Philadelphia Thanksgiving 2010 Things To Do and Events


There are many Philadelphia Thanksgiving 2010 Things to Do, from parades to getting an early jump on Christmas. In fact, there are so many, that we've dedicated this entire page to them.

However - if you'd like information on many events that you can enjoy in Philadelphia during November 2010 - then we'd recommend that you take a look at our November 2010 Things to Do in Philadelphia Guide.

Also, if you're already thinking about Christmas and December 2010 events in Philadelphia, please take a look at our increasingly lengthy list of December 2010 Things to Do in Philadelphia Guide.

If you're looking to party on Thanksgiving Eve, check out our Thanksgiving Eve 2010 Things to Do in Philadelphia Guide.

Both of those pages are constantly being updated with new events, so you may want to check them out from time to time.

In the meantime- enjoy the many Philadelphia Thanksgiving 2010 things to do and events...


November 2010 Things to Do in Philadelphia - Thursday, November 25, Thanksgiving Day and Weekend

Thanksgiving Day - The 90th Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade Begins At 8:30 AM, at 20th and Market Streets, and Concludes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

November 2010 marks the 90th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, which first took place in 1920. The parade starts at 8:30 AM. The parade route begins at the intersection of 20th and Market Streets in Center City, proceed down to City Hall, at Broad and Market Streets - and then turn around, and travel up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

You can learn more about the parade route and schedule, in our Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010 Guide.

On Thanksgiving Day, Both Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Will Be OPEN, From 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

We were astonished to learn that the two most cherished American icons in Philadelphia - Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell will in fact be open on Thanksgiving Day, itself.

So if you're only going to be in town Thanksgiving Day, and you want the chance to see these treasures, here's your big opportunity!

The National Constitution Center Thanksgiving Celebration Takes Place From 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The National Constitution Center will also be open to the public on Thanksgiving Day, for a Thanksgiving Celebration, between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Among the offerings are an interactive "History of Thanksgiving", and activities for children.

City Tavern Philadelphia - An Exact Replica of the Favorite Hangout of the Founding Fathers - Offers A Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Feast on Thanksgiving Day, and the A La Carte Menu on the Other Days

On Thanksgiving Day, City Tavern Philadelphia will be offering a prix fixe menu. City Tavern's Thanksgiving Feast will be offered Family Style, replicating a traditional family meal, prepared by master chef Walter Staib. (They won't be offering their usual a la carte menu that day). The price is $82.50/person, $32.95 for children 12 and under, with an 18% gratuity added for parties of six or more.

The ambience of City Tavern is great, especially in the fall. It is an exact replica on the site of the original City Tavern, where such notables as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson hung out and socialized. On the other days, the much less expensive a la carte menu will be offered, and it's worth stopping by, if you're in town, if only for lunch or dessert - or just to see the interior, for a moment.

During and After the Thanksgiving Day Parade - from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, There Is A Sneak Peek at Christmas Village in Philadelphia

A highlight of Christmas, since it first debuted for the 2008 holiday season, Christmas Village in Philadelphia will be staged in Dilworth Plaza, in front of Philadelphia City Hall, throughout December - up to and including Christmas Eve. This is your first chance to take a look at it.

On Saturday, November 27, Christmas Village in Philadelphia will officially kick off, accompanied by musical performances.

Friday, November 26, 2010 - Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad - A 500 Square Foot Model - Begins Running, Through New Year's 2011

A great ongoing event for visitors of all ages, begins on Black Friday 2010 at the Reading Terminal Market, located at 12th and Arch Streets. (And it's free of charge.)

The Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad - which consists of 500 square feet of models and track - will begin entertaining visitors on Friday, November 26. Its hours are the same as that for the Reading Terminal Market, itself - 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Saturday, and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sundays. (It will be closed, along with the Reading Terminal Market, on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day 2011.)

The Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad will also be in a new location within the market in 2010 - the Piano Court in the Market.

The Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad features no fewer than twelve separate train lines - almost as complicated as SEPTA Regional Rail itself. The model trains will rumble through Center City Philadelphia, a rural snow-capped area, and a Christmas Village, among other places, on their circular runs.

