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December 12, 2014

New Restaurant Alert: Chef Luke Palladino Is Set To Open His First Philadelphia Restaurant, Palladino’s, On Thursday, December 18


Opening on Thursday, December 18, Palladino’s will bring Italian fare, steak and seafood to East Passyunk Avenue.
(Photo courtesy Luke Palladino Hospitality Group)

Exciting news! Another hotly anticipated restaurant will soon join the dining ranks on East Passyunk Avenue.

On Thursday, December 18, Palladino’s, Chef Luke Palladino’s first Philadelphia restaurant, will open its doors at 1934 East Passyunk Avenue. Palladino’s will restore life to the space of the former Colombo’s building.

Opening with daily dinner and late-night service, the resto promises a menu full of Italian fare with a focus on seafood and wood-fired steak.

Though the full menu is not yet available, a few menu items diners can look forward to are a 16-ounce veal chop with wild mushroom, prosciutto and sage crema; a whole-roasted fish with Ligurian olives, grape tomatoes, fingerling potatoes and Calabrese chiles; octopus with garlic, capers and parsley; and Sicilian-style butternut squash with toasted garlic, vinegar and mint.

The new restaurant is also set to pour drinks from a full bar complete with speciality cocktails, wine and beer.

Chef Luke Palladino currently owns restaurants throughout New Jersey including Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian in Linwood, New Jersey, Luke’s Kitchen & Marketplace in Atlantic City and LP Steak in Northfield, NJ.

Ready to get a taste of Palladino’s in Philadelphia? The coming-soon spot is already accepting online reservations, so click here to secure a table. Palladino’s will be open for dinner and late-night bites from 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Stay tuned for more on this sure-to-be-delicious restaurant opening.

Coming Soon: Palladino’s
When: Opening Thursday, December 18; Sunday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight, Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Palladino’s, 1934 E. Passyunk Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
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Starting on December 18, Palladino’s will be open nightly for dinner and late-night food service.
(Photo courtesy Luke Palladino Hospitality Group)

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December 12, 2014

Now Open: Multimedia Installation Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals Debuts At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art And The Fabric Workshop & Museum


An exhibition of new and recent projects by Puerto Rico-based artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla is now on view at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fabric Workshop and Museum. (Raptor’s Rapture, 2012, Single channel video projection with sound. Image courtesy the artist)

With everything from huge fossilized dinosaur bones to engaging films to live musical performances, Philadelphia’s newest art exhibit is a feast for the senses.

Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals opens today, Friday, December 12, at not one but two of the city’s museums: the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Through live performances, films, sound and sculpture, this multimedia installation from artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla explores different types of intervals, ranging from musical intervals to the distance between two points in space.

The inspiration for each work stems from a cultural artifact or moment in history, though you probably have never experienced a historical examination quite like this before!

This grand display opens tonight with receptions and performances. The evening begins at 5 p.m. at the FWM and continues at the PMA’s Perelman Building.

Complimentary shuttle service will be provided between the two museums from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended and available online.

Intervals will be open through April 5, 2015. You may want to plan your visit to coincide with one of the exciting live performances from Philly musical groups Relache and The Crossing.

Check online for show schedules at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals
When: On view through April 5, 2015
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue; Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street
Cost: Admission to FWM is free; Admission to the PMA’s Perelman Building costs $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $14 for students and kids 13-18, and is free for children and museum members
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December 12, 2014

Roundup: 14 Places To Have A Picture Taken With Santa Claus In And Around Philadelphia — Where To Visit Santa In Philly

Christmas Village

Jolly Old Saint Nick makes his rounds in Philadelphia this time of year, welcoming kids to pose for photos all around town — including every weekend at Christmas Village at Love Park. (Photo by Russ Brown Photography)

Forget the North Pole — Santa Claus has arrived in Philadelphia to visit with kids, pose for photos and find out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.

Snapping a photo with Santa is a time-honored holiday tradition, so we’ve rounded up 14 of the best places to see the big man in red before Christmas Day arrives.

Of course, a classic St. Nick sits at Macy’s Center City, but wee ones can also share their Christmas wish lists with his more offbeat cousins: a Fishtown Santa at Frankford Hall, an ice-skating Santa at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Cookie Santa at Sesame Place and more.

Plus, plenty of local malls host the jolly fellow through the end of the holiday season, too.

Our guide to where to see Santa Claus in Philadelphia, below.

Macy’s Santaland and Dickens Village

Daily through December 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Macy’s Center City, 1300 Market Street. In Philadelphia, Santa Claus sets up shop at Macy’s Center City daily through Christmas Eve, December 24. Visit with Mr. Claus, have a photo taken by the on-site service and take in the charming Dickens Village on the third floor, and then stay to ooh and ahh at the Christmas Light Show, which illuminates a large wall of the Grand Court atrium 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. MORE INFO

Santa’s House at Christmas Village at Love Park

Weekends through December 24, Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. and Sunday, noon-7 p.m., Love Park, 1500 Arch Street. Christmas Village at Love Park, an open-air shopping destination modeled after an open-air German market, continues daily through Sunday, December 28, and visits with Santa Claus are available Fridays, Saturday and Sundays through Christmas Eve. Stop by Santa’s House for a photo with Old Saint Nick from Russ Brown Photography. MORE INFO

Santa Saturdays at Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Saturdays, December 13 and 20, 4-5 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street. A major expansion of the annual holiday happenings at the historic park, the Franklin Square Holiday Festival includes all of the traditional on-site fun Philadelphians have come to count on — holiday lights, visits with Santa and tons of family-friendly programs — plus the added elements of a weekend winter beer garden and a nightly holiday market. The free Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show shines eight times a day every 30 minutes between 4:30 and 8 p.m., weather permitting. Santa Claus stops at Franklin Square on Saturdays with two opportunities for a visit: arrive for milk, cookies and stories with Santa in the indoor, heated pavilion from 4 to 5 p.m. ($10 per person) or just for photos and greetings with Santa from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. MORE INFO

Skate with Santa at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Saturdays and Sundays through December 25, noon-4 p.m. Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard. This winter, Penn’s Landing’s longstanding Blue Cross RiverRink amps up the ice skating experience on the Delaware River waterfront by once again transforming the annual rink into a bona fide winter wonderland. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest takes the good times of the rink to a new level, with ice skating — yes — but also with a light show, warming tent, fire pits (perfect for roasting marshmallows), a winter beer garden and holiday market. Santa Claus takes to the ice every every Saturday and Sunday, too, to pose for photo ops and hear wish lists. Plus, kids can score complimentary Santa hats while supplies last! MORE INFO


Head to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest to take in the sights and sounds of the season and Skate with Santa this month.
(Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy DRWC)

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December 12, 2014

Weekend Picks: Nutcracker Market, Seaport Parade Of Lights, Free Music At RiverRink Winterfest, Franklin Flea, Santa At Frankford Hall, Punk Rock Flea Market, A Longwood Christmas And More


This weekend, make plans to visit Winterfest at Penn’s Landing for everything from games and craft beer to s’mores and a free Saturday night concert. (Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC)

Ready for a holly jolly weekend, Philly? The entire city of Philadelphia is chock-full of holiday cheer this weekend with tons of merry events and festive displays at attractions, bars, restaurants and parks.

Winterfest at Penn’s Landing maintains it’s super-cool status by hosting a free concert on Saturday and continuing to roll out food, drinks (including spiked hot drinks!), games, s’mores and more.

On Saturday, the Seaport Parade of Lights illuminates the waterfront along Penn’s Landing with bedecked boats, holiday crafts, visits with Santa and more. We think checking out the waterfront parade and following it up with ice skating or fireside s’mores sounds ideal.

Also this weekend, Nutcracker Market and Franklin Flea deck the halls of the Kimmel Center and the historic Strawbridges’s building, respectively, with artisan vendors perfect to shop for the holidays. Also this weekend: A ton of holiday pop-up markets for all holiday shopping needs — think Punk Rock Flea Market, Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar Shop, Superfantastic Craft Bazaar and more.

