I don’t know about y’all, but I love (love!) this city during the holidays. I love the lights everywhere, love the Santa sightings, love the kids’ homemade ornaments, love the special holiday pop-ups, love any reason to drink hot cocoa, love the general festivity of all of the events. As it happens, one event early in December combines literally all of these things: The city’s annual Parade of Lights isn’t just a parade with lights — it’s a floating parade of beautifully lit-up boats cruising down the Delaware. And you can watch the whole thing from a perch on the second floor terrace of the Independence Seaport Museum. It’s a fantastic, slightly offbeat (but beautiful!) way to get in the spirit of the season. (And! The museum offers warm drinks and snacks inside their Holiday Hut.)
The boat parade is in itself reason enough to go, but the Seaport Museum also hosts Santa’s Workshop on the Water, wherein families can make gingerbread boats and snow globes, enjoy some insta-snow in the Citizen Science Lab, take in the display of Silver Ships, shop for handmade ornaments, and — of course — meet Santa. In other words: So much festivity!
What: The Parade of Lights and Santa’s Workshop on the Water
Where: Independence Seaport Museum
When: December 9. Admission to the museum — and Santa’s Workshop — begins at 11 a.m. and runs to 6 p.m. The Parade of Lights starts at 5:30 p.m.
Price: Admission to the museum ($16 for adults; $12 for kids, college students, military (active and retired) and seniors. (Museum members get free admission, but the museum appreciates registration in advance.)