This Sunday, December 21st marks the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year–also known as the winter solstice. Bundle up and head to Manayunk for a celebration of the solstice tonight. The special evening festival will ring in the new season with live dance performances, a birds of prey show, holiday storytelling, free hot cocoa, and a wishing stick ceremony– all topped off by a roaring bonfire and seasonal music. For more information, click here. Friday, December 19th, 5 p.m., Canal View Park, 4430 Main Street.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art continues to celebrate the holiday season with tonight's Art After 5: Festival of Lights. Enjoy live music by New York-based band DeLeon in the Great Stair Hall, along with cocktails and eats courtesy of Starr Events. If you're not too busy dancing, you're welcome to peruse the exhibits at your leisure, to take a guided gallery tour. Admission is available for purchase online. To check out more holiday programming at the museum throughout this weekend, click here. Friday, December 19th, 5 p.m.-8:45 p.m., $17.50-$23.50, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
For the kids: Preschoolers love Nick Jr.'s Max & Ruby and they'll love seeing them celebrating the season live, too. Friday, December 19th, 6 p.m., $25-30, Tower Theater, 19 South 69th Street.—Aubrey Nagle
Catch three popular holiday films playing on big screens in the Philly burbs: The Polar Express (2004) on Saturday, December 20th, at Ambler Theater (108 E. Butler Ave.); Babes in Toyland plays atBryn Mawr Film Institute (824 W. Lancaster Ave.) on Saturday, December 20th at 11 a.m.; and Hiway Theater (212 Old York Road) screens Elf on Saturday, December 20th, at 10 a.m. More holiday movies in the theaters here.
The Kalob Griffin Band is a Philadelphia-based rock group known for their entertaining improv and community driven fan base. By merging influences of americana, country, and improvisational rock n' roll, the band grants "lyrical tribute to folk lovin’, whiskey fueled,outlaw stories that capture our imagination and get our feet moving." Catch them at Union Transfer this Saturday evening. Tickets are available for purchase online. Listen before you go: "Fire and Time." For more live music this weekend, check out our weekly guide to Philly shows. Saturday, December 20th, 8 p.m., $15-$18, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street.