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Preparations have begun for the

4th Annual South Street Headhouse Spring Festival,

to be held on

Saturday, May 7th, from 11am-8pm.

Are interested in being part of one of the regions most successful annual events and increasing your visibility to over 50,000+ attendees?
To download the application, and for frequently asked questions about the process of applying please CLICK HERE – 2016 Spring Festival Application
  Take advantage of our early bird pricing and save $50 by completing your application by March 11th. Priority applications must be received by March 11. Final deadline April 15.
  Be reminded, that the festival vendors are curated to complement the existing businesses in the South Street District and applying does not guarantee acceptance. Please feel free to include any photos of your product or set up at previous events in your application. If you have any questions, please contact bill@southstreet.com and use the subject line SPRINGFEST 2016 VENDOR.

Papal Weekend Information

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Pope Francis Comes to Philadelphia
The World Meeting of Families Congress will take place in Philadelphia from September 22-25, culminating in the Papal Visit on Saturday, Sept. 26th and Sunday, Sept. 27th.
Listed below is updated information and useful resources regarding this once-in-a-lifetime event:
South Street will be Open to traffic all weekend as the southern border of the “traffic box”. Traffic will be allowed to drive down South Street, but left turns northbound into the Center City security zone will not be allowed (Front, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th), and all traffic turns off South will be diverted to southbound streets.
Note that these restrictions will be in effect from Friday at 6:00pm through Sunday night.  As of Friday 6:00pm, no motorized vehicles will be allowed to enter the area north of South Street. Foot traffic and bicycles are permitted. If your vehicle is already within the traffic box, you may move within in the box or leave the box, but once it leaves, it cannot re-enter.
Useful maps and schedules showing the timing of the various security and transportation restrictions going into place over the week can be found at these links:
The PPA has designated certain streets within the security zone that will be cleared of cars between Sunday and Wednesday. Signs will be posted indicating when towing will begin on each street. Additionally, Lombard and 11th Streets have been designated as local roads for use by emergency vehicles only.
Parking will be allowed on South Street throughout the week and weekend. PPA will be enforcing parking meters and parking restrictions during the week, both inside and outside the security zone, including along South Street. For questions related to PPA, call 215-222-9100 between 9:00am-5:00pm and select Option 2.
SEPTA is running on modified service, with the 25 Line being the only one servicing SSHD area. For updated SEPTA service information, visit: www.septa.org/papalvisitphilly
City of Philadelphia curbside trash and recycling collection will be suspended for Friday, September 25th and Monday, September 28th citywide. Resident and businesses with Friday and Monday curbside collections MUST hold their trash and recycling on premises until the following week’s collection. (A flyer with this information was also distributed to all properties in the area by the Streets SWEEP Teams.)
To supplement City services and manage trash and appearances over the weekend, SSHD’s cleaning and maintenance contractor, LRC Services, will have extra staff on for the weekend details.  In additon, we are putting out over a hundred lined trash cans throughout the District, which will be monitored and cleaned through the weekend.  Extra trucks and garbage sweeps will try to remove any trash or refuse that is put out despite the above notice from the City. However, it is everyone’s best interest if businesses and residents comply with the City’s trash and recycling notice.
During the weekend, if you have any concerns or service needs, please contact us as we will be checking info@southstreet.com or 215-413-3713voicemail on a regular basis.
If you wish to take your trash offsite, the 5 City Sanitation Convenience Center hours will be extended to operate during the hours of 8am-8pm from Tues, 9/22 – Sunday, 10/4. To stay up to date on Streets information, visit www.philadelphiastreets.com
The City will allow Delivery and Commercial Trash Vehicles to enter the traffic box from 12:00AM – 4:00AM on Saturday and Sunday with no designated entry points or screening.  This affects all SSHD businesses located on blocks north of South Street or who take their deliveries on streets north of South (eg., Rodman, Gaskill).  Delivery trucks and commercial trash haulers will be limited to vehicles 28ft or smaller.
All streets outside the box (South Street and south of South) will be open for regular deliveries and commercial trash pickup, though schedules and ability to service are subject to traffic realities.
The following modifed service hours are planned for area banks and post office between Friday, 9/25 – Monday, 9/28:
TD Bank:  Friday: 8:00am-8:00pm; Saturday: Closed; Sunday: Closed; Monday: Open at 12:00Noon
PNC Bank: Friday: Close at 2:00pm; Saturday: Closed; Sunday: Closed; Monday: Open at 10:00am
Bank of America: Friday: TBD; Saturday: Closed; Sunday: Closed; Monday: TBD
Wells Fargo: Friday: Close at 2:00pm; Saturday: Closed; Sunday: Closed; Monday: Open at 9:00pm
US Post Office (4th Street): Friday: 10:00am-12:00pm; Saturday: Closed; Sunday: Closed; Monday: Open at 10:00am
Mail Delivery:  Mail delivery service is suspended on Saturday for the following zip codes: 19102, 19103, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19122, 19123, and 19130
Both the Saturday Franklin Flea at Headhouse Plaza and the Sunday Farmers’ Market at Headhouse Shambles have been cancelled for the upcoming weekend.
IMPORTANT:  Please be aware that the South Street Police MInistation will be closed from Friday through Monday, due to redeployment of police personnel during this national security event.   Any calls for Police assistance must be made to 911 for emergencies and 311 for non-emergencies.   There will be police and law enforcement presence in the SSHD area, but the Ministation itself will not be open.
The September Fourth Friday will take place on Fabric Row/4th Street on Friday night from 5:00pm-9:00pm.   Also, Philadelphia Magic Gardens will be hosting its Twilight In The Gardens from 7:00pm -10:00pm.  Performance by The 20somethings and Screen-printing with Nichols Shellenberger.  More information and tickets at phillymagicgardens.org
If you are plannning any specials, promotions, or just want to let visitors and neighbors know that you are open for business, please email us at info@southstreet.com, or use the following tags when Tweeting your messages:  @officialsouthst,  #outsidethebox,  #OpenInPHL
The City Papal Visit Business Services Center is operating a call center for answers and clarifications.   The Center can be reached at 215-683-2100and will be open from 9:00am Friday until 11:59pm Sunday night.
The following links contain additional comprehensive information about the upcoming week:
Papal Playbook:   www.worldmeeting2015.org

