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.
An Electrical Spectacle in Franklin Square
Franklin Square lights up nightly with the light of over 50,000 lights! The lights, accompanied by the recorded music of the Philly Pops, combine to create a series of alternating thirty-minute shows that will make the square a prime destination for everyone's holiday celebration.
Thursdays Through January 2nd
Tippler's Tour: Cheers and Beers
After Halloween, the haunting spirits of the Tippler's Tour are put to rest and the spirit of the holiday season takes their place. Raise a glass and celebrate Yuletide Cheers and Beers!
Tuesdays, December 10th and 17th
In connection with their ongoing exhibit, "Behind the Scenes of The Nutcracker," the Philadelphia History Museum offers special readings of The Nutcracker aimed at pleasing the younger members of the audience. Activity and coloring worksheets will be provided.
Wednesday, December 11th
Silver: Gifts That Gleam
The Philadelphia History Museum sets out its best silver services and other sparkling specimens from their collection for a special presentation and a discussion led by its senior curator and a guest from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Naturally, light refreshments will be served.
Saturday - Monday, December 14th - 16th
Bill of Rights Weekend
The National Constitution Center centers Bill of Right Day (actually December 15th every year) in an extended Saturday-Sunday-Monday sandwich of celebration! Special lectures, exhibits, and even games have been geared toward giving you the holiday spirit of liberty. Enjoy discounted admission prices on Saturday's Family Day.
Saturday, December 14th
Seaport Parade of Lights
Come down to the waterfront for a Delaware River version of the seasonal parade of lights. After a full day of holiday events at the Independence Seaport Museum, Santa lets the seamen have center stage, as a bevy of well-lit vessels motor by and compete for the title of best dressed boat.
Sunday, December 22nd
A Christmas Carol at Physick House
Philadelphia actor/writer Josh Hitchens brings his adaptation of the Charles Dickins holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol" to the Physick House for one eerie and exciting evening only. Enjoy as one man brings all of your favorite characters to life.
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
Christ Church Burial Ground
Tours to view the grave sites of Benjamin Franklin and many other famous Philadelphians continue daily through the end of Nvember. For more information, refer to the listing on our Historic Houses of Worship page.