Tonight Picks: East Passyunk Avenue Tree Lighting, “A John Waters Christmas” At The Trocadero, Christmas Village, Comcast Holiday Spectacular And More

East Passyunk gets all lit up for the holidays with a tree lighting ceremony tonight complete with Christmas carols, tasty eats, warm drinks and more. (Photo courtesy East Passyunk Avenue)

[Evenings in Philadelphia are always action-packed, and we want to help you cherry-pick from all the events and activities going on. On certain days that promise particularly bustling evenings, we round up our selections for the most can’t-miss pursuits with which to fill your schedule. See you out there!]

The holiday cheer in Philadelphia continues tonight with the East Passyunk Avenue Christmas Tree Lighting at the iconic fountain (pictured above), Christmas Village, Comcast Holiday Spectacular and more.

East Passyunk Avenue Tree Lighting: Prepare yourself for a bigger-than-ever Christmas tree lighting on East Passyunk Avenue tonight. Le Virtu, Belle Cakery, Stateside and other area restaurants will be providing free food, warm drinks and even booze for attendees. Enjoy Christmas carols by school children of the area and at 5:30 p.m. watch Santa arrive in South Philly. Use hashtag #decktheave to follow the East Passyunk holiday fun on Twitter.

Where: The fountain at Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street
When: Thursday, November 29, 5-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Christmas Village: Philadelphia’s Christmas Village is in full swing at Love Park. Get some of your Christmas shopping done tonight while enjoying the gigantic outdoor holiday market, modeled after Germany’s open-air Christmas markets. Transport your tastebuds to Germany with traditional German holiday food and bring them back to Pennsylvania with some Chaddsford Winery mulled wine.

Where: Love Park, 1500 Arch Street
When: Thursday, November 29, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Comcast Holiday Spectacular: A Philadelphia favorite, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular is bound to knock your socks off. More than half a million people have visited the site since its opening in 2008. Enjoy the free, 15-minute holiday show shown on the Comcast Center’s Comcast Experience video wall which happens to be the largest four-mm LED video display in the world. Holiday scenes from the The Nutcracker, performed by the Pennsylvania ballet and scenes from the snowy Pennsylvania countryside will fill the screen.

Where: Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard
When: Thursday, November 29, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (except 5 p.m.) every hour on the hour
Cost: Free

“A John Waters Christmas”: Tonight at the Trocadero Theatre, welcome John Waters, the mastermind filmmaker behind Hairspray, Pink Flamingos and A Dirty Shame in “A John Waters Christmas.” His solo monologue, which is bound to push the envelope, will have you laughing all the way into the holiday season.

Where: Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street
When: Thursday, November 29, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.
Cost: $39.50-$99

Frankford Hall Movember Closing Gala Parté: “No Shave November” is coming to an end, and while this means many happy girlfriends, it also means many happy beer drinkers tonight at the Movember Closing Gala Parté at Frankford Hall. Food and happy hour specials will run all night: that’s $5 half liter drafts and $10 liter drafts for all! For those who have mustaches to show, compete in several different categories including most creative, longest, lamest and more. Prizes are awarded to the winner of each category. The prizes include a free shave and a party for the winner and friends at Frankford Hall.

Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
When: Thursday, November 29, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
Cost: Pay as you go

More Tonight Picks, below.

Thursday Blue Plates Special at Supper: South Street favorite Supper will be hosting a comfort food event to get you through these cold days. Enjoy your favorite cold weather meals like meatloaf, pot roast or macaroni and cheese prepared with the Supper touch courtesy Chef Mitch Prensky.

Where: Supper, 926 South Street
When: Thursday, November 29
Cost: Pay as you go

Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am at the Pen and Pencil Club: Tonight, the Painted Bride Quarterly is hosting a Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am event at the Pen and Pencil Club. It will be hosted by Andrew Keller, musician and a senior editor for Painted Bride Quarterly. Put your thinking and creative caps on for this interactive writing event.

Where: The Pen and Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer Street
When: Thursday, November 29, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Mo’Bash 2012 at Lucky’s Last Chance: Head over to Lucky’s Last Chance in Manayunk to celebrate the end of Movemember with mustaches, art and beer. Raise money for Men’s Cancer while sipping craft beer from Great Lakes Brewery and Weyerbacher and enjoying the music of DJ Q-Ball and Reed Streets. Many Manayunk area businesses will also be in attendance, such as Sweet Elizabeth’s Cakes, Main Street Music and more.

Where: Lucky’s Last Chance, 4421 Main Street
When: Thursday, November 29, 9 p.m.-midnight
Cost: Recommended $15 door donation, pay as you go

Longwood Gardens Christmas: Longwood Gardens’ impressive Christmas light display has been open for a week and there is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with half a million lights plus Christmas trees and wreaths decorating the property. Enjoy dazzling fountain shows among the lights. Purchase your timed tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
When: Thursday, November 29, last entrance is at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Tickets range from $8-$18

Norman Porter Leather Workshop at Art in the Age: Tonight, create your own leather key chain with the help of leather making geniuses Mike Stampler and John Mahaffey of Norman Porter. The pair will even give guests a peek at the leather-making techniques used at Norman Porter. Head out to Art in the Age for a free night of crafting! RSVP to to reserve your spot.

Where: Art in the Age, 113 N. 3rd Street
When: Thursday, November 29, 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Village of Arts and Humanities Fall Celebration: Pop-up party alert! The Village of Art and Humanities is hosting an end of the year blowout and fundraiser tonight from 5:30-8 p.m. Enjoy performances from CRED poets and musicians and browse handmade jewelry by CRED artists. Flex your creative muscles and with the help of a talented CRED artist and bring home your own work of art. Plus, with each ticket comes a one-year subscription to CRED magazine. There will be food and drinks and even special cocktails made with herbs from PhillyEarth.

Where: CRED OnSite, 325 South Street
When: Thursday, November 29, 5:30-8 p.m.
Cost: $50 per person, $80 per couple

Champagne and Shopping at Skirt Boutique: Support domestic violence awareness group, Laurel House, tonight at Skirt Boutique in Bryn Mawr. Sip champagne and browse top-notch fashion while helping to end domestic violence. Buy yourself something, or find gifts for those on your Christmas list. A portion of sales will be donated to the cause. Bring friends and make this a girls’ night for a good cause.

Where: Skirt Boutique, 931 Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr
When: Thursday, November 29, 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Dine Out for Autism Speaks: Tonight at all Aldo Lamberti’s family restaurants, 10% of all sales will be donated to Autism Speaks. Locations span across South Jersey and include Caffe Aldo Lamberti and Lamberti’s Tutti Toscani in Cherry Hill, Forno Pizzeria & Grille in Maple Shade and Luna Rossa Biagio Lamberti in Turnersville.

Where: Participating Lamberti locations
When: Thursday, November 29
Cost: Pay as you go


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