Franklin Square Holiday Festival

November 13 - December 31

 

Celebrate the Holidays in Franklin Square

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Photo by Jeff Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Experience the magic of the holidays and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. From November 13 - December 31, dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show; warm up with comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben's Bites & Brews; and shop for handmade, artisanal gifts at the Holiday Market.

Inspired by Benjamin Franklin's electrifying genius, the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show is the key to holiday fun in Franklin Square. Marvel at more than 50,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square to a soundtrack of holiday classics performed by The Philly POPS®* in two alternating shows every 30 minutes (4:30 - 8 pm, November 13 - December 31). Every evening, one lucky audience member will be selected to "ignite" the 4:30 pm show.

*Including arrangements by Peter Nero, Music Director Emeritus.

Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle is funded by a grant from the William Penn Foundation. Special thanks to the William Penn Foundation, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, MJK Electrical Corporation, PECO, More FM, 6 ABC, Visit Philadelphia, The Philly POPS®, EventQuip.

Special Guest Igniters

  • December 15, 5 pm - National Constitution Center mascots, Donnie & Ellie
  • December 18, 4:30 pm - Philadelphia Councilmen Mark Squilla & James Kenney and the Phillie Phanatic

#ElectricalSpectacle Instagram Contest




















Share your favorite memories from the Franklin Square Holiday Festival on Instagram and enter to win a fantastic Historic Philadelphia, Inc. Holiday Gift Package! To enter, all you need to do is take a picture at the Holiday Festival and share it on Instagram using #ElectricalSpectacle #PhotoContest from December 7 - 31. The photo with the most "likes" will win a Grand Prize, including:

  • Four tickets to:
    • The Tippler's Tour Colonial Pub Crawl
    • Betsy Ross House
    • Liberty 360 3D Show in the PECO Theater
    • Philly Mini Golf
    • Parx Liberty Carousel
  • One copy of the book Patriots, Pirates, Heroes & Spies
  • One flag flown over the Betsy Ross House

 

Two Second Place winners will also be selected to win a prize package, including:

  • Four tickets to:
    • Betsy Ross House
    • Liberty 360 3D Show in the PECO Theater
    • Philly Mini Golf
    • Parx Liberty Carousel

 


Philly Mini Golf

Holiday warming stations will keep golfers warm as they putt around the only Philadelphia-themed mini golf course, featuring the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ben Franklin Bridge, Chinatown Gate, Liberty Bell, and other landmarks.
Adults: $9, Children 3 - 12: $7

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

Lightning Bolt Holiday Express

Saturdays & Sundays, November 15 - December 28, plus November 13 & December 31.

All aboard for a special holiday train ride around the magnificently lit Square!
Adults: $5, Children: $4


Hospitality & Shopping

Ben's Bites & Brews

November 13 - December 31, 4 - 8 pm

Warm up in-between light shows with comfort foods and hot beverages. Relax by the outdoor fire pits, and enjoy a selection of seasonal beers at the Barren Hill Brewery Beer Garden presented by Old Eagle Tavern.

Food and beverage available daily. Beer Garden open Thursdays - Sundays; open daily December 26 - 31

Franklin Square Holiday Market

November 28 - December 23, 4 - 8 pm

Shop for the perfect gift at the Holiday Market, featuring an array of artisan made goods including clothing, jewelry, and toys. The Franklin Square Holiday Market is produced in collaboration with PHAIR.

Vendors include:

Franklin Square Holiday Gift Shop

Daily, 4 - 8 pm

Stop in for a selection of gifts to help warm and light up the night including hats, gloves, and LED novelties.


Holiday Programs & Events

Seasonal Sounds on Sundays

Sundays, November 16 - December 28, 4 - 8 pm

Listen to a collection of seasonal tunes, as performed by local musicians, during selected Electrical Spectacle intermissions. FREE

  • December 21, 4 - 8 pm: A Cappella Pops

Kids' Craftivity Hour

Mondays - Thursdays, November 13 - December 30, 4 - 5 pm

Bring the kids to Franklin Square to make a variety of FREE holiday-themed crafts.

Homecoming Tuesdays

Show your local college spirit and join students, alumni, and families for an evening at Franklin Square!

  • November 18 - Pennsylvania State University
  • December 2 - Drexel University

Call 215-629-5802 x405 to book your college or alumni night during the Franklin Square Holiday Festival.

