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2017 Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Daily, November 9 – December 31 (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)

4 - 8 pm, until 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays

The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO returns this winter! Plan your visit to Philadelphia’s favorite holiday tradition, featuring plenty of family fun, delicious comfort foods, and special events!

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Mural Arts Philadelphia Presents Monument Lab: Sample Philly

Now – November 19

See Philadelphia artist Kara Crombie’s monument, Sample Philly, on display at Franklin Square. The artwork, part of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s citywide project, Monument Lab, is inspired by free arts and music education in Philadelphia and contains a sound bank of musical loops drawn from Philadelphia’s rich musical history.

Visitors are encouraged to take part in a learning lab stationed near the monument to design or describe their own visions for monuments that represent Philadelphia.


Old City District Historic Holiday Nights at the Betsy Ross House

Thursdays, November 30 – December 28, 5 - 8 pm

Beginning November 30, visit the Betsy Ross House courtyard during Historic Holiday Nights in Old City. Marvel at the new Old City District Design Tree, an artistic lighting installation that celebrates the season with a nod to the neighborhood’s strong history of art and design. Enjoy festive performances, extended hours until 8 pm, and $1 off admission Thursday nights!

Please note: Betsy will only be in her upholstery shop on opening night, November 30.

Historic Chocolate Making Demonstrations

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Meet two female entrepreneurs and learn how women played an active role during the American Revolution – from making important military supplies, like flags and musket cartridges, to choosing “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea. Sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed.

Below are the dates of Historic Chocolate Making in 2017:

  • November 25
  • December 31

Sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate.


Tippler's Tour: Yuletide Cheers & Beers

Thursdays, November 16 - December 28 (No tour on Nov. 23), 5:30 pm

Departs from the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St.

It’s the most wonderful time… for a beer! Raise a glass of cheer on Once Upon A Nation’s Colonial pub crawl through Historic Philadelphia. It is 1777 and the British are occupying Philadelphia…will there be holiday celebrations during this tumultuous time? Step with us into the holiday season in charming Old City, circa 1777, whilst enjoying winter brews and festive libations.

Purchase tickets here.

Audition for Once Upon A Nation!

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (HPI) seeks adult actors (ages 18 and up) of all ethnic backgrounds to work as Storytellers, tour actors, and first-person costumed interpreters for our many outdoor spring educational and summer programs in Philadelphia's historic district as well as at Valley Forge National Historical Park.


  • Part-time paid seasonal work, starting February 2018.

  • Pay starts at $12.00 per hour. Housing/transportation not included.

  • Candidates will be invited to attend auditions to be held on January 19, 2018, based on how well their resume reflects the experience and skills needed for our programs.

Submission deadline is December 19, 2017.

Send a photo and resume to auditions@historicphiladelphia.org - or via U.S. mail to

Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Attn: Auditions

150 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 550

Philadelphia, PA 19106

No phone calls, please. Historic Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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