Winter in Franklin Square

presented by Citizens

November 19 through December 31, 2020

 

 

Photo by Jeff Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Winter in Franklin Square presented by Citizens featuring the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO brings sparkling lights and winter magic from November 19-December 31, 2020.

Guest safety is extremely important to us. The seven-acre Square has room for safe, socially distanced, outdoor viewing of the free light show.

We have installed sanitization stations, social distancing reminders, limited capacities on attractions, and we are following new City of Philadelphia regulations.

Guests can safely celebrate the magic of the holidays both day and night. During the day, delight in playing 18 holes of wintery splendor at Chilly Philly Mini Golf presented by IBEW Local 98, spin with holiday music on the Parx Liberty Carousel, get active and move your feet along the Snowy Silly Stroll, and slide, swing, and run in the playgrounds.

**Due to new City of Philadelphia regulations, for the time being there will be no SquareBurger or Franklin Bus food and drink service during Winter in Franklin Square presented by Citizens.

Please note: For the safety of all guests and due to facial mask requirements, outside food and drinks are not permitted inside Franklin Square.


Franklin Square Hours

Daily, 10-9 p.m.

Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO Hours:

Daily, 5-9 p.m.

*Hours are subject to change and are dependent on weather.


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WINTER IN FRANKLIN SQUARE PRESENTED BY CITIZENS ATTRACTIONS

Photo by Jeff Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO

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. The free light show illuminates and dazzles the Square every 30 minutes nightly with over 100,000 lights (more than ever before) that shimmer, dance, and illuminate to a soundtrack of holiday classics.

The Philly POPS® will perform in two alternating shows every 30 minutes beginning 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, weather permitting.

Daily, November 19-December 31
*Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day*

HOURS: Daily, 5-9 p.m. The free light shows begin every 30 minutes. Each show lasts less than 15 minutes long.

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

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


Chilly Philly Mini Golf presented by IBEW Local 98

New for 2020, Chilly Philly Mini Golf presented by IBEW Local 98 transforms Center City’s only miniature golf course for socially-distanced winter fun both daytime and evenings. Updated with COVID-related safety standards, the course is complete with lights, holiday music, and larger-than-life wintertime friends throughout the course. The 18-hole game features reproductions of Philadelphia icons and landmarks.

Daily, November 19-December 31, 2020

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Tickets: Adults: $10/Children 3-12: $8

Click here to purchase tickets»

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

Click here to purchase tickets »

Hanukkah Dreidel Giveaway

Old City Jewish Arts Center will give away free dreidels to commemorate the first night of Hanukkah.

Thursday, December 10

5:30 p.m.

Kwanzaa Weekend at Franklin Square with the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Habari Gani?! This phrase means "What's the news?" in Swahili.

Kwanzaa celebrates the first fruits of the harvest in our homes. Join AAMP to uplift the seven principles of the season through songs, stories, and art.

Let's light the kinara together and give thanks.

Saturday and Sunday, December 26 and 27

1:30-5:30 p.m.

Healthy Activities

Throughout the Square, guests will find signage to help them experience the park in healthy ways:

-Snowy Square Stroll is a program with fun signage along the pathways suggesting ways to get the littlest visitors up and moving — and their older friends, too. Newly updated for winter.

-Anyone looking for a little cardio exercise can take a walking loop around the Square — three loops equal one mile.

-Playgrounds: Slides, swings, and spinners…bring the kids and enjoy two playgrounds! Open year-round and free.


 

Host your Holiday Party at the Pavilion in Franklin Square

Holiday music and decor, 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 events@historicphiladelphia.org or call 215-629-5801 x221 to book your event today!

 



 

Funders and Partners

Thank you to Franklin Square's funders and partners: PECO, William Penn Foundation, Parx, Citizens, IBEW Local 98, Board of Directors of City Trusts, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, African American Museum in Philadelphia, and Independence Visitor Center.

Parking

From 4-10 p.m., from Thursday through Sunday, Franklin Square guests may park at the National Constitution Center for a flat rate of $10. Prior to entering the parking garage at 5th and Race streets, retrieve your chaser ticket from the guard.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority has added a limited number of on-street parking spaces around Franklin Square. 3-hour parking from 8:00 am-10:00 pm Mon-Sun is now available along: 6th Street (Handicapped, motorcycle, and regular parking), 7th Street (Handicapped and regular parking), Franklin Street (regular parking) and Race Street (between Franklin Street & 7th Street) (regular parking).

Pay at the adjacent parking kiosk. Please pay attention to parking boundaries as bus stops tow away zones exist adjacent to these parking areas. Parking IS NOT ALLOWED along Race Street between 6th & 7th Streets.

 

Transportation

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 ridepatco.org or septa.org.

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