Philadelphia Christmas Village Photo by M. Fischetti for GPTMC

A Philadelphia holiday getaway at the Hotel Monaco

If you’re like me, you’re in serious countdown mode. There are only a certain number of days left before the kids are off school for the holidays and the list of things to do seems to grow instead of shrink. In my house, I’m definitely the one who is largely in charge of making the magic happen, and I always have a moment in mid-December when I question whether this year I’ll be able to hoist that wand and successfully deliver (the good news is that I haven’t failed yet!) 

The weeks before Christmas may not seem like the most logical time for a family trip, what with all there is to do, but we’re going to enjoy a Philadelphia holiday getaway this coming Friday and Saturday. And in fact, I would argue that all of the busyness and chaos of the season make it just the time to find some quality family time. Going away – even just overnight – takes me away from shopping and baking and wrapping. But it also helps me relax and enjoy my family without distractions.

Last year we were lucky enough to enjoy a fun December overnight getaway in Baltimore, at the Hotel Monaco. We’re headed for another Kimpton Hotel for our holiday trip this year. The Hotel Monaco Philadelphia recently opened just across the street from Independence Hall and they have graciously agreed to host us on Friday night.

King Room at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

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I can’t wait to check out the gorgeous rooms and lobby and also enjoy the kinds of amenities that all Kimpton Hotels offer like a wine hour every afternoon in the lobby, kid-sized bathrobes, and complimentary coffee in the morning.

Cozy lobby at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

We plan to take full advantage of Philadelphia’s holiday spirit while we’re there. In addition to hanging out and enjoying the Hotel Monaco and having brunch at the Red Owl Tavern on Saturday our agenda includes:

Seeing the Holiday Extravaganza at the Trocadero Theatre on Friday evening.  The family-friendly show will include holiday songs performed by the Polyphonic Spree and also one of our favorites, Gustafer Yellowgold. The Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show will also be there.

Macy's Holiday Light Show by George Widman Photography LLCA visit to Macy’s to see the famous holiday light show and Dickens Village. The former is narrated by no less than Julie Andrews and the latter offers a good dose of animatronic camp that is worth standing in line for. If we aren’t tired of crowds and watching, we may also make our way over to see the Comcast Holiday Spectacular on the world’s largest LED screen.

A stroll through the Philadelphia Christmas Village in LOVE Park. Although the boys don’t like to shop, I’m thinking they’ll enjoy this outdoor market where every year over 60 vendors set up stalls and sell crafts and food from around the world.

Checking out the fun at the first ever Winterfest at Sister Cities Park. A team from the Franklin Institute will be there as well, teaching kids Snowflake Science and there will also be cookie decorating and holiday karaoke.

I’ll have a full review of our Philadelphia holiday experience next week, but if you’d like to follow along while it’s happening, be sure to check out my pictures and posts on Instagram and Facebook. And for more tips on what to do in Philly in the upcoming weeks, see the Uwishunu’s Holiday Guide.

The Hotel Monaco Philadelphia has offered my family one night’s complimentary stay. You can always count on me to let you know when I’ve received something for free and to share my honest opinions about it.

Photos of the Hotel Monaco courtesy of the hotel; Photo of Christmas Village by M. Fischetti for GPTMC; Photo of Macy’s by G. Widman for GPTMC.

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