The Christmas spirit is in the air, Philadelphia!
Less than a week stands between us and the Christmas holiday. If you still have Christmas shopping to do, you’re in luck. Tons of pop-up holiday markets are on tap for this weekend — from the Philly-themed holiday market at The Trocadero to the final days of the Franklin Flea indoor market to the Philadelphia Independent Craft Market’s holiday show and sale — there are tons of opportunities to support local artists and purchase one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.
It’s also the ideal time to enjoy any last-minute holiday attractions in the region — A Longwood Christmas, Waterfront Winterfest, Macy’s Christmas Light Show and A Brandywine Christmas, to name just a few.
Plus, we’re slated to have some unseasonably warm weather this weekend (and a break from the freezing temps), so be sure to take advantage of all outdoor attractions like the holiday lights at Franklin Square and Christmas Village.
In addition to holiday happenings, bars, restaurants and attractions provide the masses with dinners, brunch, exhibitions and dance parties for a perfect recipe for weekend fun.
Our top picks for this weekend, below.
Friday, December 20
Top Pick: Christmas Village in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Final Franklin Flea of the Season (Fri, Sat)
Top Pick: Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Friday Night Lights at Morris Arboretum
Macy’s Christmas Light Show (Fri, Sat, Sun)
A Longwood Gardens Christmas (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Ice Pop 2013 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Jersey Boys at The Forrest Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Teddy Bear Tea at The Rittenhouse Hotel (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Dinosaurs Unearthed At The Academy Of Natural Sciences (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Blue Claw Co. Pop-Up Shop (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Winter Adventure Tours at Eastern State Penitentiary (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Victorian Christmas at Pennypacker Mills (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Reading Terminal Market’s Holiday Railroad (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Saturday, December 21
Top Pick: Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Sister Cities Park Winterfest
Top Pick: Manayunk Solstice Fire
More picks, below.
Holidays at The Adventure Aquarium (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Duke & Winston Main Line Pop-Up (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Philly Photo Day Exhibition (Fri, Sat)
Afternoon Holiday Tea at XIX at the Hyatt at The Bellevue (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Sunday, December 22
Top Pick: Waterfront Winterfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Mimosa or Bloody Mary? Our Top Picks for Brunch
Top Pick: Santa at Frankford Hall
A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Twelfth Night, or What You Will at FringeArts (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway (Fri, Sat, Sun)
One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)
The Malcolm X Steles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
KAWS at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Skate at The Piazza (Fri, Sat, Sun)
The Way of Chopsticks at The Philadelphia Art Alliance (Fri, Sat, Sun)