As the weather starts to cool and the leaves fall off the trees, you can feel it in the air… winter is coming. “Game of Thrones” reference aside, Philadelphia is a great spot for holiday adventures! Now is the perfect time to stay at Cornerstone B&B- enjoy a chilly walk outside to view the holiday lights & decor, or stay in with a cup of hot chocolate by our fire pit. Philly gets into the holiday mood starting in November for Thanksgiving and goes through the Mummer’s Parade on New Year’s Day! Cornerstone is a great hub to enjoy all Philly has to offer this season.
Christmas Village in Dilworth Park & Love Park
Starting as early as November 19th, the Christmas Village will take over Love Park. Philadelphia’s Authentic German Christmas Market is the ideal place to get some Christmas shopping done while enjoying hot cider, beers or warm wine. Be sure to buy a mug and start your collection of Christmas Village mugs which feature a new design each year. Didn’t find all you wanted at Love Park? No worries, cross the street to Dilworth Park and let the shopping continue! Also starting November 19th the Holiday Market at Dilworth Park will have many different local vendors until January 1st. There will also be a fun ice skating rink, merry-go-round, ferris wheel and other attractions for the whole family!
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Looking for a family friendly activity? Check out the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest starting November 25th. With views of the Delaware River, Winterfest will have plenty of activities for all. Enjoy some games, fire pits, Christmas trees, and most importantly, the NHL- sized rink.
Also be sure to check out performances in one of many of Philadelphia’s theaters. Kick off the season right with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, presented at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music. Runs Dec 9-28. The Philly POPS also has a full season of music to enjoy with shows from December 3-17 at the Kimmel Cultural Campus. Traditional carols and holiday favorites will be performed by The Philly POPS Festival Chorus, The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir, and The Philadelphia Boys Choir.
Macy’s Christmas Light Show & Dickens Village
Nutcrackers, snowmen, and more holiday characters dance to the sounds of Deck the Halls and other favorite Christmas carols. With over 100,000 multicolored LED lights, the light show is something to behold. The Wanamaker organ—the largest pipe organ in the world—provides the soundtrack multiple times a day. Shows begin November 25th. While at Macy’s, visit the version of A Christmas Carol at Dickens Village. Each year on the third floor of Macy’s, vintage animatronic characters enact the story of redemption and Christmas spirit.
Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum
Morris Arboretum is lovely in any season, but, during the holidays, it is even more enchanting thanks to the addition of its Holiday Garden Railway. For one-quarter mile, the train winds its way along a track through the winter garden passing through tunnels and over bridges. Along the way, it snakes by miniature buildings and town scenes lit with twinkling lights for Christmas.
Day Trips from Cornerstone B&B
Just an hour or so from Cornerstone, visit the festive events happening at Peddler’s Village, Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show, Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular, and Longwood Gardens.
Events Happening at Cornerstone B&B
Not looking to leave the comforts of Cornerstone? We’ve got you covered! On December 3rd we will be hosting a Victorian wreath-making workshop. All materials will be provided to make your own wreath to take home. After making your wreath, enjoy a traditional China-service Victorian Tea (both events for a total of $75). Join us from 2-5pm and spend the afternoon with us!