These are a few of my favorite things: Holiday fun in the suburbs of Philadelphia

Posted on 18. Dec, 2014 by

If you find yourself venturing outside the city of Philadelphia to get into the holiday spirit I have a few suggestions for you!

Best Holiday Lights: About 25 minutes north of the city right off 95 you will find Shady Brook Farms. Stop by to drive through the Holiday Light Show or let them take you on a hayride through the show.

Best local holiday towns:

Peddlers Village in Lahaska has a yearly gingerbread house competition. You can enjoy sipping hot apple cider, which is served outside heated over a fire, while you bounce in and out of the many shops, galleries, and specialty stores.

  • Breakfast: Santa attends The Sunday buffet brunch at the Cock n Bull every Sunday in the month of December.
  • Dinner: I would recommend Earl’s for an intimate, upscale dining experience or grabbing a burger and beer at the Buttonwood Grill.
  • Dessert: Stop by the Town Crier Bakery for something sweet before heading home.
  • Favorite place to shop: The Soap Opera Company is a great place to stop in to pick up specialty bath/shower products. Color Me Mine is a small shop where you can paint your own pottery pieces.


New Hope Pennsylvania is a small river town that offers plenty of holiday fun. The New Hope/Ivyland Railroad has the “North Pole Express” during the month of December. This is a great activity for families to do together. If you have extra time before or after make sure you browse the shops of New Hope – they are eclectic and very entertaining. The Bucks County Playhouse has a holiday show every year and is nestled on the banks of the Delaware River right in town.

  • Breakfast: C’est La Vie is a small bakery that has several breakfast treats to choose from. They have a small patio off the back overlooking the Delaware River that you can enjoy your pastry and coffee on.
  • Dinner: Marsha Brown’s is the perfect spot for a special holiday dinner. The restaurant is actually an old church so the ambiance really reminds me of the holidays.
  • Dessert: If you can get past the name, Pudge Cakes has a wide array of cupcakes to enjoy after dinner. Pick up some maple bacon for a snack on the way home.
  • Favorite place to shop: The New Hope Candle Shop has a wide variety of soy candles and small gifts – they are the perfect hostess gift for any holiday party.


Lambertville New Jersey is the town just across the Delaware River from New Hope. Antique shops and art galleries line the streets of this small river town.

  • Breakfast: The Sunday Buffet Brunch overlooking the Delaware River at the Inn at Lambertville Station has the best view of the river and amazing food. If you are looking for something more casual go to Sneddon’s Luncheonette. This is a “no-frills” breakfast spot that offers huge portions. Bring cash – they don’t take credit cards!
  • Dinner: Tortuga’s is a very small, quant Mexican restaurant in Lambertville. It is nestled on Church Street and can be a bit hard to find but completely worth looking for. If you are looking for a more intimate spot go to the Lambertville Station’s wine cellar – wine flights and food pairings are severed by the fire.
  • Dessert: OwowCow Ice Cream has a unique selection of flavors. It’s never too cold for ice cream and this is place will not disappoint.
  • Favorite place to shop: The Missing Peace is a great place to pick up a new game for your holiday gathering. The People’s Store has 4 levels of antiques to explore. The Haas Gallery has a variety of artwork. My favorite pieces are his paintings of Bucks County.