Weekend Picks: Last-Minute Holiday Shopping, Manayunk Solstice Fire, RiverRink Winterfest, Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival, Christmas Village, The Nutcracker, Franklin Flea And More

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Look no further than Philadelphia to complete your holiday shopping. Visit pop-up shops, major downtown retailers and smaller boutiques in neighborhoods to check off your Christmas list. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

As the last weekend before Christmas merrily arrives, it’s the holiday shopping events we’re looking to for their one-of-a-kind finds and holiday sales.

This weekend, Franklin Flea takes to the historic Strawbridge’s building for one final pop-up shop of the season, and well-loved shopping destinations like Christmas Village, PHAIR at Franklin Square and Art Star at Winterfest continue to peddle holiday gifts.

And for those already counting the days until spring, this weekend marks the winter solstice, the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year, and Manayunk celebrates the solstice with the Manayunk Solstice Fire festival, which hits Canal View Park tonight.

Read on for our guide to this weekend.

Friday, December 19

Top Pick: 18 Festive Ways To Spend Your Holiday Nights (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Manayunk Solstice Fire at Canal View Park

Top Pick: Continental March-In at Valley Forge Park

Top Pick: Christmas Village at Love Park (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Ice Rink at Dilworth Park (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: A Guide To The Top Holiday Events And Happenings In Philadelphia’s Countryside This Season (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Festival of Lights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Hot Chocolate Bar at The Ritz-Carlton

This Is the Week That Is at the Play’s and Players Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Revolution House

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Movie Night at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Jerry’s Bar

A Brandywine Christmas (Fri, Sat, Sun)

AIA Bookstore and Design Center’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Costumes Of Downton Abbey at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Beauty and the Beast at the Arden Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Chocolate: The Exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Christmas Village
It’s the final weekend before Christmas! Head to shopping meccas like Christmas Village for last-minute holiday shopping.
(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, December 20

Top Pick: RiverRink Winterfest (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Franklin Flea at the Historic Strawbridge’s Building — Closing Day!

Top Pick: Franklin Square Holiday Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: 14 Places To Have A Picture Taken With Santa Claus In And Around Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Where To Celebrate Hanukkah 2014 at Restaurants and Attractions in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

FrostFest at Sister Cities Park

More, below.

Brian Sanders’ JUNK Holiday Revue Special (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Philly Pops! Christmas Spectacular (Fri, Sat)

Photos with Santa on East Passyunk Avenue

Philly PHLASH Holiday Service (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Native American Voices: The People — Here and Now at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Winter Solstice Party and Trunk Show at Moon + Arrow

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree at Linvilla Orchards (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Twelve Bell’s of Christmas at City Tap House Logan Square

Chaddsford Holiday Wine Party and Outdoor Market

Yuletide at Winterthur (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Philadelphia Film Society’s Home For The Holidays Movie Series (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Byers’ Choice Christmas Market (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The 12 Days of Christmas & Barrel Aged Beers at Bru Craft and Wurst

Villancicos y Romanceros: A Spanish Baroque Puppet Spectacular for Christmas at Central Library

RiverRink Winterfest
RiverRink Winterfest is an ideal spot to spend time this weekend (or any day!) as it promises festive food and drinks, games, ice skating, a holiday light show and more. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, December 21

Top Pick: 11 Must-See Holiday Light Displays in Philadelphia

Top Pick: Santa Claus at Frankford Hall (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Natale Di Nonna at Little Nonna’s

Top Pick: A Longwood Christmas (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

Top Pick: Comcast Holiday Spectacular (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Zoo Noel at the Philadelphia Zoo (Sat, Sun)

Free @ The Kimmel Festival of Lights

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Sedgwick Theater (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Brunch with Santa at Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery

Art Star Holiday Shop at Winterfest (Fri, Sat, Sun)

William Glackens at The Barnes Foundation (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philadelphia Independent Craft Market at District N9NE

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

Free Brewery Tours at Yards Brewing Company (Sat, Sun)

Holiday Market at National Liberty Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Mary Poppins at the Walnut Street Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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