Tonight Picks: Holiday Lights, Craft Can Christmas Tree Lighting At Percy Street Barbecue, Stag & Doe Night In Chestnut Hill, Quizzo At The Penn Museum And More

Philadelphia is glowing with seasonal cheer, as attractions wear their holiday spirit with pride like the elegantly decorated Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia on Broad Street. (Photo by Christian Carollo of Picture Philly)

[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!]

It’s 12/12/12, the last triple-repetitive date we’ll see in this lifetime, but the events happening today are far more interesting than that, even.

Philadelphia is booming with a huge variety of awesome events tonight. You can choose to enjoy a few holiday brews, catch a theater performance, visit a museum, see a film screening, get a head-start on your holiday gift list, dance to some live DJ jams or get in the spirit of the season with any one of these great happenings.

The 12 Cans Of Christmas at Percy Street Barbecue: Named the Number 1 Place in America for Craft Beer In Cans earlier this year, Percy Street Barbecue is flexing its craft beer muscles and celebrating the holidays during their 12 Cans of Christmas event. Tonight’s the last night to enjoy half-priced beer and free bar snacks. The beer on special tonight is 21st Amendment’s Zambo Red Ale. Don’t miss the second annual Craft Can Christmas tree lighting at 7 p.m.

Where: Percy Street Barbecue, 900 South Street
When: Wednesday, December 12, 5-7 p.m.
Cost: Pay as you go

12/12/12 The 12 Beers of Christmas at The Cambridge: The Cambridge will be celebrating 12 beers of Christmas with a Christmas tree decorating party. Bring your own personalized or homemade ornaments and help decorate while you gulp down some freshly tapped, holiday-themed spirits like Bells, Anchor, Jolly Pumpkin and more.

Where: The Cambridge, 1508 South Street
When: Wednesday, December 12, 4 p.m.-close
Cost: Pay as you go

Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Trunk Show: Designers-In Residence from the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Center City will be featured in this fabulous fashion show. Four designers — Melissa D’Agostino, Kaitlyn Doherty, Autumn Kietponglert and duo Latifat Obajinmi and Moriamo Johnson — were selected for the residency and have been working for the non-profit for the last 12 months and gaining support for launching fashion businesses in Philadelphia.

Where: Kembrel, 1822 Chestnut Street
When: Wednesday, December 12, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Free

The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012 and Second Wednesday Quizzo at the Penn Museum: Compete for prizes as you test your knowledge over a happy hour drink at The Pepper Mill Cafe inside the Penn Museum until 8 p.m., or enhance your knowledge at 6 p.m. at The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012 with Dr. Anthony F. Aveni, author of the bestselling book. For full effect, check out the current exhibit, MAYA 2012: Lords of Time.

Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
When: Wednesday, December 12, Exhibit hours, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., quizzo and lecture both begin at 6 p.m.
Cost: $5 for the lecture, pay as you go for drinks at quizzo

More Tonight Picks, below.

The Harlem Fine Arts Show at the African American Museum: This special showcase, which continues the tradition of the National Black Fine Arts Show, is one of the largest and most prestigious collections of works featuring emerging and established African American artists from around the world. Appearing one night only in Philadelphia, this event features hors d’ouvres, cocktails and live jazz music from Cliff Lee Plus Three.

Where: The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
When: Wednesday, December 12, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $30

Shopping Discounts and Holiday Party at Snyderman-Works Gallery: Enjoy drinks and refreshments and also the refreshing 10% off discount on all items at the Snyderman-Works Gallery. Note: Parking is free in Old City for the holiday season after 5 p.m. Huzzah!

Where: Snyderman-Works Gallery, 303 Cherry Street
When: Wednesday, December 12, 5-7 p.m.
Cost: Pay as you go

Archive Fever! 4.0: Patience (After Sebald) at the International House: WG Sebald, author of the award-winning book The Emigrants, regarded as one of the most important post-War European authors, is the subject for this film directed by Grant Gee, the Grierson Award winning director of Joy Division and the Radiohead documentary Meeting People is Easy, Patience.

