As you recover from your tryptophan coma and your black friday shopping and start to think about the rest of the weekend, here are our top Thanksgiving Weekend Philly Fun Picks to enjoy the extra days home with the family:
In our family, it’s not the holidays unless we get down to Macy’s to enjoy the Christmas light show spectacular. A holiday tradition for 50 years, we went when it was Wanamaker’s but now Macy’s does it justice with a beautiful light show and sound display followed by organ concerts. After the show, head up to the 3rd floor for the Dickens Christmas Village experience to see scenes from A Christmas Carol and allow children the opportunity to visit with Santa. Don’t forget to bring your stamped letter in an envelope marked for the North Pole for your child to mail in Macy’s. For each letter sent to the Big Guy, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make a Wish Foundation. Light show runs hourly 10am – 8pm starting November 25th through New Years Eve day. Dickens Village open 10am-7pm Nov. 26th – New Years Eve day.
The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is shown hourly from Thanksgiving through Christmas on The Comcast Experience video wall, the world’s largest 4 mm LED display, in the lobby. The 15 minute show runs from 10AM to 8PM (except at 5PM M-F to avoid the business day exodus) and new this year includes scenes from the Nutcracker performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet , a magical sleigh ride through the Pennsylvania countryside, and other holiday sights and sounds set to orchestral and choral holiday music. Free.
Starting November 24th and running through Christmas Eve, Philly’s Love Park is home to its own Christkindl style market at Christmas Village complete with crafts, food and fun for the whole family. New this year is a carousel for children to ride as well. Children can visit Santa’s house to have a seat on his lap and tell the big guy their Christmas wishes. There are also plenty of authentic German foods including bratwursts, gingerbread, waffles, crepes, potato salad and traditional German sweets like Lebkuchen and soft gingerbread biscuits for all. Runs from 11am-8pm daily from through Christmas Eve. Free.
All about this special North Pole Express holiday train at the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad destined for the North Pole! Ride the rails with Santa, Mrs. Claus and other holiday figures including local musicians playing holiday music and leading caroling for all. Families can sip cocoa and enjoy cookies as children get to have individual visits with Santa who present each child with a small gift. Professional photo packages also available. North Pole Express runs weekends through New Year’s Eve with hourly excursions starting at 12 Noon and a final depart time of 6:45pm. Adults $37, Children ages 2-11 $35.00, children aged 2 and under $10.00. First class updates also available. See website for full ticketing details.
If it’s more of a day trip you’re after, children can meet Santa and his helpers while taking a ride on a 45 minute vintage steam train ride to Paradise, PA to kick-off the holidays at beautiful Strasburg Rail Road. After the train ride, children can participate in a story reading of holiday classics. Children ages 3-11 receive a gift from Santa as well! Santa’s Holiday Express starts this weekend Friday Nov. 25th – Sunday Nov. 27th and runs weekends through Dec. 18th. Ticket prices vary from $3-$30. Please see website for full ticket details.
The dinosaurs are coming to Oaks this Friday November 25th through Sunday 27th at The Family Fun and Dinosaur Express. Bring the whole family out to see and touch the Burning Tree Mastodon and dozens of other life like replica dinosaurs. Plus kids will enjoy moon bounces, a petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games and other great family fun for all ages. Get your discount tickets earl online. Tickets run $3 – $9. Family four packs $30.
Beautiful Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square is transformed into a Gingerbread Fantasy this holiday season with towering trees adorned with gingerbread garland and cookie ornaments. Children will delight in the Gingerbread Express train as it routes its way through a candy-filled music room. And, enjoy half a million lights on display in the most beautiful gardens in the area with lit trees, dancing fountains, and beautiful plants. Daily and evening performances add to the holiday magic. Admission to the Christmas display is by Timed Admission Ticket, with tickets purchased in advance for a specific date and time. Buy before you arrive! $8-$25.pia
The National Constitution Center hosts a Thanksgiving Celebration this weekend where families can enjoy a History of Thanksgiving program to learn about the true history of Thanksgiving over the years and participate in seasonal make and take crafts. Thanksgiving Celebration runs Friday Nov. 25- Sunday Nov. 27th from 10am -3 pm. Free with paid admission $8-$12. Ages 3 and younger free. Veterans free on Black Friday.
The Brandywine River Museum celebrates this year’s holiday season at A Brandywine Christmas with their extensive 0-gauge model railroad plus antique dolls from the private collection of Ann Wyeth McCoy, an elaborate Victorian dollhouse and beautifully decorated trees with natural ornaments. New for 2011 is a display featuring Ann Wyeth McCoy’s adult-sized dollhouse.
Starting on Friday Nov. 25th through January 1, 2012 Camden’s Adventure Aquarium is transformed into a magical undersea holiday wonderland with larger than life holiday decorations, twinkly lights, tress and falling snow. Children are thrilled to see “Scuba Santa” swimming with the sea creatures and waving to them from inside the Ocean Realm exhibit. Adventure Aquarium also boasts the best Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Show you’ll ever see with live appearances from the Bumble and live dance party and more. Visit before Christmas and get a free 4×6 photo of the kids with Rudolph, the Bumble and friends. Shows runs daily through Jan. 12t 2012. Free with paid admission $17.95-$21.95.