90 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend
A nighttime parade, holiday lights, theater, shopping and all sorts of merriment around town ... and a Shrek rave?
Get our weekly picks of what to do this weekend and the latest on Philly's arts and entertainment scene.
Get your flu shot. Get your vaxes. Stay home if you feel sicko. Buy a decorative sword on eBay. Dress in layers.
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Nathalie Stutzmann leads the Orchestra in a program featuring Bruch’s Concerto for Clarinet and Viola and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”). Featuring principal clarinet Ricardo Morales and principal viola Choong-Jin Chang.
$45-$163, December 1st-3rd, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street.
This Is the Week That Is
Billed as “a hilarious mix of SNL, The Daily Show, and The Carol Burnett Show,” 1812 Production’s beloved current events satire changes with the headlines, and includes musical parodies, improv comedy and more.
$50, Runs December 1st-31st, Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place.
A Philly POPS Christmas
Music director/conductor David Charles Abell leads the Pops — and an expanded cast of choirs and choruses — in their annual holiday concert. “Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez returns for her fourth Christmas with the POPS, joined by Broadway sensation and small-screen heartthrob Jordan Donica.”
$45-$167, December 3rd-17th, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street.
Hedwig & the Angry Inch
ASH Theater Company presents Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell’s beloved drag/rock musical starring Peter Phillips and Caitlin Wisneskie at Fat Lady Brewing in Manayunk. Directed by Anthony Hillanbrand.
$15-$40, December 1st-4th, Fat Lady Brewing 4323 Main Street.
Two days of shopping in West Chester, featuring 45 vendors displaying art, jewelry, ceramics, food and more.
Free to enter, December 2nd & 3rd, Chester County Art Association, 100 North Bradford Avenue, West Chester.
PHestivaL of Trees
This two-day family-friendly “walk-thru holiday event” at the King of Prussia Mall features “hundreds of uniquely decorated Christmas trees” and pets ready for adoption. Raises funds for local animal shelters and rescues, which kind of makes up for the name.
$5-$10, December 3rd & 4th, King of Prussia Mall, Level 3 of the Pavilion, 680 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia.
You may recognize the LA-based comedian — and former aerospace engineer at Boeing — from his appearances on Drunk History, The Carmichael Show and Wizard School Dropout. Maybe you also know him from Boeing, too, I don’t know.
$25-$35, December 1st-3rd, Punch Line Philly, 33 East Laurel Street.
Tina — The Tina Turner Musical
Katori Hall’s jukebox music tells the story of Tina Turner’s remarkable life and career, and includes songs like “The Best,” “Private Dancer,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” and lots more. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
$25-$129, through December 4th, Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street.
Miss Bennet — Christmas at Pemberley
Chestnut Hill’s Stagecrafters Theater presents this Jane Austentacious holiday tale of “gentle manners and comic misunderstandings” by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. Directed by Jane Toczek. Stars Sam Oberle, Carly Belko, Mark Sherlock, Lillian Moffatt and more.
$26-$30, Thursdays-Sundays, through December 8th, Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Avenue.
Odd Man Out
This is the world premiere of a play by Teatro Ciego about “a blind musician returning to Argentina after years of self-exile” is performed in complete darkness. (And sometimes in Spanish; check their web site.) The Argentinian theater company Teatro Ciego was founded by blind artists.
$35, through December 18th, BRT Rehearsal Studio, 201 Cedar Street, Bristol.
Winter Weekends at the Museum of the American Revolution
For three weeks Old City’s MotAR (nobody calls it that) hosts holiday programming on Saturdays and Sundays that includes live music, ornament-making, silhouette artist T.J. Stuessy and more.
Included in the usual museum admission of $13-$20, December 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th and 17th & 18th, Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3rd Street.
Franklin Institute’s annual winter celebration returns with their 26-foot-tall “celestial-themed tree,” along with the miniature train displays and holiday-themed activities in Big Chill Valley and Celestial Village.