It’s a weekend for wee ones, too, with Santa Claus is set to visit Frankford Hall for merry times complete with holiday tunes and free food for kids under 10.

Read on for our guide to this weekend.

Friday, December 12

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

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

Top Pick: Sly Fox Phoenixville Anniversary Party

Top Pick: Nutcracker Market at The Kimmel Center

Top Pick: 11 Must-See Holiday Light Displays And Attractions In Philadelphia And The Countryside

Food Truck Friday at Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents Philadelphia Holiday Groove

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

Shop on the Square Holiday Craft Sale at the Philadelphia Art Alliance (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philadanco presents Risky Business at The Kimmel Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

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

Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe at Cafe Ynez

Late-Night Burger, Bourbon and Beer Special at The Fat Ham

Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony at Wahoo’s Tacos and More

In Riva’s 3rd Birthday Celebration

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

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

The Sincerity Project at FringeArts (Fri, Sat)

Lagos x Philly Dinner at Sabrina’s Cafe

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

Franklin Flea

This weekend, a ton of holiday pop-up shops fill the city with local goods, handcrafted items, vintage finds and much more, including Franklin Flea, pictured above. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, December 13

Top Pick: Your Guide To Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia By Neighborhood

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

Top Pick: Cheer! A Shop Local Holiday Event on South Street West

Top Pick: Franklin Flea

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

Top Pick: 5th Annual Seaport Parade of Lights at Penn’s Landing

Free Concert at RiverRink Winterfest

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December 12, 2014

Opening Alert: Iron Hill Brewery’s New Ardmore Location Welcomes The Public For Brews This Sunday, December 14

Iron Hill

Iron Hill Brewery locations populate many regional towns, including Ardmore, where a brand-new brewery opens on Sunday, December 14. (Photo courtesy Iron Hill)

Over the years since its founding in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery has steadily built a regional empire, based on the quality of its award-winning craft beers, extensive and crowd-pleasing menus and family-friendly atmosphere.

It was only a matter of time until the restaurant chain came to Ardmore. And now, with the grand opening of its 11th location in the Ardmore Plaza slated for Sunday, December 14, that time has arrived.

Off the bat, the brewery will feature eight of its beers on tap, including Crusher (light session IPA with lots of hops); Biere de Garde (French farmhouse beer; Belgian Pale Ale; and Pioneer Pils (pre-Prohibition style pilsner with U.S. malt).

That’s not counting the six beers that will be visibly brewed onsite, such as Pig Iron Porter and Vienna Red Lager.

Open daily for lunch and dinner with a familiar selection of easygoing sandwiches, pizzas, salads and entrees, the 11,000 square-foot restaurant can accommodate 280 people, along with a private room for parties.

Celebrate the official First Pour at 4 p.m. and be there when the brews start flowing.

Opening: Iron Hill Brewery Ardmore
When: Sunday, December 14, 4 p.m.
Where: 60 Greenfield Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
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December 12, 2014

Santa Claus Comes To Fishtown’s Frankford Hall With Live Music, Sing-Alongs And Free Food For Kids, December 13-14 And 20-21

Frankford Hall

Frankford Hall hosts Ol’ Saint Nick himself this and next weekend during a free holiday celebration at the Fishtown beer garden.
(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Heads up, Santa Claus is coming to Fishtown!

The Jolly Old Elf will pop in to Fishtown’s favorite beer garden, Frankford Hall, from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 13-14 and December 20-21.

Over the course of the next two weekends, beer garden-goers can snap pictures with Santa and share holiday wishes with the jolly man himself. Have you been good this year?

The holiday event, which conveniently takes place during lunchtime (Frankford Hall’s burgers and pretzels are top-notch) and during all Santa visits, kids under the age of 10 can eat for free!

While youngsters visit with Santa and snack on pretzels, parents can relax with a liter filled with a German draft from the well-loved beer garden.

Plus, live music from kids band The Lara & Joe Show will delight audiences with holiday tunes and sing-alongs.

Bonus: On each day of the event, lucky families will win a Starr gift card by taking a family photo on Instagram and tagging @StarrRestaurant and #FrankfordHallHolidays. May the best photo win!

