Tonight Picks: RiverRink Winterfest, Franklin Square Holiday Festival, Opening Night For Palladino’s, Reindeer Romp Bar Crawl In Fairmount And More

Franklin Square
Tonight, Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival plays host to a light show, Christmas music, a beer garden, holiday shopping and more. (Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia)

Kick that holiday spirit into high gear, folks! Christmas is exactly one week away.

Make your way to super-popular holiday attractions like the Franklin Square Holiday Festival, RiverRink Winterfest, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Christmas Village and more.

The Fairmount neighborhood welcomes crowds for its annual Reindeer Romp Bar Crawl, which brings drink deals to bars like Alla Spina, London Grill, La Calaca Feliz, The Belgian Cafe and more.

For non-holiday fun, head to Palladino’s, Eat Passyunk Avenue’s newest restaurant, which officially opens today with Italian fare, seafood and wood-fired steak.

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: Thursday, December 18
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Varies

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: Thursday, December 18, 4:30-8 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Blue Cross RiverRink Wintefest

With Christmas just a week away, take in the sights, sounds, food and drinks of the season at RiverRink Winterfest. Check out our brand new photo tour of the top reasons you need to visit.

When: Thursday, December 18, until 10:30 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go

The Reindeer Romp Bar Crawl in Fairmount

Drink up as the Reindeer Romp bar crawl fills bars throughout Fairmount with drink specials in the spirit of Christmas. For an admission fee of $10 and an unwrapped toy to be donated to kids at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, bar crawlers will receive $3 deals on Sam Adams and Jolly Traveler brews. Participants will also receive antler headbands to wear throughout the bar crawl.

When: Thursday, December 18, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Participating Bars
Cost: $10; Pay as you go drinks

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: Thursday, December 18, until 9 p.m.
Where: Dilworth Park, Broad and Market streets
Cost: $4, adults; $3, children 10 and under; $8, skate rental

This evening, cozy up with friends and roast s’mores at RiverRink Winterfest. (Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC)

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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: Thursday, December 18, until 7 p.m.
Where: 15th and JFK Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go

Now Open: Palladino’s

It’s opening night for Palladino’s, the newest restaurant to join the dining ranks of East Passyunk Avenue. Visit the South Philly resto for a menu full of Italian fare with a focus on seafood and wood-fired steak.

When: Thursday, December 18, 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: Palladino’s, 1934 E. Passyunk Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go

Christmas Posada at The Kimmel Center

The Kimmel Center celebrates Mexican Christmas traditions tonight with its Christmas Posada, a free event in Commonwealth Plaza. Beginning at 5 p.m., enjoy a performance by a Mexican pianist, a sing-a-long and more. Commonwealth Plaza will be decorated with traditional decorations like colorful poinsettias and pinatas.

When: Thursday, December 18, 5 p.m.
Where: Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: Free

Chocolate Dinner at The Gaslight

Tonight, Old City neighbors The Gaslight and Franklin Fountain team up to create a four-course, chocolate-centric dinner. The Berley brothers — the dessert professionals behind Franklin Fountain — will make three different drinking chocolates and one chocolate ice cream, while chef Jason Cichonski will plate appropriate comfort food pairings with each chocolate. Dinner rings in at $45 per person, and seatings are available from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. An optional four-course Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey pairing is available for an additional $25.

When: Thursday, December 18, Seatings available from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Gaslight, 120 Market Street
Cost: $45; Optional whiskey pairing for $25

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: Thursday, December 18, until 8 p.m. (except 5 p.m.)
Where: Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard
Cost: Free

Macy’s Christmas Light Show

Holiday cheer runs on high at the 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: Thursday, December 18, 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m.
Where: Macy’s Center City, 1300 Market Street
Cost: Free

Sip ‘N Glo Happy Hour at Supper

Need happy hour plans? Head to Supper on South Street for a feel-good happy hour featuring juices from Slip ‘N Glo. For an entry fee of $15, enjoy snacks from Supper and spiked juices on a pay as you go basis. Guests are encouraged to donate an unwrapped toy, a gift card or money to benefit Women Against Abuse.

When: Thursday, December 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Supper, 926 South Street
Cost: $15; Pay as you go drinks


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