Wow. Holy monkeys… Christmas is what, eight days away? Good grief!!! So much to do with last minute shopping and baking and wrapping and sending and festivities. Yet let’s not forget the fun festivities in the midst of all this hustle. There is a lot going on in and around the city this weekend so get out and enjoy. You can always finish the wrapping tomorrow, right??
The beautiful Briar Bush Nature Center in Abington is host to the annual 2010 Winterfest this Saturday Dec. 18th from 10am – 12 Noon. Winterfest is a celebration of the winter season to include live animal shows, storytime, nature walks, craft activities, and appearances by Kathy O’Connell, host of Kid’s Corner, and two of the show’s regulars, naturalist Jane Kirkland and Mike Weilbacher, Briar Bush’s director and the show’s All-Natural Science Guy. Families can join Jane, author of the “Take a Walk” series of books and other BBNC staff on guided walks. Free.
Winter Solstice 2010
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
On Saturday, December 18 starting at 12 Noon head to South Street to enjoy Winter Solstice where a variety of businesses will also offer special treats and great offers, perfect for gift-giving. Treat your special someone (or yourself!) to exceptional, handmade goods by local artisans. Start off at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens on 1020 South Street to relax and work up some holiday spirit. Enjoy music, complimentary refreshments, and a FREE hands-on ornament-making activity for all ages. As you walk east, explore the four Arts on South galleries: BCKSEET Creative Co-op (535 South St.), Dumpster Divers (604 South St.), Arts Street Textile Studio (626 South St.), and Burlap Studio (641 South St.).
Seaport Parade of Lights
Independence Seaport Museum
Don’t miss the newest holiday event in Philadelphia: The Seaport Parade of Lights on Saturday December 18th. The Parade of Lights is a lighted boat parade on the Delaware River. See tugs and other port vessels all decked out with lights parade from Penn’s Landing to the Ben Franklin Bridge and back down river. The parade will be led by the historic 1902 Tug, Jupiter. Mayor Nutter will officially “launch” the parade from in front of the Independence Seaport Museum at 5:00 pm. Prime viewing spots are at any point from the Blue Cross RiverRink to the Seaport Museum. Museum visitors will have a special viewing area on the second floor balcony, along with free hot chocolate while supplies last. Come down to the waterfront and enjoy a new holiday tradition!
Enjoy this popular holiday laser light show at the Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University on Sat. Dec. 18th at 8pm or Sunday Dec. 19th at 4pm. Vivid holiday pictures and dancing abstract visuals accompany a holiday music soundtrack featuring Mannheim Steamroller, Andy Williams, the Spice Girls, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and more. Tickets $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Your little sweeties will love the Sugarplum Fairy Party this Sunday Dec. 19th at 11am at the Byers’ Choice Ltd. Shop in Chalfont, PA. Children of all ages will enjoy holiday sweets and treats to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Free.
Santa Arrives at the American Helicopter Museum
American Helicopter Museum
West Chester, PA
Santa trades in his sleigh for a helicopter this Saturday Dec. 18th at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, PA. Admission is $10 and includes a photo with Santa and holiday activities and refreshments. Santa makes two arrivals at 11am and 1:30pm. Helicopter rides for the whole family are also available (for additional fee) between 11am-3pm.
The Winter Market is a limited engagement event running December 17th – 19th at The Piazza at Schmidt’s but what a lovely and festive way to take the whole family outside for some holiday cold weather fun. The piazza will be strung with lights and turned into a European style Christmas Market, featuring some of Philly’s best food trucks, craft vendors and boutique shops lining the streets and square. Perfect for last minute shopping, people-watching and socializing. Adults can also partake in hot mulled wine, cold beer, and spiked hot cocoa as well. Bonus: there will also be a gift wrapping station so you don’t have to worry about wrapping anything later at home! Runs Friday Dec. 17th 5-9pm, Saturday Dec. 18th from 4-9pm and Sunday Dec. 19th from 1-7pm. Free.