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Add a Philly Twist to Your 2020 Holidays


There’s so much see, do, and love around Philadelphia – especially during the holidays. Whether you’re staying local this year or heading out of town, check out these suggestions from The Link University City for a festive celebration with a Philly twist.

What Are Some Uniquely Philly Gifts I Can Give This Year?

It’s easy to take all the incredible historic locations and monuments surrounding you in Philadelphia for granted, but friends and family who live farther away will be super-stoked to receive a Liberty Bell T-shirt or metal horn tankards from the Independence Visitor Center store. Give the gift of American culinary history with The City Tavern Cookbook, or go for a knockout with a slightly more modern gift featuring Philly’s favorite son, Rocky Balboa. Drexel and UPenn swag always makes a great present, or you can find unique items handcrafted by local makers at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park through Jan. 1.

What 2020 Holiday Events Are Still Happening Around Philadelphia?

If you’re staying in town over the holidays, take in the incredible light displays that illuminate and transform Franklin Square, City Hall, Longwood Gardens, and the Winter on Broad Street: A Holiday Light Spectacular outside the Wells Fargo Center. Lace up your skates and hit the ice at the outdoor Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing. If you’re traveling but find yourself missing the City of Brotherly Love, you can just stream the Philly POPS annual Christmas concert for free, anytime between Dec. 18 and Jan. 1.

Where Can I Get Some Good Eats Near University City Over the Holidays?

Instead of slaving over a stove for your holiday meal, why not order in from one of the many great restaurants in and near University City? Make gift-wrapping an experience to savor while enjoying a charcuterie or cheese board (or both) from CO-OP Restaurant & Lounge. Keep it casual with nosh from Vietnam Cafe and Han Dynasty, or treat yourself to one of several traditional holiday menus from celebrity chef Jose Garces. They’re fully cooked and available for pickup or delivery during Hanukkah, and on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Eve. All you have to do is reheat and serve.

Wherever and however you’re celebrating the holidays this year, have fun adding Philly flavor into your festivities. For more great options to eat, drink, and make merry in Philadelphia during the holidays and all year round, check out The Link University City Neighborhood page. Our apartment community’s central location next to Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, with easy trolley access, lets you make the most of it all.


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