Welcome to the "Beyond the Bell" calendar page! We currently have special events scheduled for the month of December, as well as a number of ongoing events and activities that can be enjoyed for as long as the weather remains decent.


December 2014

Through January 1st, 2015

Franklin Square Celebrates the Holidays

Hardly a day goes by between now and the end of the year without something special going on in beautiful Franklin Square. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and seemingly everything in between. Check out the complete list of events at their website.

Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Holidays in Franklin Square

Saturday, December 13th

Seaport Parade of Lights

It's a day full of holiday events at the Independence Seaport Museum, but the highlight is a waterborne parade of lights. Vessels of all shapes and sizes will motor by as they compete for the title of best dressed boat.

Independence Seaport Museum
Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Walnut Street
11 a.m - 6 p.m. (Parade starts at 5)
Seaport Parade of Lights

Monday, December 15th

Bill of Rights Day Book Festival

The Constitution Center commemorates the anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights with a book festival — its first-ever book festival — featuring a selection of books addressing the issues surrounding our most fundamental and valuable rights and freedoms.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
BoRD Books

Wednesday, December 31st

New Year's Eve Fireworks

There will be fireworks fired off over the Delaware River to usher in the new year. The Independence Seaport Museum will be staying open late to provide a prime view of the family-friendly early evening festivities.

Independence Seaport Museum
Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd & Walnut St.
4 - 7 p.m. p.m.

Ongoing Events and Activities


Outdoor History and After Hours Tours

Historic Philadelphia offers outdoor history tours, after hours events, and pub crawls. All of the details are on our Shows and Tours page.

Whenever Weather Permits ...

Tours of The Christ Church Burial Ground

Christ Church, "The Nation's Church," offers guided tours of its burial ground, which is the final resting place for over 4,000 individuals – including Benjamin Franklin and four signers of the Declaration of Independence, not to mention a number of our country's early medical pioneers and Revolutionary War heroes. For more information, refer to the listing on our Historic Houses of Worship page.

Christ Church Burial Ground
5th & Arch Streets
Christ Church Calendar


Free-Ranging FREE Ranger-Guided Tours

The Independence National Historical Park offers about a half-dozen special tours every day. All are guided by one of the many park rangers. Best of all, all of the tours are FREE. Check them out.

Independence National Historical Park
Various locations
Various times
Independence National Historical Park Tours

Now Open

Radios Made in Philadelphia

Roy Shapiro, who was the general manager of KYW 1060 AM when it went to an all-news format, was more than a maker of radio history. He also collected it. His collection took the form of vintage radios, specifically those made in and around the Philadelphia area. Thirteen of these radios, made in the 1930's and 1940's make up the collection, which shows the city's leading role in the rise of, and the "Golden Age" of, radio in America.

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
15 S. 7th Street
Made to be Played