2020 Holiday & Christmas Events In Philadelphia Region

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From 2019, Christmas Village in Philadelphia with City Hall. The Christmas Village is one of many Christmas events in Philadelphia.

This year, I think we all need some extra joy and holiday spirit. And with the winter holidays fast approaching, you may think there won’t be much to do when it comes to holiday and Christmas events in Philadelphia. (Or Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.) But you’d be wrong! Many holiday traditions will continue in 2020, albeit with some changes.

Whether you prefer to enjoy these Philadelphia holiday events virtually or want to celebrate carefully following safety protocols, there are lots of options to choose from. The same is true for New Year’s Eve events, too.

I’ve pulled together more than 50 of the best, most unique, and fun holiday and Christmas events in Philadelphia and across the region plus New Year’s Eve events, too!

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Post by Corinne. Originally published November 20, 2020. Last updated November 26, 2020.

4 Great East Coast Dog Friendly Beaches

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The Outer Banks' Jockey's Ridge State Park is a dog-friendly attraction that's free to visit. It's also a great East Coast dog friendly beach.

The beach is a wonderland from a dog’s perspective. On dog friendly beaches, there are all of those great scents, you can run around a bit, there’s sand to dig in, and there are birds to keep an eye on. The ocean also tends to be a bit of a novelty: Do you chase it? Do you swim in it? Do you just splash in it? And you certainly never turn your back to it, that’s for sure! It’s a dog’s life, indeed. But sometimes finding beaches that allow dogs can be a challenge. Not to worry, I’ve got four great East Coast dog friendly beaches that you’ll love.

While many beaches don’t allow dogs during the summer, the offseason is prime season for a beach vacation with Man’s Best Friend! But there are many beaches that allow dogs even during the peak season.

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Post by Corinne. Originally published July 6, 2020. Last updated September 17, 2020.

Holland Ridge Farms Tulip Festival Brings Spring

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Examining one of the beautiful yellow tulips at Holland Ridge Farms Tulip Festival.

New Jersey is famous for many things. But tulips are not one of them. But the Holland Ridge Farms Tulip Festival is changing all that. Where a trip to the Netherlands to stroll through tulip fields crowded with other tulip fans may not be an option for some of us, a drive to the Garden State is a possibility. But a New Jersey tulip festival? There’s no reason to be skeptical. It is simply beautiful! Here’s why you’ll want to head to central New Jersey for this beautiful and fun flower festival to embrace spring!

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Post by Corinne. Originally published April 29, 2019. Last updated April 9, 2020.

Enjoy a Cape May Dog-Friendly Getaway

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White mini schnauzer walking on the beach in Cape May. The beaches are the best part of a Cape May dog-friendly vacation.

New Jersey’s southernmost point, Cape May, is a beach town that many know for its charming Victorian architecture, cozy B&Bs, and miles of beaches. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave your pets at home. Bring your furry friend along for a Cape May dog-friendly vacation. There’s so much fun for you both to enjoy without sacrificing.

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Post by Corinne. Originally published March 25, 2019. Last updated July 6, 2020.

Things to Do in Cape May for a Winter Getaway

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The beach dunes are the best spot to enjoy during Cape May in the winter.

Do you ever wonder what your favorite beach towns do in the winter? While some become virtual ghost towns during the offseason, that’s simply not the case for Cape May, New Jersey. The Jersey Shore’s southernmost beach town is a charming and cozy winter getaway, especially during the Christmas and holiday season. And even with some shops closed up awaiting warmer days, there are a lot of great restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and shops where you can indulge without the crowds. Enjoy a Cape May winter getaway to break up those winter blues!

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Post by Corinne. Originally published March 20, 2019. Last updated March 25, 2019.

Visit to: Mitsuwa Marketplace in New Jersey

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The Minamoto Kitchoan inside of Mitsuwa sells high-end sweets.

If you were looking for a major Japanese shopping center on the United States’ East Coast, your first stop would probably be New York City. But Mitsuwa Market in Edgewater, New Jersey, is where you really want to be! The thriving shopping center is full of Japanese shops, restaurants, and a grocery store that is just across the Hudson River from the Big Apple. In fact, from the Mitsuwa parking lot, you can get a striking view of the Upper West Side. But for anyone looking to experience a little bit of Japan in America will be delighted by all that this suburban shopping center offers.

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Post by Corinne. Originally published May 4, 2016. Last updated August 2, 2020.