Drink | Wine Tasting at Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Spend a lovely evening tasting wine in the Philly’s Christmas Village. Relax after a long day of work with Chaddsford Winery and artisan food vendors. Try a selection of wines paired with a sampling plate. Wine tastings will be held every Tuesday and Thursday until Dec. 21. | 5-7pm. Prices vary. Christmas Village in Philadelphia, LOVE Park, 1500 Arch Street.

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Film | Ghost World

Ever feel like an outsider? Then this cult comedy classic is for you. Starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson, two high school friends face a rift when one of them takes an interest in an older man, played by Steve Buscemi. This is a BYOB screening so bring a drink, kick back, and get lost in Ghost World. | 8-10pm. $5. Cinemug, 1607 S. Broad St.


Museum | Philly Holiday Festival: Free Museum Day

For an early Holiday treat, visit one of America’s most historic prisons for free. The day includes, “The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour narrated by actor Steve Buscemi, Hands-On History interactive experiences, history exhibits, and artist installations. | 10am-5pm. Free. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave.


Conversation | Pub Theology Fishtown

Who says religion has to be boring? Grab a brew, and delve into a conversation about theology with two local pastors in Fishtown. Talk about the intersection of faith and life. No matter your religious background or beliefs, all are welcome to this monthly event. | 7-9pm. Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N Front St.  


Drinks | Merry, Merry Happy Hours

What could be merrier than discounted drinks? As part of Philly Holiday Festival, visit one of the participating restaurants and bars for food and drink specials. Get ready for holiday inspired drinks and other entertainments. Some of the participating restaurants: Libertie Lounge at Softiel, Bourbon Blue, Craft Hall Pop-Up Restaurant, and Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia. Merry, Merry Happy Hours will take place every Thursday until New Year’s. | 5-7pm.  Prices vary. Various locations throughout the city.



Market | Mt. Airy Makers Market

Scrambling for the right present for your loved ones? Looking for a little something-something for yourself? Mt. Airy Village businesses will be open late, and live music will keep the good cheer going into the night. Mt. Airy Moving Arts and Weavers Way Mercantile will have handmade and locally made goods, including jewelry, pottery, woodwork, metal work, homemade candy, herbal body care products, local honey, fiber arts, and more. Meet local authors signing books at Big Blue Marble Bookstore. | 5-9pm. Free admission. Mt. Airy Village, Greene Street & Carpenter Ln.

Music | A Philly POPS Christmas

Let’s usher in the holiday season with a music extravaganza. Led by Music Director Maestro Michael Krajewski, witness and listen to 300 performers on the stage. The lineup showcases Philly native and internationally recognized Justin Hopkins, The Philly POPS Festival Chorus, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, and the award-winning African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir, and a special musical version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The show runs through Dec. 19. | 8pm. Prices vary. Kimmel Center of Performing Arts, 300 S Broad St.

Yoga | Yogapuncture

The workweek is over so it is time to relax! Tap into your chi and achieve some zen. Do downward dog, and reach your spiritual high. After 60 minutes of peaceful yoga, get 30 minutes of cleansing acupuncture treatment. | 6:30-8pm. $35. Nava Yoga Center at The Navy Yard, 1200 Constitution Ave.   

Film | Philly Film Showcase

Lights, camera, action! Watch shorts by up-and-coming local filmmakers. The night will include four shorts, including “The Seagull,” “Nemophilist” “Aquae Sulis,” and “L’echappee (Wait For Me).” A Q&A with the filmmakers follows the screenings. | 7:30pm. Pay what you wish. Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.  


Holiday Festivities | Holiday Lights Tour

Be dazzled and filled with holiday cheer. Ride the Holiday trolley through South Philly's magical winter wonderland, including Miracle on 13th Street. Sing songs to live music, and sip on hot cocoa. Bring your own “extra festive drinks” for an even jollier time. The trolley will make a stop at Christmas Village for you and your family to browse. | 6pm. $35 adult, $25 child.  Founding Footsteps, 302 Arch St.


Music | Bobby Zankel and The Wonderful Sound 6

It’s a night of celebration and anniversary when the sounds of Zankel and more will be on display at the Philadelphia Clef Club. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of J. Michael Harrison’s show “The Bridge on WRTI (90.1-FM), Zankel along with legends like Dave Burrell, William Parker and Odean Pope. Having Pope and Burrell, the latter who a Philly native whose resume includes working with the like of Pharoah Sanders, Elvin Jones, Archie Shepp, Jimmy Garrison, and more make this night a true treat. | 8pm. $30. 736-38 S. Broad St.

Market | South Philly Handmade Brigade

Why get the same-old presents this holiday season? Find the perfect, handmade item for all on your gift list. Indulge in snacks and drinks at the twelfth annual market. Support your local scene all while getting your shop on. | 11am-6pm. Free admission. 1241 Carpenter St.