Events in the SSHD

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Please go to to our Facebook Page to get all the latest information and details on all the exciting events taking place in SSHD.

2nd & 4th Saturdays from May – October – Franklin Flea.  We are very excited that Franklin Flea has relocated to the Headhouse Plaza for the season.  Be on the look out for the Food & Beer Hall under the Headhouse Shambles on the 2nd Saturday of the month.  For more information – CLICK HERE franklin-flea RESIDENTS:  There will be NO PARKING starting at 6:00AM.  The street will be reopened by 8PM.  

South Street Spring Festival – 2015

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Spring Fest Poster - 2015 WEB


South Street Headhouse District Hosts 40 Bands, 30 Restaurants, 100+ Vendors, 27 Artists and More

Philadelphia, PA – South Street Spring Festival is ready to rock with the Philadelphia’s best sounds, tastes, sips, shopping and sights on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 11:00AM to 8:00PM. This giant, free, all-ages outdoor block party will close down South Street (between Front and 8th) and run along Headhouse Plaza (between South and Lombard).

More than 30 eateries, bars and food trucks will serve signature and special dishes and drinks under the blue skies. More than 40 bands will rock three stages and seven performance areas. Headhouse Plaza will be transformed into a giant lawn concert complete with grass, lawn chairs, games and beachballs. Twenty-seven artists will sell their handmade wares and crafts. Children of all ages will enjoy free family fun in the expanded Kids Zone. Over 100 boutiques, small businesses and other other retailers will cater to your style, beauty, health, fitness and other shopping needs. In conjunction with the Festival, Brauhaus Schmitz will host the third annual German Maifest on the 700 block of South Street, with German beers, dancers, music, food, flower headbands and even a Maypole.  Outside of Atomic City Comics (638 South Street) look for free giveaways and character appearances during Free Comic Book Day.

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  • Bistro Romano
  • Bacon Jams, The
  • Boyler Room, The
  • Brauhaus Schmitz
  • Bridget Foy’s
  • Calle Del Sabor
  • Cavanaugh’s Headhouse
  • Circles Thai
  • Copabanana
  • Cow and the Curd
  • Fat Tuesday
  • Gozen Yogurt
  • Istanbul Restaurant
  • Las Bugambilias, Inc.
  • LIL’ Pop Shop
  • Lovash
  • Manny Brown’s
  • MoJo’s Pop Co.
  • Mom Pops
  • Paddy Whacks
  • Primo’s Hoagies
  • Queen Village Food Market
  • Redwood
  • Rita’s Water Ice
  • Samosa
  • South Terminal Market
  • St. Lucifer Spice
  • Supper
  • Sweet Life
  • TLA
  • Tuk Tuk Real
  • Twisted Tail, The
  • Woolly Mammoth

Sample the Flavors of South Street!

Spring Festival will close South Street to traffic, and transform this historic business district into one of the city’s largest block parties. Enjoy al fresco dining and sips from 30+ restaurants, bars, vendors and food trucks. Look for everything from free samples, to special one-off dishes, to signature favorites, to specially priced grab-and-go. Pricing will vary by vendor and ranges from free samples to pay-as-you-go. Early list of restaurants, bars and food trucks:


Springfest 2013 Maifest Pole


On the 700 block of South Street, Brauhaus Schmitz will present the third annual German Maifest featuring authentic German food and drink (See below for information). Other District restaurants will also feature specials and features inside their dinings rooms and bars.




Dance in the street as you enjoy rock n roll, blues, jazz, funk, R&B, alternative and other great combinations as programmed by DVT Entertainment and Brauhaus Schmitz. Three main stages and seven performance areas will feature live sets from 40+ local musicians and artists. Follow the music to the 2nd Street Plaza stage for a new outdoor lawn party complete with green grass, lawn games, chairs, beachballs and live local music. Line-ups for South Street Spring Festival include:

5th Street Stage

11:20am Tropical Nasty
12:20pm Out of The Beardspace
1:20pm The Berries
2:20pm Montgomery Streets
3:20pm The Royal Noise
4:20pm Swing That Cat
5:20pm Footwerk
6:20pm Swift Technique
7:20pm MPRYNT (Motown Records)

2nd Street Stage

11:00am Liv Devine
12:00pm Bluebond School
1:00pm Nik Greeley Band
2:00pm Sonnder
3:00pm Alright Junior
4:00pm Kid Felix
5:00pm In The Presence of Wolves
6:00pm Zymotic Flow
7:00pm East of the West

Brauhaus Schmitz Stage

2:00pm –

Select bars and restaurants will also host music and entertainment indoors.


On the 700 block of South Street, Brauhaus Schmitz will present the third annual German Maifest. Get ready to celebrate a time when flowers are starting to bloom, the winter chill is fading, and consumption of copious amounts of beer is highly encouraged—at least it is in Germany. Strap on your lederhosen and dirndl, and get ready to enjoy this traditional Deutsch festival fueled by the best German beer list in the country, along with Chef Jeremy Nolen’s traditional Bavarian festival food.

Springfest 2013 Maifest Pole Above

Maifest Schedule:

  • 1:30 PM Liter Lift Competition
  • 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM HeimatKlange Live on Stage
  • 2:00 PM Ceremonial Keg Tapping
  • 2:45 PM Maitanz (Maypole Dance)
  • 3:45 PM Holzhacker (Chopping Wood Dance)
  • 4:45 PM Schuhplattler (Slapping Feet Dance)
Featured German beers, such as Hofbräu Maibock and Hacker Pschorr Hubertus Bock – two traditional Maifest beers – will be flowing all afternoon, along with other rare and imported beer offerings from Warsteiner, Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr and Hofbräu.
Food offerings will include roast pork and sausage sandwiches, served with sauerkraut and available with Chef Nolen’s famous pork, marjoram, caraway and mace; bratwurst and his hickory-smoked bauernwurst, featuring pork and beef with garlic, pepper and mustard seed;  and roast pork and sausage platters.
Round tables (with umbrellas) for plentiful seating to enjoy entertainment, food and drink
All food and drink for Maifest are pay-as-you-go to general public, and VIP experience packages are also available at www.brauhausschmitz.com

Additionally, Brauhaus Schmitz (in partnership with South Street Headhouse District) will also be sponsoring a contest for an all-expenses paid trip to visit Germany during Oktoberfest.  Raffle tickets are $3.00 each. The winner will be announced promptly at 6:00 PM at the 8th Street stage.

There will be Masskrugstemmen, or traditional bier stein holding contest, where contestants will compete to see who can hold a liter mug filled with beer with one outstretched hand for the longest amount of time.  The winner will earn a complimentary trip to New York City to test his or her skills in the United States National Masskrugstemmen Championship in September, with the national winner receiving a free trip to Germany.  Other playful competitions will include: Maitanz or Maypole Dance;  Holzhacker or chopping-wood dance; and Schuhplattler or traditional folk dance.


