It’s the most wonderful time of the year, peeps. Holiday lights, festive attractions, dope live music, spectacular performance and family traditions are just a few ways to celebrate the season in Philadelphia.
In Philly you can go old school and celebrate the season with holiday traditions like the long-running Christmas Light Show at Macy’s. Or, you can go new school and catch live music and performances by staples from the local creative scene like Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson and Jazmine Sullivan.
And if you’re still searching for the perfect way to ring in the new year? Well, look no further because we’ve pulled together a list of top New Year’s Eve parties, too.
Top Picks for Christmas Week
It’s about to go down at Philly hotspot Silk City! Beat Street Jam is this newest Philly jam session to hit the music scene. Brought to you by Steve McKie (Jill Scott), Adam Blackstone (Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna) and Love My Life Entertainment, Beat Street Jam is a live show mixed in with a jam session and an open mic. If you love discovering on-the-rise Philly talent and sitting in with some of the best musicians in the game, then this is one event you won’t want to miss. On deck for this holiday edition: Alisa Joe and Gyrl Problems, Melissa Jay, Boots Greene, Killiam Shakespeare and Ebony Joi. Hosted by John Barber with music by Dilemma.
When: Tuesday, December 22
Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
OCD: Moosh & Twist
With millions of YouTube views, Moosh & Twist have amassed a loyal fanbase. Hailing from Philadelphia, the duo known for their energetic performances sure to draw a jam packed crowd for their show at The Foundry.
When:Wednesday, December 23
Where: The Foundry at Fillmore Philly, 29 E. Allen Street
Philly Loves James Brown
Johnny Brenda’s is the place to be on December 26 when Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson presents Philly Loves James Brown. This after hours celebration of the one-and-only Godfather of Soul will feature DJ Mike Nyce and DJ Spinna spinning all of your favorite JB dance anthems. Yes, the groove will be undeniable.
When: Saturday, December 26, 9 p.m.
Where: Johnny Brenda’s | 1201 N Frankford Street
Christmas Village in Philadelphia
The German-style Christmas Village has become a favorite tradition for holiday shoppers, who can peruse more than 50 decorated booths selling international seasonal gifts, traditional German Christmas ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts are also among the offerings.
When: Until December 27
Where: Love Park, 1500 Arch Street
Macy’s Christmas Light Show
A Philadelphia tradition since 1956, the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s in Center City illuminates a large wall inside the Wanamaker building, a National Historic Landmark, with almost 100,000 LED lights that dance to the sounds of the Wanamaker Organ. Head to the third floor of Macy’s to experience the 6,000-square-foot “Dickens Village”, which brings Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carolto life with more than 100 fully animated figures reenacting 26 of the story’s most memorable moments.
When: Now until December 31
Where: Macy’s, 1300 Market Street
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Building off the success of the summer’s Spruce Street Harbor Park, the revamped Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest features ice skating, food and drink, shopping and family-fun on the waterfront. The centerpiece is the Blue Cross RiverRink, a regulation-sized ice skating rink at Penn’s Landing with spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Delaware River. And after a few laps on the RiverRink, warm up inside The Lodge, a revamped indoor space featuring ski chalet-style heated tents, comfortable seating and refreshments from Garces Group.
When: Until March 6
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Comcast Holiday Spectacular
Prepare to be impressed by the Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a festive film experience on one of the largest four-millimeter LED screens in the world featuring enchanting holiday scenes and computer generated animations. Located in the lobby of The Comcast Center in Center City, the 15-minute shows run every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (no shows at 5 p.m. during the week).
When: Until January 3
Where: Comcast Building, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
New Year’s Eve 2015/2016
Jazmine Sullivan Plays The TLA On New Year’s Eve
It is only fitting to close out the year with one of Philadelphia’s most prized vocalists. It was only a few months ago Jazmine Sullivan was serenading the crowd with Stevie Wonder outside Philly’s City Hall, but on this night she will own the stage solo as she delivers a soulful performance to close out the year.
When: Thursday, December 31
Where: TLA, 334 South Street
Veteran Freshman’s Our Year, The 2016 NYE Gala
Check out the grand opening of the Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center on New Year’s Eve during what’s definitely going to be a dope party. One ticket includes dinner, open bar and live music, DJs and more. Note that semi-formal dress is required.
When: Thursday, December 31, 9 p.m.
Where: Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center, 3870-72 Lancaster Avenue – 1st Floor
Stratus Lounge’s A Midwinter Night’s Dream
Red Owl Tavern and Stratus Lounge at the Hotel Monaco are joining forces for a festive New Year’s celebration on Independence Mall. Dine and dance the night away during A Midwinter Night’s Dream where one ticket gets access to food and drinks at Red Owl Tavern along with desserts, a champagne bar and a DJ at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge. Tickets start at $150 per person and can be purchased online.
When: Thursday, December 31, 9 p.m., $150+.
Where: Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut Street
New Year’s Funkin’ Eve at FringeArts
FringeArts says goodbye to 2015 with a funky celebration featuring live music, beer garden fire pits, balloons and more. Starting at 11 p.m., celebrate at La Peg before watching the midnight fireworks over the Delaware River — the view from the waterfront vantage point will be sweet. After the show, head back inside and dance the night away.
When: Thursday, December 31, 11 p.m.
Where: FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard