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Limited Time Only - Celebrate Dr. Franklin's Birthday on the Tippler's Tour

January 16, 17, 23, 24, 5:30 pm

After two sold out tours in 2014, Benjamin Franklin's Birthday Tippler's Tour returns January 16, 17, 23, & 24! Raise a toast in honor of Dr. Franklin's 309th birthday as he joins this tour of four spirited Old City pubs! Only FOUR DATES are available, purchase your tickets today!







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Betsy's Birthday Bash!

December 31, 11 am - 3 pm

Celebrate the birthday of an American icon, December 31, at Betsy's Birthday Bash! The First Lady of the Stars & Stripes is celebrating her 263rd birthday with family-friendly activities and cupcakes from the historic City Tavern! The birthday fun starts at 11 am. Best of all, Betsy's Birthday Bash activities are FREE with admission to the House.

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Wintertime Storytelling

Saturday, Dec. 20, 11 am - 3 pm

Bring the kids to the Historic Philadelphia Center and enjoy a collection of FREE winter-themed stories as told by the Once Upon A Nation Storytellers! Complementary hot chocolate and holiday cookies served until 3 pm!

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Open Daily through December 31, 4 - 8 pm (Closed Christmas Day)

The Franklin Square Holiday Festival is Philadelphia's #1 destination for electrifying holiday fun! Here's a quick snapshot of this week's special events and activities!

  • Kids' Craftivity Hours
    Mon. - Thurs. 4 - 5 pm
    Kids can make a variety of FREE holiday-themed crafts to take home!

  • Holiday Market
    Daily, 4 - 8 pm
    Shop for the perfect holiday gift from a selection of local artisans at the NEW Holiday Market, produced in collaboration with PHAIR.

  • Food Truck Fridays
    Friday, Dec. 19, 4 - 8 pm
    Enjoy delicious bites from local favorites Just Jackie's Food Truck & Luscious Bakery.

  • Lightning Bolt Holiday Express
    Sat. & Sun., Dec. 20 & 21, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
    All aboard for a special holiday train ride around the Square!
    Adults: $5, Children: $4

  • Santa Saturdays - Milk & Cookies with Santa
    Saturday, Dec. 20, 4 - 5 pm
    Enjoy Milk & Cookies with Santa as he tells some of his favorite stories in the indoor, heated Pavilion from 4 - 5 pm. (Tickets: $10).

  • Santa Saturdays - Jingle & Mingle with Santa
    Saturday, Dec. 20, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
    Bring your wish lists to the Square and pose for photos with the man in red from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. FREE

    Santa Saturdays are sponsored by Di Bruno Bros.

  • 101.1 More FM Holiday Fun Days
    Sunday, Dec. 21, 5 - 7 pm
    More FM, the official radio partner of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival, brings music and games to the Square! FREE

  • Seasonal Sounds
    Enjoy performances from local musicians and dancers during selected Electrical Spectacle intermissions! FREE! Featuring this week: A Cappella Pops (4 - 8 pm)


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