The weather outside may be chilly, but an abundance of holiday spirit ought to keep Philadelphia warm tonight.
From a tree lighting on South Street and a festive shop-around on Fabric Row to storytelling in Old City and ice skating at Penn’s Landing, there are enough happenings on tap tonight to make anyone merry.
Bundle up, grab your friends and make your way out to take advantage of the after-dark good times to be had tonight, no matter the weather.
Our top picks for tonight, below.
• It’s a Wonderful Life on Fabric Row: Tonight, three independent boutiques on Fabric Row bring together the best holiday traditions during It’s A Wonderful Life On Fabric Row, a shop-around event inspired by the Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life. Stroll along historic Fabric Row — 4th Street in Queen Village — to brand-new shop Armour, as well as Bus Stop Boutique, Moon & Arrow and chic bar and restaurant Ela.
When: Thursday, December 12, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Fabric Row, 4th Street between South and Catherine streets
• Beer Can Christmas Tree Lighting at Percy Street Barbecue: South Street’s Percy Street Barbecue, known for an incredible menu of canned craft beer and Southern-style fare, officially kicks off its holiday festivities tonight with its annual lighting of a beer-can Christmas tree. The tree, which is decorated with 400 recycled beer cans and topped with a galvanized steel bucket, is scheduled to be illuminated at 7 p.m., but arrive for happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m. for half-priced drafts of Perpetual IPA and Mad Elf Ale from Troegs Brewing Company. Plus, live entertainment from Matt and Chris of Coal Town Rounders will round out the holiday bash.
When: Thursday, December 12, 5-7 p.m.
Where: 900 South Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• In My Grandmother’s Kitchen at the National Museum of American Jewish History: Visit the National Museum of American Jewish History on Independence Mall this evening for a night of storytelling about kitchens and the food, family and love that fill them. Emcee Jason Sheehan, Philadelphia magazine’s food editor, leads a talented group of speakers including author and illustrator Bryan Collier, poet Denice Frohman, chef and entrepreneur Delilah Winder and First Person Arts’ Best Storyteller in Philadelphia 2012 Marjorie Winther.
When: Thursday, December 12, 7 p.m.
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East
Cost: $25/$18 NMAJH and First Person Arts Members and Temple Owl Card holders
• Dael Orlandersmith Theatre Residency Free Readings: Tonight, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts debuts a brand-new, free series to showcases its new Dael Orlandersmith Theatre Residency program, based in the SEI Innovation Studio. Guided by Obie Award-winning playwright Dael Orlandersmith, seven playwrights are collaborating to develop new solo work that will premiere in Philadelphia this spring. The dramatic readings are free, but tickets are required and available right here.
When: Thursday, December 12, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kimmel Center’s SEI Innovation Studio, Broad and Spruce streets
Cost: Free, tickets required
• Waterfront Winterfest at The Blue Cross RiverRink: Waterfront Winterfest at The Blue Cross RiverRink is a wintertime hub of energy. Stop by tonight, as it remains open until 1 a.m., for ice skating, a holiday light show, a craft beer garden, fire pits (with s’mores!) and more.
When: Thursday, December 12, open until 1 a.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 South Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go
• Christmas Village: Get some holiday shopping done at the Christmas Village at Love Park, an outdoor holiday market with more than 60 vendors selling items like holiday ornaments, jewelry, crafts and toys. Stop in for a bite or drink at the heated restaurant which offers shoppers eats including bratwurst with sauerkraut, strudels and pretzels and drinks including mulled wine and hot chocolate.
When: Thursday, December 12, until 7 p.m.
Where: Love Park, 1500 Arch Street
Cost: Free admission; pay as you go for shopping and refreshments
• Skate at The Piazza: Practice your finest twirl, pack your ice skates and head to The Piazza at Schmidt’s for its new 5,000-square-foot ice skating rink. Open until 10 p.m. tonight, skate rental is just $1 a pop and admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
When: Thursday, December 12, 4-10 p.m.
Where: The Piazza at Schmidt’s, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $5, adults; $3, children; $1, skate rentals
• Comcast Holiday Spectacular: Experience high-definition images of sugarplums during the sixth year of the Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a holiday show projected onto one of the world’s largest 4-mm LED video walls. This evening, the show runs every hour, on the hour until 8 p.m., with the exception of 5 p.m.
When: Thursday, December 12, until 8 p.m.
Where: Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard