Why Philadelphia is Perfect For the Winter and Holiday Season

visit philly during the winter season















During the winter and holiday season, Center City Philadelphia becomes a winter wonderland filled with festive decorations, events and activities to be apart of! There are various reasons why Philadelphia is the place to be this time of year:

In December, Philadelphia is decorated with all sorts of colors, lights and decorations, making anywhere you go pleasantly beautiful. Rittenhouse Square’s holiday lights cast a cheerful shine on anyone nearby after it gets dark.

There are plenty of holiday shows to catch in the city during this season. In the Macy’s department store across from Philadelphia’s City Hall has a four story holiday sound and light show every two hours! Each show will feature the Wannamaker organ, which is known to be the largest playing pipe organ in the world with 28,677 pipes, wow!

Ice skating is always a fun winter activity to enjoy with friends and family. Head over to the Rothman Ice Rink set up in Dilworth Park in front of City Hall for a day or evening out gliding on the ice! And don’t worry, you are able to rent skates at the rink if you don’t have your own.

Let’s not forget about the traditional Philadelphia Mummers Parade on New Years Day. The parade is all day up Broad Street to City Hall from South Philadelphia with bands and costumed mummers. It’s a fun event to enjoy to start off the new year!


Judd Builder’s community Siena Place is located in South Philadelphia, just 17 minutes from Center City where you can enjoy all of these fun winter activities! Take your friends and family to see the winter wonderland of the beautiful city of Philadelphia and enjoy all of the festive and seasonal treats it has to offer.






Reopening of The Blue Cross Riverrink

bluecross riverrink













The Blue Cross Riverrink Philadelphia winter attraction is back in season starting November 27th! Blue Cross Riverrink takes ice skating to a whole new level being extremely large in size overlooking the Delaware River and converting into a beautiful winter wonderland atmosphere. As Penn’s Landing will be a transformed into a festive cold weather waterfront park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is ultimately a cold-weather version of the summertime Spruce Street Harbor Park and warmer weather attractions held there.

The rink is open 7 days a week, including holidays, from November 27th to February 28th 2016. A lodge and winter garden with a heated tent, holiday decorated trees, fire pits and comfortable seating will also be available nearby.

Close to Judd Builder’s community Siena Place, this family friendly attraction is a perfect winter hangout to take your children and the rest of the family to! It’s great to be able to enjoy the seasonal wonders of the city of Philadelphia.




Philadelphia Sport Complex






One of the great things about living in Philadelphia is being able to have easy access to the Philadelphia Sports Complex. All home games for the major Philadelphia sports teams including Phillies, Flyers, 76ers and Eagles are played within the complex.

Up until 1971, Philadelphia Sports teams were distributed all throughout the city. The Flyers did not yet have a home, the Eagles played on Franklin Field, the 76ers in the Civic Center and the Phllies in the Connie Mack Stadium. Gradually, the teams started moving to stadiums closer together until all home games were played at the intersection of Braod and Patterson streets in South Philadelphia and the area eventually became known as the existing home of Philadelphia Sports teams; The Philadelphia Sports Complex.


Who wouldn’t enjoy going to a game every now and then to spend your free time? Judd Builder’s community, Siena Place in South Philadelphia is located just 6 minutes from the complex! Sporting events in the Philadelphia Sports Complex are great to attend with your children, other family members and friends for some fun quality time in a laid back environment.

Other than the city’s major sports teams, the complex holds games of Temple Owls Football and select Villanova Wildcats Basketball Games as well as international soccer games, track and field, Army-Navy Football games and all-star games and tournaments.





Make A White Kitchen Pop


white kitchen















White is a popular cabinet color in kitchens, but no one wants to get carried away and have too much white in their kitchen. Being a neutral, clean color for this room, it’s easy to get lost in it, making the kitchen very plain. Here are some ways on how anyone can punch up a mostly white kitchen with color and contrast:

Statement tile can add a lot of style to a white kitchen. Tile with different patterns and pops of color can make a plain kitchen full of life. This can be added in areas such as an island, back splash, etc. This way you can splurge with any tile you want with a mostly white kitchen, and it will allow for easy changes in the future.

