14 Things to Do in Philly This Week

Tom Stoppard at the Wilma, WWE Monday Night RAW, a BYO screening of Home Alone at the Roxy and more ways to kick it up this week.

PA Ballet presents their epic "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker" this week. | Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia™

PA Ballet presents their epic “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” this week. | Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Whether you want to hang with legends like Tom Stoppard or watch WWE wrestlers get the living daylight beat out of them, this week provides you the chance to do it all. Of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday season in Philly without plenty of great arts events, including the return of A Soulful Christmas at the Kimmel and the area debut of a new live version of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Check out these and other events happening in Philly this week.

Tom Stoppard appears live this Monday at the Wilma. | s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Tom Stoppard appears live this Monday at the Wilma. | s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Tom Stoppard at the Wilma

Living legend Tom Stoppard will be here in Philly for one-night only at the Wilma, the theater that widely known as the foremost interpreter of his work. He’ll be joined by David Chalmers. Monday, December 14th, 7:30 pm, $25, Wilma Theatre.

Lauren Groff and Sloane Crosley

Both award-winning authors will be on hand at the Free Library this week to discuss their latest works, Fates and Furies and The ClaspMonday, December 14th, 7:30 pm, free, Free Library of Philadelphia.

WWE Monday Night RAW

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like getting body slammed in a South Philly arena. Join your favorite WWE superstars this week as they battle it out. Monday, December 14th, 7:30 pm, $20-125, Wells Fargo Center.

Roommates Story Slam

First Person Arts kicks off a new season with their very popular Story Slam series. The theme this week is “Roommates,” and you, too, can share your own tale for a chance at a cash prize. Monday, December 14th, 8:30 pm, $10, World Cafe Live.

Choirs from all over the region get together for a little gospel celebration at the Kimmel on December 15th.

Choirs from all over the region get together for a little gospel celebration at the Kimmel on December 15th.

A Soulful Christmas

This sensational holiday celebration at the Kimmel will honor Shirley Caesar with a large-scale cast of some of the best gospel and community choirs in the region. Tuesday, December 15th, 7:30 pm, $26-49, Verizon Hall at Kimmel Center.

The Three Maries

It’s a world-premiere musical about Philadelphia, and it’s a mashup between the Mummers, Cinderella, and Pygmalion. Throw in Mary Martello and Jeff Coon, and it’s a big fat celebration. Tuesday, December 15th through Sunday, January 10th, various times, $27-52, Prince Theatre.

Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates

The award-winning Arden Children’s Theatre returns with this charming production set in 19th century Holland. It’s a great choice for a family holiday outing. Now through Sunday, January 31st, various times, $18-36, Arden Theatre Company.

A Fairmount Christmas Carol Trolley Tour

Join everyone’s favorite characters from the Dicken’s holiday story as they lead guests in favorite Christmas tunes through Mount Pleasant, Cedar Grove, and Lemon Hill. Wednesday, December 16th, 5:30 pm, $44, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Catch a BYO screening of "Home Alone" Wednesday at the Roxy.

Catch a BYO screening of “Home Alone” Wednesday at the Roxy.

Home Alone at the Roxy

The Roxy’s monthlong holiday film series Tis the Season continues this week with modern holiday classic Home Alone. BYO wine and after shave. Wednesday, December 2nd, 7:30 pm, The Roxy.

Bradley’s Bucks

The all-male dance troupe returns to Franky Bradley’s for a one-night only performance, featuring plenty of naughty holiday routines and masculine movement. Wednesday, December 16th, 9:30 pm, $5-7, Franky Bradley’s.

Rudolph: The Musical

It’s holiday nostalgia overload as everyone’s favorite animated classic comes to life on the Merriam stage. Check our our feature on how the show’s producers teamed up with an anti-bullying organization. Thursday, December 17th through Sunday, December 20th, various times, $54-64, Merriam Theatre.

The Skivvies in Naughty or Nice

The famed Broadway duo, who quite literally strip down to their underwear, return to the Kimmel’s SEI Studio for a holiday-themed set that will feature some special guests making merry. Thursday, December 17th through Saturday, December 19th, various times, $25, SEI Studio at Kimmel Center.

Singer/songwriter India.Arie brings her holiday concert to the area this week.

Singer-songwriter India.Arie brings her holiday concert to the area this week.


The stunningly talented India.Arie presents a holiday-inspired concert at the Keswick titled Christmas With Friends. Don’t miss this one-night only chance to see the ultra-soulful songbird live. Thursday, December 17th, 8 pm, $35-62, Keswick Theatre.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

The iconic holiday dance extravaganza is back in time-honored fashion. Don’t miss the amazing production by the Pennsylvania Ballet, featuring everyone’s favorite melodies and characters. Now through Thursday, December 31st, various times, $30-135, Academy of Music.

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