A Philly Christmas
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After reading about some of the Christmas attractions in the Philly area, in Andrew's (Andy99) blog, I had to go see them for myself. I decided to go on this day, after work.
I arrived into Center City, and went to the Macy's building first. This used to be the old Wanamaker's, the first department store in Philly, and one of the first in the US. It opened in 1911, and has been featured in some movies over the years, like "Mannequin" in 1987, and "12 Monkeys" in 1995. It remained Wanamaker's until 1997, when it was renamed Lord & Taylor. Then became a Macy's in 2006, and the building is now a historical landmark.
One of the main features in the store, is the giant bronze eagle, which became a famous meeting spot. That led to a local famous saying, "Meet you at the eagle", and shoppers knew immediately, where to meet.
The first one that I went to, was the Christmas Light Show. I watched it on the 2nd floor, and it was a nice view. More about the show itself in the review here. Then I went through the Dickens Village, which is a walkthrough of "A Christmas Carol". More about that, in the review here.
Then I exited the building, and saw some nice holiday window displays, along the side of the building. Then walked through City Hall, to Love Park, where the Christmas Village was. It was wet, and slippery, as it just snowed, so there was a lot of slush. I got to the Christmas Village, and looked around for a little bit. More about it in the review here.
Afterwards, I decided to backtrack, and head to Reading Terminal Market, which is Philly's farmer market. This place has a variety of eateries, some of which, I was very tempted to try. But that will have to be for another time. My main reason for coming here, was for the Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad. Basically, this was a model train set. This is always a delight for me to see, trains running, and the model town set. There were some white buttons to push, but only a few of them worked.
I went back to the Macy's, to catch another showing of the Light Show. Then headed back home. It was fun checking out the Christmas attractions in Philly, and I may check out more later on. And thanks to Andrew, I may have a Christmas tradition on my hands, and wonder why I never knew about it before.