Where: Ibrahim Theater at the International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
When: Wednesday, December 12, 7 p.m.
Cost: $9 General Admission, $7 Students and Seniors

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: Wednesday, December 12 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Macy’s Christmas Light Show: The Macy’s Christmas light show is a Philadelphia holiday tradition. The legendary Julie Andrews narrates Christmas stories as the famous Wanamaker Organ plays musical accompaniment. More than 100,000 sparkling and colorful LED lights create holiday images and scenes on the four-story-high velvet curtain of the Grand Court atrium.

Where: Macy’s, 1300 Market Street
When: Wednesday, December 12 until 7 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: Wednesday, December 12 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (except 5 p.m.) every hour on the hour
Cost: Free

Longwood Gardens Christmas: Longwood Gardens’ impressive Christmas light display has been open for almost two weeks now and there’s 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: Wednesday, December 12, last entrance is at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Tickets range from $8-$18

PHS Holiday Pop-Up Store: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the group behind the largest indoor flower show in the world, is holding a pop-up holiday store to help you deck the halls for all of your garden-savvy friends and family.

Where: 8232 Germantown Avenue (across from the Chestnut Hill Hotel)
When: Wednesday, December 12, 3-9 p.m.
Cost: Pay as you go

Booty O’Clock at The Barbary: Brian Langan of the bands Langor and Sweatheart, who is also currently a nominee for this year’s Philebrity Award for best breakout musician, will DJ this fabulously funky night known as Booty O’Clock. Get down to the random selection from Langan’s vinyl collection and enjoy the notoriously cheap drinks they’ve got upstairs at Barbarella.

Where: Barbarella (upstairs at the Barbary), 951 Frankford Avenue
When: Wednesday, December 12, 10-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Bearded Ladies Present Marlene And The Machine: The comically talented theater group, The Bearded Ladies, returns to the Wilma for the holiday season with another bold original work, Marlene and The Machine. The play presents an off-key collaboration of music from 1920s German-American actress and singer Marlene Dietrich with that of 20th century Austrian performer Lotte Lenya. Get your tickets now.

Where: Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street
When: Wednesday, December 12, 8 p.m.
Cost: $20 seats, $25 tables

Stag & Doe Night In Chestnut Hill: Save yourself the chaos of shopping at the mall for your holiday gifts and consider taking a trip to the quaint and quiet streets of Chestnut Hill. Take a charming stroll down Germantown Avenue where stores will be welcoming shoppers to take a break from the crisp winter air, holiday lights and decorations of Chestnut Hill’s downtown.

Where: Along Germantown Avenue
When: Wednesday December 12, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Pay as you go

25 Days of Tequila at Cantina Dos Sequndos: the 25 Days of Tequila allows you to count down the days to Christmas with tons of drink deals, prizes, surprises, music, charity fundraising and more. Tonight they’ll unwrap a brand new brand of tequila for your drinking pleasure.

Where: Cantina Dos Segundos, 931 N. 2nd Street
When: Wednesday December 12, until close
Cost: Pay as you go

Philly Photo Day Exhibition: The exhibit has been running for more than a week now and there’s still a few more weeks to go, but tonight would be a great night to come out and see Philadelphia in a day through the perspective of 1,800 beginner, amateur and professional photographers.

Where: Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street
When: 12-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

[Photo by Christian Carollo of Picture Philly]



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  1. Paws, Tails, & Cocktails with the Delco SPCA

    When: Sunday, Dec 16 | 600-900P
    Where: Glen Mills, PA

    Help furry friends of the community at our benefit for the Delaware County SPCA. Receive 15% off your purchases during the fundraiser while enjoying cocktails and light fare. $10 from each ticket will be donated to the SPCA in support of their efforts to find loving homes for local animals.

    Reservations are required. $40 per person. Cost includes cocktails and appetizers.

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