Food Truck Fridays

Fridays, November 14 - December 26, 4 - 8 pm

Stop by the Square on Friday evenings and enjoy delicious bites from a revolving list of local food trucks, including Franklin Square favorites.

  • December 19 - Luscious Bakery & Just Jackie's Food Truck
  • December 26 - The Grill Cheese & SeoulFull Philly
  • December 27 - Wonderland Cakes & The Whirly Pig
  • December 28 - Sweet Lavender & Pbon's Fresh Phood
  • December 29 - Luscious Bakery
  • December 30 - Wonderland Cakes & The Whirly Pig
  • December 31 - Sweet Lavender, Jerry's Kitchen Food Truck, & The Cow and the Curd

Santa Saturdays

Santa Saturdays are sponsored by Di Bruno Bros.

  • Milk & Cookies with Santa
    Saturdays, November 29 - December 20, 4 - 5 pm
    Enjoy milk and cookies with Santa as he tells some of his favorite stories in the indoor, heated Pavilion.
    Tickets: $10. Click here to purchase tickets »
  • Jingle & Mingle with Santa
    Saturdays, November 29 - December 20, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
    Santa returns to Franklin Square to pose for photos and collect wish lists! Be there for Santa's special arrival in the Square on Friday, November 28! FREE

More FM Holiday Fun Days

More FM, the official radio partner of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival, brings music and games to franklin Square throughout the season. FREE

  • Sunday, December 21, 5 -7 pm
  • Wednesday, December 31, 4 - 6 pm

Kids' New Years Eve Countdown

Wednesday, December 31, 3 - 8 pm

Enjoy music and crafts beginning at 3 pm. Watch the famous SquareBurger SquareDrop at 6 pm, followed by the SugarHouse New Years Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, viewable from the Square. The indoor Pavilion will host a Kids' Dance Party and the park will remain open until 8 pm for the final Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show. FREE


Holiday Parties in Franklin Square

Holiday music and décor, and the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show 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! Affordable and easy-to-book packages allow you to personalize your event and enjoy all that the Square offers, including Philly Mini Golf and the Parx Liberty Carousel.

Contact events@historicphiladelphia.org or call 215-629-5801 x221 to book your event today!


Historic Philadelphia Gift Guide

Patriots, Pirates, Heroes, & Spies
An anthology of the best stories from the Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches makes an ideal stocking stuffer for young readers and parents alike. Available for purchase at Franklin Square (6th & Race Streets) and the Historic Philadelphia Center (6th & Chestnut Streets) for only $12.95.

Franklin Square Holiday Passport
Treat the kids and kids at heart to a Franklin Square Holiday Passport - one carousel ride, one round of mini golf, one cup of hot chocolate, and Electrical Spectacles. Available daily, November 13 - December 31. Adults: $16, Children: $14
Buy your Holiday Passport here »

Franklin Square Season Pass
Give the gift of a full year of fun with a 2015 Franklin Square Season Pass and use the pass now through December 31 as a bonus! Season passes include unlimited rides on the Parx Liberty Carousel and rounds of Philly Mini Golf. Individual: $75

Purchase at Franklin Square (6th & Race Streets) or the Historic Philadelphia Center (6th & Chestnut Streets), or call 215-629-4026.


Leave Your Mark with a Personalized Brick in Historic Philadelphia!

Give a unique and personal gift by inscribing a name or message in a Franklin Square or Betsy Ross House walkway brick for a fully tax-deductible donation. Franklin Square: $100, Betsy Ross House: $250.

Contact donation@historicphiladelphia.org or call 215-629-5801 x217.

 


Getting to Franklin Square

Parking

Discounted parking is available starting at 4 pm at the PPA Autopark at Independence Mall, located below the Independence Visitor Center. Entrances are located on 5th and 6th Streets between Arch and Market Streets. Discounted chaser tickets are available at the Franklin Square ticket office. Sundays - Thursdays: $7.50, Fridays & Saturdays: $5

PHLASH Holiday Evening Loop

Take the new PHLASH Holiday Evening Loop to Franklin Square from other holiday attractions, November 28 - December 28, 6 - 10 pm! Busses run every 15 minutes. Look for Stop H1 at 7th & Race Streets. $2 per ride, $5 all day ticket. Phillyphlash.com

Upcoming Events

 

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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