Let’s get the ready to deck those halls all week long by doing everything on this list…
For your holiday pleasure this season……
There’s the always lit Christmas Village (1501 JFK Blvd.) which is delightfully surrounded by ice-skating at City Hall, 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! Who’s ready? Everyone…even The Grinch.
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. Friday, December 8th through December 31st/The Academy of Music/various ticket prices and showtimes/240 S. Broad St.
For your local and legendary entertainment radars and gaydars…..
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. Now through December 10th/Wilma Theater/various ticket prices/265 S. Broad St.
Q102 Jingle Ball What do The Chainsmokers, Fall Out Boy, Kesha, Niall Horan and Halsey all have in common? They’re all going to be trying to perform on top of the legions of screaming teenage girls who’ll be no doubt taking over the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. Who’s ready? Everyone. Wednesday/730 pm/Wells Fargo Center/3601 S. Broad St.
Cloud Nine Since being on the dance floor all month long is the only proper way to ring in the holidays, head over to TOC this Wednesday night where DJs Brando Calrissian and Tommy Hogunx will be spinning those delicious grooves and deep house cuts like…what. Let’s fucking dance for Santa. Wednesday/9 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St.
SLEIGH Gird your holiday lions and press out your best winter attire because Valanni’s annual Toys for Tots event is here…and this year it’s extra fabulous and fierce because you’ve been such good guys, gals and gays all year long!
Besides being Emcee’d by the one and vaginally challenged holiday diva herself, Ms. Brittany Lynn, your stand out hosts and entertainers for the starlit evening will include Michael Duffy, Billy Cavallo, Iris Spectre, Lady Geisha, Tommee Boom, Anthony Retro, HoneyTree Evil Eye, Flrt Vonnegut and many more fabulous kids from the neighborhood. However…the main event…….will include an oh, so special appearance from the one-and-only Real Housewives of New Jersey Kween herself, Ms. Teresa Giudice. Yas, bish, yaaas. Get those tickets right here (including details on special meet-and-great packages) and stay tuned for more tea on the soon-to-be-shimmering spectacle. Let’s get ready to Sleigh. Thursday/Valanni Social/8 pm/1229 Spruce St.
Also on the local and legendary entertainment decks for your……
LCD Soundsystem@The Fillmore(730 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………$uicideboy$@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)………..Xavier Omär @Coda(830 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……….Honey Radar @Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…………..Elizabeth Cool@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)……..Sonny Digital/Young Chop@The Foundry(9 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)………Roxy Coss@South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad
Roxy Coss@South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)…………..Sun Parade@Boot&Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…………Seepeoples@Milkboy Philly(8 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…………..Christina LaRocca@Bourbon & Branch(705 N. 2nd St.)………….Murph.@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)……….Lo!@Ortlieb‘s(8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)…………
MILLENNIUM@Electric Factory (8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………Trapt@Voltage Lounge(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………Space Jesus@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Moving Mountains@PhilaMOCA(8 pm, 531 N. 12th St.)…………SHAED/Foreign Air@Johnny Brenda‘s(8 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)…………QTY@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………Rico Nasty@Balcony Bar@The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch 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……….Young Statues@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)….DJ CID @Rumor(11 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)
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