Philly Weekend Entertainment Groove


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Let’s weekend and be merry. 

There’s the always lit Christmas Village (1501 JFK Blvd.) which is delightfully surrounded by ice-skating at City Hall (through February 25th) tons of locally made snacks and goodies, local-made Philly Holiday Gift Show (there’s an ugly Christmas sweater store that you must go to), magnificent carousel, a grand 50 foot tall Christmas tree, but most importantly…lots of fun for every one of all ages…including you!

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is also in full skate at (101) Columbus Blvd and with grub served up from Garces Group and Chickie’s and Pete’s as well as spectacular views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and beyond, it’s sure to warm your holiday spirit all season long! Go here for more ho, ho, ho action.  

Not that the beloved Philly holiday tradition of the Macy’s Christmas Light Show needs any introduction since you’ve been oh, so patiently waiting for it all year-long, but the stunning lights are now warming your holiday spirit right oh, so high atop the Grand Atrium at Macy’s Center City (1300 Market St.) through December 31st beginning from 10 a.m to 8 p.m every two hours! 

Franklin Square Holiday Festival A fabulous mix of lighted Philadelphia history and simply stunning light show, the Franklin Square Holiday Festival (200 N. 6th St.) is sure to illuminate ya life all holiday season long. The Electrical Spectacle Light Show hosts free shows every 30 minutes between 4 and 8 p.m. on week nights and 4 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. And with 50,000 gleaming lights set on top of a blissful music background with one composition featuring an illuminated kite and key, this is one holiday event that even Mr. Benjamin Franklin himself would approve of. Bring the kids and don’t miss it!  

A Philly POPS Christmas Merry up for a simply magical evening of pure holiday bliss as Maestro Michael Krajewski takes the reigns to lead the acclaimed POPS for a delightfully festive show featuring vocalist Justin Hopkins, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the Philly POPS Festival Chorus and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir. But perhaps the best of it all this year? There’s a POPS style holiday tribute of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Get those tickets. Dec 2nd-19th/Kimmel Center/300 S. Broad St.Various dates and showtimes

Pennsylvania Ballet presents The Nutcracker Imagine a Philly holiday season without the PA Ballet’s stunning presentation of Tchaikovsky’s legendary creation? Actually, no, we don’t want to, we just need to get those tickets because like the holidays themselves, this beloved entertainment affair will be dancing away soon, so don’t miss out and go right here for more holiday tip-toe action. Tonight-December 31st/The Academy of Music/various ticket prices and showtimes/240 S. Broad St.

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Looking to slay your favorite karaoke grooves all holiday season long? Well, you’re in luck because chances are the always musically gift-wrapped Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure at any one of these fab Philly locations listed below! Happy holidaze! Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 10-2 W/N W/N 931 Spring Garden, Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday, 9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave

ANNIE For the love of all things Sandy and “Tomorrow,” there’s simply no denying that it’s been a hard knock year for all of us, so what better way to treat the whole family and go see this forever cherished Broadway musical while it’s in town through the Philly holiday season! There’s really nothing else to say here except that Daddy Warbucks, Ms. Hannigan and everyone’s favorite ginger curled cute, Ms. Annie, will be waiting for you! Tonight-Jan 7th, 2018/Walnut Street Theatre/Various ticket prices & showtimes/825 Walnut St.

BalletX While we could go on and on about the ridiculously brilliant conceptualization and loads of talent that’s laced within this stunning dance troupe, it all comes down to three words….get those tickets. If you’re looking for a show that’s guaranteed to lift your spirits this holiday season, it’s right here. Check out the official BalletX site for more. Tonight-Sunday/Wilma Theater/various ticket prices/265 S. Broad St.

DJ Chris Urban If you’re looking for the perfect spot to dance the night away after your office holiday party this weekend, then you must head over to L’Etage (9 pm, 624 S. 6th St.) this Saturday. Which of course coincides with the perfect spot to work off that nasty office holiday party hangover on Sunday, then Positano Coast (12pm-4 pm, 212 Walnut St.) has just what you’re looking for. But perhaps the best of your jinglin’ shenanigans this weekend is that all of this will be helmed by the beats and grooves served up by one of Philly’s raddest DJs. Now, dance, Santa, dance. 

DJ Jimmy DePre  He’s back from San Fran and is guaranteed to be more than ready to serve up those deep ditties and yaaaas anthems all weekend long for your dancing kween pleasure. No further statements. Well, except to say play this delish Whitney owned bubbling banger below on repeat and then get ready to dance for your gay life, bish. Friday/Saturday/10 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St. 

