[Evenings in Philadelphia are always action-packed, especially during the holiday season, 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!]
As always on Thursday evenings in Philadelphia, there’s lots going on. Whether you’re looking for a holiday shopping opportunity, a fun dinner destination, a little dose of arts or something else entirely, we’ve got you covered with our Tonight Picks below.
Definitely be sure to check out our brand new Uwishunu Events Calendar, an all-in-one resource for planning your nights and weekends, and staying up to date on everything fun and exciting going on in Philadelphia. Now you can easily navigate to a specific date or day of the week and find out what cool stuff there is to do.
• PAFA After Dark: Tonight’s edition of PAFA After Dark, in celebration of the current exhibition Building a Masterpiece: Frank Furness’ Factory for Art, celebrates homemade industry of all kinds, from conceptual to culinary. Reacquaint yourself with the architectural intricacies of Furness’ designs as you sip on cocktails from Art in the Age. Delve into the secrets behind the eye-catching edifices that haunt history’s skylines with “Form and Function Gallery Talks.” You can even design your own Furness-inspired holiday cards while listening to the jazz stylings of violinist John Blake, Jr. and pianist Luke Carlos O’Reilly.
When: Thursday, December 13, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad Street
Cost: $10 in advance; $15 at the door
• Men’s Night at the Bellevue Benefitting the Vetri Foundation: Men are invited to shop in style and for a cause at Philadelphia’s historic Bellevue Hotel. 10% of all sales will go to the Vetri Foundation. Some other great incentives: beer tasting by Yards Brewery or Philadelphia Distillery samplings, great food, designer duds and much more.
When: Thursday, December 13, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Bellevue, 200 South Broad Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Tippler’s Tour: Yuletide Cheers & Beers: Sing, toast and drink to the early years of our nation with The Once Upon a Nation storytellers at Thursday night pub crawls through Old City. Participating bars include National Mechanics, Triumph Brewing, Salon 401 and the historic City Tavern. Reserve your spot online.
When: Thursday, December 13, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Begins at the Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th and Chestnut Streets
• Cigar & Whiskey Men’s Shopping Night: Bernie Robbins Jewelers invites gentlemen out for an evening of sophisticated shopping with special discount prices, fine food, WhistlePig Whiskey and Holt’s Cigar Co offerings on the Main Line. Exclusively for this event, men can snag the gifts their gals really want and enjoy 20% off discounts on all jewelry and 10% off all timepieces. Name brands include Ippolita, Marco Bicego, Hearts On Fire and more.
When: Thursday, December 13, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Bernie Robbins at the Radnor Hotel, 595 East Lancaster Avenue
• Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo at the Annenberg Center: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is notorious for satirizing classical dance. This is the opening night for this hilarious all-male, ballet parody. Get tickets online here.
When: Thursday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Annenberg Center’s Zellerbach Theater, 3680 Walnut Street
• 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.
When: Thursday, December 13, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Love Park, 1500 Arch Street
• In Memoriam: Chris Marker, Cinéaste (1921–2012) at the International House: A “Marker-Thon” of short films by Chris Marker will be played at the International House including Remembrance of Things to Come and one of his most poetic films, …A Valparaiso. Marker is regarded as one of the most prominent and experimental figures in the world of cinema and is best known for his classic fiction film La Jetée, which will also be screened tonight.
When: Thursday, December 13, 7 p.m.
Where: Ibrahim Theater at the International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost: $9 General Admission, $7 Students and Seniors
• 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 13, until 7 p.m.
More Tonight Picks, below.
• 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.
When: Thursday, December 13, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (except 5 p.m.) every hour on the hour
Where: Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard
• The Get-Free Movement Presents “Sideshow” at Tattooed Mom’s: This live art jam will feature street artists Bob, Air Rat and UWP (Underwater Pirates), all prominent figures of the street art scene. Enjoy background music and visuals from DJ Foxx Boogie while you watch the artists fill their canvases. Don’t miss the half price draft beers from 10-11 p.m.
Where: Tattooed Mom’s, 530 South Street
When: Thursday, December 13, 8 p.m.-midnight
• Longwood Gardens Christmas: Longwood Gardens’ impressive Christmas light display has been open for weeks now 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, so delay no more. Enjoy dazzling fountain shows among the lights. Purchase your timed tickets now to avoid disappointment.
When: Thursday, December 13, last entrance is at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost: Tickets range from $8-$18
• PHS Holiday Pop-Up Store: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the group behind the largest indoor flower show in the world, is holding a pop-up holiday store to help you deck the halls for all of your garden-savvy friends and family.
When: Thursday, December 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 8232 Germantown Avenue (across from the Chestnut Hill Hotel)
Cost: Pay as you go
• The Man in Black and the Ladies in Blue: Annie A-Bomb presents The Man in Black and the Ladies in Blue, a rock and roll holiday cabaret and “girly” show that rocks to the tunes of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and more. Get your tickets now for this festive burlesque fiasco of live rockabilly music, crazy props, tap dancing and more.
When: Thursday, December 13, 8 p.m.
Where: The upstairs showroom at The RUBA Club, 416 Green Street
• 25 Days of Tequila at Cantina Dos Sequndos: The 25 Days of Tequila allows you to count down the days to Christmas with drink deals, prizes, surprises, music, charity fundraising and more. On this 13th day of tequila, margarita pitchers will be just $15 all day and night long.
When: Thursday, December 13, Regular Business Hours
Where: Cantina Dos Segundos, 931 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go, $15 margarita pitchers
• Philly Photo Day Exhibition: The exhibit has been running for over a week now and there’s still a few more weeks to go, but tonight would be a great night to come out and see Philadelphia in a day through the perspective of 1,800 beginner, amateur and professional photographers at the 2012 Philly Photo Day exhibition.
When: 12-8 p.m.
Where: Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street