While the weather outside is a little frightful….everything on this Philly entertainment to-do list will make you feel just so delightful. Let’s go because you-know-who is watchin.’
For your 2018 holiday pleasure……
…….the Philly Christmas Village is back with a giant gift….literally. This year, the beloved Philly tradition returns to a newly renovated LOVE Park (and a big ol’ lit up present right in the middle-of-it-all!) for its 11th season to put us all in the mood for the upcoming delightful madness of the holiday season….yes. Today through Monday, December 24th, be on the lookout for all of the usual holiday sights, sounds, creations, treats (Maker’s Mark plus hot chocolate equals bliss) and of course, lots of eats! Happy holidaze, Philly! Go right here for much more Philly holiday tea.….and don’t forget about the ice skating in front of City Hall and pop up holiday bar, Tinsel! , which is featuring….wait for it….snow globe cocktails this year! Go, Rudolph, go.
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 has also made its grand return! 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.
The Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House The rumors are true…..he does exist! But besides that holiday magic….yes, the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House (aka..The Met) has finally opened its grand doors to the public! While indeed we could go on and on about the building’s extravagant construction process and just what a spectacular entertainment beacon it now truly will be for everyone (click right here for all of the tea on the big D’s), let’s spill about who’ll be stopping by for the grand opening celebrations–Pentatonix (Sat & Sun), Lindsey Stirling (Dec 18th), Charlie Wilson (Dec 22nd), PnB Rock (Dec 28th) and Kurt Vile (Dec 29th), just to name a splendid few. But what it really boils down to like Alanis is…The Met is now open for business in taking all of your hard-earned green for those tickets…and we simply can’t wait for it all.
Adventures in the Arctic Elf Trade So, who’s looking for a few sexy, dancing elves this season? Since that answer is all of us, you should waste no time in getting those tickets to explore the North Pole with the latest round of locally talented goodies served up by Brian Sanders’ Junk troupe. With a dash of The Nutcracker and other holiday favorites, this is one show that’s guaranteed to put your candy cane in the upright position as we get ready for the holiday madness. There’s nothing left to say here but go right here for more JUNK holiday tea and then…go. (Tonight-Dec 22nd)
A Philly Pops Christmas/Verizon Hall @Kimmel Center Get ready….because the Pops are back! And without a doubt, it’s the one thing you must do this season before any festivities begin as it’s a beloved tradition that just exemplifies the true meaning of the Philly holidays…incredible music and talent! So, waste no time in getting those tickets, plus the Pops are currently joined this season by Hamilton:An American Musical‘s star Mandy Gonzalez, so you already know this year’s Pops-stravaganza is going to be extra merry and bright. Shows are going on right now and run through Sat, Dec 22nd…get those tickets!
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker It’s official, the magnificent curtain at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music has officially risen to the holiday tune of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s always glorious take on The Nutcracker! Which of course means the Philly holiday season is officially in full, festive swing! And now the question is…did you get your tickets to those glorious seats yet? If not, tip-toe to the box office and get them now! And for much more tea on this year’s enchanting production, dance your way right over here. (Tonight through Monday, December 31st)
The Grinch/Merriam Theater Move over, Mariah?? Because it looks like there’s a new(ish) holiday champion this year. Not only is the beloved “tiny-hearted” titular character of Dr. Seuss’ magical holiday story taking, err, earning lots of green at the movie box office ( a little over $200 million ain’t bad), but he’s looking to steal your heart this Philly holiday season! For ten enchanted nights kicking off next Wednesday, December 19th through Dec 29th, the traveling national production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is taking over the Merriam Theater! So, never mind stressing about what gift to surprise the whole entire family with, because it’s right here…and it’s a guarantee that they’ll love ya forever! But, like the last can of Who Hash, those tickets will fly away quickly, so don’t you be a Grinch in waiting too long to bag them up when you click right here!
