Get Away: 4 Quick Road Trips for Holiday Cheer

Get in the spirit with seasonal festivities in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

RiverRink in Philadelphia


Philly’s Festive Music and Lights

The City of Brotherly Love offers many seasonal celebrations for people of all faiths. Here are three favorites:

Electrical Spectacle in Franklin Square is a light show that features more than 80,000 lights (including a 12-foot-tall lighted kite), a holiday train, free selfies with Santa, gourmet s’mores-making, fire pits, carousel rides and miniature golf. Open through Dec. 31 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) 

At Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, you can ice skate under the stars and twinkling lights, then warm up in the chalet-style lodge with treats and warm beverages, or play in the arcade. Open Nov. 29 -March 8. $4 entrance free, no charge if you’re a Blue Cross insurance cardholder. // Columbus Boulevard at Market Street; 215-922-2FUN

A tradition since 1956, Macy’s Christmas Light Show is set to symphonic music from the historic Wanamaker Organ, the world’s largest operating pipe organ. Located inside the Wanamaker Building, the daily show features more than 100,000 LED lights, recorded narration by Julie Andrews, and organ performances. On the third floor, the free-to-explore Dickens Christmas Village includes a tour of a vintage animatronic A Christmas Carol display and ends in a one-on-one with Santa. Nov. 29-Dec. 31. Visit for showtimes; be sure to note when the organ is played live, versus a recording.  //Macy’s, 1300 Market Street; 215-241-9000.

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