Things to do on December 25 in Philadelphia, if you Don't Celebrate Christmas


Christmas is not for everyone. And it can be quite frustrating when looking for normal stuff to do in Philadelphia because it seems like every business is closed. Here are some cool spots that are about as non-Christmas as it can get.

Eating Chinese food is a tradition for many people who do not partake in Christmas. One of the best spots in Philly is Sang Kee Peking Duck House. The food is outstanding and affordable, and the crowd is great. Two floors of families and friends celebrating the "not" holiday.

Ice skating is always popular, and most rinks are open on Christmas Day. A popular spot is the Rothman Ice Rink in Dilworth Park at Philadelphia City Hall. After whirling and twirling around the city's center, warm up in the Rothman Cabin which serves cocktails, beer and hot beverages as well as hearty entrees like chili and poutine. For more information, click here.

How about a day at the museum? The National Museum of American Jewish History celebrates its annual day of family fun every Christmas. The day is filled with music, crafts and other events. The museum itself features over 360 years of Jewish history. The café and gift shop are open as well. Check the museum website for updated event and ticket information.

A Star Wars movie is a treat every day of the year. And at the Prince Theater, it's a treat for a few weeks in December. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has two showings on Christmas Day. Viewers can choose between the 2D and 3D screens. Tickets are best purchased in advance, here.

Stasia DeMarco is a Philadelphia native. She is a content writer, journalist and culture critic.