Springfest Kids Zone

The Kids Zone on the 200 block will be packed all day with engaging activities for the young and the young at heart. Let your young artists express themselves with hands-on art and craft projects. Activities and vendors will include “Discover Your Inner Artist” chalk art area, Art/GAGE activities, Metro Kid’s Club, Nest Philly, Philadelphia Police Bike Safety Program, Rios Investments, School of Rock, South Street Magic and more.

Look for additional Kids Zone activities to be announced. Look for music and entertainers on the Kids Zone stage. Outside of the Kids Zone, look for other child-friendly activities throughout the entire festival including free comic books and character appearances outside Atomic City Comics, Art/GAGE Maifest flower headband making, family-friendly vendors and restaurants, and other surprises.


Springfest 2013 Rooftop Shot

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens can’t wait to show its Philly pride for the eight year with its ART/GAGE initiative – a partnership with the neighborhood and local businesses. Since 2007, PMG’s ART/GAGE initiative has offered interactive experiences outside of the museum and classroom to enGAGE a diverse audience with ART, furthering PMG’s mission to inspire creativity and community engagement.

  • Many arts experiences will be scattered throughout Spring Festival to provide an engaging break between the array of street vendors.  PMG is excited to offer the following ART/GAGE activities at this year’s SSHD Spring Fest:
  • Channel your inner flower-child with Flower Crowns at Brauhaus Schmitz; A favorite returning from last year!
  • Decorate a bandana for your furry friend so they’re camera-ready for the photo booth at Pet Snobs!
  • Get hands-on with Camden Printworks and screen-print t-shirts with a unique design!
  • Join up with Bridgeset Sound to tap into your musical side!
  • POW! Design your own comic book with Atomic City Comics!
  • Participate in the creation of a mural on parachute cloth with local Latino organization, Puentes De Salud!
  • Decorate tiles and make intricate works of art using dyed spaghetti with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens!

During the festival, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (1020 South Street) will also be open to the general public to enter its glittering mosaicked space.  Guided tours will take place at NOON and 4:00 PM, be sure to call 215-733-0390 to make your reservation!


Experience the world of INSIDIOUS like you never have before.  The “Into The Further 4D Experience” is a fully-immersive experience that will take you physically and virtually into the world of INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3. Elise Ranier (Lin Shaye) will be your guide on an intense 4D experience that will bend your perception of what is ‘real’ and what is ‘the further.’ INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 opens everywhere June 5th. Presented in partnership with Allied Integrated Marketing.


Over 100 retailers, boutiques, non-profits and other businesses will fill the street with demos, fashions, gifts, shopping and so much more. This year’s line-up includes:

A – N

  • 611 Clothing
  • Arson Entertainment/Kamau McHale
  • Art Sanctuary
  • Barkadelphia
  • Benjamin Lovell Shoes
  • Bridgeset Sound
  • Charisma Home Décor
  • Cohen & Co. Hardware
  • Cool Shades
  • CoolRays Tees & More!
  • Corry Enterprises
  • Davies J. Farthing
  • Deneen Marcel Lashes
  • EnRose Jewelry
  • Eyes Gallery
  • Fabriq Spa
  • Fair Trade Philadelphia
  • Focus Features / Allied TLA Marketing
  • French Women Pasta
  • Grace Gardner
  • Gracie Academy
  • Grass Roots
  • Green Mountain Energy
  • Greene Street Consignment
  • Hats in the Beflry
  • Headhouse Books
  • I Love Kickboxing
  • iPhone World
  • Jean Madeline Aveda Institute
  • JG Real Estate
  • JT’s Shirts & Sunglasses
  • Kiva Zip
  • Legendary Dobbs
  • Liberty Church Philadelphia
  • Massaging Insoles by Dancing Feet
  • Men’s Backstage
  • Metana Jewelry
  • Modish Hair Salon
  • Moment Gear
  • Moon + Arrow

