17 Things to Do in Philly Christmas Weekend

This weekend, several holiday attractions throughout the city will keep their doors open for some post-Christmas fun. For those who have filled their Christmas quota, we found some more secular activities people of all faiths can enjoy — musical concerts, theatrical productions, museum events and activities. Check out all our picks below.

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Catch a marathon of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" screenings Friday at Blue Cross RiverRink.

Catch a marathon of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” screenings Friday at Blue Cross RiverRink.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Screening

America’s favorite furry recluse — the Jim Carrey version — will peak his head out to cap off the 12 Days of Christmas Movies celebration at the RiverRink. The showing will begin at 6 pm and play on loop until late into the evening. Enjoy the film as a backdrop to your skating experience or cozy up on a couch with a friend to give the film individual attention. Friday, December 25th, 6 pm, free, Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 South Columbus Boulevard.

Ciroc-mas Ugly Sweater Party 

Those oversized scratchy wool sweaters have been waiting all year to be pulled from the back of your closet. Now is their time to shine. The Bleu Martini is inviting you to join them for their annual ugly sweater party hosted by Icon Ryan. Live music will be played by guest DJ O-Boyy and drink specials will be served throughout the night. Friday, December 25th, 9 pm, Bleu Martini, 24 s 2nd Street. 

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10 Very Philly Christmas Songs to Break Your Holiday Tune Rut

Jon Solomon feeling festive in his studio at WPRB.

Jon Solomon feeling festive in his studio at WPRB.

On Christmas Eve, WPRB DJ Jon Solomon will kick off his 27th annual 25-Hour Holiday Radio Show, well known around town for his collection of off-beat tunes with a punk and indie twist. You can listen at 103.3 FM starting 5 pm on December 24th all the way to 6 pm on Christmas Day.

In the spirit of the season — and because we’re a little sick of listening to all the familiar tunes already — we asked him to share some of his favorite holiday songs from Philly artists. He sent us some doozies — from something by The Dead Milkmen to an oh-so-Philly-style version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” (eat your heart out, Tina Fey). Give them a listen below and share them with friends for the ultimate Very Philly Christmas.

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SEPTA Holiday Service: Everything You Need to Know


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One good thing about Christmas and New Year’s Day this year: Both fall on a Friday, so there will be overnight rapid transit service both days.

There will also be overnight rapid transit service the night before both. That’s one of several adjustments SEPTA is making to handle holiday travel.

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28 Vintage Photos of Philadelphia During the Holidays


The holiday season always makes me nostalgic for things I’ve never actually had, like that creamy root beer float at the soda fountain in Bedford Falls, or the smell of pine from that glorious tinsel-strewn tree Bing Crosby and I decorated together. I’ve never celebrated Christmas in real life, but the Margaret O’Brien inside my soul tears up every time she hears “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in a store.

Philadelphia is especially beautiful during the holidays, with all the unsustainable twinkling lights and smiling people who tend toward the curt during other months. The SEPTA employee I buy my train tickets from was wearing a Santa hat today, its oversized white pom-pom bouncing over her face as she went to take my cash. It’s a lovely time.

Has it always been like this? Well, as we discovered from doing a little historical research, the twinkling lights, SEPTA grace notes and gigantic public Christmas trees have been around for a long time. But other local holiday traditions have come and gone. Below, a selection of vintage photos from holidays past in Philadelphia, in no particular order, with no particular theme — just interesting moments in time that’ll make you nostalgic, too. Read more »

16 Things to Do in Philly This Week

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If you’re looking for last-minute holiday gifts, why not take your loved ones to a show this week in Philly? There’s plenty of options for all ages and tastes, from the return of Disney on Ice and Martha Graham Cracker to Robert Glasper and John Waters. If movies are your cup of holiday tea, head over to the Roxy to catch a tipsy BYO National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. All our picks below:

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PHOTOS: SEPTA Trolleys, All Jolly and Merry Like Christmas

SEPTA operators have decked the rails for the holidays.

Four cars all done up with lights, tinsel and more are now rolling down the tracks on four of SEPTA’s city trolley lines:

  • Car 2336, the only PCCII in the bunch, is operating on all-surface Route 15.
  • Car 9052 can be found on Lancaster and Lansdowne avenues, working Route 10.
  • Car 9030 runs out to Darby via Woodland Avenue on Route 11.
  • Car 9080 follows Route 36 from Center City to Eastwick.

Riders in Center City and University City may see all three of the Kawasaki trolleys making their way around the trolley subway. Read more »

Your Weekend Workout Playlist: The Only Christmas Playlist You Need This Season

Breaking news: Ariana Grande just came out with an album of original Christmas songs called — wait for it — Christmas & Chill. Yes, the name is genius and yes, the songs are so good, you’ll forgive her for that regrettable donut-licking incident earlier this year.

Seeing the news of her album reminded me that, holy [insert all the curse words here], Christmas is right around the corner and I am so behind on my Christmas gift buying. The solution: Drown out my anxious thoughts with loads of Christmas songs, from a throwback Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey duet (remember when they were married?!?!) to the classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey to the embarrassing “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber. I am going to go ahead and call this Christmas playlist a masterpiece, and I hope you agree. Happy listening and happy holidays, friends! Read more »

Spend Christmas Eve with Stargazy Pies at Aldine


South Park’s Cartman would appreciate this pie fest.

In what we hope becomes a long running tradition, on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th, Aldine chef/owner George Sabatino is inviting his long time friend Sam Jacobson, chef/owner of East Passyunk’s British pie and mash shop, Stargazy, to come over and celebrate the holiday.

And instead of turkey, ham, seven fishes or even Chinese food, there will be pies. An all-you-can-eat pie buffet to be exact. The event will cost $40 per person and will include Stargazy staples plus special pies like, pulled beef cheek; chorizo and mussel; chana masala (vegetarian), and winter pumpkin with house ricotta (also vegetarian).

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22 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend


It’s official, folks: We’ve made it to the last weekend before Christmas. There are still plenty of festive ways to celebrate — from Peek-A-Boo Revue’s burlesque show to the elegant performances of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Be sure to see Hedda Gabler — a luxe costume drama staged in the Physick House mansion — and Orbiter 3’s A Knee That Can Bend this weekend; they both close on Sunday. We’ve also got a list of happenings for the Star Wars fans to check out in honor of the debut of The Force Awakens. Check out all our picks below, or just click ahead to the categories that strike your fancy.

Holiday (Nice) | Holiday (Naughty) | Star Wars | Murals, Magic, Markets | Comedy Theater | Music

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