Neighborhood Holiday Traditions

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Holidays are the perfect time to form traditions that let you enjoy some quality time with the ones you love. There are endless family traditions, but there are also some traditions to start with your neighbors and others in your community! Here are some activities to do with your neighborhood around the holidays to get involved:

1. Go caroling around your neighborhood. Grab the neighbors that live right next door and go around the rest of the area singing holiday songs. You’ll be surprised how fun it is and how good your group will sound together.

2. Walk door to door delivering holiday cookies. Set a date to make a batch of cookies or two with the neighbors in your community. You can either hand them out to others that live around you, or enjoy them with the people you made them with!

3. Check out the holiday lights in your area. Grab some friends in the area and carpool to visit brightly lit houses or drive through light shows.

4. Go sledding or ice skating. If you live by a good sledding hill, take a group sledding for the day or go to a nearby ice skating rink to take advantage of all the fun winter sports!


Holiday traditions with neighbors are a great way to stay in touch and spend time with your friends that live near you. Neighborhood traditions can be started in any community and are something unique to look forward to every year!


Fireside Dining at Philadelphia Restaurants and Bars


fireside dining in philadelphia

Cold winter weather will leave you wanting a warm fire or meal to get cozy. You can have both with fireside dining at various restaurants in Philadelphia! Escape the frigid outdoors and get toasty by the fire provided by a hearth or fire pit as you enjoy a delicious meal. Here are some of the most popular choices for fireside dining:

1. Continental Midtown at Rittenhouse, 1801 Chestnut Street, features a rooftop dining area complete with a warm fireplace. It’s partially enclosed so that it can be used year round and is one of the most popular spots in Rittenhouse!

2. The fire pits at The Lodge at Waterfront Winterfest with the seasonal beer garden at the Blue Cross RiverRink are a crowd favorite. Available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until March 2 (weather permitting), fire pits are available all around the RiverRink, perfect for relaxing and warming up with a craft beer after a long night of ice skating.

3. Liberté at Rittenhouse, 120 S. 17th Street, 215-569-8300 includes fireside dining with an elegant glass-encased fireplace. Liberté offers French-inspired food and delicious cocktails in its stylish area.

4. Growlers at Bella Vista, 736 S. 8th Street, 267-519-3242 has leather chairs by the fire that will make you want to stay forever and the bar as well as kitchen serves delicious comfort food and craft beer to fill you up.

5. Landmark Americana at University City, 3333 Market Street, 215-222-4500 allows you to comfortably dine outside in the colder weather with the warm fire pits that are offered that will keep you warm no matter how cold it is.


All of the restaurants listed plus more located in Philadelphia are all nearby Judd Builders’ Siena Place Community! They provide the perfect winter activity to enjoy with friends and family for a nice night out in the city. Everyone will love the unique experience of fireside dining to be warm and cozy on a cold winter night!


History in Philadelphia


Some of the many reasons why Philadelphia is such a great city, is all of the history that has been built on it. There are endless places to visit in Philadelphia to learn about America’s history, no matter where you are in the city. Here are a few that are the most popular with the most astounding pasts:

1. Independence Hall is known as the birthplace of American Democracy and is located on the site where various important events occurred that have shaped America throughout history. Over the years it has grown into a National Historical Park since the Declaration of Independence was adopted there on July 4, 1776.

2. The Betsy Ross Home was the birthplace of the American flag, where you can wander through the tiny 1740 home today. You can find out why Betsy took on the responsibility of creating America’s first flag presented by George Washington.

3. The National Constitution Center holds on of the most influential and significant documents in all history. The National Constitution Center explains the document through various displays, videos and exhibits that will entertain and fascinate you.

These are just a few of many amazing historical sites located in Philadelphia. Taking a day to go to any of these places with family and friends is the perfect way to stroll around the city and learn about the foundations of our country. Siena Place is conveniently a short drive from center city, all of the sites mentioned, and more!




Our Favorite Holiday Traditions

Portrait of happy mother and baby making christmas cookies in kitchen

The winter and holiday season is filled with exciting traditions to look forward to share with your friends and family each year. Here are some of our favorite holiday traditions from all different aspects including food, family, decorations and more!

Holiday Food:

1. Who doesn’t love warm holiday decorated cookies during the cold winter? Organize time to bake cookies with friends or family and pick your favorite holiday cookie recipe, there’s so many to choose from!

2. Bring out your creativity and add your own twist to a gingerbread house! You can buy kits with everything you need, plus any extra candy you love to add and bite off later, or you can even use gram crackers and icing to assemble it and challenge yourself a little more.

Family Activities: 

1. See a production of ‘The Nutcracker,’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’ or another holiday-themed show to get yourself in the holiday spirit!

2. Go caroling with your family members to spread the holiday cheer to neighbors and friends. The good thing about caroling is that you don’t need to be a great singer for your group to sound in tune and of course, it’s fun!

3. Go sledding, skiing, ice skating, or any other outdoor winter activity with your family. This is a great way to get outside, since a lot of people want to stay warm inside. There are plenty of outdoor winter activities that are too enjoyable to pass up.

Around the Home Traditions:

1. “Elf on the shelf” is a great tradition to start for your kids, and will keep them on their best behavior knowing that the elves are keeping an eye on them!

2. Purchase or make a new ornament each year. This is something to look forward to that will add to your sentimental collection every holiday.

3. There are endless holiday movies to choose from to watch with your family, snuggled up by the fire drinking hot chocolate. Any holiday movie is great quality time with family and a perfect tradition.

Holiday Gift Traditions:

1. Draw names from your immediate family and get a gift for only that person. You can set whatever limits you want and it’s a fun way for everyone to receive a gift!

2. Pick a family member or 2 to come along gift shopping with you. Set aside a full day to get it all done in one area, and have some fun while doing it.


There are many holiday traditions, some are very well known or common and some are very family specific that you make yourself. The holidays are a time to be with family and traditions build memories every year with them.


Philadelphia Named the First World Heritage City in The U.S.


Philadelphia, USA - December 14, 2014. Night traffic on South Broad Street in downtown Philadelphia with City Hall in the middle and people walking on sidewalk. Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, attracting tourists with historic landmarks like Independence Hall and City Hall.


This past month of November, Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia announced that the city has been named the first World Heritage City of the United States! Philadelphia has been granted this title by XIII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in Arequipa, Peru and it comes as the result of a two-year campaign. It is predicted to increase the City’s international stature as well as give new growth in order to influence tourism and commerce in the area.

Mayor Nutter proudly announces this designation and mentions that Philadelphia is being mentioned for its many contributions to the United States.

Philadelphia’s case to become the first World Heritage City in the U.S. involved many factors throughout history. It was given considering the city is the location of Independence Hall, in which America’s Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and altered history to create this nation in 1776. Also it is where the United States Constitution was written and signed. Now as the fifth largest city in the United States, Philadelphia joins 266 other World Heritage Cities in the Organization of World Heritage Cities.

A couple months ago, the Global Philadelphia Association and the City of Philadelphia invited more than one hundred leaders to compare ideas and tactics that could be fulfilled after the World Heritage City designation.