With Christmas Eve just one week (!) away, the city is buzzing with holiday happenings and tons of holiday cheer.
The South Street neighborhood hosts the Santa’s South Street Stumble Bar Crawl, which will hit 12 bars in the neighborhood and provide revelers with drink discounts for some post-work fun.
It’s the final Wednesday for Chestnut Hill’s Stag and Doe shopping night, which adds tons of merry fun to the holiday shopping process as it promises Christmas carols, refreshments, sales, visits from Santa and more.
Popular holiday attractions continue this evening, too. Make plans to visit popular spots like the the Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Franklin Square Holiday Festival or the holiday lights in South Philly before the season ends.
Our top picks for tonight, below.
• Roundup: How To Spend Your Holiday Nights in Philly
Holiday nights are full of twinkling lights, festive tunes and Christmas cheer, so we’ve rounded up 18 ways to celebrate the season after the sun sets. The nights are full of happenings — from hanging out at RiverRink Winterfest and ice skating at Dilworth Park to gingerbread workshops and enjoying holiday tunes at The Kimmel Center. Click here to check out the full roundup.
When: Wednesday, December 17
Where: Various Locations
• Stag and Doe Night in Chestnut Hill
It’s the final Stag and Doe shopping night in Chestnut Hill — so head out to finish your Christmas shopping! Head to Germantown Avenue in for sales paired with Christmas carolers, festive food and drink, holiday tunes and visits from Santa Claus. Participating stores include shops from the 7900 to 8700 blocks of Germantown Avenue.
When: Wednesdays, December 17, 6-9 p.m.
Where: 7900-8700 Blocks of Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill
Cost: Pay as you go
• Macy’s Christmas Light Show
Open until 8 p.m., the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City illuminates a large wall inside the historic Wanamaker building with nearly 100,000 LED lights that all dance to the sounds of carols pumped out of the Wanamaker Organ. Families gather in the Great Court atrium to watch the show at the top of the hour, every two hours, from 10 a.m to 8 p.m.
When: Wednesday, December 17, 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m.
Where: Macy’s Center City, 1300 Market Street
• Santa’s South Street Stumble Bar Crawl
Sip beer, wine or cocktails along South Street this evening as Santa’s South Street Stumble brings bar crawl fun to 12 bars throughout the South Street Headhouse District. For an admission fee of $5, enjoy $3 craft beer, $4 wine and $5 holiday cocktails. Guests will also receive a Santa hat. Check in will take place at Cavanaugh’s Headhouse where revelers will receive a passport to have stamped throughout the bar crawl. Passport have to be turned in to Brauhaus Schmitz by 9:30 p.m.
When: Wednesday, December 17, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Starts at Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, 421 S. 2nd Street
Cost: $5 admission; $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer
• Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Spend your Wednesday evening at the museum as the Philadelphia Museum of Art swings open its doors for whatever admission price you’d like to pay — in addition to after-hours art. Tonight, celebrate the holidays with a card making craft or take advantage of the regular offerings like yoga and themed tours.
When: Wednesdays, December 17, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish
• Blue Cross RiverRink Wintefest
Add some spice to your midweek and hit up RiverRink Winterfest for winter fun aplenty. Grab your friends and enjoy everything from s’more roasting and craft beer to arcade games and ice skating. Check out our brand new photo tour of the top reasons you need to visit.
When: Wednesday, December 17, until 10:30 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go
• The Philly Pops! Christmas Spectacular
Tonight at 8 p.m., the Pops’ Christmas Spectacular treats guests to a special mix of joyous choirs, merry sing-alongs and a special visitor from the North Pole. The sounds of the season will fill Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for tonight’s performance start at
When: Wednesday, December 17, 8 p.m.
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce streets
Cost: $33 and up
• Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival
Visit Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival for a spectacular holiday light display (set to holiday music, of course). The free show runs every half hour from 4:30 to 8 p.m. While you’re there, do some Christmas shopping at the Franklin Square holiday gift shop, which will be open until 8 p.m. and sip craft beer inside of the heated beer garden.
When: Wednesday, December 17, 4:30-8 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Ice Rink at Dilworth Park
Show off your ice skating moves at the ice rink at Dilworth Park, which is open tonight until 9 p.m. Take in the Center City sights while making the most of the holiday season.
When: Wednesday, December 17, until 9 p.m.
Where: Dilworth Park, Broad and Market streets
Cost: $4, adults; $3, children 10 and under; $8, skate rental
• BYO Wine Screening of Love Actually
Get in the Christmas spirit with some vino in hand at a special event presented as part of the Philadelphia Film Society’s Home for the Holidays movie series. Tonight, BYO wine to the PFS Theater at the Roxy and watch Love Actually , a heartwarming holiday film. The screenings tonight are at 6:05 and 8:45 p.m.
When: Wednesday, December 17, 6:05 and 8:45 p.m.
Where: PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom Street
Cost: General Admission, $8; Senior, $7; Child (12 and under), $5; PFS Members, $6
• Christmas Village
Get some holiday shopping done at Christmas Village in Love Park, which is inspired by traditional outdoor markets found throughout Europe. Enjoy great shopping, live entertainment, twinkling lights, food, drinks and more.
When: Wednesday, December 17, until 7 p.m.
Where: 15th and JFK Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go
• Comcast Holiday Spectacular
Bring forth your holiday spirit and attend the Holiday Spectacular at the Comcast Center. The festive film experience is played on one of the largest four-millimeter LED screens in the world and features enchanting holiday scenes and computer-generated animations. Located in the lobby of the Comcast Center in Center City, the shows run every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Take note, there are no shows at 5 p.m. during the week.
When: Wednesday, December 17, until 8 p.m. (except 5 p.m.)
Where: Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard
• Anatomy + Art: Sketch Night at The Franklin Institute
Tonight, the galleries that house The Franklin Institute’s current marquee exhibition, BODY WORLDS: Animal Inside Out are playing host to a sketch night, where museum guests are encouraged to sketch the specimens while John O’Brien, a New Yorker sketch artist, leads the workshop.
When: Wednesday, December 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost: Included in Body Worlds admission; Adults, $19.50; Children, $15.50 (ages 3-11); Member adult $10; Member child $8