Franklin Square

Historic Philadelphia offers plenty to do and see this holiday season, whether you’re looking for entertainment, shopping, or some time with that very important North Pole resident, Santa Claus. Below is a list of ways to enjoy historic Philadelphia this 2010 holiday season!

Historic Philadelphia Holiday Shopping

Looking for the perfect gift for that history loving family member? How about the book Patriots, Pirates, Heroes & Spies: Stories from Historic Philadelphia? This title and more historic gifts can be found at two locations: at the new Historic Philadelphia Center and the Betsy Ross House.

Free Events at Franklin Square

Franklin Square is an outdoor amusement area that features Philly Mini Golf, a renovated vintage marble fountain, playgrounds, the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, and SquareBurger. On Thanksgiving Weekend (November 26, 27, & 28, 5 – 8 pm), kids can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Can’t come that weekend? Don’t worry, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be back on Saturdays and Sundays, from December 4 – 19 (5 – 7 pm). On November 30 at 5 pm, see the Franklin Square Holiday Lights. Ben Franklin and Santa will both be there, and hot chocolate will be provided.

Liberty 360

Now showing, Liberty 360 is a brand new 15-minute film experience that features Benjamin Franklin in 3D in the brand new 360-degree PECO Theater designed by David Niles and produced by Niles Creative Group. The theater is located at the Historic Philadelphia Center at 6th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia’s historic district, across the street from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. (Note: Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior/military/student, and $6 for children 12 & under).

Meet Benjamin Franklin at the Historic Philadelphia Center

Thanksgiving Weekend: November 26 – 28, 12 – 4 pm – Meet Benjamin Franklin FREE!
Winter Holidays: December 26 – 31, 12 – 4 pm – Meet Benjamin Franklin FREE!

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