So, just how are you going to fit everything on this list onto your already packed pre-holiday schedule?
There’s only one way to find out….do it.
Enjoy and happy decorating, everyone!
2018 Philadelphia Holiday Tree Lighting So, let’s talk about this year, though. Okay, enough about that….let’s talk about how this Wednesday night is the perfect night to leave those troubles behind and come together for this year’s annual tree lighting at City Hall! With tons of food, festivities and fun, grab the dog, cat, and grandma, too, for a dazzling night in Center City that you’ll never forget. You can also expect Mayor Kenney, Philadelphia Flyers’ Gritty, and the diva sounds of Ms. Vivian Green, which are guaranteed to keep you nice and warm all night long. Oh, yeah, there might be one or a million lights wrapping around this year’s grand holiday tree, which you sort of can’t miss. Know what else you sort of can’t miss? This event. Ready, set, glow it on up right here for much more tea on this Wednesday night’s annual festivities…your inner-Grinch will thank you. (5 pm)
The Color Purple/Theatre Horizon While we could easily spill tea all day (we really could) about everything this award owning show has to offer, you just have to revel in it for yourself as its rightfully taken over the Theatre Horizon all the way through Sunday, December 23rd! Plus, when you get those tickets (some dates are already sold out…so you better hurry!!), you’ll get to see what other critically acclaimed productions are headed to the Theatre’s esteemed way, like, well…just breeze it on over right here to get lost in it all Tickets start as low as $45, too!!
Sing Your Life Karaoke Whether during the hustle-and-bustle of your week or the slay of your weekend, the always lovely Ms. Sara Sherr (treat her right, kids) has got your vocal chords covered like a fifth grade textbook thanks to her always on-point Sing Your Life Karaoke collection. And as always, it’ll be rightfully serving Philly at each of these fabulous locations listed below. Ready, set, sang. Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down Thurs/9-2/Milkboy South Street Fri/9-1 Southhouse Saturday/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap
Open Mic Night w/ the Godess Isis/The Fire It’s the fourth Monday of the month, and you know what that means…yes, you’re rent is almost due. But besides that, Philly Gayborhood drag legend, Ms. Isis, will have it all fired up at The Fire once again to serve you with the most sickening open mic night this side of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Singing starts at 9, sign ups start at 8, the Goddess will be waiting for you at 7:59. You betta…sang, kween. (Tonight/9 pm-2 am)
Signal/Vesper Sporting Club Beats, beats and more beats…oh, yaaas. This Thursday night, fist pump it and then some over to Vesper Sporting Club where DJs John Raffaele and Eskuche (go here for a lil’ sneak peak) will be primed and waiting for you in all of their groove glory. There still be might one or two tables left, so get yours while the gettin’ is good. Then, prepare yourself to let it all go and get ready to dance all night. It’s just that simple. (Thursday/9 pm-2 am)
The Internet/The Fillmore Because tonight/any night is the perfect night to lock the bedroom door and get lost in all of the chilled out sounds of this laid back quintet.So, now that you’re feeling nice and zen, get those tickets to see them take over The Fillmore this Thursday night because this is one vibe we could all get into right now. (8 pm)
2018 Philadelphia Drag Awards Picture it….this Friday night…..Voyeur Nightclub.….every single of your phavorite Philly drag performers will be serving us lewks (and so, so much more) as they complete without shade in this year’s Drag Awards! While we’re ridiculously anticipating which dude or diva will take home top awards including Drag Queen and King of the Year, what we do know is that you’ll be joined by your hosts and very special guests, Iris Spectre, Vinchelle, Eric Jaffe, Aunt Mary Pat, Bev, and many, many more! But wait…after all of the trophies are served out, you betta walk over to Toasted Walnut and/or Boxers PHL as they’ll both be hosting your official Drag Awards afterparties! Yaaas, it’s like that, Mariah. For much more tea about this week’s big award-stravaganza, sashay it on up right here and then get ready clutch those pearls for an evening to remember, gurrrrl! (Friday/9 pm-2 am)
ABBArama/The Dolphin Tavern Now, what could be better than an ALL ABBA themed dance party (plus so..much…vinyl) for the start of your weekend?? Actually, don’t answer that, just shimmy and squeeze into your favorite ’70s garb (strongly required..because, why not?) and then get ready to shag a rug like the fabulous dancing kings and queens you were born to be. Go right here for more info..and then go. (Friday/10 pm-2 am)
Foreigner/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Because we ALL still want to know just what the hell love is. Luckily for everyone, we’ll get one step closer to the truth when everyone’s favorite ’80s rockers dominate the Jersey Shore this Friday night…and that they most certainly will. Get those tickets..now. (8 pm)
And the moment that all of us have been waiting for…….the Christmas Village is back!! This year, the beloved Philly tradition returns to a newly renovated LOVE Park for its 11th season to put us all in the mood for the upcoming delightful madness of the holiday season….yes. Kicking off on Thanksgiving Day (this Thursday, November 22, 2018) through Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24, 2018), be on the lookout for all of the usual holiday sights, sounds, creations, treats, and of course, lots of eats! Happy holidaze, Philly! Let’s get ready to Christmas Village it up all season long. Go right here for much more Philly holiday tea.….and don’t forget about the ice skating in front of City Hall!!
