Updated Nov 30, 2023 - Things to Do

Things to do in Philly this weekend

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❄️The best way to spread holiday cheer … is by heading out to Philly's holiday parade on Saturday. Celebrate all the winter holidays with marching bands, floats and dance groups.

  • The parade steps off from 2nd and Market Streets at 5pm, ending at City Hall.

πŸ§‘β€πŸŽ„ Santa Claus is coming to South Street. Don't worry, Mrs. Claus will be there, too. The pop-up market features plenty of local vendors, live performances and is topped by β€” what else? β€” another tree lighting ceremony.

  • Saturday, noon-4:30pm.

β˜ƒοΈ It's the holiday season, so get with the program. Chestnut Hill is continuing the Holiday on the Hills festivities on Saturday with a parade. Expect marching bands, antique cars and fire engines. Oh, and the Phillie Phanatic is popping in.

✏️ Philly Zine Fest is back. Count on dozens of small publishers and vendors at this free event from 10am-5pm at Mitten Hall on Temple University's campus.

πŸ’² It's a real tree-t. New this year: The Festival of Trees fundraiser kicks off Thursday at Love Park. The friendly decoration competition benefits the kids and families of CHOP. Vote for your favorite tree and donate to the cause.

  • Runs through Christmas Eve. Sunday-Thursday, noon-7pm; Friday-Saturday, noon-8pm.

❄️ Philadelphia's Magic Gardens becomes a glittering wonderland on Friday with hundreds of lights as part of its The Gardens After Dark series.

  • Runs through Jan. 5. Tickets: $20 adults; $13 children (6-12); $10 kids 5 and under.

πŸ€ It's the Big 5 Classic, baby! Is that Vitale enough for you? Check out Philly's six men's basketball teams battle it out for supremacy at the Wells Fargo Center. The inaugural round-robin, tripleheader bonanza starts at 2pm Saturday.

🏈 The Birds are back in town. They host the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at the Linc at 4:25pm in a rematch of last season's NFC Championship.


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