With close-up views of the impressive Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Delaware River, Blue Cross RiverRink’s Winterfest offers a picturesque outing for you and your loved one. Celebrate their 23rd year by gliding across the ice, cozying up by the fire pits, or channeling your inner kid at the arcade. 121 N. Columbus Blvd., 215-922-2FUN
Take a journey over Southeastern Pennsylvania’s wintry landscapes for a quintessential romantic escape. Flying high above the ground as you explore various countryside counties and the Brandywine, Delaware, and Schuylkill River valleys. For even more idyllic and breathtaking views, opt for the tours offered at sunrise or sunset. 162 E. Main St., Elverson, 800-763-5987
Hone in on your cooking skills and enjoy new flavors and recipes, all while getting to know your date. Located in breathtaking Rittenhouse Square, COOK is the city’s leading demonstration kitchen. Classes offered throughout December include tasting beer with brewing experts, learning authentic French cuisine led by executive chefs, and trying festive recipes using sparkling wine. 253 S. 20th St., 215-735-2665
On display at City Hall is a 40-foot Colorado Fir, aglow in festive holiday finery. The seven-foot steel base—designed by David Korins Designs who has done production design for the likes of Hamilton on Broadway and Kanye West—represents the 22 Philadelphia neighborhoods. 1401 JFK Blvd.
For an evening full of holiday cheer, Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival and Light Show offers a can’t-miss spectacle this season. Sip on hot chocolate from Ben’s Sweets & Treats, and maybe even catch a Santa sighting on Saturdays. The light show features over 50,000 twinkling lights set to a score of holiday songs. A tribute to history, the show centerpiece is a 12-foot kite symbolizing Benjamin Franklin’s famed kite and lighting experiment. Sixth and Race Sts., 215-629-4026
For the feel of an authentic German market right in Center City, Christmas Village is the perfect date outing. With over 80 vendors housed in wooden booths, offering everything from handmade ornaments to bratwurst and mulled wine, this picturesque outdoor market is a unique holiday tradition in Philadelphia, and a wonderful ode to historic Germany.