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What’s happening in Philly this weekend: Dec. 14-16

Each weekend, we will post some of the most unique social and cultural places to visit in addition to exciting events in and around the Philly area. We call it Philly Influencer’s Weekend Picks. If you attend any of these places or events, let us know how it went! Tweet us or email us at [email protected].

This week’s best Sips & Eats!

Events Running Through the Weekend

1. Christmas around the Farm

Where: Linvilla Orchards, 137 West Knowlton Rd. Media, PA
When: Runs through Sunday, December 23rd

The holiday season is a time to make cherished memories with all your loved ones that will last forever. Livilla Orchards offers up several activities for you and the entire family through the end of the month. You can cut your own Christmas tree, meet Santa, go on caroling hayrides, and more.

For more information, click here.

2. Miracle on 13th St.

Where: 1600 S. 13th St.
When: Runs through Wednesday, January 2nd

South 13th Street produces a dynamic light show each year. The Miracle on 13th Street Holiday Light Display spans the entire avenue and illuminates this cherished area of the city. Come out to this neighborhood festival of lights before the year ends.

For more information, click here.

 3. Philadelphia Museum of Art ‘s Trolley Tours of Historic Houses 

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Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Sunday, December 16th

In partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park welcomes you for a one-of-a-kind trolley tour. Stop by the stoic Cedar Grove, Woodford and Lemon Hill on one trolley tour and then hit up beloved gems Strawberry Mansion, Laurel Hill and Ormiston on the other.

For more information, click here.

4. Feliz Navidad Party

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Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
When: Friday, December 14th, 5PM-8:45PM

The Philadelphia Museum of Art promotes this great cultural and musical showcase each week. This weekend the famed institution will host a Feliz Navidad Fiesta. The event will feature live music from Mexico’s Afro-Amerindian Jarana Beat,  small bites, drinks, and more.

For more information, click here.

5. Pacers vs. 76ers

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Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
When: Friday, December 14th, 7:30PM

Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler (hopefully), and the 76ers will be taking on the Indiana Pacers this Friday night in an Eastern Conference and Atlantic division matchup. Come to the Wells Fargo Center to watch the home favorites take on Victor Oladipo’s crew.

For more information, click here.

6. Comedy Juice

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Where: Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.
When: Friday, December 14th, 7:30PM & 9:45PM

Jerry Seinfeld, Tiffany Haddish, Hannibal Burress, Ali Wong, Whitney Cummings, and several others have taken part in this New York and Los Angeles based comedic showcase over the years. Comedy Juice is now making another run in Philadelphia. For a night of great comedic talent being showcased, look no further than Punch Line Philly this Friday.

For more information, click here.

7. Ingrid Michaelson

Where: Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Ave. Glenside, PA
When: Friday, December 14th, 8PM

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will be showcasing her talents on the Keswick Theatre stage this Friday night with a holiday-themed performance. The concert titled Ingrid Michaelson Trio: Songs for the Season will feature tracks from her new Christmas release under the same name. Come to Glenside for a night of phenomenal artistry.

For more information, click here.

8. Holiday Art Star Pop Up Market 

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Where: Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
When: Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th

With the holidays rolling around like the blink of an eye, it’s always a great choice to have multiple gift options available. The Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar will be one of the main features a Cherry Street Pier this weekend. There will be 30 of the art and craft vendors on location.

For more information, click here.

9. Punk Rock Flea Market

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Where: BOK, 1901 S. 9th St.
When: Runs through Sunday, December 16th

There will be 200 different vendors each day of this blowout sales event. The Punk Rock Flea Market will be at BOK this Saturday and Sunday. There will be countless rare and unique collectibles on hand at this expo. Each lineup of sellers will have vinyl, jewelry, vintage clothing, and more.

For more information, click here.

10. Hanukkah at Reading Terminal Market

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Where: Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St.
When: Saturday, December 15th, 11:30AM- 12:30PM

Reading Terminal Market remains one of the best attractions and food venues that the city has to offer. This Saturday there will be a special and free Hannukkah cooking demonstration. Don’t forget to stop by and immerse yourself in traditional aromas of the great cultural dishes which orbit the holiday.

For more information, click here.