Included in museum admission of $23, through January 2nd, Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Lantern Theatre presents Anthony Lawton’s one-person adaptation of the Dickens classic, starring Anthony Lawton.
$25-$30, December 3rd-28th, Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake, 302 South Hicks Street.
Now Playing at the Philly Film Center
In addition to their usual lineup, the Philadelphia Film Society is hosting several older season favorites at the Film Center this month. Friday, December 2nd: Rosemary’s Baby and The Apartment. Saturday, December 3rd: Little Women (the 2019 Greta Gerwig one), Die Hard and Black Christmas (1974). Sunday: Home Alone and A Christmas Story. And now a mystery tagline from one of the above movies: “Movie-wise, there has never been anything like The Apartment love-wise, laugh-wise or otherwise-wise!” (How about I sprinkle around the page?)
$14 a ticket, December 2nd-4th, Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street.
Deck The Hall Light Show
An animated wintry light display is projected onto the Dilworth Park side of City Hall every evening until the new year. This is nice because usually the halls getting decked are lowercase, if not straight-up metaphorical.
Free, 5-9 p.m. every night, through January 1, Dilworth Park, west side of City Hall, 1 South 15th Street.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Walnut Street Theatre presents the new “lighthearted and romantic” Broadway adaptation of the classic story of a prince who can’t find the pretty lady he met at the ball due to his debilitating case face blindness. Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. New book by Douglas Carter Beane (original book by OH II).
$25-$117, through December 31st, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street.
Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular
This year the holiday display in Oaks has added a two-lane, 160-foot-long ice slide and installed a real ice rink for skating. Plus the usual attractions lighted displays, the mistletoe marketplace, and photos with multidimensional gift wraith Santa Claus and/or Gritty, who is just a perfectly normal being.
$13.99-$19.99, through December 31st, the Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks.
A Christmas Carol Comedy
Hedgerow Theatre Company presents the U.S. premiere of Katie Leamen’s two-person version of A Christmas Carol starring Benjamin Brown as Scrooge and Christopher Patrick Mullen as “everybody else.” Directed by Pete Pryor
$20-$35, through December 24th, Hedgerow Theatre Company, 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley.
Herr’s Christmas Lights Display
Drive through the corporate campus of the Herr’s potato chip company in Nottingham, Chester County, and enjoy their all-night light display.
Free, 5 p.m.-7 a.m., through January 2nd, Herr’s, 20 Herr Drive, Nottingham.
Quintessence Theatre Group presents Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers’ classic musical about a charismatic babysitter who insinuates herself into a wealthy household to brainwash its love-starved children into seeing things that are not really there. Directed by Emily Trask.
$25-$65, through December 31st, Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Avenue.
Bluey’s Big Play
The live adaptation of the Australian kids cartoon centers around sentient mega-dogs Bluey and Bingo plotting to ruin Dad’s only day off. Dad is also an enormous dog. Everywhere you look, it’s just one gigantic dog after another. Get your kids excited by reminding them that the show features an original story by creator Joe Brumm and new music by composer Joff Bush.
$29-$81, December 2nd & 3rd, Miller Theater, 250 South Broad Street.
Night Forms: Infinite Wave
Hamilton New Jersey’s already eye-catching 42-acre sculpture park gets even more so thanks to the installation of this “after-hours, multi-sensory light and sound experience.” Night Forms: Infinite Wave also uses video projection mapping to animate pieces already present in the park.
$22-$28, through April 2nd, Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township.
Winterfest returns to the RiverRink with a family-friendly program this weekend with ice skating, food, firepits, cabins, games and so on.
Free to enter, continues through March 5th, 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard.
Holiday Garden Railway
Miniature trains wind their way through a quarter mile of tracks in Morris Arboretum’s large outdoor display, encouraging onlookers to consider a life scaled down to match the minuscule landscape before realizing their problems would follow them into the picturesque tiny town, thus poisoning two worlds. Certain times require timed tickets, so check the schedule.