O – Z

  • Origami Owl
  • Pampered Chef
  • Passanante’s Home Food Services
  • Pet Snobs Boutique
  • Philly AIDS Thrift
  • Philly Phaithful
  • Philly Socialists
  • Plumer Realty
  • Power Home Remodeling Group
  • Project H.O.M.E.
  • Radius Fitness
  • Re/Max Home Experts/Restore Décor Design House
  • Reiki School & Clinic, The
  • Retrospect Vintage / Goodwill
  • Ride the Ducks
  • Sallie May Warm Heart Soy Candles
  • Scentsy
  • SD Laurence
  • Smak Parlour
  • Society Hill Veterinary Hospital
  • Soni Kuri Life
  • Steel Pony
  • Stretch and Align
  • SunSmilesUSA
  • Tattooed Mom
  • The Shabby Chic Garden
  • Thinkin Sox Inc.
  • Thirty-One Gifts
  • Tiffany City Lighting
  • Tutor Delphia
  • Urban Princess
  • Vangaleen’s Natural Potions
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Villa
  • VSEC – Veterinary Specialty + Emergency Center
  • WAG
  • Whole Foods
  • Wilbur Vintage
  • Zip Car


Celebrate Philadelphia’s thriving handmade scene with shopping from twenty-seven artists and crafters, including:

  • 50/50 Company
  • Adorned by Aisha
  • B Philly Photography
  • Beaucycled
  • Black Ink Art
  • Brian Mengini – Photography
  • Bunkerfish
  • Butprom Imports
  • Colors Dancing
  • Crystyles Airbrush & Tattoos
  • Emkay Bead Designs
  • Fisticuffs Leather
  • Focal Points
  • Hausler Collection, The
  • Latin Crafts
  • Laura K. Murdoch Fine Arrt
  • Lux Luna
  • Mavazi Couture
  • Philly Word Art
  • Saffron Creations
  • StitchPrism
  • Upstream Jewelry Designs
  • Urban Works Textiles
  • Vicious Vesture
  • Weightless Designs
  • Yan Yan
  • Owlet Organics


South Street Headhouse District salutes both public service and hometown heroes. Look for red, white and blue to indicate “South Street Salutes” tables, which will be scattered throughout the festival this year. Participants this year will include:

  • Dude (The) Hates Cancer/Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Friends of South St Police Mini Station
  • Honor Flight Philadelphia + RV
  • Liberty USO
  • Navy Reserve
  • PA Mobile Veterans
  • PA National Guard


Presented by South Street Headhouse District with support from sponsors Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Atomic City Comics, Aversa PR & Events, City Paper, DVT Entertainment, Drink Philly, Geekadelphia, Specialty Productions, TLA, Where Magazine and Yelp.



Easter Promenade 2015

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Easter Promenade 2015Join us for one of Philadelphia’s oldest traditions! Hop on down to South Street Headhouse District for egg-citing FREE family fun on Easter Sunday. The parade kicks off at 12:30pm at Passyunk Avenue/South Street. Join us as we head to 2nd Street Plaza to show off our Easter finest.

  • Master of ceremonies Henri David
  • Philadelphia Freedom Band
  • The Bunny Hop
  • Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail
  • Easter Bunny photos (with your camera)
  • Best dressed contests
  • Free treats (for contest participants)

Prize will be awarded in 12 categories for best dressed kids, families and even FIDO too!

After the festivities, stay for a fabulous brunch on South Street – including these great spots:

  • Bridget Foy’s (200 South Street) – Enjoy brunch with your family starting bright and early at 9:00am with the full brunch menu and special Easter day additions. Highlights will include Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, Shrimp and Grits and Eggs Benedict. Call 215-922-1813 for reservations. Bridget Foy’s offers the best view of the parade as the route turns the corner in front of the restaurant from South Street into Headhouse Square.
  • Ela (627 S. 3rd Street) – Guests can enjoy a special prix-fixe brunch menu for $30.00 per person starting at 10:00am until 5:00pm. Call 267-687-8512 or visit open table for reservations and full menu information.
  • Me N Mo Meatballs and More (214 South Street) – Bring the whole family for Easter Sunday brunch and Sunday supper that will feature the regular menu plus menu additions. Specials will include lamb meatballs with a Barolla rosemary wine reduction, veggie balls with mushroom cream sauce and chicken meatballs with shallots and white wine. For the smallest of bunnies, Me N Mo Meatballs and More will have free treats for the kids (while supplies last). Me N Mo is directly on the Easter Promenade route and provides a great value at meals starting at only $8.00 and up. The bar will also be open for those looking for wine, sangria and cocktails. Reservations only for parties of six or more by calling 215-928-3262.
  • Redwood (340 South Street) – Enjoy a special three-course Easter brunch from 10:00am to 4:00pm for $26.00 including appetizer, brunch entree and dessert. Standard menu will also be available including Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Veal Shortrib Hash, and Chicken and Waffles. Call 215-238-1512 for reservations and full menu information.
  • Twisted Tail (509 S. Second Street) – Enjoy Easter brunch in Headhouse Square right next to the main promenade stage from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Twisted Tail will serve a la carte from their standard brunch menu plus offer feature dishes. Call for 215-558-2471 for reservations.

