Philly’s Franklin Square Lights Up For The Holidays

Franklin Square was, in recent memory, also known as Philadelphia forgotten square. One of the five original in the city designed by William Penn, it was simply a fading patch of green by the Vine Street Expressway and Ben Franklin Bridge. But thank goodness someone realized the potential, and Franklin Square is now perhaps one of the most popular, drawing families to its Philly-themed carousel, miniature golf course and interactive storytelling by the actors of Historic Philadelphia.

The holidays are bringing this already festive park up a level as it lights up in celebration with a series of events by Historic Philadelphia. Tonight, November 30, at 5 p.m. will be the official lighting of Franklin Square, hosted by Ben Franklin and Santa Claus. Free hot chocolate will be distributed to the merry makers.

Throughout the remainder of the holiday season, the park will be open on December 4 – 19 on Saturdays and Sundays from 5 – 8 p.m., and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand through 7 p.m. to chat with children and discuss potential holiday surprises. Families off from work and school can enjoy the park daily December 26 – 31 from 5 – 8 p.m.

To top off the month of festivities, Franklin Square will hold a Kid’s New Year’s Even Countdown on December 31 starting at 6 p.m.

Make it a family night out, complete with burgers, fries and those irresistible and rich Cake Shakes from SquareBurger. The weather may be cold, but with these cheerful events you’ll be plenty warm inside.

Franklin Square is located at Sixth and Race streets. Call 215.629.4026 or visit for more information.