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What To Do In Philly Over Thanksgiving Break

At long last, Thanksgiving break is here, folks.

As always, there’s a large population of Penn State students who will be headed east toward the City of Brotherly Love this break. In case your schedule for the week isn’t already as full as our stomachs will be after Thanksgiving dinner, we got you covered. We compiled some things to see and do in the Philadelphia area over break.

Events & Festivals

6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade

Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest in the country, entertaining viewers for over 100 years. The parade takes place on Thanksgiving morning, moving down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It features various marching bands, floats, and balloons.

Winter Festival at Dilworth Park

Just by City Hall, you’ll find the annual Winter Festival at Dilworth Park. The event features a number of vendors, a garden of festive topiaries and shrubs, and an ice skating rink. The event is open to the public and runs through the holiday season.

Philadelphia Christmas Village

In Love Park, just across from City Hall, is the annual German-style Christmas market. The park will be set up full of vendors selling traditional homemade gifts and delicious holiday treats. The market is open starting on Thanksgiving Day and will remain open through the rest of the holiday season.

The Arts

“Wicked” at the Academy of Music

The Tony Award-winning musical “Wicked” will be shown at the Academy of Music. The show is a spin-off of the classic “Wizard of Oz” story that folks know and love. There are multiple shows throughout the week of Thanksgiving, and tickets are still available.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at the Walnut Street Theatre

If “Wicked” isn’t your style, perhaps you’d be interested in seeing a rendition of a timeless Disney classic: “Beauty and the Beast.” The run of the production at the Walnut Street Theatre starts on November 21 and runs through December 31. Tickets are available online.

Lil Uzi Vert’s “Pink Tape Tour”

Maybe Broadway musicals aren’t you’re thing. Good thing for you, Lil Uzi Vert is bringing his Pink Tap Tour to the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, November 22. Tickets are still available online for as low as $39.95 on Ticketmaster.

Bob Dylan’s “Rough & Rowdy Ways” Tour

If rap isn’t your style either, perhaps you’d be interested in seeing a musical legend. Bob Dylan is bringing his “Rough And Rowdy Ways Tour” to the Filmore on Sunday, November 19. If you’d like to go, act fast because limited tickets are still available.


Philadelphia Eagles

The birds are red hot after starting the season 8-1. Their next matchup is on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs, but they do have one home game during Thanksgiving break. They’ll take on the Bills at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday, November 26. Tickets are still available online.

Philadelphia 76ers

Just like the Eagles, the Sixers have started the season strong. They also have only one home game during Thanksgiving break. The team will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21. Tickets can be found on Ticketmaster’s website.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers may not be the hottest team in hockey, but they do have two home games during Thanksgiving break. First, they’ll take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 19. Next, they’ll battle the New York Rangers at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 24. Tickets are still available for both games.

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Mikey DeAngelis

Mikey DeAngelis is a junior majoring in film production who is also serving as one of Onward State's visual editors. During his free time, he enjoys making content for his YouTube channel. Mikey loves Philly sports, traveling and hiking in National Parks, and watching movies. To reach Mikey, feel free to reach out on Twitter (@mikey_deangelis) or by email ([email protected]).

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