Santa at Frankford Hall
When: December 13-14 and 20-21, noon-3 p.m.
Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Admission, free; Food and drinks, pay as you go
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December 12, 2014

Roundup: Philadelphia-Inspired Gift Ideas For Gals, Guys And Kids This Holiday Season

’Tis the season for the annual gift-giving holiday heyday, and there’s no time like the present to stock up on Philadelphia-made crafts, clothes, food and more for the lucky ones on your list.

Here at Uwishunu, we aim to help make the holiday season merry and bright — not frantic and stressed. To that end, we’ve pulled out the sharpest pins from the well-curated Visit Philly Pinterest page to present ideas for Philly-inspired and -made gifts.

Just click through to scoop up Philadelphia-inspired gifts, all of which are locally made, and give locally this season.

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December 11, 2014

Tonight Picks: Opening Night Of The Nutcracker Market At The Kimmel, Holiday Lights Run Through South Philly, Extended Hours At The Brandywine River Museum Of Art, Winterfest At Penn’s Landing And More

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It’s a great night to tuck inside and get shopping, folks. The Nutcracker Market kicks off its weekend-long shopping extravaganza today, running until 8 p.m. tonight and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

With snow flurries in the air, the city is seriously taking on that holiday feel and brimming with special museum events, holiday lights, festive attractions and more.

This evening brings the opening night of the Nutcracker Market at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Get your holiday shopping done on three floors filled with excellent artisan vendors while enjoying scenes from The Nutcracker, crafts, food, drink and more.

Tonight, the South Philly Striders and Fishtown Beer Runners invite folks to put on their running shoes (and festive attire and warm gear!) for a Holiday Lights Run throughout South Philly to check out the impressive holiday lights throughout the area.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art opens its doors until 9 p.m. for its extended holiday hours complete with holiday tunes, Yuletide displays, after-hours shopping and more.

Popular holiday attractions like the ice rink at Dilworth Park and Winterfest at Penn’s Landing continue to attract crowds for good times all season long.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Nutcracker Market

Browse jewelry, home decor, artisan food and more at Nutcracker Market a holiday bazaar at the Kimmel Center. Tonight is opening night, so stop by for first dibs on the merchandise, which will fill three floors of The Kimmel. Also look forward to scenes from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, crafts and more.

When: Thursday, December 11, until 8 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets
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: Thursday, December 11, until 9 p.m.
Where: Dilworth Park, Broad and Market streets
Cost: $4, adults; $3, children 10 and under; $8, skate rental

Blue Cross RiverRink Wintefest

Winterfest at Penn’s Landing is this winter’s go-to hangout. Seriously. Penn’s Landing’s latest attraction is equipped with fire pits for roasting s’mores, food and drinks from Garces Catering, games, an indoor winter beer garden, ice skating and more. Check out our brand new photo tour of the top reasons you need to visit.

When: Thursday, December 11, until 10:30 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go

Evening Hours at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

The Brandywine River Museum of Art continues its holiday celebrations with extended museum hours this evening (and on all Thursdays through December 18). Until 9 p.m., stroll the galleries while enjoying Christmas music, festive displays and activities for children.

When: Thursday, December 11, until 9 p.m.
Where: Brandywine River Museum of Art, 100 Creek Road, Chadds Ford
Cost: $12, adults; $8, seniors, $6, students and children ages 6-12; Free for me

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


Head down to Penn’s Landing for RiverRink Winterfest, a true holiday oasis complete with ice skating, food, drinks, an indoor beer garden and more. (Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC)

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December 11, 2014

Little Nonna’s Hosts Natale Di Nonna Garden Party With Holiday Specials, Visits With Santa And Plenty Of Heat Lamps, Sundays, December 14 And 21

Little Nonna's

The cozy garden at Little Nonna’s will host cheerful holiday festivities (and plenty of heaters) this weekend for the first Natale di Nonna. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

No need to travel over the river and through the woods to get to a grandma-worthy holiday party this season.

For the next two Sunday afternoons, Little Nonna’s in Midtown Village hosts its first-ever Natale di Nonna (translation: Nonna’s — which is Italian for “grandmother” — Christmas).

