costume to celebrate the opening of the latest film in the Star Wars saga. FREE.
Sculpting in The Square
Friday, December 22, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Watch live ice carving and enjoy ice sculptures to celebrate the holiday season! FREE.
New Year's Eve Countdown Night
Friday, December 29, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Create free New Year’s Eve crafts and look forward to the final night of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. FREE.
Milk & Cookies with Santa
Saturdays, November 25 - December 23, 4 - 5 pm
Enjoy milk and cookies with Santa as he tells some of his favorite stories in the indoor, heated Pavilion.
Advanced tickets required ($15). Click here to purchase tickets »
Jingle & Mingle with Santa
Saturdays, November 25 - December 23, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Visit Santa at his holiday bench, give him your list, and take an elfie-selfie! FREE.
Saturday, December 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Dress up in your favorite festive outfit and bring your camera and furry friends to Franklin Square for a puptastically fun time featuring photos with Santa. Artists from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will be available to draw holiday pet portraits. FREE.
Seasonal Sounds on Sundays
Sundays, November 12 - December 24, 4 - 8 pm
Listen and sing-along to a collection of seasonal tunes during selected Electrical Spectacle intermissions. FREE
- November 12: Sing-Along Sunday
- November 19: Sing-Along Sunday
- November 26: Lady Hoofers
- December 3: Ace Alexander
- December 10: The Friends’ Central Middle School Choir
- December 17: Those Baxters present Holiday Music with Dezzie
- December 24: Sing-Along Sunday
Special Holiday Events
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (NEW FOR 2017!)
Thursday, December 7, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
A dramatic reading of the famous story by Justin Hopkins from A Philly Pops Christmas.
Kids' New Years Eve Countdown
Sunday, December 31, 3 - 8 pm
Enjoy New Year’s Eve craft-making at 3 pm, then stick around for the Square Drop from atop SquareBurger at 6 pm and the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, viewable from the Square. After the Square Drop, the indoor Franklin Square Pavilion will host a Kids' Dance Party and the park will remain open until 8 pm for the final Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO of 2017. FREE.
Holiday Parties in Franklin Square
Holiday music and décor, and the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO 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 Franklin Square Pavilion!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-629-5801 x209 to book your event today!
Holiday Happiness Dinner at The Moshulu
Want to extend your night in Old City? Visit The Moshulu (401 S. Columbus Blvd) and mention Franklin Square to enjoy a special $75 dinner for two including two appetizers, two entrees, two desserts and coffee for two!
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