Midtown Village: Making Holiday Memories for Generations

In Midtown Village, you’ll find an assortment of interesting finds -- and even Santa himself! This charming neighborhood includes a unique blend of local retailers and a national department store with a rich Philadelphia history. This walkable shopping area has no shortage of cool and cozy restaurants, bars, and holiday events.

Experience: There is nothing quite like spending the holidays in Center City Philadelphia. Family-friendly, nostalgic spectacles draw visitors from far and wide, and the most notable one is Macy’s Christmas Light Show. Like a giant Lite Brite, the light show has attracted generations of families to the soaring historic Grand Hall since 1956.

For those with children, additional experiences like the Macy’s Santaland & Dickens Village are filled with magical moments to take photos and meet the jolly old elf himself.

Bar & Beverage: Grab your friends and head to the North Pole. Well, not quite … but Tinsel at 116 South 12th Street is pretty close! This bar transforms into Santa’s home each year and offers drinks packed with Christmas spirit. Try a festive cocktail like the Canned Good, which comes in a “soup can,” for a little holiday cheer.

Dining: Families looking to refuel after exploring Midtown Village can head over to Green Eggs Café at 212 South 13th Street for sweet and savory beverage and food options! Kids will enjoy digging into red and green pancakes piled high like a Christmas tree while sipping on a hot chocolate.

Heading out for food with friends? Midtown Village offers options from casual fare to elegant culinary experiences. Some highlights include:

Shopping: Midtown Village is a unique shopping destination in the Center City District that offers an artfully curated assortment of local retailers, from boutique gift shops to locally made beauty products and home goods. You can find anything from coffee mugs, to bath bombs, or even ornaments. Options include:

Trying to Plan Another Day?
After a day (or week) of festive adventures throughout Midtown Village, there is still so much more to see for the holidays across Center City District. For another set of adventures just east of Midtown Village, check out our guide to spending the holidays around Jewelers' Row.