Enjoy Holiday Sights, Sounds in South Philly

The holiday season is typically a feast for the senses: From lights and music to falling snow and the wafting smell of delicious baked goods, the magic is hard to resist, even for the most Scrooge-like among us!

Thankfully, there are many opportunities to celebrate the season in Philadelphia, including the world-famous Miracle on South 13th Street. The dazzling light and music display attracts thousands of spectators every December to the 1600 block of South 13th Street, about 1.5 miles from your 1500 Locust apartment.

Here you’ll find thousands of lights, which can be seen for blocks around. Every house on the street joins in the fun, some with simple white lights and others with over-the-top, multi-colored displays, inflatable snowmen and plastic reindeer soaring over the street. Lights are strung from one side of the street to the other, creating what looks like a maze of lights, and all of the street’s trees are also dressed up in color.

South Philly is a tight-knit community, and the Miracle on 13th Street illustrates that idea. All of the neighbors pitched in last month to get the decorations up, and many stroll the street with hot chocolate and other goodies to mix and mingle with visitors. Christmas music plays from many houses, setting the mood, and the block often hosts local choral groups and carolers (and the big guy in red has even been known to make an appearance!). If it happens to be a snowy night, holiday lovers are in for a real treat!

The display attracts visitors from far outside Philly, and its reputation reaches just as far. Travel + Leisure recently named the Miracle on 13th Street to its list of top holiday light shows across the country.

See the spectacle for yourself! The lights are on nightly from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. through Jan. 1.


Miracle on South 13th Street

1600 S. 13th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19148