Franklin Square Holiday Festival

November 14 through December 31



Food & Fun

Photo by Jeff Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Make the Franklin Square Holiday Festival a stop on your holiday itinerary for MORE LIGHTS, MORE MUSIC, MORE SWEETS, and MORE FUN FOR ALL!

Sparked by Benjamin Franklin’s electrifying genius, the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO is the key to holiday fun in Franklin Square and the centerpiece of the Holiday Festival.

You and your family will not want to miss this FREE light show  illuminating the Square nightly with more than 80,000 lights shimmering and dancing to a soundtrack of holiday classics, some performed by The Philly POPS!  (And, it's a great backdrop for your family holiday cards!)

Alternating shows run every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm daily. Final shows are at 8 pm daily; 9 pm Fridays and Saturdays.

The Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle was initially funded by a grant from the William Penn Foundation and is now sponsored by PECO.



Daily, November 14 - December 31
(Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)*

Daily, 4 - 8 pm, open until 9 pm on Fridays & Saturdays

*Please note: there is no 4:30 pm show on November 14, and no 6 pm show on December 31.

Special thanks for supporting the Franklin Square Holiday Festival!

Electrical Spectacle Show Designer: Parker 3D of Scotch Plains, New Jersey

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Historic Holidays & Nights

The Historic Holiday Pass Powered by PECO is the ticket to festive fun this holiday season. Passholders will enjoy discounts for museums, attractions, shops restaurants and more. Download the Historic District Holiday Pass to see a complete list of offers available throughout the Historic District between November 14 and December 31. Visit for more information.

Holiday Evening Service Provided by Philly PHLASH®

Getting around the Historic District is easy this holiday season with a special Holiday Evening Service provided by Philly PHLASH®. Park once and use the shuttle to go from ice skating on the river to snacking, shopping, and sightseeing on the streets of Old City. PHLASH® Holiday Evening Service is available Fridays to Sundays, 6 to 10 p.m., November 22 through December 29, 2019. Explore all the best holiday happenings with seven stops from Penn’s Landing to LOVE Park. Buy an all-night pass onboard PHLASH for just $2. Visit for service details and updates.


Photo by Jeff Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Philly Mini Golf

Holiday lights and music adorn the only Philadelphia-themed miniature golf course, featuring the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ben Franklin Bridge, Chinatown Gate, Liberty Bell, and other landmarks.
Adults: $10, Children 3 - 12: $8

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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

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Lightning Bolt Holiday Express

Saturdays & Sundays through December 29, plus November 14 & 29 and December 31, 4:30 - 7:30 pm

All aboard for a special holiday train ride around the magnificently lit Square.

Adults: $5, Children: $4; Purchase tickets at the Franklin Square ticket booth.


Photo by Jeff Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Ben's Sweets & Treats

Daily through December 31, 4 - 8 pm, until 9 pm on Fridays & Saturdays

Warm up in between shows with seasonal favorites. Toast the season with roasted marshmallows at the gourmet s'more-making station and seasonal libations including hot chocolate (with options for adult-spiked additions).

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.


Daily through December 31, 4 - 8 pm, Mondays – Thursday, until 9 pm on Fridays, 12 – 9 pm on Saturdays, 12 – 8 pm on Sundays

SquareBurger’s delicious menu includes burgers, hot dogs, fries, ice cream, and vegetarian Betsy Burger. The signature Cake Shake blended with Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets®, will continue to be a highlight along with warm seasonal additions.

Host your Holiday Party at the Pavilion 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 Pavilion in Franklin Square.

Contact or call 215-629-5801 x221 to book your event today!


Limited street parking is available. Discounted parking (with an entry time after 5pm) is available 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. $2 off parking vouchers are available at the Franklin Square Ticket Office. Vouchers may be used Sunday through Thursday with an entry time marked after 5pm. Friday and Saturday vouchers will not be available and the posted rate of $7 will apply.


Franklin Square is easily accessible via PATCO High Speed Line (8th & Market Streets), and SEPTA Market Frankford Line (5th & Market Streets/8th & Market Streets). For additional information visit or

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