Last weekend I spent the day (well, like 10 hours) in Philadelphia. I was excited because I hadn’t been to Philly since 2015 and it was technically my first time visiting the city during the holidays. (I say technically because one winter break while I was in college my flight back home to Chicago got delayed and then cancelled and I had to spend the night at the airport in Philly. That sure was a great way to start the holidays…).
Even though I wasn’t in Philly for long, I still got to do so many fun things. I went to Philly with a clear plan: to do as many “Christmasy” things as possible! I legit typed “things to do in Philadelphia during Christmastime” into Google and boom! instant itinerary. I didn’t get to do everything on my list but I still had a great time because the main focus of the trip was catching up with two of my best friends!
Here’s a little recap of my day in Philadelphia:
Visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I’m going to do an entire post about the Philadelphia Museum of Art but I wanted to include a little bit about it here too. (Since it was apart of my itinerary after all). It’s no secret that I love art museums, and museums in general, so of course I knew I had to visit this museum while I was in Philly. I was dying to see the Dior and Little Ladies exhibits (spoiler alert, they were both amazing) and I’m so glad I got to check them out!
Running up the “Rocky Steps”. No trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art is complete without visiting the Rocky Balboa statue and/or running up the “Rocky Steps.” I have to admit I was a little underwhelmed at the experience. For some reason the stairs look way more intimidating than they actually are. It’s not even that many steps. Regardless, it’s still a “must do” while in Philly!
Having lunch at Reading Terminal Market. I’ve been to Philly a few times before but I had never been to Reading Terminal Market before. Crazy right? Even though I can be a picky eater at times, I do LOVE food.
I got to try so many yummy foods including fried chicken breast and mac n’ cheese, chill cheese fries, fried cheese curds and a spinach ricotta croissant.
Yum, yum, yum!
Marveling at the Macy’s Holiday Windows. I love comparing and contrasting different cities Macy’s holiday windows. The Macy’s holiday windows in Philly were basically identical to the ones here in Chicago expect instead of the underwater themed window, they had a snowman scene. (Also how cute is the little Love Park reference in the pinball window?).
Watching the Macy’s Christmas Light Show. A light show that consists of more than 100,000 LED lights that combine to create and retell Christmas classics that’s hosted by thee Julie Andrews?! Yes please!
Exploring Macy’s Dickens Village. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk through a life-size rendition of A Christmas Carol? Yeah, me either but it was still super cool. I can see how this could be a little creepy for some people, especially small kids (I mean just look at those figures) but this was right up my alley. I mean, my favorite ride of all-time is Pirates of the Caribbean so clearly I dig creepy animamtironics!
All in all, I had a great day (10 hours?!) in Philadelphia and I can’t wait for my next trip to the East Coast next month!