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Special Events

Upcoming Events in Franklin Square!


Fridays, November 15 – December 27

Enjoy special-themed nights and holiday fun for the whole family including free crafts for kids. FREE unless otherwise noted.

The Grinch

Friday, November 15, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

The Grinch who stole Christmas visits Franklin Square.

Thankful Friday

Friday, November 22, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Free Thanksgiving crafts for children.

The Arrival of Santa Claus

Friday, November 29, 5 pm

Saint Nick arrives at 5 pm to spread Christmas cheer and then strolls around the Square checking his naughty and nice lists and posing for photos.

Star Wars

Friday, December 6, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Be one with the force as Star Wars characters visit Franklin Square.
Stop by the Square from 4 - 5 for a rare opportunity to meet with the Galaxy's greatest hero and most notorious super villain. Learn how to fight like a Jedi with Rey for a special Jedi training segment. Go on an adventure into space with some intergalactic activities and games. And a very special meet and greet with Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper. Take home a keepsake for each child. Photo opportunities and autographs. Costumes are highly encouraged. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Nutcracker

Friday, December 13, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Characters from The Nutcracker bring holiday fantasy to life in Franklin Square. Free crafts for children.


Friday, December 20, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

“Let it go! Let it go!” Join Elsa and Anna on the first day of Winter for a special night of fun activities celebrating their new film, and even sing along to their famous songs. Come in costume! FREE.
Or, come for Party with the Princesses from 4 – 5 pm in the Franklin Square Pavilion. Advance tickets ($20) required. Click here to purchase tickets.

Hanukkah/Kwanzaa Celebration

Friday, December 27, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Celebrate with games and free crafts for children celebrating the Festival of Lights and Kwanzaa.


Milk & Cookies with Santa sponsored by Famous 4th Street Cookie Company

Saturday, November 30 – December 21, 4 - 5 pm

Enjoy Philadelphia’s best cookies with milk as Santa tells some of his favorite stories, visits with children in the indoor, heated Franklin Square Pavilion. Advance tickets ($20) required. Click here to purchase tickets.

Jingle & Mingle with Santa

November 29 and Saturdays, November 30 – December 21, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Keep an eye out for Santa near the Franklin Square Fountain, double-checking his naughty and nice lists and posing for elfie-selfies. FREE.

Santa Paws presented by Merck Animal Health

Saturday, December 21, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Bring your four-legged friends decked out for the holidays for a pup-tastic time and take a photo with Saint Nick. Dress your furry companion in their best holiday outfit or ugly sweater. FREE.

Seasonal Sounds on SUNDAYS

Sundays, November 17 – December 29

Sunday evenings include choirs, sing-a-longs, dance performances, and more during select Electrical Spectacle intermissions.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown

Tuesday, December 31, 4 - 8 pm

The final night of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival concludes with the most family-friendly New Year’s celebration in town! An animated illuminated square sits high above SquareBurger and is magically lowered during the countdown. The Square Drop utilizes over 50,000 additional colored LED lights to create this Franklin Square tradition.

Enjoy music and crafts beginning at 4 pm before the Square Drop from atop SquareBurger at 6 pm and Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, viewable from the Square. The indoor Franklin Square Pavilion will host a Kids’ Dance Party until 8 pm for the final Electrical Spectacle of 2019. FREE.


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