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December 7, 2012

Weekend Picks: First Friday, Holiday Second Saturday On East Passyunk Avenue, Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker And Much More

With so many great holiday events happening, free metered parking citywide and delicious seasonal food and drink, this weekend is the perfect time to get out and explore the city. (Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC)

It’s the second weekend of December and the holidays are in full swing in Philadelphia.

The season’s biggest and best holiday attractions are up and running like the city’s many light shows, the Blue Cross River Rink, the PA Ballet’s The Nutcracker and many, many more. Be sure to check out Uwishunu’s Holiday Guide for all of the can’t miss events and activities.

And for what’s happening in Philly this weekend, see below for our top picks:

Friday, December 7

First Friday in ManayunkKennett SquareOld CityNorthern Liberties, on Frankford Avenue, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill

Roundup: Our Picks For The Top 10 Holiday Dates In Philadelphia

Comcast Holiday Spectacular (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Christmas Village in Love Park (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

Blue Cross RiverRink (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

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

Penns Woods Ugly Sweater Party

First Annual Frankford Avenue Tree Lighting

PAFA’s 19th Annual Student Print Sale

OSAYCANYOUSEE exhibition opening at Art in the Age

Hammitt Los Angeles Trunk Show at Joan Shepp (Fri, Sat)

Metropolitan Gallery 250 Presents “Marafiki Arts: Join Our Story” — Opening Day!

Secret Cinema: Son of Trailer Trash & Chesty Anderson, U.S. Navy at International House

Saturday, December 8

Free metered parking in Philadelphia!

The Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Roundup: Where To Cut Your Own Or Pick Your Own Christmas Tree In And Around Philadelphia

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

Our Guide To Holiday Shopping Events In Philadelphia: Craft Bazaars, Pop-Up Shops And Sidewalk Strolls

Roundup: Our Guide To Holiday Theater This Season In Philadelphia

The 113th Annual Army-Navy Game

Santa Paws at Hotel Palomar (Sat, Sun)

Holiday Fete at Third Street Habit Boutique

Lunch with Santa Cruises on Spirit of Philadelphia (Sat, Sun)

Fish Discovery Weekend at Academy of Natural Sciences (Sat, Sun)

Holiday Second Saturday on East Passyunk Avenue

For more Weekend Picks, read on, below.

Simon Pearce Signing & Trunk Show at Terrain at Styers

PNC Grow Up Great — Keep Talking: Improvisation is Conversation (Talkin’ Jazz) at the Kimmel Center

Rittenhouse Row Holiday Celebration Saturdays: Week 2

The Who Perform Masterpiece Quadrophenia At Wells Fargo Center

Curtis Institute of Music Holiday Performances (Sat, Sun)

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

Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections at the Mercer Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Building a Masterpiece: Frank Furness’ Factory for Art at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

Maya.2012: Lords of Time at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

3rd Annual Type-IN typewriter event at Fergie’s Pub

Book Paper Scissors Festival at the Free Library

One Day University: Abraham Lincoln: Separating Fact from Fiction at the National Constitution Center

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion Dickens Christmas Party

Sunday, December 9

Brunch with Santa at Victory Brewpub

Winterfest at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Longwood Gardens Christmas (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides in Kennett Square

Brunch with Santa at City Tap House

DIY Ring-Making Workshop with Sarah Kate Burgess at Grizzly Grizzly Gallery

Sculpere Burn workshop and Jewelry Sale at Adorn Boutique

Holiday Celebration At Skirt Boutique

A Holiday Haunting at the Physick House

Gingerbread House Workshop at Davio’s

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

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

Shady Brook Farm 2012 Holiday Light Show (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Under the Tree: A Century of Holiday Trees and Toys at the Mercer Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Eastern State Penitentiary’s Winter Adventure Tours (Sat, Sun)

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