Historic Holiday Nights Launches In Old City at 50+ Restaurants and Retailers

Celebrate the season along America’s most historic square mile with Historic Holiday Nights in Old City, presented by VISIT PHILADELPHIA® and Old City District. 

Get all of your holiday shopping done in one place, and enjoy some seasonal dishes and sips in Old City! More than 50 participating boutiques, shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants and cafes around the neighborhood will treat visitors to special sales, discounts, promotions and menu items every Thursday in December from 5:00pm to 8:00pm through December 22nd. 

“With more than 50 locations participating, Historic Holiday Nights in Old City celebrates all that makes America’s most historic square mile unique. There is something for everyone in Old City,” said Job Itzkowitz, Old City District Executive Director.

From its historic past to its artful present to its tech future, Old City is the place to be! Look for vibrant and diverse offerings that make the neighborhood the historic gem of Philadelphia.


Festivities kick off this Thursday, December 1st with carolers, historic re-enactors and a live ice sculpture.  The kickoff celebration will take place at the Betsy Ross House courtyard (239 Arch Street) and will feature Betsy Ross, carolers, and a live ice sculpture performance by Studio Ice.  Visitors can take photos with Old City Photo Booth and enjoy $1 off admission at the Betsy Ross House, which will offer extended hours until 8:00pm. Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest residential neighborhood, will also offer extended visiting hours as well as a presentation at 6:00 pm by Edward Mauger entitled: “Christmas in Colonial Philadelphia” (124 Elfreth's Alley).


Around every corner of Old City, find one-of-a-kind gifts and handmade goods for your family and friends.  More than 25 shops, boutiques, museums and art galleries will offer extended shopping hours and special sales, discounts and promotions from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursdays through December 22nd. 

Customers will receive a $3 off skating admission coupon to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Philly’s largest outdoor ice skating rink and winter wonderland (at participating shops and boutiques with any purchase). Coupons can be redeemed throughout the season until March 5, 2017. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest includes the regulation-size rink, a beautifully lit landscape featuring a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin, the Kids Lodge with arcade games, and the chalet-inspired Lodge with food and beverages from Garces and Chickie's and Pete's. Visit www.riverrink.com for more information.


323 Arch Street Fashion Collective
323 Arch Street

  • Receive 20% off your purchase

Art in the Age
116 N. 3rd Street

  • holiday themed complimentary cocktails with Art in the Age spirits and a corresponding flash sale

Artist & Craftsman Supply
307 Market Street

  • 10 sheets of 11x15 Canson Edition cotton rag paper and a Rowney sale brush of the customers’ choosing, for $5.00

Avra Art Gallery
58 N. 2nd Street

  • 10% holiday discount on all artwork

Blokes Barber Shop
151 N. 3rd Street

  • Flash sale with discounts of 20% or more on different product categories every Thursday.  Backpacks & luggage, books, hats, shaving paraphernalia and jewelry will be among the items included in the flash sale

The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd Street

  • 5% off total purchase in The Clay Studio Shop

Chroma Hair Gallery
108 Market Street

  • complimentary hair cut with any color service
  • $25 blow drys......$10 off blow drys regular price $35
  • $50 women’s haircuts....$10 off regular price $60
  • $30 men’s haircuts.... $10 off regular price $35

E-Moderne Gallerie
116 Arch Street

  • 10% discount on selected works at the gallery

The Geisha House
149 N. 3rd Street

  • Weekly holiday sales in December

Jessica Eldredge Studio
245 Cherry Street

  • Free gift with purchase

Lacquer Lounge
38 N. 3rd Street

  • 15% off any service

Margot & Camille
47 N. 3rd Street

  • Free handmade up-cycled gift with every purchase

Millésimé & Ligne Roset & Arclinea Kitchens
33 N. 2nd Street

  • 20% OFF on ALL Furniture, Lighting, Home & Personal Accessories at our Showroom!

Momo’s Tree House
205 Arch Street

  • A free stocking stuffer with purchases over $50
  • More Than Old

144 N. 3rd Street

  • shopping champagne, a gift with purchase, and a January discount card for all Thursday night shoppers

National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East

  • 2-for-1 admission to the Museum, which includes admission to our Core exhibition and the special exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
  • 10% off all merchandise at our Museum Store
  • Special events as follows, with pricing as indicated on the webpages:
    • December 8 – Rock Docs: Monterey Pop with World Café Live
    • December 15 – Student Rock Band Showcase – Performances by Philadelphia area public school rock bands
    • December 22 – Young Friends Cocktails and Candles