POP MUZIK w/DJ Robert Drake Hard to believe, but it’s already been just about a year since our beloved George Michael left us (Christmas Day last year, to be exact), so to honor his memory, the one-and-only Mr. Drake (you know he’s more than ready for tomorrow’s snow covered play-by-play), will be spinning those classic cuts for a very special serving of his Pop Muzik dance-stravaganza. And in case you were wondering…yes, this is that dance party that used to be on Saturdays at The Dolphin. Now that that’s settled, bring your “Monkey” and let’s hit the dance floor in celebrated memory of Mr. George Michael. Sound good? Yes. Tonight/Club Mousai/10 pm/$5/1227 Walnut St. 

Eat Your Beats w/Santa Claus  No, Rudolph, you’re not hallucinating…he does exist and he’s about to take over the Good Good Comedy Theatre tonight to judge you for your comedic lives. Hosted by the always sharp Alejandro Morales, this event, and according to the event’s Facebook page, get ready for a Comedy show. Rap battle. Food fight. Come and get it. The funniest wordsmiths in Philly face off in a competition of vocal dexterity and culinary imagination, and they’re not leaving the table until they’re finished…[all] with special guest judge Santa Claus [from] HBO and Comedy Central!In other words, leave the kids at home, hop in the sleigh and witness just how these rising comedic stars are going to slay that stage tonight. Tonight/10 pm/Good Good Comedy Theatre/215 N. 11th St. 

DVLF Presents TOY  A fabulous night full of holiday spirit, love, life, laughter, but most importantly, lots and lots and love for the kids at CHOP, which is the absolute best reason why you should grab your tickets (there might be a few left…)to the the annual TOY gala. Hosted by the incredible DVLF, this glamorous night is indeed one of Philly’s most anticipated holiday events (it was also named, “Best LGBT Fundraiser” by the Philadelphia Gay News four years in a row!), which means you should slip into your most fierce and fabulous winter attire and head over to SKY Philadelphia tomorrow night for lots of dancing, delish cocktails and great Philly company. But most of all it’s about all of us coming together during the holidays after a year that’s been, well, a year. So, go here for more info, get glam for Santa and everyone will see you there tomorrow night! Tomorrow/7 pm/Sky Philadelphia/1717 Arch St. 

Divas in the Sky  Speaking of Sky Philadelphia (you might as well book a room), it’s certainly the spot to be this weekend as Philly Drag Mafia countess Brittany Lynn along with Cherry Pop, Poison, Electra and DJ Carl Michaels will be taking over the 50th floor for a sky high drag show featuring all kinds of shit and shenanigans that you’re Mama warned you never to witness. Also on the menu will be a fabulous buffet, um, spread (go here for more slay), and of course, heaping amounts of beats and incredible local drag talent. But you betta hurry, because rumor has it that Brittany Lynn is already in the buffet line, so don’t miss out and grab those tickets…now. Sunday/11 am/Sky Philadelphia/1717 Arch St. 

Also for your local and legendary entertainment pleasure this weekend….


Henry Fong@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)……………Kill The Noise/Seven Lions @The Fillmore(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)……………Rebirth Bass Band@Union Transfer (9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………Green Velvet@Coda(11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………Strand of Oaks@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…………..Pigeons Playing Ping Pong@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)………Just Surrender/Carousel Kings@The Foundry(9 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave……….DJ CID @Rumor(11 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)……..Young Statues@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)….


Mogwait/Xander Harris@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)…………Patrice McBride @Rumor(11 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)………..Chachi@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………..Wolf Alice @The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)…………Camp Lo@Voltage Lounge(10 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………Hiss Golden Messenger@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…………..Strand of Oaks@Boot & Saddle(830 om, 1131 S. Broad St.)……….Kweku Collins@Johnny Brenda’s(915 pm, 1201 Frankford Avenue)………..Stop@Everybody Hits(9 pm, 521 W. Girard Ave)……..Ryan Tennis@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.).


Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac (9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)………The Interrupters@TLA(5 pm, 334 South St.)……..The Score@Balcony Bar@The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……..Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis @Tabu(9 pm, 200 South 12th St.)……Mary Scholz@World Cafe Live Upstairs(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)……….Perilune@Underground Arts(730 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.) 

Cover photo courtesy of VisitPhilly 


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