On Sunday, December 14 and Sunday, December 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., the charming garden at Little Nonna’s will house a holiday celebration in the spirit of the seasonal festivities found in Italian-American neighborhoods in South Philly and beyond.

Really, Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s uber-charming casual Italian-American eatery feels festive every day of the year with Little Nonna’s adorable appointments and strung lights both indoors and out.

For the afternoon special, the backyard at Nonna’s will be decked out in holiday decorations — think strands of dried farfalle pasta, red and gold tinsel, decorative Santas and colorful lights — and plenty of heat lamps will warm the space for an afternoon of eating, drinking and merrymaking.

A special Natale di Nonna menu includes belly-warming fare like meatballs over soft polenta, garlic bread, sausage and peppers, spaghetti and meatballs and more.

On the sweet side, Nonna’s kitchen will serve up “chiacchieri” angel wings (fried dough with powdered sugar), a Nutella sandwich and a classic Italian cookie plate. Or, guests can opt for holiday beverages like spiked eggnog or hot chocolate and mulled red wine.

Plus, none other than Santa Claus himself will make an appearance to find out who’s been naughty and snap photos (yup, hashtag “#SelfieswithSanta” will be encouraged).

Reservations aren’t required, but guests will arrive and be seated by a hostess for regular table service. The weather outside may be a bit frightful, but the heated lamps in Little Nonna’s garden will be delightful.

We think grandma would approve.

Natale Di Nonna
When: Sunday, December 14 and December 21, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Little Nonna’s, 1234 Locust Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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December 11, 2014

Roundup: Our Top Picks Of Multicultural Holiday Celebrations And Events In And Around Philadelphia This Month

Visit numerous sites across the city for themed entertainment for folks of all backgrounds and religious beliefs, including the National Museum of American Jewish History (shown). (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

If celebrating the Christmas holiday in the conventional American manner isn’t your cup of hot chocolate, Philadelphia has the answer in many, many multicultural holiday events at attractions all around town for all to enjoy.

Whether observing Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any number of other cultural traditions, there are ways to spend the remaining weeks in December (and maybe even some time off work) making merry in the City of Brotherly Love.

Of note, Zahav brings back its A Very Jewish Christmas dinner, serving up a multi-course menu of dim sum delicacies paired with an entertaining film. Also, back for its 31st year, families of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend Being [ ] at Christmas, an event that presents non-celebrators with music, games and more on Christmas Day itself. Plus, look forward to the annual family-friendly Kwanzaa Celebration at The African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Our picks for multicultural holiday events, below.

Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe at Cafe Ynez

Friday, December 12, Cafe Ynez, 2025 Washington Avenue. Mexico City-style dining came to Point Breeze when Cafe Ynez opened directly adjacent to NextFab Studio last spring. This holiday season, the 25-seat BYOB celebrates the Mexican tradition of the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe with a mole tamale brunch during the day or a chicken mole dinner in the evening, which includes a half chicken with mole, asparagus and mashed potatoes for jsut $12.MORE INFO

Free @ The Kimmel Christmas Posada

Thursday, December 18, 5 p.m., Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets. In Mexico, Las Posadas are festivities during the nine days before Christmas celebrating the Biblical journey of Mary and Joseph. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate host a free, family-friendly event to mark this traditon in the expansive Commonwealth Plaza with a performance by renowned Mexican pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas, traditional Mexican decorations and more. MORE INFO

Holiday Music at Reading Terminal Market

Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, January 4, Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets. Few places in Philadelphia reflect so much diversity as the Reading Terminal Market with its plethora of eats from nearly every culture. Every weekend, the market’s Center Court hosts live music and the rotating cast of musicians around the holidays nod to all of the cultures at home in the market’s halls. Of note, hear Ethipian-born singer Wanya play pan-African music to celebrate Kwanzaa on Sunday, December 28 and Paranda play Puerto Rican music to mark Three Kings Day on Sunday, January 4. MORE INFO


The Philadelphia Museum of Art is just one of a slew of destinations to celebrate Hanukkah in Philadelphia. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

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