Fun Things to Do in Philadelphia This Weekend

Christmas tree recycling, a pizza pop-up, a scavenger hunt, and the return of Penn & Teller: Fool Us. 

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Looking to get rid of your Christmas tree? Philly Goat Project’s tree recycling can help with that. Photograph courtesy Philly Goat Project.

Well, 2021 has certainly started with a bang. If you’re looking for a distraction, or perhaps some comforting food to nourish you in these unsettling times, read on for fun things to do in Philly this weekend.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Bid 2020 the official adieu by clearing out all your seasonal decor — tree included. Instead of dumping it on the curb, put those pine needles to good use and feed your tree to some cute goats. Philly Goat Project is hosting the first of three tree-cycling events on Saturday, January 9th (Sunday is held as a rain date). The zoo “safari” option (which includes a drive-thru to see the goats in person) is already sold out, but if you just want to drop off your tree (with a $20 donation), no pre-registration is necessary. January 9th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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Order Pizza

Down North — the mission-led pizza shop of chef Kurt Evans — is hosting a pizza pop-up, which means you’ve got a shot at getting one of his must-try Detroit-style pies this weekend. You’ll need to pre-order your pie on Down North’s website — and while you’re at it, you can donate to the GoFundMe to support the opening of the restaurant, which exclusively employs those who were formerly incarcerated. January 8th through January 10th, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Check out the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO in Franklin Square. Photograph by Jeff Fusco

See Some (More) Holiday Lights

‘Tis the season for taking-any-excuse-to-do-something-outdoors-because-heaven-help-us-if-we-have-to-spend-one-more-night-inside-scrolling-Netflix-only-to-end-up-watching-Parks-and-Rec-for-the-17th-time. While, yes, the holidays are over, the Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO sure ain’t! This year, the light show — which runs every 30 minutes nightly and makes 100,000 sparkling lights blink and dance to the beat of classic holiday tunes — is running through January 10th. (The lights will remain hung and lit in the park through the end of February.)  Take the family and let the little ones stretch their legs in the park and enjoy all the inflatable winter characters on the socially distanced mini-golf course. January 8th through 10th; shows are every 30 minutes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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This year’s Fairmount Park greenhouse yoga series will be hosted via live-stream. Photograph courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy.

Join a Virtual Yoga Session

Normally around this time of year, the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center opens its greenhouse for low-cost yoga classes — a warm, plant-filled reprieve from the dead of winter. While the in-person event has been cancelled this year, you can still join a free live-stream of the all-levels vinyasa class led by Lauren Daddis. Grab your humidifier and fiddle leaf fig, and enjoy those downward dogs from the comfort of your home. January 10th, 10 to 11:15 a.m.

Watch Some Theater

Ambler’s Act II Playhouse has four shows on “stage” right now — all of which you can stream from home. There’s a politically themed comedy review, a high school comedy set in a combined religion and sex-ed class, a holiday special, and the one-woman show Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, which premiers on January 8th. Tickets are $33 for adults, $30 for seniors.

Check Out Some Ice Sculptures

Take a free socially distanced stroll through Peddler’s Village on Friday and Saturday to check out more than 20 ice sculptures. There will also be bonfires, outdoor food and drink, and family activities. January 8th, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and January 9th, noon to 8 p.m.

See 24 Hours of Jazz

Chris’ Jazz Cafe is hosting a weeklong fundraiser dubbed JazzAid during which more than 60 artists will perform on the club’s live stream. From Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride to Influential Philadelphian and ACT4Music founder Anthony Tidd, this pay-what-you-wish event features tons of talent. The performances kick off on Saturday, January 9th, with a full 24 hours of music on Sunday the 10th.


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Stream Penn & Teller: Fool Us

Magicians Penn and Teller are back on the small screen on January 8th, when the second half of their seventh season hits the CW. As Teller describes it, the show is “a different kind of competition show, in which there is a concrete standard of whether someone wins or loses. It’s not a matter of taste. It’s: Did the magician fool Penn and Teller? Ten percent succeed.”

Go on a Scavenger Hunt

If the earlier, warmer months of the pandemic taught us anything, it was the value of aimless walks with no agenda. Well, it’s too cold for that now — one needs some kind of justification for being outdoors. Fortunately, the Fairmount Park Conservancy’s WinTOUR scavenger hunt provides just that. There are five different routes to follow throughout the park and more than 80 tasks to complete on the park’s GooseChase app. And it’s free! Running through the end of winter (officially, March 19th).