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Unique Fall & Winter Events in Philadelphia

The Best Activities and Things to Do this Holiday Season

Penn's View Hotel invites guests to experience fall in Philadelphia and an array of unforgettable winter activities. Our warm and welcoming guest rooms in Old City provide the perfect haven away from the crisp autumn air and cold winter weather. During fall, you can expect to find a wealth of festivals and cultural experiences, while winter offers festive holiday events ideal for the whole family—all within easy distance of our hotel in Philadelphia's historic Old City!

Fall Events and Activities in Philadelphia

Fall Foliage

Late October into early November is one of the best times of year to take in the brilliant autumn colors of fall foliage in Philadelphia and beyond. Grab a cup of warm apple cider and enjoy the natural beauty of southeastern Pennsylvania in the fall.

Peddler's Village Apple Festival

How do you like apples? Head over to Peddler's Village in Bucks County for all things apple, including treats, cider, caramel apples, pies, and more from the orchard. The weekend Apple Festival includes live music, apple pie eating contests, and plenty of opportunities for shopping. Best of all, this family-friendly fall event is free to attend!

Philadelphia Marathon

Get ready to run—or cheer your favorite athlete—in the Philadelphia Marathon, of the city's most anticipated fall events! Race weekend takes place November 18-20, 2016 with an exciting course that snakes past Philadelphia's most iconic landmarks and attractions including the beautiful Fairmount Park, along the Schuylkill River, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Marathon activities include a fun run, health and wellness expo, and the highlight of the weekend, the 26.2 mile race. 

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Give thanks for the dazzling day parade taking place Thanksgiving morning, November 24, 2016 along 1.4 action-packed miles on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. In its 97th year, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is festive way to spend an autumn day outdoors and catch everything from character balloons to spectacular floats to live music and entertainment!

Winter Events and Activities in Philadelphia

Ice Skating

There's no need to travel far to take in classic winter delights. The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing, steps from our hotel, offers fun-filled outdoor activities for all ages on the scenic Delaware River waterfront. In addition to panoramic views of Philadelphia, the rink features a heated indoor reception area, food concessions, game area, and a video wall. RiverRink Winterfest begins its 23rd season on November 25, 2016.

Bright Lights & Holiday Celebrations

Each holiday season, Philadelphia comes to life with incredible holiday lights, displays, and fun things to do—and 2016 is no different. Experience the brilliant light show at Macy's Center City, or head to Rittenhouse Square for the official Philadelphia tree lighting to kick off the Christmas and winter holiday season on November 29, 2016. It's the perfect way to celebrate the season and welcome the New Year with friends and family in Philadelphia!