Never Too Spoiled
57 N. 3rd Street

  • Free stocking stuffer with purchase

Occasionette Holiday Pop-Up
38 S. 3rd Street

  • Free tote bags with a $25 purchase on Thursdays

People Prints 3D
20 S. 3rd Street

  • Free 3” figurine with purchase of 9” figurine

Petit Jardin en Ville
134 N. 3rd Street

  • 15% discount to all shoppers

Philadelphia History Museum
15 S. 7th Street

  • December 8 only:  Community History Gallery Opening: Saved! Preserving Philadelphia
    • The Museum will be open from 5:30-8p.m. with light refreshments
    • Tickets for general admission are $5 (a 50% discount from regular admission)
    • The event is free to Philadelphia History Museum Members and Members of Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks

Philadelphia Independents
35 N. 3rd Street

  • Free button with any purchase

Rocket Fizz
302 Arch Street

  • 10% off our gag gifts and toys each Thursday
  • December 1, 8, 15: Buy 3 tin signs, get 1 free
  • December 22: Buy 2 tin signs, get 1 free

Scarlett Alley
241 Race Street

  • Cocktails and sweets will be served, shoppers will receive one ticket per each item purchased for a Scarlett Alley goodie basket raffle (drawing will be held Dec. 26th)

Select Shop 215
41 S. 3rd Street

Smak Parlour
219 Market Street

  • 10% off one item

124 N. 3rd Street

  • 10% off entire purchase (excluding accessories and jewelry). 

Tribal Home
56 N. 3rd Street

  • Sparkling cider and holiday cookies and a gift drawing each Thursday night

United By Blue
144 N. 2nd Street

  • 10% off of in-store product purchases

Special, discounts and promotions at participating locations are subject to change.


More than a dozen restaurants in and around Old City will treat visitors to $5 holiday-inspired drinks and offer special menu items and discounts on Thursdays through December 22nd from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  The lineup of restaurants showcases the wide variety of styles and flavors Old City has to offer!


Campo’s Deli
214 Market Street

  • 10% off food portion of bill

233 Chestnut Street

  • Specials TBA

Common Wealth Old City
319 Market Street

  • $5 hard apple bourbon cocktail
  • $5 ricotta donuts
  • $7 crawfish hushpuppies

138 Market Street

  • $5 Maple Old Fashioned cocktail
  • Half price hummus and chicken dumplings

High Street on Market
308 Market Street

  • One $5 cocktail of the day
  • Rotating food special each Thursday night

ICI Macarons & Café
230 Arch Street

  • Any medium drink with a macaron for $5

 La Peg Brasserie @ Fringe Arts
140 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

  • Calvados Cocktail- apple brandy, cinnamon, sparkling cider $5.  
  • Special app: Stuffed Quail- grilled quail stuffed with squash, served with cranberries, toasted almonds, and wild mushrooms $14

Nick’s Bar & Grille
16 S. 2nd Street

  • $5 raspberry Bellini
  • Discounted select appetizers

Old City Coffee (open until 7 p.m.)
221 Church Street

  • Mocha Latte Drink $5 Special: Our six-bean espresso laced with our secret house made mocha sauce blended steamed milk. House made whipped cream optional.

14 N. Front Street

  • $5 wine/beer & Prosecco (selected by Sommelier)
  • Half off all appetizers

Pinot Boutique
227 Market Street

  • $5 glass of our holiday spiced red wine
  • Dan Soskin of Pinot Boutique has partnered with Snap Kitchen (243 Market Street) to create wine pairing suggestions for some favorite grab and go meals. Stop by the Boutique on December 8th or 15th between 5 and 8pm to experience these delicious, healthy pairings for yourself and do some holiday shopping in the process! We’ll be sampling some fresh, healthy favorites and pairing them with Dan’s favorite wines.

Positano Coast
212 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor

  • $5 cocktail – Gold Rush: Bourbon, Lemon, House-Made Cinnamon Syrup
  • $5 appetizer special: Quinoa Salad with Squash and Cauliflower

48 S. 2nd Street

  • A $5 draft (TBA)
  • Food special TBA

Silence Dogood’s Tavern
216 Market Street

  • The Poinsettia - a holiday classic made with cranberry juice and champagne, $5
  • Jingle Juice- a blend of Fireball, vanilla vodka and cranberry, $5
  • $5 flatbreads

Spasso Italian Grill (Specials available in bar-area only*)
34 S. Front Street

  • Lemon drop martini $5
  • Mussels red sauce or white sauce for $5

212 Arch Street

  • Discount on purchase

Taste Restaurant at Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
1 Dock Street

  • $5 craft beer (TBA)
  • Small plate discount (TBA)

The Little Lion
243 Chestnut Street

  • Hot spiked cider $5
  • Southern Poutine $5

The Victoria Freehouse
10 S. Front Street

  • Mulled wine for $5
  • Half priced appetizers
  • Specials, discounts, promotions and menu items at participating locations are subject to change.

For more information about Old City District and Historic Holiday Nights in Old City, visit oldcitydistrict.org, tweet @OldCityDistrict or call (215) 592-7929.