Shake off the Seasonal Blues with Wintry Festivals

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There may already be a chill in the air and the long days of summer are behind us, but there’s no reason to feel bummed out about it. A full calendar of winter events, festivals, and parties awaits you in Philly this year. Here’s a quick rundown of seasonal highlights and how to make the most of them!

Thanksgiving Festivities

Are you staying in town for Thanksgiving this year? Philadelphia puts on a big show with the country’s oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade – this year will be the 96th celebration. Revellers wear funny costumes to watch the massive balloons, celebrity cameos, and live music as the parade works its way through the centre of town. And if you prefer to avoid the crowds, just watch it at your local bar.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

November kicks off the holiday season, and the Franklin Square Holiday Festival is already in full swing. This is a good event for those who want to save their pennies this season, as the festival and light show is free of charge. Sit outside in the winter beer garden, tick off your holiday shopping list, and watch this space for live music events. There are over 50,000 lights involved in the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, which get switched on at 4:30 every night. Tuck into craft beers and food truck cuisine courtesy of Ben’s Bites and Brews, and don’t miss the Star Wars theme night.

Ice Skating

Don’t let the cold keep you inside – there’s a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy in the city. It’s about to be prime ice skating weather, just as a start. The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park has opened for the season, featuring special events to keep your spirits bright. Those who prefer spectator sports can sit at the Rothman Cabin with a warm drink and a snack, located just a few steps away from the main action. The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is another sporty festival that kicks off at the end of the month, including a giant ice rink, winter garden, food, and cocktails. Sit around the fire pit with a group of friends and enjoy the evening entertainment. The line-up for New Year’s Eve hasn’t been announced yet, but there should be bands and dancing in addition to the regular fireworks.

Holiday Parties

Whether you plan to keep cosy at a gig, attending the annual office party, or venturing out to one of the events mentioned above, you have plenty of reasons to stay cheerful throughout the winter. Don’t fancy heading out? Throw your own themed party. You could keep the spirit of Halloween alive with a costume party, giving you a reason to reuse that Power Rangers fancy dress from last month. Alternately, throw a classy cocktail party for your friends and dress to the nines in front of a roaring fire. The temperature may be dropping, but social events tend to heat up at this time of year so make the most of it!

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