After you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped (and gotten lost in a little Army/Navy madness, of course), how about conquering……
….everything on this list?
Sounds good. Go.
Code Red/The Foundry If you’re looking to revel in some of the most sickening and hard-working drag queens (and lots of other explosive talent) this side of the Ben Franklin in an evening filled with hope and love referring to the stigma of HIV and AIDS, this is it right here, kids, kweens, guys and gals. Tomorrow night, join your tirelessly werking hosts, Mr. Brandon Robert and Ms. Cherry Pop (seriously, show them some good ol’ fashioned Philly love) as they once again put on a show that struts miles above the rest. But perhaps the most grand part of tomorrow night’s heart warming event is that 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to AIDS Fund and Mezzoni Center, which are two incredible local organizations that are making great strides with community outreach and HIV and AIDS research. If you’re looking to get a head start on donations for this incredible cause and event, you can absolutely do that right here. Otherwise, let’s all shantay to The Foundry tomorrow night for a truly spectacular event to remember. (Sunday/7 pm)
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 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 (go right here for all of the tea on the big D’s), let’s spill about who else is stopping by for the grand opening celebrations. Of course, as you know, John Legend and Bob Dylan have already stopped by this week, and you’ve also got James Bay, Pentatonix, Massive Attack, Madea (yes, that Madea), Weezer, Mariah, the acclaimed cast of Schitt’s Creek(!!!!!), Trevor Noah, Meek Mill and Bill & Hillary Clinton..perhaps you’ve heard of all of them? But what it really comes down to 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.
The Grinch 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, but he’s looking to steal your heart this Philly holiday season! For ten enchanted nights (Dec 19th-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 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 you 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. Fly away right here for much more info. Now-Sunday, January 6th
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 holidays…incredible music and talent! So, waste no time in getting those tickets, plus the Pops will be 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!
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
SWAY/Tabu Philly’s biggest, queerest and most yaaas-est dance party is back…and you know what that means. Three floors of dancing equals three floors of good vibes and good fun all f@#king night long. There’s just no sugar coating it when it comes to this event because we could all use some fierce energy in our lives right now. So, if you’re lookin’ to let that perm down and just let it ride and party…go and let the rhythm take you there into the queer hours of the night. (Tonight/10 pm-2 am)
Maxwell & Marsha Ambrosius/Tower Theatre Yes and yes, especially this time of year. Get those tickets before you can’t. (Tonight/8 pm)
Mavis Staples/World Cafe Live If you’re looking for one of the most soulful shows of your…life, look no further because it’s right here. And in case you were wondering, yes, this living legend is certainly going to take us there and beyond.Got tickets? (Tonight/8 pm)
And 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, 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!!
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.
Also on the local and legendary entertainment halls for your…..
Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Tavern on Camac, Tabu, Voyeur and Franky Bradley’s(10 pm, Gayborhood)……..Beat Wars @Toasted Walnut Bar & Kitchen(10 pm)……….Space Disco@Infusion Lounge(9 pm) Lil Uzi Vert @Wells Fargo Center(9 pm)…………Kodaline@TLA(8 pm)……….Ministry @Franklin Music Hall(7 pm)……..Tchami@Ocean Resort Casino & Spa(10 pm)……..Gang of Youths@Underground Arts(8 pm)……..Cody Jinks@The Fillmore(8 pm)……….Susperia@The Trocadero(9 pm).
Winter Jawns & Jingles Party@Warehouse on Watts………Philly LGBTQ History Group:Holiday Social @William Way Center(12 pm)…….Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm)………………..Underoath @Franklin Music Hall(7 pm)…….. Weedeater@Kung Fu Necktie(9 pm)……I Am the Avalanche@Milkboy Philly(730 pm)……..Spirits of the Beehive@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)……..Moon Tooth @The Barbary(7 pm)…….Mimi Jones @South Jazz Club..….The Upper Room @Franky Bradley’s(6 pm)….Queer Sundays@The Saint(10 pm)…..Sunday Sauce @The Barbary