What are the best viewing spots?
A.C. Moore is setting up a parade-watching zone at Eakin’s Oval, complete with a photo booth, more live entertainment, face painting, free Dunkin Donuts, and more. Other parade-watching hotspots include the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps, Logan Circle, The Franklin Institute, The Academy of Natural Sciences, The Barnes Foundation, and the newly renovated LOVE Park. Be aware that road closures will prevent you from driving too close to the parade route, but it’s easily accessible on foot from City Hall and Suburban Station.
Where can I get some good food and warm up?
If you need a break from the morning chill, there are a number of spots to grab a cup of coffee and a bagel right off of the parade route: Wawa, 1707 Arch Street: Perfect for grab-and-go goodies on your way to the main event or for a quick Shorti to hold you over until dinner. Christmas Village, LOVE Park: Grab some mulled wine and German bratwurst (it’s never too early) during this market’s opening day. It opens at 11am! La Colombe, 1414 S. Penn Square: Sip on specialty coffee or draft latte cans to go. Capriccio Cafe and Bar, 16th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway: If you’re looking for something a little heartier, grab a roast beef or breakfast sandwich here. Con Murphy’s Irish Pub, 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway: Grab breakfast or come back later for Thanksgiving Dinner. Whole Foods, 2101 Pennsylvania Avenue: While all the restaurants in this massively new Whole Foods will be closed, you can swing by after the parade for some last-minute shopping.
How can I watch live from home?
If, for some reason, you’re dead-set against attending the parade in person, A) shame on you, but B) there are a couple ways of doing it. You can tune into WPVI on your TV at parade time to watch the broadcast from your living room, or, if you’re a millennial cord-cutter type who hasn’t yet purchased a digital antenna, you can watch the live stream online via 6abc’s website.
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