18+ Terrific Things To Do In Philly This Week, December 12-18

Villanova vs. Temple men's basketball game, Deck the Hall at Frankford Hall, Bill of Rights Day at the National Constitution Center and more...

It’s another festive week in Philadelphia with performances of the The Nutcracker, a beer-fueled holiday celebration at Frankford Hall, holiday movie nights at RiverRink Winterfest and more.

Starting Wednesday night, the Lodge at RiverRink Winterfest kicks off its holiday movie nights (that continue all the way until Christmas night!). Throughout the series, guests at the waterfront wonderland can enjoy screenings of Elf, A Christmas Carol, Love Actually and more.

On Thursday, the National Constitution Center offers $5 admission to its galleries in celebration of Bill of Rights Day and hosts a slew of special events, too.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

For the holidays, Franklin Square transforms into a hub for holiday cheer. Each night, the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show illuminates the park while holiday tunes fill the air. New this year, the holiday attraction welcomes Ben’s Sweets and Treats, an area that promises homemade fudge making, gingerbread house decorating, holiday cookie decorating and more.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

When:Through December 31
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Winterfest Franklin FountainPhoto courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC

Winter is better with twinkling lights, hot chocolate, s’more-roasting pits and ice skating. You can take full advantage of the cold-weather months at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, which is open all winter long with ice skating, festive eats, holiday lights and much more.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When:Through March 5, 2017
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Holiday Happenings at City Hall

City Hall HolidaysPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Dilworth Park is a holiday lover’s dream this season with everything from shopping and snacking to ice skating and lounging. Christmas Village fills the park with one-of-a-kind ornaments, décor and holiday gifts along with hot mulled wine and toasty hot cocoa. The Made in Philadelphia Market also returns with handmade gifts by local artists. In addition to shopping, holiday revelers flock to Dilworth Park for its ice rink, holiday garden maze and food-filled cabin.

Holiday Happenings at City Hall

When:Christmas Village through December 24; Ice Rink and Wintergarden through February 26, 2017
Where:Dilworth Park, 1401 JFK Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Men's College Basketball: Villanova vs. Temple

Two of Philadelphia’s college basketball teams go head-to-head this week. Villanova and Temple face off at Villanova’s Pavilion arena. After winning the National Championship in 2016, the Villanova Wildcats are certainly a team to watch this 2016-2017 season.

Men's College Basketball: Villanova vs. Temple

When:Tuesday, December 13, 7 p.m.
Where:The Pavilion, 1598-1530 County Line Road, Bryn Mawr
Cost:$30-$35

www.villanova.com

12 Days of Christmas Movie Nights at RiverRink Winterfest

The winter wonderland that is RiverRink Winterfest celebrates the season with 12 nights of holiday movie screenings in its cozy Lodge. The screenings kick off on December 14 with A Christmas Carol and continue every night through December 25 with favorite flicks like Elf, The Holiday, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and more. Click here for the full schedule of upcoming movie nights.

12 Days of Christmas Movie Nights at RiverRink Winterfest

When:December 14-25
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Bill of Rights Day at National Constitution Center

National Constitution CenterPhoto By G. Widman For Visit Philadelphia

The National Constitution Center celebrates the anniversary of the Bill of Rights with $5 admission to the museum in addition to special events happening throughout the day. Guests can enjoy a reading of the Bill of Rights, special Bill of Rights-themed tours and a book festival featuring discussions with constitutional experts and the former president of the National Rifle Association.

Bill of Rights Day at National Constitution Center

When:Thursday, December 15, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost:$5

www.constitutioncenter.org

Latin Roots Live! Dance Party at World Cafe Live

Latin Roots Live!Photo courtesy WXPN

Dance along to Colombian rhythms as the Gregorio Uribe Big Band performs a free concert at World Café Live this Wednesday night for the Latin Roots Live! dance party. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the party starts at 8 p.m.

Latin Roots Live! Dance Party at World Cafe Live

When:Wednesday, December 14, 7 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

www.latinroots.org

The Glorious Sound of Christmas at the Kimmel Center

The Philadelphia Orchestra takes the stage at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for its annual holiday concert, now a Philadelphia tradition. Tickets are known to sell out for this annual concert, so be sure to purchase yours soon.

The Glorious Sound of Christmas at the Kimmel Center

When:December 15-17
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$27.50 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Holiday Lights Bike Ride

Every holiday season, bicyclists across the area make their way to Philadelphia’s most decorated and illuminated blocks and attractions via a seven-mile leisurely evening bike ride. Guests are encouraged to come in costume (but be sure to bundle!) and with their bike bedecked for the holidays. The ride leaves from Performance Bicycles at Riverview Plaza.

