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December 21, 2012

Weekend Picks, Christmas 2012 Edition: Feast Of The Seven Fishes, Maya 2012: The Final Countdown, Last Minute Holiday Shopping, Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Christmas Village And More

We have a highly curated list of the best options for Christmas Eve and Christmas night dinner, what holiday happenings are worth your time this weekend and what non-Christmas celebrations are going on as well. It's all below. Merry Christmas, Philadelphia! (Top left and bottom right photos by R. Kennedy for GPTMC, top right by M. Edlow for GPTMC, bottom left by T. Scheid for GPTMC)

The most wonderful weekend of the year is upon us — actually, we think every weekend in Philadelphia is pretty wonderful — and there are plenty of ways to celebrate.

From festive feasts on Christmas Eve and holiday beer tastings to abundant holiday celebrations and last-minute shopping opportunities, there is something to strike your fancy over the holiday weekend.

Our top picks for this long weekend, Friday night through Tuesday, are below. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter for hourly updates on Philadelphia happenings, and bookmark the snazzy new Uwishunu Events Calendar to help you plan your holiday.

Merry Christmas, Philadelphia!

Friday, December 21

 
Two-For-One Admission to the Academy Of Natural Sciences

25 Days of Tequila At Dos Segundos (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

12 Nights of Christmas Cocktails at Square 1682 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Maya 2012: The Final Countdown

Walnut Street Theatre presents The Music Man (Fri, Sat, Sun)

12 Days Of COOKmas (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Old City Winter Wonderland (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Dancing around the Bride at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Friday Night Film Series

Adventure Aquarium’s 2012 Christmas Celebration (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues)

Jones Restaurant Ugly Sweater Contest (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Brandywine Valley Chorale at Brandywine River Museum

Feast of the Seven Fishes (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Saturday, December 22

 
Holiday Pops 2012 — Closing Day!

Stone Brewing Vertical Epic Tasting Event at City Tap House

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s Philly Photo Day Exhibition (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

See our picks for the rest of Saturday, plus Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, below.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Macy’s Christmas Light Show and Dickens Village (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Blue Cross RiverRink (Fri, Sat, Mon, Tues)

Roundup: Our Winter 2012 Guide To Public Ice Skating In Philadelphia

The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making their World at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Sunday, December 23

 
Mummers Museum Festival

Comcast Holiday Spectacular (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues)

Our Sunday Suppers Roundup

A Brandywine Christmas (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

2012 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Holiday Pop-Up Store (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Our Guide to Holiday Dates in Philadelphia

Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway (Fri, Sat, Sun)

American Sprits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and the Life Line at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Monday, December 24

 
Our Guide to Eating out on Christmas Eve

Moo Shu Jew Show 2012

Roundup: Our Top Picks For Must-See Holiday Attractions in Philadelphia This Season

Christmas Village in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) — Closing Day!

Holiday Hours for museums and attractions:

• National Constitution Center closes at 3 p.m. (closed on Christmas)

• Independence National Historical Park — Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Visitor Center — closes at 3 p.m. (closed on Christmas)

• Rodin Museum closes at 3 p.m. (Philadelphia Museum of Art closed)

• Mutter Museum closed Christmas Eve and Day

• Philadelphia Zoo closed Christmas Eve and Day

• Eastern State Penitentiary closed Christmas Eve and Day

• Independence Seaport Museum open regular hours (closed on Christmas)

• Please Touch Museum closes at 3 p.m. (closed on Christmas)

• Franklin Institute closed Christmas Eve and Day

• Academy of Natural Science open regular hours (closed on Christmas)

• PAFA closed Christmas Eve and Day

• African American Museum closed Christmas Eve and Day

• Penn Museum closed Christmas Eve and Day

• National Liberty Museum closed Christmas Eve and Day

• U.S. Mint closed Christmas Eve and Day

• Barnes Foundation open regular hours (closed on Christmas)

Tuesday, December 25: Merry Christmas!

 
Our Guide to Eating out on Christmas Day

“Being ____ At Christmas” at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Roundup: Top Holiday Lights In And Around Philadelphia This Season

Free Street Parking!

Longwood Gardens Christmas (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues)

Holiday Hours for museums and attractions:

• National Museum of American Jewish History open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

• Longwood Gardens and the Adventure Aquarium are open

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