Be sure to visit the Macy's Christmas Light Show before it ends for the season on December 31. The last show tonight illuminates the lobby at 8 p.m. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
With less than a week remaining until Christmas day, be sure to experience the glorious holiday season in Philadelphia with visits to all-time favorite attractions like the Macy’s Christmas Light Show, the Blue Cross RiverRink, Christmas Village, Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square, Comcast Holiday Spectacular, The Nutcracker performed by The Pennsylvania Ballet.
Plus, the super popular Waterfront Winterfest at Blue Cross RiverRink invites Penn’s Landing visitors to get shopping with special Thursday night hours of its Art Star Craft Market, a curated market featuring handmade goods created by local artists. Pair your shopping with a craft beer and s’more from The Lodge at Waterfront Winterfest and call it a night.
In addition to the city’s premier holiday attractions, Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen in Fishtown presents food and drink full of ginger for its weekly one ingredient-inspired menu. Across town in Graduate Hospital, Jet Wine Bar gifts the masses with a space-themed holiday movie, a festive cocktail and free popcorn for its recurring December movie night.
And that’s not all — our top picks for tonight, below.
• Macy’s Christmas Light Show: With less than a week remaining before the Christmas holiday, be sure to visit the Macy’s Christmas Light Show as it illuminates the grand lobby of Macy’s Center City. Every evening at 4, 6 and 8 p.m., listen to Julie Andrews narrate a holiday story to the music of the famous Wanamaker Organ while more than 100,000 energy-efficient multicolored LED lights create dazzling holiday images on the four-story-high velvet curtain of the Grand Court atrium.
When: Thursday, December 19, 4, 6, 8 p.m.
Where: Macy’s Center City, 1300 Market Street
• Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker: Watch the Pennsylvania Ballet perform The Nutcracker, a holiday classic, tonight at The Academy of Music. Bask in the glory of the classic tale of Marie and her Nutcracker Prince set to the classic Tschaikovsky score, as played by the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and sung by the Philadelphia Boys Choir. Best of all, tickets start at an affordable $25.
When: Thursday, December 19, 7 p.m.
Where: The Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
• Waterfront Winterfest at Blue Cross RiverRink: Ice skating, a holiday light show, a 500-person warming tent and beer garden and restaurant take over Penn’s Landing at Waterfront Winterfest at Blue Cross RiverRink. Plus, tonight, look forward to special extended hours of the Art Star Craft Market with local shopping from an array of vendors until 8 p.m.
When: Thursday, December 19, until 1 a.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go
• Ginger Dinner at Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen: Week after week, Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen dishes up a menu completely inspired by one ingredient. Tonight, indulge in a ginger-centric meal at the Fishtown haunt. Enjoy ginger beverages, appetizers and entrees all night long.
When: Thursday, December 19
Where: Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen, 2370 E. Norris Street
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 19, until 7 p.m.
Where: Love Park, 1500 Arch Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Reindeer Romp in Fairmount: The favorite Fairmount neighborhood pub crawl is back for another holiday season! Presented by Samuel Adams Brewing Company, the bar crawl promises crawlers $3 Sam Adams brews at all 12 participating bars. Plus, the event serves as a benefit for the Feel The Warmth charity. Bring $10 and a toy or a new or gently used coat to support the cause. The complete list of participating bars is available right here.
When: Thursday, December 19, 6 p.m.
Where: Bars throughout Fairmount
Cost: Ticket, $10; $3 Sam Adams at participating bars
• Movies, Martians and Martinis at Jet Wine Bar: Catch a space-themed flick and an appropriately themed cocktail at Jet Wine Bar’s December movie nights. Tonight, look forward to a screening of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, a film hailing from 1964 that tells the story of Santa Claus as he is captured by aliens to distribute toys to the children of Mars. Chomp on free popcorn and sip the $5 “Little Green Cocktail,” a drink made with gin, creme de menthe and lime. The film is slated to begin at 9 p.m.
When: Thursday, December 19, 9 p.m.
Where: Jet Wine Bar, 1525 South Street
• Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square: Every night, the new light show, Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square welcomes an onslaught of food trucks in addition to tons of holiday cheer. The new addition to the historic park encompasses more than 50,000 lights, holiday tunes sung by the The Philly Pops, a 10-foot-tall illuminated kite and much more. The lights are set to shine eight times daily every 30 minutes between 4:30 and 8 p.m.
When: Thursday, December 19, 4:30-8 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets
• 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 19, until 8 p.m.
Where: Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
• Continental March-In at Valley Forge Park: The historic Valley Forge park celebrates the 236th anniversary of the march in of General George Washington’s Continental Army to Valley Forge with a free tour of the very grounds that the army marched and lived on, followed by refreshments and music in the Visitor Center. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m., and admission is completely free.
When: Thursday, December 19, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Drive
• Weyerbacher Brew and Chew at Cavanaugh’s Headhouse: Cavanaugh’s Headhouse and Weyerbacher Brewing Company team up to present an evening of craft beer and tapas from 8 to 10 p.m. For $25, sip four Weyerbacher brews paired with four tasty tapas dishes. Take note, reservations are required, click here to RSVP.
When: Thursday, December 19, 8-10 p.m.
Where: Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, 421 S. 2nd Street