There are only a handful more things that are more photogenic, not to mention plenty of likes on Instagram, than a gorgeous holiday installation. Here, we ranked our favorite decorations to photograph this year.
Even if you're not a fan of crowds, Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show that features over 50,000 dancing lights illuminating in sync to the soundtrack of holiday classics performed by The Philly Pops, is completely worth it. From now until New Year's Eve, the show will be on display every 30 minutes, from 4:30-8:30 p.m. every night . Arrive before the first show to peruse Franklin Square’s holiday market, while you warm up with hot beverages and small snacks from Ben’s Bites. 200 Sixth St., 215-629-4026
Macy’s Center City invites locals and visitors alike to join them for their annual Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert—a holiday tradition that dates back over half a century. The Wanamaker Building’s Grand Court atrium will host dancing snowflakes, ballerinas, and reindeer, while more than 100,000 LED lights combine to create familiar holiday images. The spectacular grand finale will feature the Macy’s Magic Christmas Tree. Available until New Year's Eve, shoppers can enjoy the performance every two hours, seven days a week. 1300 Market St., 215-241-9000
Every holiday season, the ever-popular Christmas Village makes its way to LOVE Park, which resembles a traditional German Christmas Market. With more than 60 booths selling traditional European food, ornaments, jewelry, sweets, and more, this marketplace is the perfect one-stop shop to grab all your last minute holiday gifts. The familiar smells of waffles, bratwurst, and wine will have you in the holiday spirit in no time. Open until the last Sunday in December. 1500 Arch St., 215-268-7606
Spend Christmas Day at one of the most decadent lounges in the city at the historic Ritz-Carlton Hotel. At 10 Arts Bistro, guests are treated to a delicious brunch buffet (from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.), which includes a complimentary mimosa. They'll also be serving an intimate and festive pre-fixe dinner (from 5:30-9 p.m.). Or, if you're looking for a quick and savory treat, we suggest their hot chocolate offering, which you can customize with toppings and candies. 10 Avenue of the Arts, 215-523-8273
Even if the weather is much warmer than usual, Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park is a must-visit during the holiday season. Guests can get especially excited this year with the arrival of the Rothman Cabin, which lets guests leave the rink to enjoy Cuban burgers, hot chocolate, French fries, and more, without having to remove your skates. Not confident on ice? Don't fret: classes are available during the week for skaters of all ages. 1 S. 15th St., 215-440-5500