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Fun Events for Everyone on December 8 & 9

The uCity Square Holiday Fest is back for a weekend of holiday fun for all-ages including shopping, crafts, pictures with Santa, crafts, pop-up ice rink, uCity Square Beer Garden, and more!

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Photos with Santa



Pop-up Ice Rink


uCity Square Beer Garden

Food Trucks

And More...

Full schedule:

This annual tradition offers free, family-friendly activities, including:

  • Tree lighting ceremony: Friday, 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Holiday Fest will host West Philadelphia’s only public tree lighting ceremony with a performance by the Ginger Trio.
  • Pop-up ice skating rink: Saturday, 2:00 – 6:00 PM. Take a spin around the ice skating rink with free skate rentals provided.
  • Photos with Santa: Saturday, 2:30 – 4:30 PM. C. Green Photography will be on hand to take photos of kids and kids-at-heart with the jolliest Santa in West Philly.
  • Live performers: schedule varies. Local artists and performers will present sets throughout both days of Holiday Fest. Performers and musicians include Ginger, Belmont Charter Majorettes, Dirty Soap, Balmour, Studio Wednesdays, and Carla Gamble.
  • DJ dance sets: schedule varies. Local DJs will present sets throughout both days of Holiday Fest, perfect for dancing while shopping or enjoying a drink at the Beer Garden. DJs include DJ G33k, Getup, OLUWAFEMI, and DJ Stevie Coachella.
  • Holiday karaoke: Friday, 4:00 – 8:00 PM. Oh what fun it is to sing your favorite holiday tunes during Holiday Fest!
  • Craft Cottage: schedule varies. Inflatable Craft Cottages pop up at The Square, offering free workshops to make your own ornament or stocking, and decorating cookies!
  • A trackless train: Saturday, 2:00 – 6:00 PM. All aboard! Hop on this special holiday train ride as it whistles and the bells ring as you wave to family and friends.
  • Complimentary hot beverages: Friday and Saturday, all day until supplies last. Many Hands Coffee will hand out free hot chocolate and coffee beverages to keep you warm at Holiday Fest.
  • uCity Square Beer Garden: Friday and Saturday, all day. The uCity Square Beer Garden pops up one last time for the year at The Lawn with local brews, refreshing drinks, and lawn games.
  • Vendor Holiday Marketplace: Friday and Saturday, all day. Support businesses in West Philadelphia and beyond at the Holiday Marketplace, perfect for gifts and gifts for yourself.
  • Food Trucks: Friday and Saturday, all day. Philly’s favorite food trucks bring their tasty treats to uCity Square during Holiday Fest.