The Best Christmas Lights In and Around Philadelphia

The popular light display at Shady Brook Farm. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

The popular light display at Shady Brook Farm. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Shady Brook Farm

931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

You haven’t seen the Statue of Liberty, Leaning Tower of Pisa or Great Wall of China until you’ve seen them made out of Christmas lights. Weave your car (or let a tractor pull you) along the two-mile path past the Seven Wonders of the World and through tunnels made of twinkling lights as you view more bedecked trees, snowmen and toy soldiers than you can possibly imagine. You’ll end up at the farm market for hot chocolate, s’mores by a bonfire, and, if you want, the perfect tree to haul home. $20 per carload during the week with a food donation; $25 on weekends.

Go here for: Family tradition; the Flemings have been running this farm for generations and the holiday show for 20-plus years.

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We Tried It: Holiday Water Ice from Rosati

Eggnog and pumpkin water ice.

Eggnog and pumpkin water ice.

Water ice and the winter holidays might not be the first thing you think of but Delaware County’s Rosati Ice is rolling out three holiday flavors. The company is offering Pumpkin, Eggnog and Peppermint flavors exclusively through Acme supermarkets (and what do you know, we’ve got a few new Acmes in town this week).

The staff here at Philadelphia magazine tried the pumpkin and eggnog flavors today and though some were immediately turned off by the bright yellow eggnog, or any mention of the word eggnog, others got to scooping. The eggnog was extremely sweet, but at least it was a sugar high, not a fructose syrup high. Once the initial sweetness went away, eggnog likers on staff started to nod approvingly at the flavor. That was followed by the thought all eggnog tastes are followed by, the conclusion it would be better with liquor.

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“Toys for Tots” Party at Chima

Kristin Pultro, Nick Albater and Amanda Giddings,

Last night the law firm of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. and Philadelphia Eagle Jeremy Maclin – along with his foundation JMac Gives Back – teamed up to collect more than 600 toys for Little Smiles Pa. In an evening filled with holiday cheer, city leaders and business executives from across the region gathered at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse in Center City. During the evening the Eagles’ “Green Magic” bus arrived with a donation of 300 toys, which Zarwin Baum and Maclin will deliver to Shriners Hospital for Children on Thursday. The remaining toys will be distributed by Little Smiles Pa. to other area hospitals.

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How 8 Philly Fitness Pros Stay On Track During the Holiday Season



It’s only December 8th, and I can already feel my lofty fitness goals succumbing to the demands of a busy holiday season. One peek at my calendar, and I can already see that my gym plans will get derailed more times than I care to admit in the next few weeks, thanks to the endless string of holiday parties, happy hours and gatherings.

Not that I’m complaining about my suddenly busy social life—Side note: Where are all these far-flung friends the other 11 months of the year? Couldn’t we get our annual hanging out out of the way in, say, August, when I have literally nothing going on, ever?—it’s just that I can’t help but feel guilty about the fact that all the hard work I’ve put in to attain my level of fitness during my more disciplined months goes right out the window come December 1st. And, well, that’s just frustrating.

So I did what I always do in these situations: I turned to the pros and asked what they do to keep on track during the holiday rush. I reached out to some of Philly’s top fitness pros to glean advice from their personal fitness routines in hopes that they would reveal something—anything!—to help me keep my eye on the prize. Hopefully I’m not the only one taking copious notes here.

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Market Report: Would You Pay Someone to Break in Your Denim?

  • Perfectly distressed denim is a practice in patience, but if you’re looking to bypass the process, you can pay someone to break in your jeans. Er, but it leads us to the question: isn’t the point of worn-in denim that they’re fitted to you? [Refinery29]
  • Black Friday sales were a bit disappointing this year. Luckily, Cyber Monday swooped in as the new busiest day of the shopping season. (Psst: some retailers have extended their sales through today!) [USA Today]

Next: Giving Tuesday gifts, a breakup ode to a shirt, and how to rock velvet like Keith Richards.

WATCH: Alex Stadler Shares His Cranberry Orange Nut Bread Recipe

stadler-kahn owner Alex Stadler is back for what has become a tradition of sharing family recipes during the holidays. This time he’s whipping up his cousin Cecilia’s cranberry orange nut bread and, for those of you in need of liquid holiday spirit, Saint Cecilia’s Punch. Check him out in the video above.

stadler-kahn is one of G Philly‘s 2013 picks for Best Gift Store. It’s a great place for any last-minute knickknacks you need to pick up before tomorrow. Check out the store’s new website to get a peek at some of the goods. Stadler’s one-of-a-kind collection of scarves — hand-knitted out of Italian merino wool — are especially fab and covet-worthy.

More Alex Stadler cooking videos after the jump

9 Gay-Themed Holiday Movies

Keith Jordan and Adamo Ruggiero in 2009's Make the Yuletide Gay.

Keith Jordan and Adamo Ruggiero in 2009’s Make the Yuletide Gay.

It’s a week before Christmas and all through the house, not a holiday movie is playing because you didn’t know such a thing existed. Until now. I scoured the web to round up 10 films that are either totally gay or have prominent gay characters. I even found one starring Miss Richfield 1981.

9 LGBT holiday flicks after the jump

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Sashaying Santa, Nasty Frosty and More Kinky Holiday Offerings

Photo by Jonathan Hernandez

Most Original Stoli Guy Billy Cavallo will hopefully look something like this at Saturday’s Winter Wonderland: Drag Brunch at Fire & Ice. Photo by Jonathan Hernandez

This weekend Fire & Ice is hosting Winter Wonderland: Drag Brunch, a snappy Saturday affair that seems to have it all: great food, drinks, a fab drag show, that dreamboat who won Most Original Stoli Guy, and the opportunity to do something nice for Philly’s LGBTQ youth.

More weekend events after the jump

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