Two Beloved Christmas 2010 Traditions Start Thanksgiving Weekend - The Macy's Holiday Light Show and the Dickens Village

Two of the most cherished Philadelphia Christmas traditions are now hosted at the Macy's Philadelphia location, at 13th and Market Streets, in the beautiful, National Historic Landmark John Wanamakers Building, constructed in 1906.

The Macy's Holiday Light Show - Known to Generations of Philadelphians as the John Wanamakers Christmas Light Show - Begins Black Friday, November 26, 2010

The Macy's Holiday Light Show, which has been staged each Christmas in Philadelphia since 1956, is back for another Christmas season. Beginning Black Friday, you can see the show every hour, on the hour, throughout Thanksgiving weekend (it will run until January 2, 2011).

The Dickens Village - The Gigantic, Life-Size Version of Victorian London - Places You in the Midst of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

More recent than the Holiday Light Show, is the Macy's Dickens Village - A Christmas Carol, which began in 1985 at what was Wanamakers' major rival, the regrettably shuttered Strawbridge and Clothier, at 8th and Market Streets.

The Dickens Village, however, survived, as it moved down to Macy's, for the Christmas season of 2006, after Strawbridge's closed permanently, earlier that year.

And since then, the twin traditions now dwell under the same roof at 13th and Market. The Dickens Village schedule and dates are identical to that of the Macy's Holiday Light Show - i.e., you can see them starting Black Friday, until January 2, 2011. One note: the Dickens Village can be entered at any time, as there is no "show" at the top of each hour.

Friday, November 26 - Comcast Holiday Spectacular 2010 - All-New, in 3-D This Year, Begins at Comcast Center

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular - now in its third year of existence - has - literally - a new dimension this year - it will appear in 3-D, for the first time.

Beginning Friday, November 26, you can see it on the hour, every hour, every day other than presumably Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, until January 2, 2011. The 15-minute show - which is free of charge - can be seen in the Comcast Building, at the intersection of 17th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. SEPTA provides easy access to it, as it is directly adjacent to Suburban Station.


Friday, November 26, Saturday, November 27, and Sunday, November 28, 2010 - Franklin Square Offers Families the Opportunity to Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus

Franklin Square - which has closed for the season as of Halloween - will temporarily reopen on Thanksgiving Weekend. From 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, on the three days listed above, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits. It's free - call 215.629.4026 for more information.

Saturday, November 27 - President Thomas Jefferson To Preside Over November, 1793 Cabinet Meetings, at the Germantown White House - Also Known As The Deshler-Morris House

On Saturday, November 27, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Steve Edenbo, an American Historical Theater actor, will portray President Thomas Jefferson (the third President of the United States), presiding over Cabinet meetings that took place in November, 1793, when Philadelphia was still the nation's capital. The event - which is free of charge - will take place at the Deshler-Morris House in Germantown, also known as the Germantown White House. For more information, you can call 215.596.1748.

Important Note: The Germantown White House is located at 5442 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA - in the Germantown neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia. Although it is a great historic site, it is not a safe neighborhood, there is no easy SEPTA access to the Germantown White House, and it is several miles from Center City and many other Philadelphia tourist attractions. In this case, the event is in the middle of the afternoon, which is a plus. But regardless of the time of day - if you go, you need to drive there, and you need to be on heightened alert of your environment and cognizant of your safety.

Friday, November 26, and Saturday, November 27, 2010 - Thanksgiving Weekend Is Your Final Chance To Be Spooked By the Spirits of '76 Ghost Tours in Old City Philadelphia, As The Tours Shut Down For the Winter

Spirits of '76 Ghost Tours will be offering their final public tours on Thanksgiving weekend - on Friday, November 26, and Saturday, November 27, 2010, at 7:30 PM. (They won't resume, until April 2011.)

The ghost tours - which are a 75-minute walking tour of Old City Philadelphia and Society Hill - are a superb blend of history and folklore, and a great way to see historic Philadelphia. And if you need to walk off some calories from Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, the Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour is a fine choice, as you'll be doing a lot of walking.

Tours are also available, throughout weekends in November, on Fridays and Saturdays, at 7:30 PM:

Friday, November 5 - Saturday, November 6
Friday, November 12 - Saturday, November 13
Friday, November 19 - Saturday, November 20



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