The holiday season begins in Philadelphia with the return of a favorite holiday light show and beer garden, a themed pub tour and much more.
In the Christmas spirit, Franklin Square opens its Holiday Festival — a light show of more than 50,000 twinkling lights, holiday music, shopping, a winter beer garden and more. Holiday fun continues to flow with the return of Yuletide Cheers and Beers, the Tippler’s Tour holiday-themed pub tour.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts night one of its Contemporary Craft Show, a perennial favorite in the world of fine crafts.
Our top picks for tonight, below.
• Franklin Square Holiday Festival
What: Tonight, Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival debuts for the season with a light show of 50,000 twinkling lights, Christmas music, a holiday market, a winter beer garden and much more. The light show will be lit for the first time at 5 p.m. and will be preceded by opening remarks at 4:45 p.m. Free hot chocolate will be available for guests.
When: Thursday, November 12, 4:45 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost: Free admission; pay as you go activities
• Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show
What: A carefully juried show and sale, Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show presents a truly outstanding selection of fine crafts. The show, which takes over the Pennsylvania Convention Center through Sunday, November 15, is open tonight until 9 p.m.
When: Thursday, November 12, until 9 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets
Cost: $15, single day pass; $20, two-day pass; $5, children 12 and under
• Mummies and Martinis Happy Hour at the Penn Museum
What: Guests can mix and mingle among ancient artifacts in the Egypt Gallery at the Penn Museum in University City. Admission costs $9 per person and includes one free drink for guests 21+.
When: Thursday, November 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: $9, includes one drink
• Tippler’s Tour Yuletide Cheers & Beers
What: Where can you enjoy a pint, learn about history, and raise a glass alongside a Red Coat soldier? On the Yuletide Cheers & Beers bar crawl. The holiday pub tour is back for the season starting today, November 12.
When: Thursday, November 12, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Departs from the Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th and Chestnut streets
Cost: $45 for adults; $40 for students, seniors and members of the military
Tonight, Historic Philadelphia’s Tippler’s Tour launches Yuletide Cheers and Beers — its holiday-themed pub tour. (Photo courtesy Historic Philadelphia, Inc.)
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