Charlotte’s Web/Arden Theatre Company Now, what could be better than an ultra-talented cast of teens taking the stage for a fabulous adaptation of everyone’s favorite children’s book? Maybe if puppies and kittens were doing it, but since we know that can’t happen (maybe?), this is the absolute next greatest thing. So, get those tickets and head on over to The Arden Theatre Company (right in the glory of Old City) to get your holiday season started off in the most spectacular way possible. Plus, wait until you see Ms. Charlotte (the amazing, Anaya Strutz) in all of her Cirque-inspired jaw dropping talent! The show runs through January 27th and tickets are going fast, but don’t panic because you can get them right here, right now!
Matilda:The Musical/Walnut Street Theatre It’s official…no one in Philly is going to be able to escape the magic of everyone’s beloved children’s books this holiday season…but then again, why would we want to?! Yes, another one of our faves from bedtime has come to life, only this time on the Walnut Street Theatre stage right in the heart of Philly’s Washington Square area. So, grab the kids (don’t forget about grandma, too!) and grab your tickets to once again revel in all of the magical shenanigans that lil’ Ms. Matilda and her classmates will be up to…and chances are, you’ll absolutely live for every moment of it. Now through Sunday, January 6th! Fly away right here for much more info. (Now-Sunday, January 6th)
The Color Purple/Theatre Horizon While we could easily spill Broadway tea all day (we really could) about everything this award owning/life-changing 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!!
Jewel/Keswick Theatre Yes, that Jewel. Now, follow use your hands and follow your intuition right here for more info because you were meant for those tickets. (8 pm)
Drag Wars All Stars 3:Finale Holiday Spectacular This is what it all comes down to….it all comes down to this. And when you add a serving of holiday life, well, you betta sashay to Voyeur tonight to witness what happens when a gander of some of Philly’s hottest drag queens serve us holiday gusto, gowns and so, so, so much more. Of course, it’s all to see just what phabulous gal will be crowned (perhaps a piece for Emma Gerber?) Philly’s next drag superstar. Oh, yaaas, there’s also $1,000 dollar cash prize involved, so you know that this competition is about to close out with a night full of werk. For much more info, check yourself right here and then check into Voyeur tonight because you do not want to miss a moment of any of it. (7 pm)
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 this holiday season, kids) has got your vocal chords covered like a light snow on the ground 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 all holiday season long. Ready, set, sang and be merry! 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
Tavern on Camac If you’re looking to put the extra yaaaaas in your holiday kween this weekend, then the Gayborhood’s TOC is the place to be. As if a holiday sleigh-ing of The Eric Jaffe Show (kicking off at 730!) with special guests Sav Souza, Taylor Plunkett-Clements, Hannah Lorimer and Soloman Thorne wasn’t enough…..he’s baaack. Yes, that’s right, resident DJ Jimmy DePre has returned from San Francisco and straight up like Paula in ’88…he’s ready to give it to you on the dance floor all night long kicking off at 10 pm. And of course, don’t forget about Showtunes Sundays, which will have “fa-la-la-la-la-ing” right into your hangover on Monday morning. What it all comes down to is…who’s ready to dance and be Mary this weekend? Everyone.
Also on Santa’s local and legendary entertainment slay for your weekend…..
Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Boxers PHL, Tabu, Franky Bradley’s & Voyeur……..Steelo:A Hip Hop Dance Party@Front Street Dive(9 pm)……..Ruckus@NOTO(10 pm)……..Brandon Nieferauer Band @The Fillmore(8 pm)………Chris Lane@TLA(8 pm)…….Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus Caroling @The Comcast Center (430 pm)……Cat Power@Union Transfer@Union Transfer(730 pm)……The Starting Line@Franklin Music Hall(730 pm)……..Borgeous@Borgata Hotel & Casino(10 pm)
Bronnie/FRND CRCL @The Fire(2 pm)…….Full Bush @Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)….Ramble Tamble@Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs(midnight)………Dentana@Saint Lazarus(10 pm)……Drag & Dine@Front Street Cafe(7 pm)…….Queer Sundays @The Saint(10 pm)…..Dress to Impress Cocktail Party@Howl at the Moon(7 pm)…….Not Your Basic Brunch:The Brunch Who Stole Christmas @Tradesman’s(2 pm)