$10-$17, weekends, through December 30th, Morris Arboretum, 100 East Northwestern Avenue.
The aquarium in Camden gets into the spirit with some festive don’t-try-this-at-home attractions including “underwater light displays” and the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree (claim unverified at press time). Also making several appearances is deep ocean sea god Scuba Santa who rules over Atlantis with a trident and an olive branch. Do not cross Him.
$26.99-$42.99, through December 24th, Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden.
In what has quickly become a beloved winter tradition at the zoo, guests stroll from one photogenically lit display to another. My favorite part of LumiNature is the spooky, blissful and slightly deranged voiceover espousing a nondenominational mythology about slumbering animals and ambiguous wintry wonders. My next favorite part: the giant polar penguin statue onto which are projected lasers, wildlife footage and our very dreams.
$20-$28, timed tickets required, through January 7th, Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Avenue.
Miracle on South 13th Street
Every year, the residents of this lovely little South Philly block string up the lights and plug in the bobbing reindeer for a group-effort Christmas display that pleases the eye (and probably raises the PECO bill). It’s colorful and kitschy and pure Philly. Drive or walk through slowly and bask in its homespun glory till New Year’s.
Free, through January 1st, South 13th Street between Tasker and Morris streets.
Million Dollar Quartet Christmas
Bucks County Playhouse presents this new holiday musical in which “Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley come together at Sun Records,” to sing and tell holiday stories. Book by Colin Escott. Directed by Hunter Foster.
$75, through January 1st, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope.
A Longwood Christmas
Longwood Gardens’ annual holiday exhibition returns, both indoors and out. “Our horticulture artists use plants as their palette to create an extraordinary display of floating floral designs, festive trees draped in gilded garland, gardens of bold blooms, an extravagant floral shop dressed for the holidays, and so much more.”
$23-$30, admission, timed tickets required, through January 8th, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square.
Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown gets into the holiday spirit with live entertainment, light displays, “illuminated animals” and frequent appearances of North Pole sovereign citizen Santa Claus.
$15.95-$19.95, through December 30th, 5-9 p.m., Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown.
Modeled after “the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany,” the annual Christmas Village is a pop-up outdoor shopping opportunity featuring row upon row of arts and crafts vendors selling ornaments, jewelry and more. There’s also a carousel, a Ferris wheel, a kids train and more. Here’s the full list of vendors and the maps of the sites.
Free till you buy something, November 24th-December 24th, in LOVE Park and City Hall (go to 15th and JFK, you can’t miss it).
Now Showing at Historic Odessa
Delaware’s Historic Odessa Foundation is hosting three exhibitions with self-explanatory titles and which are on display through the end of the year: Making An Impression: Early American Butter Prints, Inner Spirit: Portraits by Linda Harris Reynolds, and Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress.
Free, through December 31st, Historic Odessa Foundation, 201 Main Street, Odessa.
’Tis the Season at Peddler’s Village
The main attraction is probably the Gingerbread Competition & Display (through January 8th), but lots of little holiday-themed events pop up at New Hope’s happy little shopping village this season. This weekend is Holly Jolly Weekend (December 3 & 4) features “Santa Parades,” live entertainment and more.
Free till you buy something, through January 8th, Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope.
Winter in Franklin Square
The Electrical Spectacle Light Show is back, filling Franklin Square with twinkling lights sync’d to holiday music. There’s also fire pits, a heated tent, hot beverages, “seasonal food” and more.
Free to enter, through February 26th, Franklin Square, 200 North Sixth Street.
Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farms
The Bucks County farm is once again opening up it its two-mile, drive-through holiday attraction full of lights arranged in the shapes of gifts and reindeer and such. It’s quite dazzling. Open wagon rides are also available.
$40-$50 per car; 5-10 p.m. on weekdays, 5-11 p.m. on weekends; register ahead of time, through January 8th, Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley.
Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Panto
People’s Light presents this light-hearted holiday show based on the Lewis Carroll classic. Book by Jennifer Childs; music and lyrics by Alex Bechtel. Directed by Bill Fennelly.
$47, through January 1st, People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern.
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market
Local vendors sell crafts and art and other things to hang up, wear, eat or give away this holiday season. “Following past tradition, this year’s Holiday Market will again feature a large variety of local artisans, designers, crafters and jewelers offering their unique, holiday-inspired handmade goods and gifts.”
Free till you buy something, through January 1st, Dilworth Park at the West Side of City Hall.
Holidays On The Hill
The lovely neighborhood of Chestnut Hill is hosting all kinds of holiday activities leading up to Christmas like Small Business Saturday (November 26th), Santa at Market at the Fareway (Saturdays in December, noon-2 p.m.), Stag & Doe Nights (on Wednesdays), the Chestnut Hill Holiday Parade (December 10th) and more.
Free unless you buy something, through December 25th, multiple locations in Chestnut Hill.
Lantern Theater Company presents Philadelphia premiere of Marco Ramirez’s drama about boxing legend Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight world champion. Directed and choreographed by Zuhairah McGill. Stars Phillip Brown, Morgan Charéce Hall, Gregory Isaac, Brian Anthony Wilson and Kahlil A. Wyatt.
$25-$29, through December 11th, St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow Street.
Lamentations: Paintings by Jennifer Baker
The Philadelphia-based artist and documentarian presents large-scale paintings about the changing nature of the city. Last chance!
Continues through December 4th, Nugent Gallery at Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont.
Vessel: Embodiment, Autonomy, and Ornament in Wood
This group show includes works by Jack Larimore, Humaira Abid, Michael Bauermeister, Vivian Chiu, Kyle Cottier, Alison Croney Moses, Frank E. Cummings III, and more. “From bowls and spoons to crucibles and boats, vessels have facilitated human survival, industry, and legend.” P.S. The Center for Art and Wood is also hosting hot cider and a “hands-on holiday craft table” on Saturdays, December 3rd, 10th & 17th.
Continues through February 12th, Center for Art in Wood, 141 North 3rd Street.
The Gardens After Dark
Philadelphia Magic Gardens — a lovely and quirky art institution whose walls are decked out in Isaiah Zagar’s playful, mirrored mosaics — welcomes guests every Friday to have a drink beneath the twinkling lights.
$20, Fridays through December 20th, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street.
Every Brilliant Thing
Scott Greer stars in Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe’s poignant one-man comedy, a perennial favorite at the Arden Theatre. Directed by Terry Nolen.
$28-$58, through December 11th, Arden Theatre, 40 North Second Street.
Banksy Was Here
This “unauthorized exhibition” celebrates the mysterious British street artist by displaying works from private collections. Pay a little extra and you can enjoy “the VR experience,” or at least find out what that entails.
$37.90, December 3rd through January 31st, Fashion District, 901 Market Street, Suite 1150.
Avenue of the Arts Live
Until the the end of the year, musicians will give free outdoor performances at certain locations along South Broad Street. For the who-where-when, go here.
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, through December 31st, two performances per night at 6 and 8 p.m., on the sidewalk in front of the Kimmel Center, the Wilma Theater, and the Miller Theater.
Now Showing at PAFA
Making American Artists: Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1776–1976; group show. “Organized by theme—portraiture, history painting, still life, genre scenes, and landscape—and not chronology, the exhibition affords the opportunity to enjoy familiar works in a new light and find new favorites.” Through April 2nd. Gift/Deeds: Collectors at PAFA, “selections of 20th century and contemporary art from six significant art collections gifted to PAFA’s permanent collection.” Through January 8th.
Admission is $15-$18, reserve tickets required, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 North Broad Street.