Oh, yes, there’s just one more glistening thing we must mention…..and as usual, it’s superb for all of us kids one-to-ninety-two…..the Macy’s Christmas Light Show is also making it’s grand return this week! All you and the phamily have to do is show up at the Grand Court atrium at Macy’s Center City (look for the big ol’ Wannamaker Organ) kicking off at 10 a.m. every two hours until 8 pm through Monday, December 31st! It’s just that easy to get lost in the lights and the magic of the 2018 holiday season. For much more hot and piping Macy’s tea (wait until you see this year’s third floor theme), check your bags right here.
Also on the local and legendary entertainment decks this week…..
24th Anniversary Party @Fergie’s Pub(7 pm)………..Game Show, Gong Show@Lucky 13 Pub(8pm)…….Gaaaay Trivia w/Chris Balbi@Boxers PHL(8 pm)……….Monday Night Raw @Saint Lazarus Bar(10 pm)………Avi Wisnia@Voltage Lounge(730 pm0)……….Gritty Bake Off!(yes, that Gritty)@The Thirsty Soul(11 pm)
Turn Out Tuesdays@Boxers PHL(7 pm)………..Kris Allen@World Cafe Live(8 pm)……..Har Mar Superstar @Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)…….Wrecks @The Foundry(730 pm)……..West Philadelphia Orchestra@(9 pm)…………Kaonashi@Voltage Lounge(7 pm)………….B. Aquarius@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm)………..
Anime@TLA(8 pm)…………The Paper Kites@Underground Arts(9 pm)………….Oliver Francis@Voltage Lounge(8 pm)…….Draco Rosa@The Foundry(8 pm)………Kulick@Creeps Record Store(9 pm)………A.M. Mills@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)…….Garbage Greek@Ortlieb’s(8 pm)……….Shane Dodd@Milkboy Philly(8 pm)
WHY?@Union Transfer(730 pm)……..Mannheim Steamroller@Sands Bethlehem Event Center(7 pm)………HAERTS@Boot & Saddle(7 pm)…………..K?D@NOTO(10 pm)……..Drug Church@Kung Fu Necktie(9 pm)……….Dana Gould@Helium Comedy Club(8 pm)……..RFA@Underground Arts(7 pm)……..Lao Tizer/Karen Briggs@South Jazz Club(9 pm)…….The Dead Flowers@Underground Arts(9 pm)……..Shizz Lo@Concourse Dance Bar(9 pm)…….
Khruangbin@Union Transfer(8 pm)……………Streetlight Manifesto@Franklin Music Hall(8 pm)……….Michael McDonald@Excite Center @Parx Casino(7 pm)…….Steven Wilson@The Fillmore(8 pm)……..Helio Sequence@Johnny Brenda’s(915 pm)……….LANCO/Travis Denning@TLA(8 pm)……..Grandtheft@NOTO(10 pm)……….Rich Medina@Silk City Diner & Lounge(10 pm)………..Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus@Prince Music Theater(730 pm)………The Last Generation on Film@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)……..Bok Nero@Voltage Lounge(10 pm)…….Stargazer Lily @The Grape Room(8 pm)……
Cover photo courtesy of Macy’s and whatever is left of Justin Bieber’s singing career