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Reading Terminal Model Train Set

Center City Holiday Tour

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Experience the American festive season on this limited edition Philadelphia tour that celebrates all things Christmas. From outdoor yuletide villages, to holiday-themed light and sound shows, and the greatest window displays in town, it's enough to make the Grinch run and hide.

  • Get into the holiday spirit in the heart of Philadelphia! 
  • Enjoy a festive light and sound show featuring the world’s largest pipe organ
  • Learn all about Christmas traditions in Philadelphia from your local guide
  • Delight in the lights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the holidays
  • Experience some of Philly’s greatest holiday traditions, including an indoor market and traditional Christmas village market


Tour style:Walking & Orientation, Food & Market Visits, Local Life & Culture, Music, History

Local English-speaking guide, a small snack.


Personal items, food and drink other than stipulated in inclusions, tips or gratuities for your guide. 

Group size:Maximum 12
Schedule details:
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point:

    The Clothes Pin sculpture at the corner of Market and 15th Streets, opposite Philadelphia's City Hall.

  • Starting time: 11.45 AM
  • Ending point:

    Rittenhouse Square, Intersection of 18th St. & Walnut St.

Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:

    Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

  • Confirmation of booking:

    If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. 

    Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

  • Dress standard:

    A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Bring a waterproof jacket and umbrella in case of rain.

  • Child policy:

    This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour.

  • Language: English


Get into the festive spirit in this Christmas tour in Philadelphia that will have you Ho Ho Ho-ing all the way home! If you have trouble getting into the swing of the season, we'll have you feeling festive in no time - trust us!


Your Philly tour begins at the Clothes Pin sculpture at the corner of Market and 15th Street, opposite Philadelphia's City Hall, the cultural and geographic heart of Philadelphia's city centre. After you've met your guide, we'll walk into a holiday light and sound show featuring the world’s largest pipe organ. No messing about on this tour, we'll throw you right into Christmas! This show has delighted generations of Philadelphians during the holiday season, and it's sure to have the same effect on you. After the show, we enter a historic railroad terminal and head downstairs to one of the country’s largest and most historic indoor markets. Here, you’ll see a seriously impressive model train set displayed for the holidays, which is sure to take you right back to your childhood and fill you with that festive feeling of wonder! 


As we continue to tour Philadelphia, we head to an iconic public park for one of Philly's fastest growing traditions. Here you’ll visit a traditional outdoor Christmas village, where you’ll have a chance to explore this winter wonderland. You’ll definitely be tempted by the many holiday food and drink choices, no doubt about that! After the village, we’ll treat you to a sweet holiday snack as we walk past the Ben Franklin Parkway with views of the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, a Christmas destination for many Catholics in the Philadelphia area.


Your Philadelphia city tour continues to one of the newest attractions in Philly. You’ll be treated to a spectacular holiday show from one of the world’s largest LED TV screens inside one of Philly’s newest skyscrapers. From there, we enter one of Philly's biggest shopping and restaurant districts. This neighbourhood is always buzzing at this time of year, and while you stroll around you'll catch some views of the fantastic holiday window displays.


The tour concludes at Rittenhouse Square, where you’ll see the beautiful Christmas tree and a view of the church where one of our favorite Christmas carols was written and first performed. From here, you'll have a chance to continue eating, shopping, and exploring, basking in the holiday spirit of Philadelphia.

Photo Gallery:

Reading Terminal Model Train SetLove Park Christmas TreePhilly’s Christmas VillageComcast Center Holiday Spectacular Macy’s Light ShowWinter in Rittenhouse Square

Traveller Feedback:

Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback. 

Center City Holiday Tour has an average customer care rating of 4.75 (out of a possible 5). The scores for each parameter are:
  • Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.76
  • Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.92
  • The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
    with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.60
  • The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
    Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.80
  • Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.68

Mrs. Danielle R.
USA ~ 18 Dec 2014
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Barry was an awesome tour guide! I would definitely recommend taking the Center City Holiday tour!


Mrs. Geri D.
USA ~ 12 Dec 2014
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Kendra, our guide, was great. She was enthusiastic and very well informed. I was born and raised in Philadelphia and I learned some new facts from Kendra. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour despite the rainy weather and we were very pleased with this outing.


