‘Tis the season for discounts: Free holiday pass offers deals throughout Historic District

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The holidays have come early this year in Philly’s Historic District.

With a touch of technology and a big dash of the holidays, a new pass makes it easier — and cheaper — to visit the city’s museums and attractions.

The free Historic Holiday Pass, by Visit Philadelphia and PECO, offers discounts at dozens of museums, shops and restaurants, now through Dec. 31.

Residents and visitors can simply download the pass on their phones or print a copy, show it to the participating attraction, and score a deal.

Amy Needle, Historic Philadelphia president and CEO, said the pass is meant to encourage people to enjoy the holidays, no matter how they choose to celebrate.

“The great thing about the pass is that there are events from military marches to boat parades to menorah lightings to tree lighting and Kwanzaa celebrations, all capping off on Dec. 31,” she said. “We wanted you to get the best opportunity to see all the events and sites, and we thought saving money at all these locations would get people around.”

Some places offer $2 off admission, 10% or 20% off gift store purchases, or free tickets. 

Participating attractions include:

  • The African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • Betsy Ross House
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
  • Carpenters' Hall
  • Elfreth's Alley
  • FringeArts
  • Franklin Square
  • Independence Seaport Museum
  • Museum of the American Revolution
  • National Constitution Center
  • National Museum of American Jewish History


Participating food and drink deals include:

  • Hershey’s Kitchens at the Independence Visitor Center 
  • Ben & Betsy’s Coffee & Gifts 
  • Franklin Confectionery Cabin at Winterfest 
  • The Franklin Fountain
  • Franklin Ice Cream Bar
  • Franklin Social 
  • High Street on Market
  • La Peg
  • Makhani Modern Indian
  • Panorama Wine Bar
  • Spasso Italian Grill


Participating shops include:
  • Independence Visitor Center gift shop
  • The Clay Studio
  • Kink Shoppe
  • Millésimé
  • Momo’s Tree House
  • Philadelphia Independents
  • Shane Confectionery 
  • 36 Craven
  • Moxie Blue Salon  
  • Sweat Fitness 
  • The Wellness Refinery

For more information, go to visitphilly.com/historic-holiday-pass.