Modigliani Up Close
This exhibition at the Barnes explores the “working methods and materials” of Italian painter-sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).
Included with museum admission of $30, continues through January 29th, Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Ice Skating @ Rothman Rink
The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink and Cabin returns, to Dilworth Plaza, along the Western face of City Hall. In addition to the skating, there’s hot chocolate, food, cute little penguins for kids to hold onto while they’re going around the rink and more. While you’re there, swing on by the Wintergarden, which is on display through March 26th. For more on all of this, go here.
$10 for skate rental, $5-$8 for 90 minute skate sessions, through February 26th, Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street.
Now Showing at Clay Studio
Clay Studio is hosting four exhibitions at once right now: Matter in a Floating World by Andrea Marquis, Urschrei by Better Lovers, Softening by Nathan Willever, and Leroy Johnson: In Memoriam — in remembrance of the mixed-media artist and Clay Studio resident alumnus.
Continues through December 31st, Clay Studio, 1425 North American Street.
Trans Art Market
This weekend-long event highlights trans, nonbinary, and gender-expansive makers from the Philadelphia area — over 100 makers in two days! The $5 entry benefits Housing Reparations Philly and Cars for Philly. Masks are required and vaccine cards will be checked at the entrance.
$5; December 3rd & 4th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Bok Building, 821 Dudley Street.
If We Never Get Better
Curated by the Photographer’s Green Book editor-in-chief Sydney Ellison, this group exhibition at TILT puts the focus on health, grief and disability issues. “The nine featured artists expand on preconceived notions of these topics while highlighting principles of Disability Justice, a framework coined by a collective of Black, brown, queer, and trans activists.”
Free, through December 10th, TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image, 1400 North American Street, unit 103.
Curated by Nicole Pollard, this “immersive site for rest, resistance and renewal” in a Germantown Avenue storefront provides a chill, low-light environment with synthesized sound and projected visuals by artist Gralin Hughes, Jr. Book your session and dress comfortably.
Free, through December 20th, The Kinesics Dance Dynamics Theatre, 5427 Germantown Avenue.
Now Showing at Fabric Workshop and Museum
Dream House, New Mexico-based artist Rose B. Simpson’s immersive site-specific installation includes new works in video, ceramic, textile, and sculpture. Continues through March. Jayson Musson: His History of Art, Philly modern art icon Jayson Musson returns with a new video series “utilizing costuming, props, puppetry, and scenery created in collaboration with the FWM studio team.” Extended through December 31st. In Focus: Isaac Julien, “a selection of works from the museum’s permanent collection displayed in conversation with Julien’s Paradise (Omeros) #2, a photographic multiple created for the Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2002.” Through April 23rd.
Free, Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street.
Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America
This long-running exhibition makes space for impressionist paintings and sculptures by Swedish-American artists working in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Also check out the Julboard Dinner on December 2nd and the Lucia & Christmas Market on December 3rd & 4th.
$5-$10, through February 19th, American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue.
The Future Will Follow the Past
This exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz “explores the transformative changes America has experienced since 2020 and addresses antisemitism, racial violence, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and more.” It’s also a good excuse to visit the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History which is opening for the first time since the pandemic began. If you see you OY/YO statue out front you’re in the right spot.
Admission is free ($15 donations encouraged), continues through December, Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East.
Now Showing @ the Art Museum
Mattisse in the 1930s, This major exhibition of explores the period when the French artist came out of a creative slump when he was commissioned to decorate the main gallery of the Barnes Foundation’s former location, and the paintings, sculpture, printmaking and more. Through January 29th. Macho Men: Hypermasculinity in Dutch & American Prints This exhibition draws comparisons between depictions of “brawny he-men” in art from 16th century Dutch Republic and Depression-era United States. Ongoing. Medieval Treasures from the Glencairn Museum, The Art Museum mingles its medieval collection with items from the museum in Bryn Athyn. Through fall of 2023. Teresita Fernández: Fire (United States of the Americas), the artist’s new installation “unearths and exposes hidden histories embedded in landscape.” Through January 2nd. Oneness: Nature & Connectivity in Chinese Art, Works by four contemporary artists who “examine the boundaries between humans and nature from a philosophical, spiritual, and material perspective.” Through June 23rd.