Mrs. Colleen M.
USA ~ 11 Dec 2014
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Barry was our tour guide and he was wonderful. He had great enthusiasm and seemed as though he loved his job and interacting with people.


Mr. Joseph S.
USA ~ 10 Dec 2014
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Did the tour last year, wanted to make sure my children went this year. Everybody had a great time, and Chris our tour guide did a great job!Despite the miserable weather we had that day-rain, rain rain.


USA ~ 09 Dec 2014
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Josh was GREAT!!!


Ms. Claudia R.
USA ~ 03 Dec 2014
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I loved our guide Barry...he was well prepared, professional, informative and fun!!!
Will book another tour if I can do it with him!!!
Claudia and Pete


Mr. aaron n.
USA ~ 02 Jan 2014
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Trevor our guide, was awesome!!!


Mrs. Patricia N.
USA ~ 02 Jan 2014
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Our guide Trevor was great!!!!


Ms. connie s.
USA ~ 01 Jan 2014
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Our tour guide was Nina. She made our tour such fun. She was very informative and made sure we were on time so that we did not mid a thing


Ms. Rhea R.
USA ~ 30 Dec 2013
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It was fun seeing places I'd never visited. Chris was a good and enthusiastic guide.


Mrs. Joan Y.
USA ~ 23 Dec 2013
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Jason was a great tour guide and our group was awesome. Thanks to all.


Mr. Lenna J.
USA ~ 21 Dec 2013
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Jason was a terrific guide. He was very (very!) informative. I am a relatively new resident to this area and I learned quite a bit about the local lore, etc. In addition to being impressed by Jason's knowledge, he was also very attentive to the group and interacted well. He exercised the right amount of caution for everyone given the city surroundings.

Jason also exhibited outstanding leadership when we encountered an uncomfortable situation in the Rittenhouse area on Chestnut, around DiBruno Brothers. There was a woman, who was obviously not well, who was acting out verbally then turned to our group and looked as if she was going to get physical. Jason stayed composed and calm, even when the woman started to turn on him. He was very protective of the group. I hope that special recognition will be given to Jason for his actions during that situation.


Ms. Linda V.
USA ~ 20 Dec 2013
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We have done tours in several states and Philadelphia besides the Holiday Tour and have loved them all with the different guides. I would highly recommend tours done by Urban Adventure. All have been knowledgeable, personable and relayed facts you will not get on other tours.


USA ~ 19 Dec 2013
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Trip was great, our guide Chris was enthusiastic and informative


Mr. Benjamin R.
USA ~ 16 Dec 2013
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Jason was a great guide! Thanks!


Mr. Michael D.
USA ~ 07 Jan 2013
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Nina was a wonderful guide.


Ms. Ala S.
USA ~ 02 Jan 2013
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Arielle was our guide on the Holiday tour and she did a terrific job. I am definitely going on another tour with Urban Adventures.


Ms. Elaine S.
USA ~ 31 Dec 2012
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Our guide, Chris, was excellent. His enthusiasm and love of Philly is contaiguous. It was good to encouter a "native" who doesn't knock our adopted city of 25 yrs. So many people born and raised in Philly do that; they also are not as knowledgable as Chris is about the city. The tour did not meet all of our expectations as we expected more at the train exhibit, and the Comcast center was a slight disapointment. But that was not because of any fault with Urban Adventures, just the locations. It was a fun time and we strongly recommed it to others. One addition that might enhance the tour is if participants were given a small map of the area covered with the sites highlighted. This would help orient people and would a nice token of the trip for out of town visitors.


Mrs. Kathleen K.
~ 31 Dec 2012
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Chris was interesting and fun despite cold weather. We enjoyed our tour very much


Mrs. Beverly J.
USA ~ 30 Dec 2012
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Ariel made our 3 hour adventure fly by. She kept our spirits up even though the weather didn't cooperate. She really humanized Philly for us, made it come alive and feel more like a person than a thing.
We only wish that the adventure had ended up where it began.

Many thnaks, Ariel for a great experience!
Bev, Jerry, Jocelyn and James


Ms. Christine G.
USA ~ 23 Dec 2012
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We really enjoyed the Center City Holiday Tour!

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