2020 Holiday & Christmas Events In Philadelphia Region

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Christmas Village in Philadelphia with City Hall.

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 April 2, 2021.

NYC Met Cloisters Wows With Medieval Abbeys

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The Cuxa Cloister at the Met Cloisters.

Most visitors to New York City will want to explore the world-class museums along the Upper East Side’s Museum Mile or experience the larger than life glitz of Times Square. (And you should!)

But in the northern tip of Manhattan, the Met Cloisters transports visitors away from the busy city. Instead, you find yourself in nearly a half dozen French monasteries that are more than 500 years old. The historical architecture from another era houses religious art, artifacts, furniture, and more. It makes the Met Cloisters an engaging museum to visit as you, quite literally, walk through history.

There is no shortage of attractions and things to do in Manhattan. But this spot in Fort Tryon Park is one of the more unique museums the city has to offer.

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Post by Corinne. Originally published October 26, 2020. Last updated April 2, 2021.

Inspiring Flight: Wright Brothers National Memorial

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Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Today, we all take airplanes for granted. With relative ease and affordability, you can be anywhere in the world. Not within months but within hours. And we have two brothers from Ohio to thank for it. And thank is just what the Wright Brothers National Memorial does.

It honors the technological advancement with a museum and a massive granite tower. And visitors can experience this pivotal moment that forever changed how we live and travel with a visit to the very spot where the brothers left the ground — if only for a matter of seconds.

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Post by Corinne. Originally published August 30, 2020. Last updated April 2, 2021.

4 Great Spots for Afternoon Tea in Philadelphia

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Pouring loose leaf tea into a strainer and cup.

There is little I like more than a good cup of tea and a scone. Maybe a pot of tea. And some pastries. And some sandwiches. What can I say, I love afternoon tea! And no matter what you call it, high tea or afternoon tea in Philadelphia is a delightful experience. While the city isn’t saturated in tea spots, there are a few doing it really well and in a special way to suit your style. You can enjoy the formal afternoon tea experience or have a simpler, more relaxing tea time.

Here are four favorite spots for afternoon tea in Philadelphia!

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Post by Corinne. Originally published August 24, 2020. Last updated April 2, 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.

Your Guide to a Fun Summer in Philadelphia

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Celebrate summer in Philadelphia with a visit to LOVE Park.

Let’s not mince words: Summer in Philadelphia is hot and humid. While many Philadelphians will spend the hot summer months going “down the shore,” the city still has a lot going on. There are countless activities, events, and festivals you can enjoy outside in the City of Brotherly Love while temperatures slowly cool off and the sunset takes a leisurely pace. You can certainly expect the historic sites and museums to be full of tourists, but don’t let it put you off. Summer in Philly can be so rewarding!

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Post by Corinne. Originally published June 22, 2020. Last updated April 2, 2021.

Dublin Airport US Preclearance Guide

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Heading to the plane after Dublin Airport US Preclearance.

One of the worst parts of international air travel is coming back home. And by that, I don’t even mean the fact that your international adventure is over. (Although, let’s be real. That isn’t easy, either.) No, what I mean is that you arrive back in the United States only to stand in line for who knows how long, reeling from jetlag, in order to clear customs and immigration.

But international travelers flying into the United States from Dublin are required to complete Dublin Airport US Preclearance. You read that right: air travelers pass through United States customs and immigration before even leaving Ireland…or even Europe! While Dublin preclearance still requires you to wait in line, it gets the immigration check out of the way early.

This is especially relevant to travelers taking advantage of direct flights to Dublin with Aer Lingus. Let me tell you, there is no better feeling than arriving at your home airport after hours on an international flight and being able to simply go home without any extra checks. While this guide is generally for those with US citizenship, it also applies to international visitors, too.

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Post by Corinne. Originally published June 1, 2020. Last updated April 2, 2021.

Cherry Blossoms & Baseball: Spring in Philadelphia

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The western side of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is framed in Philadelphia cherry blossoms.

