Philly Weekend Entertainment Groove

While the weather outside is frightful once again…..

….the local and legendary events on this weekend’s fierce and festive list will make you feel oh, so delightful. 

Ready, set, eggnog. 

For the kid ages one-to-ninety-two in your life, 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 through March 4th, 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 waaay 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 seen it forty times already, but for those who haven’t, 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! Let’s twinkle. 

Franklin Square Holiday Festival A fabulous mix of lighted Philadelphia history and simply stunning light show, this beloved Philly tradition (200 N. 6th St.) is sure to illuminate ya damn 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!

ANNIE For the love of all things Sandy and “Tomorrow,” there’s simply no denying that it’s been a hard knock existence for all of us this year, 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, life 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.

DJ Jimmy DePre Ignore that shitty weather forecast and head over to Tavern on Camac tonight (and tomorrow night, too!) where the always yaaas Mr. DePre will be twirlin those cuts out just for you, bish. And please remember…dance floors are for dancing and not standing there on your phone. Scruff and Grind’r can wait. Tonight & Saturday night/Tavern on Camac/10 pm/243 S. Camac St. 

Lettuce Rejoice:Hedda’s Holiday Spectacular You betta…press play on some J.Hud because for one fabulous night only–the esteemeed Queen of Green herself–Ms. Hedda Lettuce, will be taking over Philly with a holiday spectacular that’s not to be missed, kween! Get ready for a fierce night of holigay cheer while Ms. Hedda’s rendition of some of your holiday favorites will be guaranteed to stuff your stocking! Now, sleigh. Tonight/$25/830 pm/Ruba Club/416 Green St. 

The Hoots and Hellmouth & Johnny Showcase Solstice Spectacle  Now, what could be better than a little Johnny Showcase music action during the holidays? Actually, wait, don’t answer that…just head over to Union Transfer tonight and witness this delightfully cray and eclectic 10 piece ensemble and take over your snow covered life as they celebrate the release of their soon-to-be smash fourth studio set. Read about it all about right here (like, right now) and then…grab those tickets like a kid at Christmas. Tonight/730 pm/Union Transfer/1026 Spring Garden St. 

Kingfisher/Will Brown/Evan Scheerer  Looking to warm things up a bit this weekend? Then head over to the Barbary tomorrow night where the one, two, three punch of these final local music acts will be armed and ready to heat it up for you and to help you forget all about today’s weather drama. Go right here for set times and ticket info and then…go. Saturday/7 pm/The Barbary/951 Frankford Ave 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Does this one really need an explanation? Never. “Carol of the Bells” for holiday life. Sunday/Wells Fargo Center/730 pm/3601 South Broad St. 

Also on the local and legendary entertainment decks for your……


Municipal Waste@The Trocadero(7 pm, 10003 Arch St.)………Trophy Eyes/Free Throw@The Fillmore(6 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Ofenbach@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……….The Dan Band@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)……Two Friends@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)……….Owel@Voltage Lounge(730 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……….Muscle Tough@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)


Matisyhau@TLA(9 pm, 334 South St.)…………Converge@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………..Work Drugs@Boot&Saddle(8 pm, 1131 South Broad St.)…….Plumb@Tower Theatre(730 pm, 69th & Ludlow St.)………Marah@Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)………Chynna@The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)……..Jesse Marco@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)…….DJ CYD@Coda(11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.) 


A Very Mary Christmas w/Mimi Imfurst@Ruba Club(7 pm, 416 Green St.)……..Sinful Sundays w/The Goddess Isis@Tabu(9 pm, 200 South 12th St.)……Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)……….Carmen Lundy@South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………Boy Named Banjo@Milkboy Philly(7 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.) 

Cover photo courtesy of VisitPhilly 





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