Pub Crawl | Running of the Santas

Forget the Running of the Bulls — it’s all about the Running of the Santas. Grab your red hat, your beard, and let’s get jolly for the twentieth annual Santa themed bar crawl. Party with thousands of other Santas at the North Pole a.k.a Electric Factory and South Pole a.k.a Field House. | Times vary. Prices vary. Electric Factory, 421 N 7th St. Field House, 1150 Filbert St.


Cultural | German American Weekend

For a gut time, come celebrate German American heritage this weekend. On Dec. 9 and 10, the Christmas Village will showcase German choir songs and traditional dance troupes, as well as authentic German food, such as Sauerkraut, Schnitzel, and Leberkäse. | 11am. Free admission. Christmas Village in Philadelphia LOVE Park, 1500 Arch St.


Music | Andrea Bocelli

Is there anything more beautiful than Andrea Bocelli’s singing? For a night of unparalleled talent in the operatic world, come listen to the legendary tenor with Philly Pops. Conducted by Eugene Kohn, Bocelli will be joined by soprano Larisa Martinez, and special guest as well as Broadway star Heather Headley. | 8pm. Price varies. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad St.

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Film | Sound of Music

The hills are alive with the sound of music! See the timeless classic of the Von Trapps like never before. The 4k restoration of the 1965 classic on the big screen will become one your new favorite things. | 1:30-4:30pm. $10. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St.  

Market | Fishtown Holiday Bazaar

Do you have the Holiday shopping frenzy? Keep the momentum going with 30+ of the trendiest vendors, artists and local craftspeople. Buy goodies from food vendors and trucks. The kids can sit on Santa’s lap, and look around the Kids Shopping Corner. Enter a raffle, and meet the 26th Police District. Bring unwanted gold, silver, platinum, and coins to sell for cash from the Gold Party buyer. | 10am-3pm. Free. First Presbyterian Church in Kensington, 418 E. Girard Ave.  

Holiday Festivities | Parade of Lights

For a night that twinkles, watch the boats light up on the Delaware River from the Museum’s second floor terrace. Head over to the Holiday Hut for seasonal beverages and food. Journey to Santa’s Workshop on the Water for fun activates and crafts, such as decorating gingerbread boats for $5. Meet Santa himself, and play in fake snow. | 11am-6pm. Prices vary. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.


Shopping | Style Me Manayunk

Are you a Philly Phashionista? Well then bring your stylish self to Manayunk for a day of all things fashion!  The pop-up fashion retail event will pull out all the stops from clothes and accessories, to food and music. | 10am-6pm. Free admission. Manayunk, Grape Street in between Main and Cresson Streets.

Market | Southeast by Southeast Holiday Craft Fair

The holiday season is all about giving back, so come buy gifts that benefit immigrants and refugees. Peruse handmade crafts and textiles from all over the city, made by people all over the world. This year, put presents under the tree whose sales directly benefit Philadelphia’s immigrant and refugee communities. Bring an unwrapped, holiday toy under $25 for refugee children in Philadelphia. |11am-3pm. Free admission. Bok Building, 1901 South 9th Street.  

Market | Holiday Marketplace and Giving Festival

Celebrate the last day of the Philadelphia Assembled exhibition at the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Buy gifts, and support artist activists in our community. Come for vendors, youth artisans, performing artists, and a featured clothing auction with models, and local fashion designers. | 10am-4pm. $20 for adults. Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.

Market | Barnet Fair Vintage and Handmade Holiday Market

Pop into the pop-up shop, and check out some handmade holiday finds. Vendors include: Cactus Collective, Of An Era, Shop Journal, Pearce, Angela Monaco, Stefanie Fuoco, Patricia Poteat, Rod Martino and more. Come ready to eat, drink, and shop. | 11am-4pm. Free admission. Barnet Fair, 139 N. 3rd St.

Causes | Home For The Holidays Adoption Event & Celebration

Let’s raise the roof roof! Dress your pets in their holiday finest, and take a photo with Santa. For just $10 you will receive a stocking filled with holiday goodies and a digital photo of your pet! 100 percent of proceeds benefit Fishtails Fighting Chance Fund. Want to provide an adoptable pet of City of Elderly Love and Citizens For A No-Kill Philadelphia with a forever home? Come and meet your potential furry new friend. Enjoy holiday music, refreshments, and a barking good time! | 12-3pm. Free admission. Fishtown Animal Hospital, 233 E. Girard Ave.  



Food | Ingredients Across Borders: Cinnamon

Can you already smell the cinnamon in the air?  Learn about the spice in different cultures from a number of speakers who will connect meals to home and place. Dishes will include: Liberian rice bread, baklava and Sudanese cinnamon tea. This program is presented in partnership with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, as part of An Immigrant Alphabet art installation designed to raise awareness of the experiences of immigrants and refugees. | 6-8pm. $10. Free Library of Philadelphia Culinary Literacy Center. 1901 Vine St.  

Movies | Philadelphia Psychotronic Film Society Meeting

Calling all movie buffs. Come for free screenings of cult/weirdo/B-movie fare. BYOB and watch a flick with other film lovers. After signing into three meetings, you will receive enamel pin of the Philadelphia Psychotronic Film Society Logo. | 7:30-9:30pm. Free. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.

