For the last 7 years, Franklin Square park has put on a light show displaying 80,000 lights for the holiday season with a bit of a different take each year. The Park, which celebrates Ben Franklin’s genius and his contributions to our world, is sponsored by PECO and put on by Historic Philadelphia.
At the center of the park’s fountain, a giant kite sits and is wound throughout the Franklin Square Fountain, complete with a key symbolizing the kite and key experiment. The square displays a light show every half an hour lighting up all 80,000 lights synchronized to holiday music.
As well as the light show, the park offers a winter-themed beer garden, mini golf, fire pits, a carousel, a variety of food stands, and a tent called Ben’s Sweet and Treats where children and people of all ages can build gingerbread houses and decorate cookies.
On Saturdays, the park is visited by none other than Santa Claus himself. Kids are able to take photos and eat milk and cookies, and are also encouraged to bring along any pets in their holiday sweaters to join them.
The lights were set up on the 14th of November and run until the 31st of December, when a ball will drop at 6 o’clock pm to celebrate the new years and to coincide with the fireworks being set off at Pens Landing.