Weekend Picks: Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Blue Cross RiverRink, Comcast Holiday Spectacular, Longwood Gardens Christmas, NoLibs Shopping Spree And Much More

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Philadelphia, bursting with Christmas cheer, brilliant lights, hearty comfort food, seasonal spirit and more. (Photo credits, clockwise from top left: by Daniel Traub courtesy Longwood Gardens, courtesy Christmas Village, Ryan Donnell courtesy Philadelphia Orchestra, G. Widman for GPTMC)

It’s officially the first weekend of December, and there’s plenty of seasonal cheer here in Philadelphia to honor the occasion.

Some of the holidays’ most treasured attractions and events are up and running, including the Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Comcast Holiday Spectacular, Christmas Village, Longwood Gardens Christmas and Blue Cross RiverRink.

Be sure to take a look — and bookmark! — Uwishunu’s Holiday Guide. And for what’s going down in the 215 this weekend, see below for our top picks:

Friday, November 30

Roundup: Our Picks For The Top 10 Holiday Dates In Philadelphia

Comcast Holiday Spectacular (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Christmas Village in Love Park (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Macy’s Christmas Light Show and Dickens Village (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Blue Cross RiverRink (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Adventure Aquarium’s 2012 Christmas Celebration (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Mt. Airy Holiday Craft Bazaar (Fri, Sat)

Main Line Art Holiday Fine Craft Sale (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The #whyilovephilly Party at Trestle Inn

Holiday Magic in Doylestown

A Brandywine Christmas: Critter Sale + “Teasel & Twigs ‘Tis a Critter Christmas Tale” Book Signing

PhilaMOCA’s Blank Canvas Wrestling Art Show

Inis Nua Theatre’s Craicdown 2012

Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Fox Children’s Fund Comedy Benefit at Valley Forge Casino

Mustache Happy Hour at Victory Brewpub

Star-Studded Christmas Concert for Wounded Vets in Westchester

InLiquid @William Way: A Midtown Village Holiday Sale (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philadelphia Magazine’s Thinkfest (Fri, Sat)

Arden Theatre Company presents Cinderella (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Where To Extend The 2012 Outdoor Dining Season In Philadelphia — Restaurants With Heat Lamps Or Fire Pits

Saturday, December 1

Free metered parking in Philadelphia!

NoLibs Holiday Shopping Spree (Sat, Sun)

Roundup: Where To Cut Your Own Or Pick Your Own Christmas Tree In And Around Philadelphia

Roundup: Our Winter 2012 Guide To Public Ice Skating In Philadelphia

Our Guide To Holiday Shopping Events In Philadelphia: Craft Bazaars, Pop-Up Shops And Sidewalk Strolls

Elfreth’s Alley “Deck The Alley” 2012

Roundup: Our Guide To Holiday Theater This Season In Philadelphia

Philadelphia Orchestra’s A Holiday Spectacular! Family Concert

Rittenhouse Row Holiday Celebration: Specials and Events At Shops and Restaurants

Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Holiday Tours (Sat, Sun)

Holidays in Manayunk: Santa on Ice and Tree Lighting

Peddler’s Village Christmas Festival (Sat, Sun)

Philly MFA Holiday Food Truck Roundup at the Piazza

Gallery 339 Holiday Book Extravaganza

The 12 Cans Of Christmas at Percy Street Barbecue (Sat, Sun)

The Free Library’s Borrowers’ Ball

Weekend Picks is particularly packed this week. Lots going on! Read on, below.

Caroling Through the Galleries with the Pennsylvania Girlchoir at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

University City Community Cleanup

Holiday Tea at Historic Stenton

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections at the Mercer Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Building a Masterpiece: Frank Furness’ Factory for Art at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and the Life Line at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Maya.2012: Lords of Time at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Keepsake Ornaments for the Holidays Class at Morris Arboretum

Passyunk Square Holiday Fundraiser at Urban Jungle

Devil’s Den Light My Fire Party

The Rock School for Dance Education’s The Nutcracker at the Merriam Theater

Mural Arts Philly Painting Celebration

KidsInCenterCity.Com Saturday Play Date with Santa & His Helper

Spring Garden Indoor Vintage Flea Market

Day With(out) Art Ribbon Bee at the Institute of Contemporary Art

The Print Center Art Auction

5th Annual Old School Party at the African American Museum of Philadelphia

“Saturday with Santa” at Narberth Presbyterian Church Gymnasium

Teatime In Wonderland at the Four Seasons

Sunday, December 2

Roundup: Top Holiday Lights In And Around Philadelphia This Season

Roundup: Our Top Picks For Must-See Holiday Attractions in Philadelphia This Season

Winter Wonderland at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Turkey Fry at Varga Bar

Longwood Gardens Christmas (Fri, Sat, Sun)

South Street Headhouse District Winter Wonderland

17th Annual Peace Around The World: A Passport To Cultures at the Penn Museum

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides in Kennett Square

2012 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Holiday Pop-Up Store in Chestnut Hill (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Chocolate and Wine Tasting: A Delicious Afternoon at Morris Arboretum

John Cage Festival: “Behind Song Books” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Sunday Supper’s back at Mercato

Skirt Boutique open specially on Sundays during December

Eastern State Penitentiary’s Winter Adventure Tours (Sat, Sun)

Susan Hess Modern Dance at Performance Garage (Sat, Sun)

Shady Brook Farm 2012 Holiday Light Show (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Under the Tree: A Century of Holiday Trees and Toys at the Mercer Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Tony Award-Winning War Horse at Academy Of Music (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Walnut Street Theatre presents The Music Man (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making their World opening at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Theatre Exile presents The English Bride (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

American Sprits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Freud’s Last Session at the Arden Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Lantern Theater Company Presents The Liar (Fri, Sat, Sun)


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