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December 6, 2012

Tonight Picks: Philly Photo Day Exhibition, Holiday Events And Attractions, Penn Museum 125th Anniversary Open House, 12 Cans Of Christmas At Percy Street Barbecue And More

Happy 125th Anniversary to the Penn Museum, home to the third largest sphinx in the world. Stop by the museum this evening -- admission is free -- through 10 p.m. for celebratory festivities. (Photo courtesy Penn Museum)

[Evenings in Philadelphia are always action-packed, and we want to help you cherry-pick from all the events and activities going on. On certain days that promise particularly bustling evenings, we round up our selections for the most can't-miss pursuits with which to fill your schedule. See you out there!]

Philly Photo Day Opening Reception: Philly Photo Day 2012, back on October 26, was hugely successful. The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center received 1,800 photograph submissions of our beautiful city. Every photograph was printed and will be on display for all to see starting tonight, and some will even hold spots on SEPTA buses, trains and billboards. Tonight’s opening reception will run from 6-9 p.m. Guests will enjoy great photography, refreshments, a raffle and more.

Where: Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street
When: Thursday, December 6, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Free

American Sardine Bar West Coast Tap Takeover: After a recent plug on The Travel Channel, head out to American Sardine Bar for a night of beer. Elysian Brewing Co. will be bringing out eight of their rare draughts for your enjoyment. In addition to this, American Sardine Bar will be breaking out some of their favorite West Coast beers. A full list can be found here.

Where: American Sardine Bar, 1800 Federal Street
When: Thursday, December 6
Cost: Pay as you go

Grid Magazine Release Party: The brand new issue of Grid is ready for you. Tonight, pick up a copy at Reading Terminal Market where the magazine will be having its release party chock full of free food, booze and fun. To name a few, Metropolitan Bakery will be providing fresh-baked bread, Yards will be giving you your beer fix and Philadelphia Distilling will provide guests with sips. This issue of Grid will feature the highly anticipated sustainable business network directory.

Where: Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Filbert Streets
When: Thursday, December 6, 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

The 12 Cans Of Christmas at Percy Street Barbecue: Named the Number 1 Place in America for Craft Beer In Cans earlier this year, Percy Street Barbecue is flexing its craft beer muscles and celebrating the holidays during their 12 Cans of Christmas event. Guests will be offered a different half-priced beer each day along with free bar snacks. The beer on special tonight is Abita Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale. Be sure to add your empties to the 2012 Percy Street Christmas tree.

Where: Percy Street Barbecue, 900 South Street
When: Thursday, December 6, 5-7 p.m.
Cost: Pay as you go

Christmas Village: Philadelphia’s Christmas Village is in full swing at Love Park. Get some of your Christmas shopping done tonight while enjoying the gigantic outdoor holiday market, modeled after Germany’s open-air Christmas markets. Transport your tastebuds to Germany with traditional German holiday food and bring them back to Pennsylvania with some Chaddsford Winery mulled wine.

Where: Love Park, 1500 Arch Street
When: Thursday, December 6, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Comcast Holiday Spectacular: A Philadelphia favorite, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular is bound to knock your socks off. More than half a million people have visited the site since its opening in 2008. Enjoy the free, 15-minute holiday show shown on the Comcast Center’s Comcast Experience video wall which happens to be the largest four-mm LED video display in the world. Holiday scenes from the The Nutcracker, performed by the Pennsylvania ballet, and scenes from the snowy Pennsylvania countryside will fill the screen.

Where: Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard
When: Thursday, December 6, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (except 5 p.m.) every hour on the hour
Cost: Free

More Tonight Picks, below.

Ladies’ Shopping Night in Kennett Square: Ladies, get your shop on tonight in Kennett Square. Enjoy a special night just for you at the boutiques and shops in the area.

Where: Participating boutiques and shops in Kennett Square
When: Thursday, December 6
Cost: Pay as you go

Longwood Gardens Christmas: Longwood Gardens’ impressive Christmas light display has been open for a week and there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with half a million lights plus Christmas trees and wreaths decorating the property. Enjoy dazzling fountain shows among the lights. Purchase your timed tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
When: Thursday, December 6, last entrance is at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Tickets range from $8-$18

The Philadelphia History Museum’s Conversations Series — Treacherous Beauty: Tonight, listen to authors Mark Jacob and Stephen Case discuss their recent book, Treacherous Beauty: Peggy Shippen, the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold’s Plot to Betray America. The Philadelphia History Museum and the Museum of the American Revolution teamed up regarding this under-addressed subject. The authors discuss how drastically history could have changed if Benedict Arnold’s wife, Peggy Shippen, succeeded in her plan to trick George Washington.

Where: Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 7th Street
When: Thursday, December 6, 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free for members, $10 per person for non-members

Penn Museum 125th Anniversary Open House: Celebrate 125 years since the Penn Museum’s opening at this free open house. The full event calendar can be found here, but highlights include flashlight tours led by Penn graduate students at 7:30, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m. Get a little freaked out while discovering mummies and Egyptian history by flashlight.

Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
When: Thursday, December 6, all day and night
Cost: Free

Macy’s Christmas Light Show: The Macy’s Christmas light show is a Philadelphia holiday tradition. The legendary Julie Andrews narrates Christmas stories as the famous Wanamaker Organ plays musical accompaniment. More than 100,000 sparkling and colorful LED lights create holiday images and scenes on the four-story-high velvet curtain of the Grand Court atrium.

Where: Macy’s, 1300 Market Street
When: Thursday, December 6, until 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Yelp Shops Local: A Very Dapper Shopping Event: Tonight from 5:30-7:30 p.m. get an exclusive look inside men’s boutique Henry A. Davidsen, which is usually appointment only. Yelpers are invited to a special night of snacks, booze and menswear. This event is the perfect place to get your holiday shopping done for the men in your life. Click respond to secure your spot.

Where: Henry A. Davidsen, 1701 Spruce Street, 2nd Floor
When: Thursday, December 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Pay as you go

Barre Focus Fitness University City Grand Opening Celebration: Head out to Barre Focus Fitness University City tonight for a night of free fitness, champagne, snacks from Pure Fare and giveaways from local businesses. There will be two free classes for anyone who’s interested, the first at 6:30 p.m. and the second at 7:45 p.m. Get your fitness on while celebrating the grand opening of a great fitness center in University City.

Where: Barre Focus Fitness University City, 4145 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor
When: Thursday, December 6, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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