Tonight Picks: East Passyunk Avenue’s Christmas Tree Lighting, PAFA After Dark, Holiday Lights And Craft Beer At Waterfront Winterfest, Repeal Day Parties And More

Spend the evening skating and hanging at Waterfront Wintefest at the Blue Cross RiverRink, and tonight, be sure to have a beer in celebration of the anniversary of the ratification of the 21st amendment (the end of Prohibition!) inside of the site's massive warming tent. (Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy DRWC)

This evening is feeling an awful lot like the weekend thanks to parties at bars and museums, a festive Christmas tree lighting and holiday shopping night in East Passyunk and much more.

East Passyunk Avenue turns into a Christmas wonderland with its annual tree lighting celebration at the Singing Fountain and a brand-new event, Deck the Avenue, which offers guests extended hours, sales and free seasonal treats at shops along the avenue.

Tonight also marks the 80th anniversary of Repeal Day, the day that marked the end of Prohibition — alcohol was once again readily available for the public’s imbibing pleasure. Raise a glass to Repeal Day at numerous parties at bars all around the city — think classic cocktails and extended happy hour specials.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

PAFA After Dark: Winter is Coming: This evening, party at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as its hosts its monthly PAFA After Dark event. This month’s theme, Winter is Coming, centers around the museum’s Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts exhibit. Tonight, hear from muralists and Mural Arts contributors, sip cocktails, explore the exhibition, groove to live music, check out live performances and more. In the spirit of the holidays, those who bring two non-perishable food items to donate to Philabundance’s efforts to keep Philly fed will receive a ticket for a free drink.

When: Thursday, December 5, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad Street
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door (free to PAFA members)

East Passyunk Avenue Christmas Tree Lighting and Deck The Avenue: Tonight, East Passyunk Avenue’s annual Christmas tree lighting is back and bigger than ever with free food and drinks from some of the avenue’s most loved restaurants and cafes, Christmas carols and a visit from Santa. Watch the tree, which is located at the neighborhood’s iconic Singing Fountain, illuminate for the season at 5 p.m. New this year, avenue businesses open their doors to sales, food and drink specials, free seasonal treats and more starting at 7 p.m.

When: Thursday, December 5, 5 p.m.
Where: Singing Fountain, 11th Street and East Passyunk Avenue
Cost: Free

Waterfront Winterfest at The Blue Cross RiverRink: Warm up with a s’more and craft beer by the fire after an evening of ice skating at the newest addition to the Blue Cross RiverRink, Waterfront Winterfest. The pop-up holiday village, which is located adjacent to the RiverRink, features holiday shopping, a Christmas light show, seasonal fare and drinks.

When: Wednesday, December 5, open until 1 a.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 South Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go

Repeal Day at The Cambridge: Cheers! In honor of the 80th anniversary, The Cambridge serves up a solid lineup of classic cocktails, 1930s-era bar snacks, 21st Amendement brews and happy hour specials this evening. Beginning at 7 p.m., groove to live bluegrass music by The Broad Ridge Spur and sip discounted drinks from 4 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight.

When: Thursday, December 5
Where: The Cambridge, 1508 South Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Repeal Day at Village Whiskey: Toast to the ratification of the 21st amendment at Village Whiskey as it treats Repeal Day guests to half price classic cocktails and draft beer specials all night long. Pair discounted beverage with one of the restaurant’s killer burgers and you’re set for the night.

When: Thursday, December 5
Where: Village Whiskey, 118 S. 20th Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Repeal Day at Prohibition Taproom: Sip Art in the Age cocktails at Prohibition Taproom’s Repeal Day party. Pair your sips with sweet and savory bites all while toasting to the end of Repeal Day. What better place to celebrate the holiday than at a bar named Prohibition Taproom?

When: Thursday, December 5, 8 p.m.-midnight
Where: Prohibition Taproom, 501 N. 13th Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Repeal Day at Sassafras Bar: Old City’s Sassafras Bar celebrates Repeal Day with live jazz and ragtime tunes, special cocktails and secret draughts starting at 6:30 p.m. Look forward to bartenders and musicians dressed in costumes from the era of prohibition and a slew of $5 drink specials. Guests are also encouraged to don their finest prohibition era costumes for the evening of debauchery.

When: Thursday, December 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Sassafras Bar, 48 S. 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go

PAFA After Dark is always a fun event, tonight's theme, Winter is Coming, centers on the museum's sweeping exhibition, Beyond the Paint, through talks, tours and performances and is sure to make for a good time. (Image courtesy Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts)

Science After Hours at The Franklin Institute: Treat and trick your taste buds at the first adults-only Science After Hours event at The Franklin Institute. Learn about the impact visuals have on our food and drinks perceptions, the science behind baked goods, make holiday-flavored lip gloss and sample some seriously strange delicacies. Leave the kids at home for this one, as guests learn about the bitterness of beer, the thoughts behind red or white wine preferences and sip holiday cocktails from Art in the Age. Tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for members, tickets are available online.

When: Thursday, December 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost: $15 for non-members, $10 for members

Opening Night of Brian Sanders’ JUNK presents Snowball: Tonight, enjoy a holiday suite of dances performed by one of Philadelphia’s top modern dance troupes as Brian Sanders’ JUNK company performs Snowball, a world-premiere show at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Watch the troupe perform a family-friendly show of acrobatic choreography set to rocking ’80s favorites beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $40 for the show and are available online.

When: Thursday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost: $20-$40

Twelfth Night, or What You Will at FringeArts: Catch a preview of Twelfth Night, or What You Will at FringeArts tonight at 7 p.m. For $19 per person, tune into a hilarious production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Or What You Will accompanied by music played by members of the West Philadelphia Orchestra.

When: Thursday, December 5, 7 p.m.
Where: FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $19

Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square: Every night, the brand-new show, Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square welcomes an onslaught of food trucks in addition to tons of holiday cheer. The new addition to the historic park encompasses more than 50,000 lights, holiday tunes sung by the The Philly Pops, a 10-foot-tall illuminated kite and much more. The lights are set to shine eight times daily every 30 minutes between 4:30 and 8 p.m.

When: Thursday, December 5, every half hour from 4:30-8 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets
Cost: Free

Skate at The Piazza: Practice your finest twirl, pack your ice skates and head to The Piazza at Schmidt’s for its new 5,000-square-foot ice skating rink. Open until 10 p.m. tonight, skate rental is just $1 a pop and admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

When: Thursday, December 5, 4-10 p.m.
Where: The Piazza at Schmidt’s, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $5, adults; $3, children; $1, skate rentals

Comcast Holiday Spectacular: Experience high-definition images of sugarplums during the sixth year of the Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a holiday show projected onto one of the world’s largest 4-mm LED video walls. This evening, the show runs every hour, on the hour until 8 p.m., with the exception of 5 p.m.

When: Thursday, December 5, until 8 p.m.
Where: Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Cost: Free


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