$14-$23, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Phriends: The One With Murder
Without a Cue presents an interactive murder mystery with a Friends theme. “No one told you death was gonna be this way.”
$35, Fridays-Sundays, through December 18th, Counter Culture, 514 South Street.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2nd
The R&B star known for hits like “Fortunate,” “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder),” “This Woman’s Work,” “Bad Habits” and more headlines this WDAS Holiday Jam at the Met on Friday. Also on the bill: Leela James and Skeet Carter.
$44-$199, 8 p.m., The Met, 858 North Broad Street.
Shop Black Business Friday
This Visit Philly program puts the focus on supporting Black and Brown-owned businesses in Philly. Includes a free shopping loop rides on the PHLASH.
Pay as you go, Fridays in December, multiple locations.
Winnie’s Christmas Cabaret
Live music, burlesque, comedy and drag hosted by our favorite queen Brittany Lynn.
$30, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Winnie’s, 4266 Main Street.
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents this concert by the renowned pianist featuring the Philadelphia debuts of works by Derek Bermel, Anthony Cheung, Vijay Iyer, Wang Lu, and John Harbison, along with the newly commissioned Beethoven’s 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120.
$30, 7:30 p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street.
I believe any snark or curiosity that welled up in your brain the first time you read the phrase Shrek Rave can be alleviated by the event’s official description, which I will now paste here: “IT’S DUMB JUST COME HAVE FUN. WHO CARES. COOL IS DEAD. idk hahaha.” I feel like I don’t just understand Shrek Raves now, I enthusiastically support their right to exist. Cool is dead.
$22-$37, Franklin Music Hall, 421 North 7th Street.
The Late(ish) Poetry Show
Kai Davis and Jacob Winterstein host this poetry night featuring an open mic, live music, games and “the livest audience this side of the Schuylkill. Presented by the Philly Pigeon.
$15-$26, 8 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street.
Dinosaur Jr./Guided By Voices/Eugene Mirman
It might seem kind of weird, booking a comedian on a bill with two veteran indie bands, but lemme tell ya, I’ve seen Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers) do standup before and after bands and it always works.
$35-$37.50, 7:30 p.m., Fillmore Philly, 29 East Allen Street.
Blue Cross RiverRink Tree Lighting,
The RiverRink will light up one of the city’s largest holiday trees with more than a dozen acts and 40 performances. (If you can’t make it, you can watch it live on NBC 10 at 7:30 p.m.)
Free; 6-9 p.m., 101 South Columbus Boulevard.
Open Mike Eagle
The funny rapper/comedian plays the cozy Silk City with Serengeti, Video Dave and Fatboi Sharif.
$20, 7 p.m., Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street.
Cancer Bats / War On Women
Two fierce, righteous punk bands for one low price. Also on the bill are Spaced and L.M.I. who also appear to be righteous and fierce, and so their value must also be taken into account when considering the price.
$18, 6 p.m., Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 North Front Street.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3rd
The country-pop star is on her 12th annual Joy of Christmas tour, full of family-friendly winter favorites. For a taste, check out McBride’s two holiday albums — and 1998’s White Christmas and 2018’s It’s the Holiday Season.
$45-$100, 7 p.m., Keswick Theatre, 291 North Keswick Avenue, Glenside.
Jungle Belles: A Tropical Holiday
The PA Liberty Belles Pinup Club presents their tiki-themed fundraiser at PBC. Proceeds benefit Distributing Dignity, a nonprofit providing personal items to women in need. Entertainment includes burlesque by Ginger Leigh and students from the Philadelphia Burlesque Academy, live music by the Chain Gang and more.
