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Welcome to Philadelphia: Center City

Dec 11, 2017 07:44AM ● By Lauren Davish

The greater Philadelphia area has been an important meeting ground in our country’s history since the days of the Liberty Bell, and is no less so today. Teeming with diversity and multicultural heritage from downtown to the suburbs, there are many neighborhoods, many points of view and many lessons to be shared among us all. We hope that our series of spotlights featuring events and personalities in all corners of our great metropolis will encourage residents to think outside the box and stray from their commute to explore their own city with a new perspective.

In light of the holiday season, we wanted to put our spotlight on the heart of Philadelphia: Center City. Still the booming neighborhood it always was, Center City is home to many holiday events and celebrations attended by Philadelphians year after year. From outdoor ice skating rinks to renowned light shows, the already bright lights of Center City multiply during this time of year, making this city illuminate with both festivities and all-around cheer in the air.

The Rothman Ice Rink and America’s Garden Capital Maze at Dilworth Park

Center City dwellers can lace up their skates for the Rothman Institute Ice Rink’s fourth season at Dilworth Park. Grab a friend or two and test out a triple axel… or just try to stay upright.

Then, visit a holiday-inspired labyrinth of lights and plants at America’s Garden Capital Maze at Dilworth Park. Now in its second season, this pop-up garden is back just in time for the holidays.

Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City

For this tradition dating back to 1956, Philadelphia residents gather in the Grand Court in the National Historic Landmark Wanamaker Building to witness a spectacular Christmas light show. Afterwards, head on up to the second floor to walk through an animated doll setup of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.

Christmas Village and the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Take a stroll through LOVE Park and check out Christmas Village, an outdoor holiday market of more than 80 vendors selling items from jewelry to ornaments, arts, crafts and much more.

Across from Christmas Village, you’ll find the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market. This is specific to local artists and designers in the Philadelphia area, celebrating and supporting the talent of our residents.

We’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg with all there is to do and see in Center City this holiday season. Check out one or all of these great spots, and see how well Philly does the holidays.

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