“April showers bring May flowers,” as the old saying goes. And any visitor wanting to experience spring in Philadelphia will take heed from the proverb. But don’t let a little rain scare you off, there is so much on offer!

After months bundled up inside, worrying about the possibility of snow and ice, Philadelphia awakens in spring. Warming weather brings gardens across the region to life. Philadelphia in spring means lots of festivals taking advantage of the outdoor weather, including a Philadelphia cherry blossom festival.

Oh, yes, there is so much to enjoy in the City of Brotherly Love come spring!

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Post by Corinne. Originally published May 4, 2020. Last updated April 2, 2021.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2020 Is Best in Years

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Riviera backyard hangout inspiration at the Philadelphia Flower Show 2020.

There is no surer sign that spring is approaching than the arrival of the Philadelphia Flower Show. For nearly two centuries, the world’s largest indoor flower show, and the country’s oldest, has acted as a bit of an oasis for those suffering from the winter doldrums. And this year is certainly no different. The 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates a Riviera Holiday theme that inspires with visions of luxurious Mediterranean vacations spent relaxing by the pool or along the waterfront while enjoying the sweet smell of nearby fresh plants and flowers.

In 2019, it was Flower Power. 2018 was Wonders of Water. 2017 was Holland: Flowering the World. The themes of the Flower Show are wide-ranging and exciting. But Riviera Holiday provides more ideas that you can take home and utilize to rejuvenate your backyard into a European getaway. (Not to mention that this is the first year in recent memory where there wasn’t snow on the ground for the show!)

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Post by Corinne. Originally published February 29, 2020. Last updated April 2, 2021.

Fun Things to Do in Corolla, NC

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Currituck Beach Lighthouse peeks out above the trees. A visit to the lighthouse is a popular thing to do in Corolla, NC.

Each summer, visitors flock to North Carolina’s Outer Banks for vacation. But many won’t make the trip to the northern part of the barrier island. In comparison to Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head, the village of Corolla, North Carolina, is a more quiet destination. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening and fun. There are plenty of activities and things to do in Corolla, from places to eat and shop. And there are special activities that you can not do just anywhere, like lighthouse climbing!

As a child, each year for our family vacation we loaded up in the minivan and traveled the nearly eight hours in order to spend a week in Corolla’s Whalehead area. It is a spot that is special and nostalgic for me. Even after all this time, the heart of the area remains.

When you compare Corolla to its other North Carolina’s Outer Banks counterparts, it is almost a world away. With somewhat less commercial development, Corolla maintains a feel that is closer to that of a Southern village. That isn’t to say it isn’t busy in the summer, but Corolla certainly embodies a more laid back feel.

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Post by Corinne. Originally published February 24, 2020. Last updated April 2, 2021.

Things to Do in Philadelphia in Winter

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Snow lines the Benjamin Franklin Parkway ahead of the Art Museum in Philadelphia.

There is never any shortage of things to do in Philadelphia, and that includes during the colder times of the year. If you aren’t afraid of bundling up, crowds are less at historic sites within the City of Brotherly Love. Add to that some of the city’s biggest and most popular events and festivals. Needless to say, winter isn’t much of an “off-season” in Philadelphia. Here are what you can expect and the best things to do in Philadelphia in winter!

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Post by Corinne. Originally published February 3, 2020. Last updated April 2, 2021.

Outer Banks in the Fall Off-Season

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Visitors walking on the sand dunes at Jockey's RIdge State Park.

If the thought of having the Outer Banks beaches all to yourself without waking up at dawn appeals to you, you may want to consider visiting in the off-season. Visiting the Outer Banks in the fall is about enjoying the last gaps of pleasant weather and less about peeping colorful leaves. While the North Carolina beach region continues to become more popular year-round, you can still find some serenity and fewer crowds at the Outer Banks in the fall. But there are some compromises you may need to make with seasonal closures and weather.

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Post by Corinne. Originally published January 27, 2020. Last updated April 2, 2021.