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December 20, 2013

Weekend Picks, Countdown To Christmas: Last-Minute Holiday Shopping At Franklin Flea, Christmas Village, Macy’s Christmas Light Show And Art Star, Plus Comcast Holiday Spectacular, Electrical Spectacle, Waterfront Winterfest And Much More

It's the final weekend to get any last-minute shopping done, visit the Christmas Village in Love Park, Franklin Flea indoor market and a number of additional pop-up holiday markets in the city and countryside. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

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

Friday Night at The Barnes Foundation

Art After 5: Christmas Tree-O at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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

Haute Winter Nights at the Four Seasons Philadelphia (Fri, Sat)

Friday Night Winter Warmer with Joey Sweeny at The Lodge at Waterfront Winterfest

A Longwood Gardens Christmas (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Ice Pop 2013 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Free Shuttle from the Independence Visitor Center to Philadelphia Premium Outlets (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Jersey Boys at The Forrest Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

CFEVA Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Mausoleum X-Mas Party at PhilaMOCA

Léger: Modern Art And The Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Teddy Bear Tea at The Rittenhouse Hotel (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Display at Peddler’s Village (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Dinosaurs Unearthed At The Academy Of Natural Sciences (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Blue Claw Co. Pop-Up Shop (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Ugly Sweater Party at Howl at the Moon

Winter Adventure Tours at Eastern State Penitentiary (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Holiday Open House Concert & Celebration at the Marian Anderson Historical Society

A Child’s Christmas in Wales at the St. Stephen’s Theater

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

The Philadelphia Independent Craft Market’s 7th Annual Holiday Show

Philly Holiday Market at The Trocadero

Philadelphia History Museum Book Sale

Holiday Pops! Christmas Spectacular at The Kimmel Center

Alice in Wonderland Holiday Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel

More picks, below.

Saturday Winter Warmer at The Lodge at Waterfront Winterfest

Holidays at The Adventure Aquarium (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Clark Park Farmers’ Market

Holiday Party at Kung Fu Necktie

Third Saturday at Johnny Brenda’s

Duke & Winston Main Line Pop-Up (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philly Photo Day Exhibition (Fri, Sat)

Kwanzaa at Home: A How-To Workshop at The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Children’s Saturday Afternoon Tea at The Radnor Hotel

Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Afternoon Holiday Tea at XIX at the Hyatt at The Bellevue (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Wild Flowers: Paintings and Drawings by Peter Paone at the Woodmere Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Dickens’ Christmas Roast at The Victoria Freehouse

From Philadelphia To Monaco: Grace Kelly Beyond The Icon at the Michener Art Museum (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)

Through the Looking Lens and Drawing Room at the American Philosophical Society Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (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)

Late-Night Bowling Happy Hour at North Bowl

Founding Fathers Hands-On Tour at The Rosenbach Museum and Library

James Turrell’s Skyspace

Capture The Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs at The National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Fresh Cut Orchestra at Silk City

The Way of Chopsticks at The Philadelphia Art Alliance (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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