$15-$25, 8-11 p.m., Philadelphia Brewing Company, 2440 Frankford Avenue.
Encendido Navideño: El Barrio Christmas Village
“Did you know that Puerto Ricans celebrate the longest Christmas in the world, lasting from Thanksgiving until mid-January?” I did not know that. Starting Saturday, Taller Puertorriqueño honor this tradition with a party featuring the music of Los Bomberos de La Calle and more.
Free, 4-8 p.m., Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 North 5th Street.
Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade
This night parade debuted last year with floats, balloons, music and lots of holiday cheer. It’s back this year, kicking off at 2nd and Market, then ending up at City Hall.
Free, 5 p.m., 2nd and Market streets to City Hall.
Sea-son of Lights
Every Saturday, Independence Seaport Museum conducts mini-science lessons based around objects in their collection which “investigate the science of lights, nautical navigation,” and more.
$14-$18 (museum admission), every Saturday, through December 31st, Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Boulevard.
Catchy, groovy and more than a little yachty, Philly indie rockers Work Drugs will take the stage for the first time in three years to host their Holiday Spectacle 10 show at Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday. Listen here. Also on the bill: Tyler Burkhart and. Kyle Sparkman.
$15, 8 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 North Frankford Avenue.
Deck the Alley
Every year around this time, Elfreth’s Alley (aka Philadelphia’s “most historic street”) decks out its quaint doorways and windows with lights and other seasonal delights. Plus Christmas carols and hot beverages.
$15-$25, December 3rd, 3-5 p.m. & 5-7 p.m., Elfreth’s Alley, North 2nd Street, Old City.
Glass Cannon Live!
No dungeon master worth his weight in geldings goes anywhere without his 20-sided die.
$35, 6 p.m., City Winery, 990 Filbert Street.
Christine Havrilla Duo
Christine Havrilla and Colleen Clark, along with Laura Cerulli and Ashland Miller of Mama’s Black Sheep presents night of soulful holiday music and revelry they’re calling A Not-So-Silent Night.
$25-$30, 7:30 p.m., Steel City Coffeehouse & Brewery, 203 Bridge Street, Phoenixville.
Sisterly Love Collective Holiday Markets
The Sisterly Love Collective makes it easy to support women-owned hospitality businesses by setting up shop at Headhouse Shambles three Saturdays in a row. December 3rd: Mrs. Claus Market + Tree Lighting. December 10th & 17th, Sisterly Love Holiday Market.
Free till you buy something, December 3rd, 10th & 17th, noon-4 p.m., Headhouse Shambles, 2nd & Pine Streets.
Bartram’s Garden promises a “wintry afternoon of free family fun” featuring a campfire, kid stuff, snacks, local vendors, make-and-take workshops, a pie-baking contest, stargazing, and more — like a live blacksmithing demo and interactive session.
Free to enter, noon-5 p.m., Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard.
Valley Forge Beer and Cider Festival
Local and national brewers will serve up their beers and ciders this Saturday and you probably knew all of that already. Furthermore, there are seasonal brews, an ugly sweater contest, food trucks and an appearance by the infamous daywalker Santa Claus. Note: The Valley Forge beer fest is at the Greater Philly expo center which is in Oaks.
$50-$65, 1:30-6 p.m., Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks.
HANDMADE x El Mercado Cultural
This market includes unique and affordable gifts by over 20 artists and craft vendors, curated by artist Cassie Renee Peña. Another reason to feel good about supporting this local artists’ market: It’s a collab with El Mercado Cultural, a Fleisher initiative focused on sharing creative and marketing resources with Latinx entrepreneurs.
December 3rd, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street.
Santa 0.5K Run
Run less than a third of a mile and be rewarded with a swag bag from Evil Genius Beer. All runners get a water bottle, bottle opener, a Santa hat, a pint of beer and more. The festivities also include a cookie-eating contest. “All proceeds from this event will go to fulfilling a family in need’s Christmas gift list.”