A bold bookshelf against an empty wall can also add personality to a more plain kitchen. A tall, richly colored bookshelf is a great element of contrast that takes away from a lot of white in the room.

A standout island is perfect for making a kitchen come alive. This element is placed in the center of the room and can be used to add the finishing touch it needs to be just right. A reclaimed beech wood counter top with a colored island will surely change the feel of a white kitchen.



Philadelphia Marathon


Philadelphia, PA, USA - November 23, 2014; View on the legs  of elite runners participating in the 2014 Half-Marathon of Philadelphia, PA. Dan Vassallo of Massachusetts and Lenora Petrina of NYC win the 2014 Philadelphia Marathon. Here a scene, captured from the back of the leading press-vehicle, along the course as captured during the race.

Come be active and participate in the Philly marathon, full or half options, to see if you can go the distance!

The marathon will be on the Ben Franklin Parkway from November 20 to 22. Who would mind getting some exercise in before all that thanksgiving food!?

Give it a shot, register to run and maybe even shop for some new running gear for this fun and challenging experience.

This event is located just 12 minutes from Judd Builder’s community, Siena Place. Treat your family, kids and friends to participate in walking or running the marathon for quality exercise and beautiful Philadelphia scenery!


Taste of Philly


taste of phillyJoin one of the most popular culinary events of Philadelphia known as Taste of Philly, tomorrow November 10th, where you can experience three hours of nonstop food and drink from the city’s best restaurants and breweries!

The evening will consist of sampling delicious food, tasteful beer, wine and top shelf liquor as well as live entertainment from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. The samples will be provided by dozens of Philadelphia-area restaurants, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the region’s largest hunger relief organization, Philabundance.

Tickets are still on sale; grab some for a unique night out with friends or family before it’s too late!



Helpful Decorating Tips for Bedrooms


Modern interior. 3D render. Bedroom. Exclusive design.


Bedrooms are a very important area that you want to reflect yourself and your style! Here are some helpful bedroom decor tricks to help you get started on decorating a sanctuary that is just right for you:

1. Pillows are never a bad idea for your bedroom. Pile on pillows of different colors and patterns to make your room unique and extra comfy. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns of different sizes, floral designs and geometric shapes.

2. A printed bedspread does a lot with bedroom decor. If you use a printed bedspread, the rest of the room can come together with matching accents of color on the walls or floor.

3. You could also use printed patterns as your accent instead. Using similar solid colors for bedspreads and walls with accented lamps, rugs and artwork can bring a room together nicely.

4. Use pops of color if you want color without a full time commitment of painting the walls or buying furniture by putting hints of it in your accessories.

5. A light source on your wall beside the bed can reduce clutter on your night stand and you wont have to worry about knocking it over. This could also be useful with a fine tune bulb for night time reading and relaxing.


Things To Do On South Street, Philadelphia




South Street, Philadelphia is one of the city’s most famous streets known for its array of shops, bars and restaurants. When visiting South Street for a enjoyable day out, here’s a guide with a selection of which shops to stop by to plan where you would enjoy going to:

A Bite to Eat: 

1. Bridget Foy’s has been around for 30 years on South Street and is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Here, they offer popular comfort foods as well as hand cut fries, cheese steak rolls and delicious ribs.

2. Famous 4th Street Delicatessen is a Jewish Deli that serves outstandingly fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. Popular menu items include smoked fish, homemade omelets and deli meat all sold in large portions to have plenty to eat and to take home!

3. Jim’s Steaks has been selling exceptional Philadelphia cheese steaks for 70 years. The walls are covered with celebrities who have come there to enjoy their delicious cheese steaks.

Art and Entertainment:

1. Theatre of Living Arts has hosted local and national musical acts for years and was originally made from a single screen movie theatre.

2. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens offers beautiful artistic scenery created by an award-winning mosaic mural artist, Isaiah Zagar. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens educates visitors through tours and workshop and allows them to view the artists preserved works.


1. Antiquarian’s Delight consists of different vendors selling apparel, furniture, and accessories located in a 100 year old building that was previously synagogue.

2. Blue Bond Guitars catches the attentions of all the musicians walking through South Street. It has been a big part of the Philadelphia music scene since the 1980’s, offering many used guitars, amps and bases as well as lessons and repairs.