Written by on 10.12.19

The solstice season is approaching. So, of course, Philadelphians are out and about: shopping, singing, touring grand mansions and lighting up Boathouse Row.

It’s easy to make your season memorable and fun in Philly. These are a few of the most intriguing finds in the city this month.

Locally Made Gifts Are Here: Cherry Street Pier

It’s free to enjoy Cherry Street Pier, but this season, many people come here to shop.

And if you’re interested in finding unique and artistic gifts, you might just want to join them.

Look for the special holiday Art Star Gallery and Boutique pop-up market on the 14th and 15th of December, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Browse through the handmade, whimsical crafts created by dozens of local vendors. Support local creators while getting your season’s shopping list done in style.

Just come on over to Cherry Street Pier at 121 N. Columbus Boulevard to behold the artistic array.

In Fairmount Park: A Very Philly Christmas

Here’s your chance to tour the historic houses around Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Houses dating from the 1700s and 1800s are all decked out in their holiday finery, and the tour proceeds support historic preservation.

Sponsored by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and others, Holidays in the Park offers a variety of architectural gems to see all month.

Curious? Here’s a preview of the tour on YouTube. It’s not every day you get to walk into the Fairmount Park mansions, so do this at least once!

Winter Wonderland on Stage: Happy Holidaze

Later this month — Thursday Dec. 26 through Sunday Dec. 29 — Cirque Dreams: Holidaze will make a dazzling impression on you with its fabulous settings and costumes, extraordinary acrobatic performers, and original music to celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas and the coming New Year in a 2-hour phenomenon.

One of the most fantastic holiday gifts you could give or receive, it unfolds at the Merriam Theater at 250 S. Broad Street.

Check out more info, great trailer scenes, and ticket availability here.

Hanukkah Lights Up Boathouse Row

Then, Philadelphia will light up Boathouse Row. The Hanukkah lights go on starting Sunday, December 29 at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. It’s the perfect time, as commuters coming home from the city at rush hour will be regaled with the festive lights as they glisten over the river.

A menorah lighting  is also included in the celebration, and you can come behold the beauty in person at Boathouse Row.

Auld Lang Syne at Penn’s Landing

Finish your New Year’s resolutions, then come out and enjoy the Philly New Year’s Eve Fireworks. Rivers Casino will put on two waterfront shows on New Year’s Eve: one at 6 p.m. and one to ring in the year at midnight.

The shows along the Delaware River are free and open to the public. They’ll draw thousands to the waterfront after or before a festive night out in Old City or South Street.

Find the party at 101 S. Columbus Boulevard on New Year’s Eve.

Home for the Holidays

When you find the right apartment home, you’ll feel festive about Philly all year! We’re delighted to offer available floor plans in professionally managed buildings Philadelphia’s most wonderful neighborhoods.

Just give us a call at 215.545.1039 to find out about Carlyle Property Management’s current offerings. And let’s ring in 2020 together.

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