Center City Holiday Tour

Adult (12+)
Child (6-12)
Child Under 6

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.

Christmas in Philadelphia Tour Highlights

  • 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

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, and a small snack.

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

Schedule details

  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Meeting point: Dilworth Park, outside the café, corner of 15th St. and JFK Blvd. (20 North 15th St.)
  • Starting time: 1.00 PM, 5.00 PM
  • Ending point: The Christmas Village at Love Park, 16th St. and JFK Blvd. (1599 John F Kennedy Blvd.)
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  • Get into the festive spirit on this Christmas tour in Philadelphia that has you Ho Ho Ho-ing all the way home! We have you feeling festive in no time — trust us!

    Note that this full itinerary reflects the 1 p.m. departure; our 5 p.m. tour visits all the same sites, but in a different order.

    Your Philly tour begins at Philadelphia’s City Hall, the cultural and geographic heart of Philadelphia’s city centre. After you’ve met your guide, you’re introduced to Dilworth Park as you watch ice skaters with the iconic City Hall as the backdrop. We walk from there up to a historic railroad terminal and head downstairs to one of the country’s largest and most historic indoor markets (please note the market closes early on Sunday evenings, however if you choose a Sunday 5 p.m. departure, we make up for it by showing you lots of other great Philly finds!). Here, you 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.

    Next, we arrive at a holiday light and sound show featuring the world’s largest pipe organ, a show that has delighted generations of Philadelphians during the holiday season.

    From there, we enter one of Philly’s biggest shopping and restaurant districts. This neighborhood is always buzzing at this time of year, and as you stroll, you catch some views of the fantastic holiday window displays. The tour continues toward Rittenhouse Square, where you see the beautiful Christmas tree and a view of the church where one of our favorite Christmas carols was written and first performed.

    Your Philadelphia city tour continues to one of the newest attractions in Philly. You’re treated to a spectacular holiday show from one of the world’s largest LED TV screens inside one of Philly’s newest skyscrapers.

    After the show, we walk toward the Ben Franklin Parkway with views of Logan Square, Sister Cities Park, and the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, a Christmas destination for many Catholics in the Philadelphia area.

    The tour concludes at an iconic public park for one of Philly’s fastest growing traditions. Here, you visit a traditional outdoor Christmas village, and have a chance to explore this winter wonderland (and be tempted by the many holiday food and drink choices!). (Please note that the Christmas village will be closed the week of December 26 to December 31; for tours departing those days, we will substitute an alternate but equally festive stop.) From our end point, you have a chance to continue eating, shopping, and exploring, basking in the holiday spirit of Philadelphia.

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, and a small snack.

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

    Dress standard: A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Make sure to check the weather report for rain!

    Your Trip: This day tour in Philadephia is offered on a “join-in” basis.  Maximum group size is 12, but we can add another guide if the group exceeds this number.

    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.

    Closure of sites: There are times when certain sites close and we can’t visit.  We will attempt to give you this information at the start of the tour where possible. Please note that the Christmas village will be closed the week of December 26 to December 31.

    Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +1 215 280 3746
    Email address: [email protected]

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  • Mr. charles l. from USA traveled on 01 Jan 2017:

    Tour guide was very knowlegeable of more than just holiday tour info…made it very enjoyable
    Thank you for a gr8 tour…see you in the summer

    Mr. Karen y. from Canada traveled on 31 Dec 2016:

    Our guide was superb. It was obvious she loves her job which made the experience so enjoyable! It was perfect!

    Ms. Iroquois D. from USA traveled on 30 Dec 2016:

    Nina was great! My friend and I really enjoyed it and we are going to do the Italian market in the spring

    Mr. Diane C. from USA traveled on 20 Dec 2016:

    Or my favorite tour. Weak, compared to your other tours. Change it. If it was someone’s first tour they may not go on another one. I definetly will give Urban Adventures one more chance.

    Mrs. Ansrea M. from USA traveled on 17 Dec 2016:

    Our guide was great- very knowledgeable and interesting. Had a good time

    Mr. Robert G. from Canada traveled on 15 Dec 2016:

    Outstanding guide. Chuck was friendly and extremely informative

    Mrs. Terrie F. from USA traveled on 14 Dec 2016:

    Our guide, Kenny was awesome!! Knowledgeable , interesting and helpful when we tried to locate the coffee shop in the terminal market. I would definitely recommend this trip to any of my friends.

    Mr. Michael V. from USA traveled on 31 Dec 2015:

    Great tour, very fun, I’ve lived in the area for years and learned a few things. Would love to do this again next year!

    Ms. Terry P. from USA traveled on 22 Dec 2015:

    It was so much fun want to do it again next year !!!

    Mr. Robert k. from USA traveled on 21 Dec 2015:

    Our tour guide, Nina, was excellent

    Ms. Nancy M. from USA traveled on 18 Dec 2015:

    Nina, our tour guide was great. She accommodated our group and got us to our shows on time.

    Mrs. Jessie T. from USA traveled on 17 Dec 2015:

    I was born in Philly but moved over to NJ as a child. I live 5 minutes away from the bridge so I’m familiar with Philly but this experience has really opened my eyes to all the city has to offer and the history behind it. I gushed to my family about the experience and how they missed out. I would do it again!

    Mrs. Cynthia H. from USA traveled on 14 Dec 2015:

    We had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    Mrs. Tina K. from USA traveled on 06 Jul 2014:

    Great tour with Josh

    Mr. John K. from USA traveled on 09 Nov 2011:

    The Soul of Center City tour was an excellent way to find out the great aspects of Philadelphia rather than what you read in the news and advertisements. Paige was a wonderful tour guide; her energy and knoweledge of the city brought excitement to the group and kept us moving along without sacraficing the time we wanted to spend in a particular area. I highly recommend the tour; I look forward to signing up for future events.