Where to See Holiday Lights in Philly

Living in Philly, you’re likely accustomed to big city lights—as your 1500 Locust apartment is right in the middle of all of the action of one of the nation’s most bustling cities. But when the holidays arrive, the usual city lights turn red, green and all shades of the holidays, as Philly welcomes the season to the city. The scores of holiday light displays in the region range from a more than century old light show at nearby Macy’s to a full block of holiday cheer in South Philly—and everything in between, providing lots of opportunities to take in the wonder of the holiday season, make some eye-catching memories and even establish some new holiday traditions.

If you don’t want to go too far from home to see some dazzling displays, head over to South Street’s Winter Wonderland. Set up at Headhouse Square, about 1.5 miles from your 1500 Locust apartment, the arrangement features lights of every color and design strung through trees and the caverns of the historic square, bringing the quaint, cobblestoned streets to life.

If you want to really take in all that Winter Wonderland has to offer, visit on Dec. 1 when the display is lit for the first time. The event features a visit from Santa Claus, who will arrive on a firetruck with lots of goodies for kids (and maybe some adults, too!), at 4:30 p.m. and help to light the towering tree and surrounding area around 5 p.m. 

Stroll the Shambles—the lit-up architecture marvels that are the centerpiece of Headhouse Square—while enjoying complimentary snacks, hot chocolate and cider and then move on to South Street to peruse all of the deals and steals at the more than 400 retail shops that adorn the famous avenue.

Happy holidays!

South Street Winter Wonderland

Second and Lombard streets

Philadelphia, PA 19147