December 8-10, 2017

Weekend Picks: Holiday Events And Attractions, Army-Navy Game, Phoenixville Firebird Festival And More

Celebrate the weekend at one of the 85-plus stellar events in Philadelphia...

Another festive weekend is upon us here in Philadelphia and it brings with it major holiday events, super sports games and more.

From Dilworth Park Wintergarden and Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest to the opening weekend of The Nutcracker and the Parade of Lights, major holiday events and attractions can be found all over the region this weekend.

Holiday shopping is also a must with more than a dozen pop-up markets — including Afro-Village Craft & Gift Market, Rittenhouse Row Holiday Fashion Crawl, Fishtown Holiday Bazaar and more — appearing all over the city.

The Philadelphia Eagles may be the football story of the year here in Philly, but close behind is the return of the Army-Navy Game to the city after a one-year hiatus to continue the 118-year-long (!) tradition.

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 8

Top Pick

Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Part of Parkway 100, this free, outdoor exhibit features a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes...

A Philly POPS Christmas

Maestro Michael Krajewski takes the baton to lead the Philly POPS in a newly re-imagined, always-beloved holiday concert...

ONGOING HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

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...

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

This German-style market is back at the still-under-construction LOVE Park with 80 wooden booths of local and international merchants, edible and drinkable treats and live entertainment...

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...

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...

LIVE MUSIC, COMEDY AND DANCE

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

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...

Lincoln Financial Field

One of the nation's oldest football rivalries continues this weekend during the Army-Navy Game at Lincoln Financial Field. (Photo courtesy Lincoln Financial Field)

Saturday, December 9

Top Pick

Phoenixville Firebird Festival

Enjoy food and craft vendors, street performers and the transformation of a community-made wooden phoenix into a grand bonfire...

Running of the Santas at the Electric Factory

Don those red hats and fake beards — and maybe a pillow in your jacket for good measure — and head to the country's biggest Santa party for 15 live bands, great drink specials and more...

ONGOING HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

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...

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

This German-style market is back at the still-under-construction LOVE Park with 80 wooden booths of local and international merchants, edible and drinkable treats and live entertainment...

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...

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...

LIVE MUSIC, COMEDY AND DANCE

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

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...

Parade of Lights

Head to the Delaware River waterfront for the annual Parade of Lights, a lighting celebration unlike any other in the city featuring a parade of boats decked out in fabulous decorations and lights. (Photo courtesy Independence Seaport Museum)

Sunday, December 10

Top Pick

Latkepalooza at the Gershman Y

The Gershman Y puts on Philly's best-ever potato party (for the 15th year in a row!) to honor Hanukkah this Sunday...

ONGOING HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

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...

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

This German-style market is back at the still-under-construction LOVE Park with 80 wooden booths of local and international merchants, edible and drinkable treats and live entertainment...

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...

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...

LIVE MUSIC, COMEDY AND DANCE

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

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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