Our guest blogger today is Melanie Forman, President of the Greater Philadelphia Association Management Group. Melanie has an incredible amount of expertise about meeting planning under her belt--we met her when she planned Melinda Emerson's (@SmallBizLady) Reinvention Weekend. We wanted to know what her favorite parts of a Philadelphia holiday season are, and she very kindly told us. Here, in her words, are her picks for a very happy Philly holiday:
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Get there waaaay earlier than the parade’s official start time (8:30 AM) to cop a good spot on the parade route! You'll be done by noon to head back home and settle down for your Thanksgiving meal and football (another Philly fave)! Check out this great list of hotspots to watch the parade along its route. (http://www.visitphilly.com/philadelphia-thanksgiving-day-parade-route-and-where-to-watch-map/)
Macy’s Christmas Light Show
Now more than a half-century old, this holiday attraction – featured in Macy's Center City store, housed in the historic Wanamaker Building – is a holiday tradition for generations of Philadelphians.
Pennsylvania Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
Longwood Gardens Christmas
No holiday is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens. Each year the Gardens transform into a brilliant winter wonderland your family is sure to love. As your family strolls the Outdoor Gardens you will take in a floating tree display with what appears to be hundreds of sparkling snowflakes, with more than 400,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows featuring a 12-foot fountain of lights in the Main Fountain Garden and so, so much more. You'll need to plan this fun outing in advance. Timed admission tickets are required.
New Years' Eve Fireworks
This year you can ring in 2014 TWICE! That’s right, the SugarHouse Casino’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront will feature two firework shows – one at 6 p.m. and another at its traditional midnight timeslot.
Easily the main attraction in Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve, the fireworks extravaganza draws crowds of thousands to the waterfront each year. The 6PM show, “The Fire Within” will be set to a family-friendly musical soundtrack of “Fire Bird Suite,” “Call of the Champions,” “Four Seasons” and other songs to get you in a festive mood.
Pull out those dancing shoes for the midnight show, “Pop’n on the Delaware” which will be set to a soundtrack of your favorite pop artists like Mariah Carey (my personal fave!), The Wanted, FUN, Rihanna, Nikki Minaj, and Usher!
Nestled in the serene landscape of Bucks County, Peddler’sVillage boasts more than 70 specialty shops and eight restaurants, and is
filled with charm and breathtaking decorations. It’s the perfect spot for
holiday shopping and a great way to bring in the holidays!
Schedule a visit on November 16th and enjoy the Grand Illumination Celebration, a fantastic display of nearly one million holiday lights. Watch as Santa “switches on” the Village’s outdoor holiday lights display to start the season. Be sure to grab your free cider and toasted marshmallows. Speaking of Santa, he arrives at Peddler’s Village in a horse-drawn carriage on December 1st and 2nd. Admission to all events is free.