Holiday Lights Bike Ride

When:Thursday, December 15, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Bike ride leaves from the Performance Bicycle parking lot, 1300 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Barnes Open House: Art After Hours and Holiday Pop-Up Market

On Friday, December 16, the Barnes Foundation offers free admission to its impressive collection while hosting an after-hours pop-up holiday market featuring a range of items from local vendors. In addition to shopping and art, guests can also enjoy wine tastings at the after-hours event.

Barnes Open House: Art After Hours and Holiday Pop-Up Market

When:Friday, December 16, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.barnesfoundation.org

Art After 5: Joy To The World at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art HolidayPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Museum of Art kicks off the weekend (and continues its holiday cheer!) with holiday performances from Denise King and The Waverly Alston Choir. The program is a part of the museum’s Friday night Art After 5 programming, which comes complete with light bites, drinks and plenty of after-hours art.

Art After 5: Joy To The World at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Friday, December 16, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Included in the price of admission

www.philamuseum.org

Jingle Bell Rock GayBINGO!

The monthly GayBINGO goes holiday style this December with a special Jingle Bell Rock edition. As usual, a group of hilarious drag queens will host the evening event and various prizes will be up for grabs. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy, which will be donated to be donated to a child infected with or by HIV/AIDS.

Jingle Bell Rock GayBINGO!

When:Saturday, December 17, 6 p.m.
Where:Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street
Cost:$25

www.aidsfundphilly.org

Deck The Hall and Rock the Bells at Frankford Hall

Photo by Fabienne M. Photography

On December 17 and 18, Frankford Hall brings out its holiday cheer as it transforms its garden into a heated winter wonderland complete with Christmas trees, festive lights, a red carpet and even some falling snow. Santa visits the beer garden to hear wish lists from good boys and girls while Bell's Brewery pours special winter brews for those over the age of 21.

Deck The Hall and Rock the Bells at Frankford Hall

When:Saturday, December 17-18
Where:Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

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Black Kid Joy at the University of the Arts

Philadelphia-area playwright John W. Graves III celebrates his 30th birthday and John Graves Productions’ 10th anniversary with a brand-new stage play entitled Black Kid Joy. The play follows a black boy through his life as he learns about himself and his worth.

Black Kid Joy at the University of the Arts

When:December 17-18
Where:The University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

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Ugly Sweater Run

Put on your ugly holiday sweater and head out for an Ugly Sweater 5K Run through Fairmount Park. After the run, participants are encouraged to head out for a celebratory drink at the official after party at Smith’s Restaurant and Bar where there will also be prizes for the best-dressed runners, best team outfits and more.

Ugly Sweater Run

When:Saturday, December 17, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where:4231 Avenue of the Republic
Cost:$35

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Franklin Flea Holiday Market

This Saturday marks the final Franklin Flea Holiday Market of the season. All day long, the Historic Strawbridge’s Building invites holiday shoppers in to browse vintage goods, handmade items, antique furniture and more.

Franklin Flea Holiday Market

When:Saturday, December 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:The Historic Strawbridge's, 801 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.franklinflea.com

A Philly POPS! Christmas

Performing both delightful seasonal classics and glorious gospel music, the Philly POPS! Christmas Spectacular is a marvelous way for the whole family to enjoy the holidays together. Once again, Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be filled with the gorgeous sounds of the season. Note that Sunday marks the final day for this year's performance.

A Philly POPS! Christmas

When:Select dates throughout December 18
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$58 and up

www.phillypops.com

Go West’s Holiday Craft Fest

Calling all last-minute shoppers and craft aficionados! The Go West! Craft Fest brings more than 80 artists to The Rotunda in West Philly for an afternoon of shopping that supports local makers in the community. Browse items ranging from jewelry to toys to candles, soaps, preserves and more, enabling you to pick up a thoughtful gift for all of those on your list.

Go West’s Holiday Craft Fest

When:Sunday, December 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.gowestcraftfest.wixsite.com

Latkepalooza

Photo by Mario Manzoni for The Gershman Y

One of the biggest events of Hanukkah in Philadelphia is perhaps Latkepalooza at The Gershman Y. Annually, chefs and cooks from some of the city's most popular restaurants prepare their best (and most interesting!) latkes for guests to enjoy — more than 3,500 latkes will be served over just two hours! This year, feast on latkes from places like Federal Donuts, Jones, Tria Taproom, Estia, Mission Taqueria and more. The event is known to sell out, so be sure to purchase your tickets soon.

Latkepalooza

When:Sunday, December 18, 2-4 p.m.
Where:Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street, third floor
Cost:$20 for general admission, $15 for children ages 2-12, free for children under 2

www.gershmany.org

The Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

The NutcrackerPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

It just isn’t the holidays without the dancing snowflakes, sword-fighting mice, sugar plum fairies in tutus and an enormous tree that grows and grows, so snag a prime seat at The Academy of Music for the Pennsylvania Ballet’s classic production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker — a Philadelphia tradition that’s 48 years strong.

The Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

When:Select dates through December 31
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

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