2021 Holiday & Christmas Events In Philadelphia Region

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Christmas Village in Philadelphia with City Hall.

Ready to feel festive? Well, by the time you get to the end of this post you will be ready to celebrate the season, no matter how you want to do it! It is that time of the year to make the holiday season merry with the giant list of holiday celebrations, winter festivals, and Christmas events in Philadelphia and across the region for 2021!

As we all slowly return to “normal” life and the year comes to a close, there is so much to celebrate. This year for the winter holiday season, there are far more options than last year. But even if you’re not quite ready to fully jump back into the social season, there are possibilities for you to enjoy. From Hanukkah to Christmas in Philadelphia and everywhere in between, it’s time to deck the halls and countdown to the New Year!

Here are more than 60 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 19, 2021. Last updated November 23, 2021.

Grounds for Sculpture’s Fun, Thoughtful Art

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"To Marcel Duchamp, 1887-1968, Artist, Tool and Die Maker" by William T. Wiley.

It’s always important to keep an open mind when visiting a museum, but Grounds for Sculpture takes it to a whole new level. The sculpture garden located near Trenton, New Jersey, beckons you to look closer and expect the unexpected. The couple cuddling in the grass? A sculpture. The gigantic pumpkins? Sculptures. The vibrant peacock? Well, no that’s an actual peacock strutting around and calling out.

Grounds for Sculpture is a great blend of something for everyone. There are dozens of impressive works that you’ll marvel at and wonder how they were even constructed. And there are plenty of kitschy social media photo opportunities that will thrill and engage visitors of all ages.

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Post by Corinne. Originally published May 3, 2021. Last updated May 9, 2021.

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.

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 April 2, 2021.

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 2, 2021.

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 April 2, 2021.

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 January 14, 2022.

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 April 2, 2021.