The holiday season means decorating trees, homes, and even trolleys and buses to show our holiday spirit. Philadelphia has some amazing blocks where neighbors come together, and turn their entire street or neighborhood into a holiday wonderland. What’s even better is most of these streets are accessible via SEPTA transit routes.
These places get super busy with vehicle traffic as people attempt to view the displays by car. Your best bet is to leave the car behind and experience the vibrant lights and ornate decorations on foot or bike. GoPhillyGo is your best choice to plan a multimodal trip to these fantastic winter wonderlands. Here are a few of our favorites to get you into the holiday spirit.
Miracle on 13th Street (13th Between Tasker and Morris) - This is one of the best known blocks for holiday decorations in the city. Strings of lights cross back and forth over 13th Street to cover every house and tree in holiday spirit. It’s a very popular place to visit, so traffic builds on Morris Street as people turn onto 13th. Don’t get caught in the jam. Take the Broad Street subway to the Tasker-Morris Station. From there it’s one block to this amazing holiday display.
2700 Smedley Street & 2700 Colorado Street - The grassy medians dividing the roadway on these unique residential streets makes them perfect places to set up tons of holiday decorations. Neighbors on each block create an elaborate display of holiday-themed decorations including Frosty the Snowman, giant candy canes, and a life sized Santa complete with a sleigh and reindeer. Many of the neighbors have intricate holiday displays in their front windows too, so make sure you take a look at the houses on your visit. These streets are only a couple blocks apart, and many houses between them are decorated too. Both are very close to the Oregon Station on the Broad Street subway.
4200 Greeby Street - This street has loads of holiday spirit, and every year the neighbors put on one of the best holiday displays in Northeast Philadelphia. The houses are decorated on both sides of the street with lights and giant blow-up decorations. Santa and Mrs. Claus make regular weekend evening visits, and on Dec. 21st Greeby Street is hosting a toy drive with Santa and a hot chocolate truck. SEPTA bus routes 66 and 88 will get you there, so be sure to plan your trip on GoPhillyGo.
Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest (Frankford Avenue and Cottman Avenue) - In the true spirit of Clark Griswold, the Mayfair Civic Association holds an annual Christmas Decoration Contest. Neighbors throughout Mayfair and the surrounding neighborhoods compete to see who can put up the most elaborate display for the holidays. The end product is a walkable network of around 140 houses with lights and decorations of all sizes. Here is a map of this years participants. Winners are nominated by their neighbors. The network is centered around the very SEPTA accessible intersection of Frankford and Cottman Avenues. Be sure to use GoPhillyGo to get around Mayfair and to all these great holiday light displays.
Whatever and however you’ll be celebrating this year, GoPhillyGo wishes you happy holidays, and we hope you’ll be getting around safely without a car!