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After Thanksgiving, the City of Brotherly Love wastes no time getting into the holiday spirit. Business owners quickly string up lights, department stores start pumping the holiday tunes, and the city temporarily comes out of hibernation to host special events. Visit Philly has compiled a complete list of holiday events not far from your apartment, and we have a few favorites.

The Macy’s Christmas Light Show has long been a favorite for local families with roots stretching back to 1956. Head to the historic Wanamaker building to enjoy the musical show, which enlists more than 100,000 LED lights and the iconic Wanamaker Grand Organ to entertain crowds. It typically unfolds every two hours, beginning at 10 a.m. with the last show at 8 p.m. daily.

If you’re looking for some more active fun, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest can accommodate. Through early March, Penn’s Landing morphs into an Olympic-sized ice-skating rink where you can carve figure 8s before heading into the Lodge for a hot drink and a bite or taking a break around a crackling fire pit.

Right next door to the RiverRink, the Parade of Lights unfolds on Sunday, December 10th along the Delaware River. Captains will deck out their boats in festive lights and decorations, then float them down the river to the oohs and aahs of onlookers. Snag a spot on the second-floor balcony of the Independence Seaport Museum for the best views.

With these fun events in mind, start creating your holiday calendar for the upcoming season!

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