Also open on Easter Sunday with regular menus:

    • Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South Street) – Enjoy selections from the standard lunch menu beginning at 11:30am. Visit open table or call 267-909-8814 for reservations.
    • Jon’s Bar & Grille (300 South Street) – Brunch will be served from 11:00am to 3:00pm along with regular menu items.  Call (215) 592-1390 for reservations and information.
    • Pizzeria Stella (420 South Second Street) – Weekly specials and regular menu will be available starting at 10:00am. Call (215) 320-8000 for reservations and information.
    • Supper (926 South Street) – Brunch will be served 10:30am to 3:00pm with standard brunch menu that includes Red Velvet Pancakes, Supper Fritata, Blue Corn Mango Pancakes and more. Call 215-592-8180 or visit open table for reservations.

Event is rain or shine. Free and open to the public.

Santa’s South Street Stumble 2014

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It’s the most wonderful time for a beer!

$5.00 Admission includes: South Street Santa Hat, Passport & Drinks Specials

Advance tickets available at: SantaStumble2014.eventbrite.com

$3.00 Craft Beer, $4.00 Wine, $5.00 Cocktails

Check in – Cavanaugh’s Headhouse (421 S. 2nd Street)

Collect at least 5 stamps in your passport to win gift certificates from participating businesses! Turn in your passport at Brauhaus Schmitz by 9:30pm. Winners announced at 9:45pm and must be present.

12 SSHD bars/restaurants:

  • The Boyler Room – 328 South Street
  • Brauhaus Schmitzz – 718 South Street
  • Bridget Foy’s – 200 South Street
  • Cavanaugh’s Headhouse – 421 S. 2nd Street
  • Copabanana – 344 South Street
  • Jon’s Bar & Grille – 300 South Street
  • O’Neals Pub – 611 S. 3rd Street
  • Primo’s South Street – 326 South Street
  • Redwood – 340 South Street
  • The Twisted Tail – 509 S. 2nd Street
  • Woolly Mammoth – 430 South Street

Winter Wonderland 2014

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South Street Headhouse District presents their annual extravaganza Winter Wonderland on Sunday, December 7, 2014, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Historic Headhouse Square Shambles on 200 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147.  Free family fun will include the annual holiday tree lighting, Santa Claus arriving on a firetruck, free horse-drawn carriage rides, performances by Philadelphia Dance Academy and Society Hill Dance Academy, and the Headhouse Holiday Market in conjunction with PHAIR. Brauhaus Schmitz will serve mulled wine and other treats.

During the event, follow along on Twitter at @officialsouthst #SouthStHoliday.

Winter Wonderland is a celebration of SSHD’s finest holiday traditions, with free fun for all ages. Santa Claus will arrive on a firetruck with our city’s finest, then he will greet children and collect their wish lists. Parents should bring their own cameras for photos with Santa. Free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available from Philadelphia Trolley Works. The highly popular “Nutcracker Mash-Up” dance performance by the Philadelphia Dance Academy is back. The award-winning Society Hill Dance Academy will perform holiday ballroom dances for the crowds as well. South Street Headhouse District businesses will join vendors from PHAIR under the Shambles for the Headhouse Holiday Market with gifts for everyone on your list. Brauhaus Schmitz will serve German sausage sandwiches, goulash, beer and gluhwein (mulled wine)

Before or after Winter Wonderland, visitors are encouraged to stroll the District and enjoy holiday window displays at 30+ boutiques and restaurants. Celebrity judges will select the winners who will be announced during the evening’s ceremonies.


  • 3:00pm to 7:00pm – Headhouse Holiday Market with PHAIR, food and drink by Brauhaus Schmitz
  • 5:00pm – Santa Claus arrives
  • 5:30pm – Society Hill Dance Academy performance
  • 6:00pm – Nutcracker Mashup by the Philadelphia Dance Academy
  • 6:30pm – Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Storefront Challenge winners announced

Give back: SSHD, CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57 will collect unwrapped toys for children in the region through the Salvation Army. Look for collection bins under the Shambles during the event.