$30, noon-1 p.m., Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 North Front Street.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils
’Twas just about a year ago that I saw Titus Andronicus perform at Underground Arts and there witnessed an act of such audacity and uncouth-ery it rattled my hackles to their core — Grizzled frontman Patrick Stickles left the stage in his usual murderer’s t-shirt only to return wearing a Devils jersey. It was a terrible affront and offense! And I don’t need to tell you, dear readers, that once again relations quickly became strained between our fair city and that neighboring state to the east. In order to restore the peace and defend our honor, all of the Philadelphia Flyers must this Saturday beat up all of the New Jersey Devils at this ice hockey game. A true and thorough ass-kicking. I harbor few delusions that our team could defeat theirs properly, but surely in the realm of fisticuffs some measure of justice could be exacted. I said good day, sir!
$25-$225, 7 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th
For old-school indie kids, Hammered Hulls is a supergroup boasting a lineup of seasoned veterans of beloved bands from DC and beyond: Mary Timony of Helium/Wild Flag, Alec MacKaye of the Warmers, Chris Wilson of Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, and Mark Cisneros of Chain and the Gang/Make-Up. If you’re mad I didn’t list all the bands these people didn’t play in then this show is for you. Make sure you get there early for Clear Channel and the noisy, kinetic Pinkwash.
$15, 7:30 p.m., Foto Club, 3743 Frankford Avenue.
The Harlem Nutcracker
The Philly Pops Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia — okay, but where are you guys from? — performs Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s famous 1960 suite which “infuses the music of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite with vivacious, jazzy energy.” Then they’ll follow it up a tribute to Philly jazz legend McCoy Tyner.
$30-$75, 2 & 7 p.m., World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Barnes at 100
It’s first Sunday, which means free admission to the Barnes! This month, the Barnes Foundation is celebrating the 100th anniversary of their founding and the 10th anniversary of their move to the Parkway. The event includes performances, storytelling, and kids’ art activities. Limited capacity; registration is required online.
Free, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tennessee Titans
A Sunday night matchup between the 10 and 1 Eagles and the 7 and 4 Titans? Football fans have had this game circled on their gas station calendars for years. They love circling. They love football. So heavy is their heart during the long breaks between game days they can do little more than sway and moan and mope in circles. Their favorite shape.
$166-$176, 8:20 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way.
Awbury Arboretum’s Holiday Farm Party and Greens Sale
Shop for holiday greens like wreaths and evergreen branches (pre-orders are recommended). Plus, there will be food vendors, crafts, a campfire and visits with the goats!
December 4th, noon-4 p.m., The Farm at Awbury Arboretum, 6336 Ardleigh Street.
The Temptations & The Four Tops
Between the two legendary vocal groups, you’re in for a night full of Motown favorites, including: “My Girl,” “Can’t Help My Self,” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” “It’s The Same Old Song,” “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “Just My Imagination,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “World of Confusion” and more
$59-$134, 7:30 p.m., Keswick Theatre, 291 North Keswick Avenue, Glenside.
The impressively dorky instrumental band is famous for recreating the soundtracks to old-school Nintendo games while their resident gamer attempts speedruns on the big screen. This time the setlist calls for the sights and sounds of Mega Man II and Ducktales.
$17, 8 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 North Frankford Avenue.
Curtis Opera Theatre and Eric Owens
Philly-born opera star and Curtis alum Eric Owens (bass-baritone) performs arias, duets, and ensemble pieces in this concert presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
$30, 3 p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street.
This annual Narberth tradition transforms the Main Line town into 1840s London as the characters from A Christmas Carol roam the town. There’s also horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday crafts, carolers, period vendors and food, dancers, musicians, ballet performances, puppet shows, magicians, puppeteers, a free Dickens-themed scavenger hunt for children and more.
Free, noon-4 p.m., Narberth.