Tonight Picks, Winter Weather Edition: Final Night Of The Light Show At Waterfront Winterfest, Ice Skating Around The Region, Final Tippler’s Tour Of The Season And More

The first Thursday of 2014 calls for an evening of ice skating to make the most of the winter months. Head to Waterfront Winterfest for ice skating with nearby shelter from the cold at the heated Lodge tent. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

The excitement of New Year’s Eve and Christmas may be behind us, but the City of Brotherly Love remains full of wintertime festivities.

Tonight’s forecast calls for serious winter weather after 6 p.m., so be sure to make your plans for the evening carefully (and safely!).

For those who revel in chilly temperatures and snowfall, Waterfront Winterfest still reigns with warm spiked drinks, festive fare, s’more roasting and ice skating at the Blue Cross RiverRink. Tonight marks the final showings of Bright Lights, Big Santa, Winterfest’s rockin’ light show and this weekend wraps the extended hours. Bundle up and make the most of the winter night (as long as the weather holds) at the Penn’s Landing haven.

In Fishtown, greet 2014 with a luck-themed dinner at Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen by indulging in drinks and menu items inspired by items that are said to bring luck to the consumer.

And in South Philly, Eagles fans prep for the playoff game this Saturday with a pep rally at Chickie’s & Pete’s on Packer Avenue.

As the winter weather approaches, be sure to check on openings and closings before heading out to any happenings.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Waterfront Winterfest at The Blue Cross RiverRink: Ice skating, fire pits (complete with s’mores!) and a 500-person warming tent and beer garden and restaurant take over Penn’s Landing for Waterfront Winterfest at Blue Cross RiverRink through January 5. Sip until the wee hours, as the attraction doesn’t close its doors until 1 a.m. Tonight, check out the final showings of the festive light show and be sure to check the website, Facebook or call 215-925-RINK to make sure the rink is open in the winter weather. ***WEATHER DEPENDENT***

When: Thursday, January 2, until 1 a.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go

Ice Skating In The Philadelphia Region: Ice skating is synonymous with the winter months. Take full advantage of the numerous ice skating arenas in the Philadelphia region as areas all around the city promise dwellers prime ice skating in the winter. Click here for our guide to ice skating in the Philadelphia area, and call ahead to any outdoor rinks before heading out tonight. ***WEATHER DEPENDENT***

When: Thursday, January 2
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Varies

Philadelphia Eagles Playoff Pep Rally: Calling all Eagles fans. Tonight, head to Chickie’s & Pete’s in South Philadelphia for an official pep rally to get psyched for the big playoff game this Saturday. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Eagles players and cheerleaders will be on-hand at the sports bar to sign autographs while the Eagles Pep Band and Drumline perform for fans. Plus, Sportsradio 94WIP will host a broadcast live from the bar, and fans in attendance may have a chance to win free prizes and giveaways.

When: Thursday, January 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Chickie’s & Pete’s, 1526 Packer Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go

Tippler’s Tour: Explore historic Philadelphia by way of colonial pubs on the weekly Tippler’s Tour Pub Crawl. The tour leaves from the Historic Philadelphia Center at 5:30 p.m. and takes guests around Old City with stops at National Mechanics, Red Owl Tavern at the Hotel Monaco, Salon 401 at Omni Hotel and City Tavern. Along the way, a tour guide takes guests from pub to pub and tells tales from the colonial era. Tonight’s the last night of the seasonal tour, and will run despite the threats of snow.

When: Thursday, January 2, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Tour leaves from the Historic Philadelphia Center, 600 Chestnut Street
Cost: Adults $40; Seniors, Students, Military $35

Thursday Night Supper at Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen: Ring in 2014 with a menu inspired by all of the food that brings folks good luck at Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen’s weekly dinner completely inspired by one ingredient. This year, stock up on good luck as the eatery dishes out drinks and food intended to bring luck to consumers. Tonight is also the last chance to donate to Philabundance at Cedar Point. Bring by canned and boxed food items, and feel great about a generous start to 2014.

When: Thursday, January 2
Where: Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen, 2370 E. Norris Street
Cost: Pay as you go

A Longwood Christmas: Missing the spirit of Christmas? Bask in holiday merriment at Longwood Gardens’ A Longwood Christmas display. Feast your eyes on more than 500,000 twinkling lights, thousands of poinsettias, magnificent Christmas trees and spectacular fountain shows all along the expansive property. Tickets are known to sell out, so be sure to reserve your spot online, and remember to call ahead in inclement weather. ***WEATHER DEPENDENT***

When: Thursday, January 2
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost: General Admission, $18; Seniors, $15; Students (ages 5-18), $8; Children under 4, Free

Jersey Boys at The Forrest Theatre: Jersey Boys, the Tony-award winning musical, is drawing to a close in the next few days. Catch the toe tapping musical before it ends its Philadelphia run. The hits just keep coming with well-loved tunes like Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You as the musical tells the tale of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

When: Thursday, January 2, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut Street
Cost: $40-$137

A Child’s Christmas in Wales: This holiday season, the Lantern Theater Company debuts a world-premiere adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, a performance made up of poetry and puppetry for children and adults to enjoy. Tickets are available online.

When: Thursday, January 2, 7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets
Cost: $30


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