December 15-17, 2017

Weekend Picks: Delightful Holiday Attractions, Pop-Up Holiday Markets, The Color Purple And More

Warm up this weekend at one of more than 85 fun things to see and do...

The first (and second! and third!) snowfalls of the season mean Philadelphia is looking like a winter wonderland this weekend.

Celebrate the holidays at tons of seasonal attractions, from the Dilworth Park Wintergarden and the pop ups at City Hall to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest and The Comcast Holiday Spectacular.

Grab the perfect gift while shopping at the city’s various holiday pop-up markets, including the B.O.B. Holiday Bazaar at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, the Mt. Airy Art Garage Holiday Art Market and more.

From The Color Purple to Annie to PHILADANCO: H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, performing arts shows make strong showing this weekend. Sports fans also have tons of options to choose from, including games from the 76ers and Flyers (with a new light show!) and a match up between the Temple Owls and Drexel Dragons.

With more than 85 events this weekend, it’s a great time to book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, which comes with $235 in free perks, including free hotel parking, free tickets to Terracotta Warriors at The Franklin Institute, free ice skating and admission at RiverRink Winterfest and a $25 Garces gift card.

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Read on for our guide to this weekend in Philly.

Friday, December 15

Top Pick

PHILADANCO: H-I-S-T-O-R-Y at the Kimmel Center

Witness the incomparable legacy of African-American choreographers at a performance that highlights a past often left out of the history books...

MORE HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

This German-style market has 80 wooden booths of local and international merchants, edible and drinkable treats and more...

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

A high-resolution LED display shows a 15-minute show featuring dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet and a magical sleigh soaring through Philadelphia's skyscape...

Spectacular Holiday Light Displays Throughout Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

From the Miracle on 13th Street and the Smedley Street Christmas Light Spectacular to the Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm and the brand-new Deck the Halls Light Show at City Hall, the holidays shine bright in Philly...

Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad at Reading Terminal Market

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

This year's all-new railroad display at Philly's indoor food haven features five magical interactive model train vignettes celebrating the history of the Reading Terminal Market, the Reading Railroad and the joys of the holiday season...

Christmas in Fairmount Park

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Five decked-out 18th- and 19th-century park mansions open their doors for holiday treats and performances...

A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Thousands of topiaries, wreaths and more transform Longwood Gardens' Conservatory into a winter wonderland, while 500,000 lights glitter outside...

Christmas at Peddler's Village

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Bucks County's holiday hub features more than one million lights, the annual Gingerbread Competition & Display and more...

LIVE MUSIC, COMEDY AND DANCE

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Part of Parkway 100, this free, outdoor exhibition illuminates the Parkway with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes.

Prisons Today at Eastern State Penitentiary

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to the nation’s first major museum exhibition addressing preconceptions surrounding incarceration in America...

The Color Purple

The 2016 Tony Award-winning play The Color Purple — based on the moving novel by Alice Walker — brings its musical energy to The Forrest Theatre through this weekend. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Saturday, December 16

Top Pick

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

The popular waterfront attraction is back with a chalet-style Lodge Restaurant and Bar, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, a stellar view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and more...

Top Pick

Hanukkah on Boathouse Row

One of Philadelphia's most iconic attractions is being turned into a giant menorah every night during Hanukkah...

Chestnut Hill Holiday Parade

Two dozen community groups march down the cobbled and trolley-tracked historic Germantown Avenue accompanied by the Phillie Phanatic and Santa...

Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar

(Sat, Sun)

This festive annual neighborhood sale offers trees and holiday greens, handmade crafts, homemade treats, homegrown bulbs and wreaths, and other special gifts...

Fonthill Holiday Lights Meander

Wander through Doylestown's impressive Fonthill Castle and take in the candles, Christmas trees and greens throughout before finishing your evening with live music and light refreshments...

Punk Rock Flea Market

(Sat, Sun)

The good folks of The Captain's Vintage bring this excellent pop-up to the Bok Building for a two-day affair with 140+ vendors of vintage, crafts, toys, punk goods and more...

MORE HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

This German-style market has 80 wooden booths of local and international merchants, edible and drinkable treats and more...

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

A high-resolution LED display shows a 15-minute show featuring dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet and a magical sleigh soaring through Philadelphia's skyscape...

Spectacular Holiday Light Displays Throughout Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

From the Miracle on 13th Street and the Smedley Street Christmas Light Spectacular to the Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm and the brand-new Deck the Halls Light Show at City Hall, the holidays shine bright in Philly...

Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad at Reading Terminal Market

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

This year's all-new railroad display at Philly's indoor food haven features five magical interactive model train vignettes celebrating the history of the Reading Terminal Market, the Reading Railroad and the joys of the holiday season...

Christmas in Fairmount Park

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Five decked-out 18th- and 19th-century park mansions open their doors for holiday treats and performances...

A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Thousands of topiaries, wreaths and more transform Longwood Gardens' Conservatory into a winter wonderland, while 500,000 lights glitter outside...

Christmas at Peddler's Village

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Bucks County's holiday hub features more than one million lights, the annual Gingerbread Competition & Display and more...

LIVE MUSIC, COMEDY AND DANCE

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Part of Parkway 100, this free, outdoor exhibition illuminates the Parkway with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes.

Prisons Today at Eastern State Penitentiary

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to the nation’s first major museum exhibition addressing preconceptions surrounding incarceration in America...

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular show in Philadelphia

The Comcast Center lobby’s super high-res LED display combines the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a magical sleigh ride over the city — with a bird’s-eye view of the new Comcast Technology Center — and a sing-along in 15 minutes of fun. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, December 17

Top Pick

Menorah Lighting in Rittenhouse Square

This annual event includes traditional prayers and songs as well as a party beforehand at the nearby Ethical Society with a juggling show and holiday treats...

Top Pick

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Wells Fargo Center

There's truly no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by experiencing a massive rock opera hinged on Christmas hits in a nearly 20,000-person capacity arena...

MORE HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

This German-style market has 80 wooden booths of local and international merchants, edible and drinkable treats and more...

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

A high-resolution LED display shows a 15-minute show featuring dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet and a magical sleigh soaring through Philadelphia's skyscape...

Spectacular Holiday Light Displays Throughout Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

From the Miracle on 13th Street and the Smedley Street Christmas Light Spectacular to the Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm and the brand-new Deck the Halls Light Show at City Hall, the holidays shine bright in Philly...

Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad at Reading Terminal Market

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

This year's all-new railroad display at Philly's indoor food haven features five magical interactive model train vignettes celebrating the history of the Reading Terminal Market, the Reading Railroad and the joys of the holiday season...

Christmas in Fairmount Park

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Five decked-out 18th- and 19th-century park mansions open their doors for holiday treats and performances...

A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Thousands of topiaries, wreaths and more transform Longwood Gardens' Conservatory into a winter wonderland, while 500,000 lights glitter outside...

Christmas at Peddler's Village

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Bucks County's holiday hub features more than one million lights, the annual Gingerbread Competition & Display and more...

LIVE MUSIC, COMEDY AND DANCE

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Part of Parkway 100, this free, outdoor exhibition illuminates the Parkway with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes.

Prisons Today at Eastern State Penitentiary

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to the nation’s first major museum exhibition addressing preconceptions surrounding incarceration in America...

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