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Ugly Christmas Sweaters and Karaoke at Tavern
It's not time to retire those ugly Christmas sweaters just yet: On Tuesday night, Tavern On Camac is hosting yet another Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, but this one is intertwined with an evening of karaoke. Tavern bartender Kyle Stoudnor tells me that there will be $6 Stoli cocktail specials, and prizes that include everything from a $100 happy hour gift certificate to U Bar, a $125 Williams Sonoma GC and "lots of Stoli swag." Tuesday, December 22, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., free, Tavern On Camac, 243 South Camac Street.
For the 22nd year in a row, out WXPN host—and our 2014 Best of Philly pick for Best DJ—Robert Drake will stay up for 24 hours on Christmas Eve playing the enormous collection of holiday music he’s collected since his youth. Called The Night Before on XPN, the exhaustive set will include every type of holiday song imaginable—rare tunes that reach as far back as 1918. Tune in; it's become a bonafide Philly holiday tradition. Read our interview with him here. Thursday, December 24th, 12:01 a.m. to midnight, 88.5 FM on your radio, or streamed live here.
Jewish organizations The Collaborative and Spectrum Philly are teaming up on Christmas Eve for an evening of pop-up performances and Hanukkah-themed activities. Brittany Lynn hosts. Wednesday, December 24, 9 p.m., Tabu, 200 South 12th Street.
And you thought Christmas was over when your last present was opened on the 25th. Not so. Drag legend Sherry Vine is coming to Philly to make more of our holiday wishes come true. Her evening of top-notch drag performance will be joined by local queens Brittany Lynn, Pissi Myles, Freddie Meggury and Honey Davenport. Friday, December 26th, 9 p.m., Tabu, 200 South 12th Street.
No holiday season is complete without a Kwanzaa bash. Philly Black Pride is taking care of that when it joins with a number of LGBT groups in the city to bring you the 8th annual Kwanzaa Celebration. All the traditional elements will be there: from the learning of the seven principles of Kwanzaa to the pouring of libations to honor the ancestors. On top of that, there will be live performances, spoken word dancing and more. Saturday, December 27th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., free, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street.