December 2011 Philadelphia Events – Macy’s Christmas Light Show

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Some New for December 2011 Philadelphia Events

Christmas in the Colonial City - Holiday Tour including Powel House and Elfreth's Alley

Come out and experience the holiday season with a tour of Historic Philadelphia, including Powel House and Elfreth's Alley.

Tours will begin at Powel House at 1:00 and will conclude at Elfreth's Alley at 2:30, where refreshments will be served.

Tour Dates are:

Saturday, December 10

Saturday, December 17

$20 per Adults/$10 per student/$50 per family of four

Book Release Party

Join The Philadelphia Society of the Preservation of Landmarks to celebrate the release of George Boudreau's new book, Independence: A Guide to Historic Philadelphia

December 10 at 4:00

Powel House

244 South Third Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Boudreau, now a history professor at Penn State Harrisburg, began researching what eventually grew into this book while he was Site Manager at the Powel House!

This historic guide will take readers through the sites and sounds of Philadelphia from its founding as an outpost of the Swedish Empire into the years when the city flourished and became the first capital of the United States. Beautifully illustrated with pictures and maps, the narrative will take readers on a journey through the streets and events of Philadelphia to tell the story of how its diverse people created a new nation.

Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

All proceeds from book sales at this event will benefit Landmarks.

Please RSVP to If you are interested in reserving your copy of Independence, please include how many copies you would like in your e-mail.

New Year's Eve Ghost Tour: Toast with a Ghost

$25 per person

75 minute tours begin at 8pm (additional tour times added as needed

For more information & reservations go to

Ring in the New Year in a most unusual way with a candlelight Ghost Tour of Philadelphia's Society Hill mansions and a champagne "Toast with a Ghost." Discover the enchantment of a bygone era inside the Powel House and Physick House with ghostly tales of merriment, misadventure and resolutions gone awry!

Mark the passing of 2011 in a unique and memorable fashion, and celebrate the arrival of 2012 with a Philadelphia "Toast with a Ghost!"

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