11. Fishtown Flea Holiday Market

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Where: La Colombe, 1335 Frankford Ave.
When: Saturday, December 15th

This Saturday La Colombe will be hosting the Fishtown Flea Holiday Market. There will be over a dozen local artists, designers, and makers from the Fishtown and Philadelphia community. You can peruse collectibles, art pieces, crafts, and more.

For more information, click here.

12. Philadelphia Orchestra Kids’ Christmas Spectacular 

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Where: Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
When: Saturday, December 15th, 11:30AM

Continuing with the live music trend, the Philadelphia Orchestra will be holding a special concert for the kiddies this Saturday morning. Conductor Kensho Watanabe and company will be playing several Christmas favorites from various children’s holiday productions. Santa and his helpers will be in the building to delight the crowd. The Kimmel Center will also host other seasonal events this weekend. The  Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia’s A Cole Christmas will be playing this Saturday and there will be a Tuba Christmas show on Sunday.

For more information, click here.

13. The Polar Express Celebrations 

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Where: Various locations
When: Saturday, December 15

Both The Franklin Institute and the Please Touch Museum will be celebrating the Christmas classic The Polar Express this weekend. There will be all-day screenings of the film and plenty of family-friendly activities. At The Franklin Institute, kids who dress up in pajamas will get $2 off the admission price. At the Please Touch Museum, come visit Santa, partake in storytime, and more.

14. Merry Grinchmas

Where: The Bourse, 111 S Independence Mall E
When: Saturday, December 15th, 10AM-4PM

On the heels of a recent 40 million dollar transformation, The Bourse is excited to host the first-ever Merry Grinchmas this Saturday. Guests can come out to eat, drink, and shop to their heart’s content while spending time with the infamous Grinch for a good cause. This wonderful event supports the Morris Animal Refuge and will be full of activities and treats.

For more information, click here.

15. Chestnut Hill Holiday Parade

Where: 8300 Germantown Ave.
When: Saturday, December 15th, 9AM

This Saturday morning the Chestnut Hill Holiday Parade will be lining Germantown Avenue. Decorated fire engines will be roaring through the streets, there will be live music, antique cars, Santa Claus, marching bands, and more. Bring your entire family out to enjoy one of the local traditions of the holiday.

For more information, click here.

16. SEPTA Holiday Trolley

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Where: Trolley Portal Gardens
When: Saturday, December 15th, 10AM-5PM

Come out to the Trolley Portal Gardens (adjacent to the 40th Street Trolley Portal) this Saturday. SEPTa and the University City Arts League have partnered for this holiday trolley event. From 10 AM to 5 PM, kids ages 4-16 can ride for free (with paying adult) on a holiday trolley from 40th Street to Dilworth Park. There will be kid-friendly goodies as well as spiked hot chocolate for adults.

For more information, click here.

17. Running of the Santas


Where: North Pole (Field House –1150 Filbert St) and South Pole (XFINITY Live! – 1100 Pattison Ave.)
When: Saturday, December 15th, 10AM-11:30PM

Field House and XFINITY Live! is getting in the festive spirit this Saturday. The 21st Annual Running of the Santas will have over a dozen musical acts hitting the stage. This mega Santa party brings thousands out each year. The post-run concert will feature several local bands, will have drink specials, and plenty of games.

For more information, click here.

18. Cat Power

Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.
When: Saturday, December 15th, 8:30PM

This Saturday night singer-songwriter Cat Power will be playing at Union Transfer. In October, Power released her 10th studio album Wanderer which featured several new tracks and a transcendent cover. Indie and alternative fans come out to Union Transfer for a night of great music.

For more information, click here.

19. Jewel

Jewel's Handmade Holiday Tour with Atz, Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher

Where: Tower Theater,  S 69th St. & Ludlow St.
When: Saturday, December 15th, 8PM

This Saturday night Jewel will be taking over the Tower Theater with her Handmade Holiday Tour with her family members Atz, Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher. The season-themed concert will showcase the Grammy nominee serenading the audience with her signature vocals.

For more information, click here.

20. Pentatonix


Where: The Met Philadelphia, 858 N. Broad St.
When: Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th

It’s hard to become a  household name in any arena and even harder when it comes to the genre of acapella music. But with tons of album sales, Grammy wins,  and world tours under their belt, that’s just what Pentatonix did. This weekend they will be performing two shows at the newly renovated and opened Met. Don’t miss out on your chance to see these amazing vocalists.

For more information, click here.

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