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Fun family holiday activities in the Delaware Valley

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With the start the holiday season here, and school vacations imminent, it’s time to make some fun holiday activity plans for your family to enjoy this season. Living in the Philadelphia area is a great benefit for families, as there is just so much to enjoy and do. Here is a list of local activities that kids of all ages can enjoy:

Macy’s Grand Court Light Show and Dickens Christmas Village: a holiday tradition for half a century continues. Starting the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve day. Free.

The Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular: A new tradition in the city, this free 15 minute show runs daily from Thanksgiving to New Years. Shows are from 10 am to 8 pm at the top of the hour, except no show at 5pm on weekdays.

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place: the usual characters can be found dressed in their wintry attire along with cups of hot cocoa and chocolate gingerbread cookies. With holiday themed shows, a holiday themed parade and the entire park transformed at dusk by twinkling magical lights, even big kids will have some fun.

Longwood Gardens: A Longwood Christmas transforms the conservatory into a holiday paradise, while the outdoor lights are sure to dazzle. The lights outside are turned on at 3:30 pm daily. November 28, 2013 to January 12, 2014. Advanced purchase of tickets is recommended.

Peddler’s Village: Located in Bucks County, this shopping area is transformed for the holidays by lights and a gingerbread competition, held in the Village Gazebo. Before Christmas, stop by Giggleberry Fair to visit with Santa.

Pennsylvania Ballet presents: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, December 7-29, 2013 at the Academy of Music. Make this a holiday ritual for your favorite ballerina. Between the dancers, the fabulous set design and the music, this is a memory making event. For a special 15% discount on certain performances, use the code NUTBLOG.

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