Day-Tripping Through Philadelphia

Philly

This year, on Christmas Eve, the hubs and I (on a whim) decided to take the kids to center city Philadelphia.  Living in Lancaster, we are about an hour and half from downtown Philadelphia. It’s an easy drive; one in which my 5-year-old loves.  The idea for Philadelphia on what was a cool, brisk day, was born out of my son’s love of city life.  He loves big buildings, sky scrapers, subways, buses, trolleys and pretty much all things found in the city.  We take him as often as possible to downtown Lancaster, but none of this, even the food, compares to a trip to Philly!

Philly

We woke up around 7:30 Sunday morning – for us, this is heaven.  Sleeping in at it’s finest with a 3 and 5-year-old.  The boys came into our room and we surprised them with the news of our plans for the day.  We quickly got dressed, rounded up the usual travel items: diapers, wipes, snacks and sippy cups and popped the stroller in the car.  We were ready and on our way into the city.

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After many “are we there yet” requests, we finally arrived.  Our plan for the day? See as much as possible before everything closed down for Christmas Eve.  We parked at Love Park and proceeded to walk around the cutest Christmas Villages I’ve ever seen.  Lots and lots of yummy food such as bratwurst sandwiches, waffles, and soft pretzels to name a few.  Hot chocolate and warm apple cider were abound.  I was in heaven.

Philly

After wandering around the Christmas villages at Dillworth and Love Park, we headed over to Macy’s for their famous Christmas light show.  They have been putting on this light show since well, I was a kid and even my parents were kids.  Standing room only, every 2 hours and it’s totally worth it.  My kids were in awe of the lights set to popular Christmas songs.  Next, we headed out in search of lunch.  I’m not normally a chain restaurant kinda gal, but with the kids in tow, we walked ourselves right on over to the Hard Rock Cafe.  I haven’t been there in many years and much to my surprise, the food was just what we were searching for that afternoon.  My kids loved the rock and roll memorabilia and we loved that we got seated right away.  The hubs and I shared a sandwich and cauliflower buffalo wings.  The cauliflower wings were awesome – tasted just like the real thing with waaaay fewer calories.

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Next, we went straight to Reading Terminal for dessert at our favorite cookie stand – The Famous 4th Street Cookie Company.  The cookies are huge and freaking delicious!!!  Needless to say, I wasn’t sharing.  We each got our own cookie to devour. We took our cookies and headed over to the Comcast building to see their holiday show.  Although I’ve seen this show several times, it never disappoints.  My kids were in awe – both the show and the cookies were a huge hit!

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Last, before we headed out of the city in search of dinner, we took a “quick” trip on the subway.  My 5-year-old has been dying to ride on the subway.  Filthy, dirty? Yes, of course. But, he didn’t care.  He didn’t even notice.  He was just amazed to see a train go that fast, that close up and then ride on that train underground.  It was an experience he will never forget.

Philly

This holiday season went by in a flash.  I’ve been out of the kitchen soaking up this time spent with family and friends.  From a trip into Philadelphia to family dinners for Hanukkah to Christmas spent with my in-laws, I have been away from both my kitchen and my computer and kind of loving it.  Although this was a much-needed break, I’m pinning away my inspiration for the New Year and can’t wait to get back to it and share with you what I’m cooking.  Until then, enter your email address below and get delicious recipes sent straight to your inbox!

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