Coming Up in Historic Philadelphia!


Tippler’s Tour: Cheers & Beers

Dates: Thursdays, November 17 – December 29 (Tour Sold Out for Dec. 29)

Time: 5:30 pm

Departing Location: Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets

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.

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Tippler’s Tour: Ben Franklin's Birthday

Dates: Friday & Saturday, January 13, 14, 20 & 21

Time: 5:30 pm

Departing Location: Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets

Dr. Benjamin Franklin's SPECIAL Birthday Tippler's Tour returns for FOUR DATES ONLY in January 2017! Hit the streets of Historic Philadelphia with Ben and raise a toast to Philadelphia's favorite Founding Father in honor of his 311th birthday! Delight in lighthearted toasts and spirited songs, delivered by the famous inventor and statesmen himself, and enjoy savory snacks and seasonal beverages at Old City pubs.

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Become A Once Upon A Nation Storyteller or History Maker!

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. will be having auditions on December 7th for Once Upon a Nation Storytellers and tour actors for 2017.

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Meet Phillis the Laundress

Dates: Fridays - Sundays in November

Time: Noon - 5 pm

Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)

Meet Phillis, a free African American woman who was born into slavery in Philadelphia. She went to school to learn to read and was then indentured where she acquired valuable domestic skills, such as cooking and laundry, which she used to support herself when she received her freedom at the age of 21. As a free woman of color, Phillis lived in a growing and active community of free blacks in 18th century Philadelphia.

Sponsored by the Connelly Foundation.

Betsy's Birthday Bash

Saturday, December 31, 11 am - 4 pm

Help us celebrate Betsy Ross’s 265th birthday! The event includes an historic chocolate making demonstration and free cupcakes at 1:00 pm courtesy of City Tavern. Festivities are from 11 am – 4 pm.


Historic Chocolate Making Demonstration

Date: Saturday, December 31

Time: 11 am - 4 pm

Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)

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 host chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed.

Sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate – free with admission.


Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Dates: November 10 - December 31

Times: 4 – 8 pm daily, 4 – 9 pm Fridays & Saturdays

Experience the magic of the holiday and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the lights of the free Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO and enjoy seasonal foods and beers at SquareBurger and the Winter Beer Garden and try the brand new Ben's Sweets & Treats! #FranklinSquareFridays, Santa Saturdays, Seasonal Sounds on Sundays, Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around the Square, and the traditional family friendly Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown and Dance Party promise to make this holiday season one to celebrate.

Be sure to share all the holiday memories you make at the Festival by using #ElectricalSpectacle.

Follow Franklin Square on Twitter (@FranklinSqr), Facebook (@FranklinSquarePhiladelphia) and on Instagram (@HistoricPhilly) to keep up with all the action of the 2016 Franklin Square Holiday Festival!

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Party with the Princesses

Dates: Friday, December 9

Times: 4 – 5 pm

Join Elsa and Anna for a private meet and greet with special snacks from 4 - 5 pm.

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Jedi Training

Dates: Friday, December 16

Times: 4 – 5 pm

Trivia, Q&A and a VIP meet and greet with Darth Vader from 4 - 5 pm.

Advanced tickets required ($15). Click here to purchase tickets »




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