Take the Bus to Philadelphia in December for Christmas Magic!

There’s a little-known fact about December that only the people who believe in Christmas magic know: Martz Trailways buses can be your sleigh ride to a world of enchantment. You can block all common distractions and enter a world of perfect travel logistics. Your bus to Philadelphia lets you off in the center of Philly’s historic district, and you enjoy special privileges for unloading your luggage in the hectic urban environment.

If you travel with a group, you won’t have to worry about a designated driver because there are plenty of public transportation options that are cheaper than paying for parking private vehicles. Your carriages await to, from and around the city, and Philadelphia in December offers hundreds of magical moments that include:

1. Holiday Pass for Discounts on Events

Visitphilly.com is offering a Holiday Pass this year that can be used to receive a discount at many holiday events, museums, concerts and festivals. The best part is that the pass is free to download and is good from November 14 to December 31 – for both visitors and residents. You can get further information at Historic Philadelphia, Inc. at (215) 629-4026. Some of the places where you can use your pass include:

  • Attractions
    Area attractions that honor the pass include The African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Museum of American Jewish History, Betsy Ross House, Carpenters’ Hall, Franklin Square, FringeArts, National Constitution Center, Independence Seaport Museum and the Museum of the American Revolution.
  • Food and Drink
    Participating food and beverage deal sellers include Hershey’s Kitchens at the Independence Visitor Center, Spasso Italian Grill, Makhani Modern Indian, La Peg, Panorama Wine Bar, Ben & Betsy’s Coffee & Gifts , High Street on Market, Franklin Confectionery Cabin at Winterfest and The Franklin Fountain.
  • Shops
    Participated shops include the Independence Visitor Center gift shop, Moxie Blue Salon, 36 Craven, Sweat Fitness, Philadelphia Independents, Kink Shop and more.

2. Christmas in Peddler’s Village

Christmas in Peddler’s Village runs all month, and it’s the perfect venue to spend time between visiting other attractions. The village looks like a set for a fairy-tale movie, and the area is also a major shopping hub featuring toy stores, candy stores, clothing shops, etc. on December 1, visitors can enjoy the Santa parade and extended shopping hours. All month, the Village showcases its Gingerbread House Competition and Display. The competition actually runs from November 15, 2019 to January 4, 2020.

3. Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Christmas Village in Philadelphia runs until December 24, 2019, in Center City. The whole area is transformed to look like open-air markets in Europe with a German atmosphere. Each day offers signature events, street performances, festive music and holiday cheer. Of course, there’s shopping – incredible shopping – from more than 80 vendors and all the regular shops. Santa’s goodies include ornaments, jewelry, winter apparel, handmade toys, arts and crafts, food and drink and holiday gifts in all shapes and sizes that you can easily load on the bus or ship home.

Admission is free, and there’s no need to make reservations. Some of the special events at Christmas Village include:

  • December 2 and December 23 – Village Wine Tasting featuring Chaddsford Winery
  • December 5 and December 19 – Village Beer Tasting featuring Brewery Teche
  • Every day – Warm waffles, gingerbread and mulled wine
  • December 7 – Mascot Parade begins at 2:30 in the Courtyard of City Hall. Magic’s in the air as your children can watch their favorite mascots and Disney Princesses.

Consult the Christmas Village Events Calendar for a complete list of activities.

4. Macy’s Christmas Light Show

Macy’s Christmas Light Show continues through December 31, 2019. The Grand Court of the Wanamaker Building, which a National Historic Landmark, has hosted a Christmas Light show every year since 1956. Macy’s continues its tradition of bringing magic to the holidays with dancing snowmen, sugarplum fairies and a dazzling light show featuring 100,000 lights and narration by the world’s foremost actress in children’s classic films: JulieAndrews. The performances take place every two hours and are free to the public.

5. HiJinks Festival of Philadelphia Concert

The HiJinks Festival of Philadelphia is held on December 27 and December 28 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 1101 Arch Street. The concerts feature:

  • Line-up
  • Zeds Dead
  • Skrillex
  • Porter Robinson
  • Excision
  • Big Wild
  • GRiZ
  • Zion 1
  • Slander
  • Clozee
  • The Underachievers
  • DROELOE
  • SoDown
  • Subtronics
  • Venue
  • KITTENS the DJ

Philly Is a Wonderland Anytime

Not everything in Philly revolves around Christmas. There are plenty of museums, cultural festivals, concerts, sporting events and different religious celebrations to please all visitors. You can make your bus to Philadelphia reservations now at Martz Trailways for a December vacation you won’t soon forget.