Art | Unsilent Night

Instead of seeing a Christmas show, why not be a part of one? Participate in Phil Kline's interactive sound sculpture! Bring a boombox, mp3 player, or smart phone and play one of the four tracks of the original composition while walking through East Passyunk. For added fun, get dressed up in Christmas lights, glow sticks, or anything along those lines for a visual element. | 7-8pm. The Singing Fountain, 11th St and E Passyunk Ave.

Open Mic | Philly Rising

Check out the Philly scene of artists. Musicians, bands, poets, comedians, and more will take the stage, and show their skills. The winner will go on to Philly Rising Monthly Showcase. The winner of that becomes the standout performer of the month and wins a prize package that includes a spin on Hometown Heroes WSTW, a free song recorded and mixed by Neptune Wavs and a featured spot at a Future Philly Rising Event. They will also perform at Downstairs at World Cafe Live as part of the end of the year showcase. | 6pm. Free admission. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Causes | Christmas Light Show

Let’s enjoy the Christmas festivities, and do some good along the way. See Christmas lights and meet Santa. There will also be a donation box for the Flying Dutchman Foundation, a non-profit that raises autism awareness. | 5-11pm. Donations. 1500 S. 13th St.



Theater | The Color Purple Musical Tour

Okay, Broadway babies, this one is for you! Watch the Tony Award winning musical, based off the Pulitzer Prize winning book, about an African American’s life in the South. With a musical score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, you are sure to have a riveting and soulful experience. The musical will run through Dec. 17. | 7:30pm. Prices vary. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St.

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Theater | Walnut Street Theater’s Christmas Carol

Get into the Christmas spirit with Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol.” Watch Walnut Street Theater’s performance of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future who visit him on Christmas Eve. The show will be playing through Dec. 23. | 10:30am. Walnut Street Theater,  825 Walnut St.  $15-$18.

Music | Elephant Stone

Unwind after a long day of work with the Canadian indie rock band Elephant Stone. The band blends traditional Indian music, including the sitar, tabla, and dilruba, with Western psychedelic rock. | 9pm. $12-15. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street.


Arts & Crafts | Holiday Paint and Sip with Wings and Dips!

Dig into some wings and beer, and get crafty. Choose a wine, pint, or pilsner glass, and uncork your creative side. All supplies are provided with your ticket. Just come ready to wing it and paint! | 7-9pm. $30. East Coast Wings & Grill, Aramingo Super Ctr., 2539 Castor Ave.  

Games | Star Wars Trivia

May the force be with you for this intergalactic showdown! The battle will include five rounds of trivia focusing on “Rouge One,” “The Force Awakens” and the “Original Trilogy.” What better way to pump yourself up for the release of “The Last Jedi” than with refreshing your memory on the entire franchise? Remember to reserve tickets for your entire team. | 8-10pm. Free. The Callback Bar at Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel Street.


Games | Tabletop on Tap

Let’s kick back, drink some brews, and play some games! Relax with some mainstream staples, including Trivia, Cards Against Humanity, Guess Who, Clue, Battleship, and Catan. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous with that liquid courage, try a new game, such as Hanabi, Codenames, Joking Hazard, Celestia, Secrets, Azul, Timeline, FunEmployed, and Junk Art. Tabletop on Tap happens every second Wednesday of the month. | 7-10pm.  Free. Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N. Front St.

Cycling | Holiday Lights Ride

This bike ride is going to be lit! Riders, dress up in holiday costumes and your bikes in lights. Cycle through South Philly, and bring the holiday cheer to passersby. There will be raffles and a costume/bike contest. Let’s ride into the holiday season! Remember to RSVP. | 5:30-9pm. Free. Performance Bicycle, 1300 S. Columbus Blvd.

Causes | Holiday Benefit Bingo for Puerto Rico

BINGO! Play the classic game while raising funds and supplies for Puerto Rico through the organization El Concilio. Bring donations such as toiletries to our fellow Americans who are still in need from hurricane destruction. Drink $3 Cream Ales, and take a spin at the Not-so-big Prize Wheel! | 8-10pm. Free. Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, 1710 N. 5th St.


Comedy | Weeding Out The Stoned

Sixteen comedians enter, one is stoned, can you figure out who is it? Choose correctly and the audience wins prizes. Officer Alex Grubard administers field sobriety tests, takes audience testimony, and asks trivia questions of Philly’s comics as the audience weeds out the stoned. | 8:30pm. $10.  Good Good Comedy Theater, 215 N. 11th St.

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Games | A Christmas Story Quizzo

Is watching “A Christmas Story” one of your holiday traditions? If you know Ralphie Parker and his musings on the back of your hand, show off your knowledge of the season’s classic at this themed quizzo. Enjoy holiday spirits while answering trivia questions.  | 8:30-11:30pm. Free. The Black Cat Tavern on 12th, 2654 S. 12th St.



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