Winter Arts Guide: 10 Arty Things to Do in Philly During the Chilly Season

Contrary to popular belief, the amazing cultural scene in Philly doesn’t slow down during the winter season: There’s a host of wonderful dance, theater, music, and visual arts events that are lined up during the region’s most frosty months. We surveyed the offerings and picked our ten best Philly bets that will sure to keep you entertained and inspired, even if you have to wear your toastiest winter gear to the venue!

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200 Years of African American Art Going On Display at PMA

Henry Ossawa Tanner's The Annunciation, 1898.

Henry Ossawa Tanner’s The Annunciation, 1898.

Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) will kick off 2015 by pulling from its holdings 75 pieces of artwork by African American artists. The exhibit, called “Represent: 200 Years of African American Art,” is, like its name suggests, a survey of art that spans two centuries and more than 50 artists. According to the New York Observer, some of the oldest pieces in the collection include Moses Williams silhouettes that date back to 1802, artworks by free and enslaved artists and a sculpture by David Drake.

Of the collection, PMA says, “we are mindful of the many anniversaries of the civil rights movement that have recently passed or are soon to come, and are thinking equally about the way race remains a key topic of conversation in the United States today—in politics, society, popular culture, and, of course, the arts. … This is an important moment in which to explore the historic development and continuing growth of the Museum’s collections of African American art.”

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Photo via Shutterstock.

Photo via Shutterstock.

‘Twas the Night Before Hanukkah
Don’t miss this fascinating special exhibit that explores the history of Hanukkah and Christmas music and the musicians who made them. Now through March 2015, free with admission ($11-12), National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East.

12th Annual Latkepalooza
It’s a feast! Try out gourmet latkes from Talula’s Garden, Frankford Hall, Vedge, Sabrina’s Café, London Grill and more. Sunday, December 7th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., $15 for adults, $10 for ages 2-12, free for children under 2, The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street.

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15 Holiday Events Worth Your Time in Philadelphia


The Seaport Parade of Lights is Saturday, December 13th. | Photo via Facebook.

You froze while site-seeing, you can’t get the Nutcracker theme out of your head, and you finished shopping last month. What now? Get out and warm up at one of the city’s festive holiday gatherings.

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Things To Do In Philly on Black Friday That Don’t Involve Shopping

Black Friday

If waiting in line at Best Buy for a $100 flat screen television is your idea of a nightmare, don’t fear. We’ve rounded up some of the best events for everyone in the Philadelphia region on Black Friday that don’t involve a single shopping bag or cash register line.

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