Craziest Christmas Displays in Philadelphia


One of the traditions at Christmas is to travel around town and check out Christmas displays. Most displays stick to reindeer and Santa's sleigh. In Philadelphia, there are a few wacky ways to display the holiday spirit whether its on lawns, along city blocks or on buildings walls. And wow, is it festive.

Miracle on 13th Street
While nothing like the popular film, it certainly is one crazy block in south Philly full of colorful lights, displays and music. Located on the 1600 block of south 13th Street in the East Passyunk section, this block blends merry and jolly with a lot of holly. From the latest cascading lights display to 3D reindeer, holiday revelers can drive or walk down the block while listening to jazz music and Frank Sinatra along with Christmas carols. It is crazy tacky with just the right amount of kitsch.

Philly Jesus
Philly Jesus is an odd tradition and a little on the wacky side. Since he is a human, his display moves around the city where he spreads God's message of peace and love. In his flowing robes and long beard with his massive walking stick, Philly Jesus makes the rounds at various Christmas markets reciting psalms. He is also one of the most popular selfie posers in the region where kids and adults chase after him to pray and snap a photo. To contact Philly Jesus, send him a direct message on Twitter @phillyjesus.

Longwood Gardens
For the horticultural types looking for a very green Christmas fix, a Longwood Gardens Christmas is it. There are over 500,000 seasonal lights, multiple Christmas trees up to 30 feet tall, three raging fire pits and over 600 seasonal plants, and it is all outdoors. Given the frosty temperatures, this experience is for the wackier holiday enthusiast. There is a café, a fine dining restaurant and gift shop for those looking to spend time indoors as well.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Going to the movies on Christmas Day is not that unusual, but going to an ice skating rink featuring the film Elf on Christmas is a little wacky. The movie will be shown in the Lodge and will serve beverages and food for adults and children. The enormous RiverRink will be swirling with skaters in the holiday spirit if movie goers want to make an entire day or night out of it. There are fire pits, restaurants and cabins for rental. All of this takes place along the Delaware River in Center City Philadelphia. The rink shows movies and all its holiday festivities through January 1st.

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular at the Comcast Center
If you are looking to add a trippy, sensory overload to your Christmas display experience, the Comcast Experience Video wall has all the audio-visual stimulation you need, edited into 15 minutes. Spanning 83.3 feet wide by 25.4 feet high, the 2,100 square-foot video wall is five times the resolution of high-definition television and one of the world's highest-resolution LED screens. This holiday season treat yo' self to a portion of the Nutcracker performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet in addition to taking a sleigh trip through Philadelphia streets plus much more. For more information, go here.


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