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A Very South Philly Christmas

Philadelphia offers countless ways to get into the holiday spirit—a German Christmas village at City Hall, a dazzling light display at Macy’s and volunteer opportunities to give back to kids in need. If you still want to add a little festive cheer to your month, head down to South Philly to enjoy some of the neighborhood’s beloved holiday traditions.

In the 1600 block of South 13th Street, 1.5 miles from your 1500 Locust apartment, residents go all out for one of the city’s biggest and best residential light displays. Known as the “Miracle on 13th Street,” the eye-catching extravaganza features thousands of lights decorating the rowhomes and stretching overhead across the street. All of the residents get into the tradition, which has been going on for years, with many adding moving figures, inflatables, blinking lights and even music to their displays. The block is closed down to vehicles during the season and features food trucks, games, train rides, a DJ and photo booth, and also welcomes special guests, including the big guy in red.

Also in South Philly, East Passyunk Avenue lights up for the holidays. Grab a hot chocolate and stroll over to the neighborhood, 1.5 miles from your 1500 Locust apartment, to take in the bustling blocks of decorations and window displays. The square at Passyunk and Tasker Street is the center of the holiday celebration, with a brilliantly lit Christmas tree, and it is also a frequent site for pop-up Christmas caroling and other live performances. The neighborhood hosts “Deck The Ave” every December, where businesses offer special holiday sales and extended hours on certain dates. A “Shopping Concierge” helps shoppers figure out the best gifts for those hard-to-buy-for loved ones on your list, and a Holiday Headquarters pop-up shop provides kids holiday activities. Every weekend, Santa turns out to a different East Passyunk location—photos are free!

Happy Holidays!