As the holiday season approaches, most college students are saddled with homework and start to become home sick. Midterm grades have been distributed and all students want, is a break. Well look no further as Philadelphia will be the host to many holiday activities to take your mind off of studying and get you in the holiday spirit!

Christmas Village

The Christmas Village makes its return to Philadelphia for another year. It can be found in LOVE Park in Philadelphia and will available from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. The Christmas Village is a guaranteed way to get into the holiday spirit. It is labeled as “Philadelphia’s Authentic German Christmas Market.” Take a stroll through the 80 vendors equipped with just the right gifts for the special people in your life. The village is lined with bright lights, garland, ornaments, and wooden booths. People are especially excited for this year because of the addition of a brand new ferris wheel which stands at 65 feet tall. 

Vendors lined up in LOVE park at the Christmas Village. Photo from official website.

The Christmas Village is also here to entertain you with many events all throughout the week. There will be parades, games, dance-offs, bands, and many other activities on the weekends. If you don’t have class on a weekday, there will be concerts, tours, etc. Make sure you stop by before the season ends. Entrance to the village is free of cost. 

Comcast Holiday Spectacular

The Holiday Spectacular LED wall at the Comcast Center. Photo from official website.

Other than the Christmas Village, you may want to stop by the Comcast Holiday light show in Philadelphia. The Comcast Holiday Spectacular can be found at 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard. The Spectacular will take place from November 28 – January 1. The spectacular presented on Comcast renowned video wall takes the viewer on a musical journey making sure to get every person in the room cheering and singing.


Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is an annual Philadelphia favorite! The ice skating rink that lies directly on the waterfront is opened to the public seven days a week from November 29th to March 8th. From outdoor fire pit seating to indoor lodge inspired settings you are sure to find something at the festival to accommodate to all of your holiday activity wants.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Photo from official website.

On Campus Activities

If you are unable to make it off campus this holiday season, there is no need to worry. On Friday, December 6th, there will be a Holiday Wreath Workshop.. However, there is a $45 admission fee. The event will be held in the Administration building at the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation. Other than this, there will be a Christmas Mass held in the Chapel on Hawk Hill.

On your study break go visit one of these attractions in the city. You are sure to have a good time for little to no cost. Don’t let your work get the best of you, go enjoy yourself with your friends and get in the holiday spirit!

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