So we made it through Hanuka earlier this week and are ready for the official start of total Christmas craziness (unless you are one of those amazing Elves that are already done their shopping- in which case I am in awe, and more than a little jealous).
There are loads of good things on tap to keep the wee ones engaged while we cross names off the old list so here’s a few weekend activities to consider while dashing through the snow.
2nd Saturday Holiday Celebration
Saturday Dec. 11
6pm – 9pm
Downtown Media (State Street)
Second Saturday is always a blast, but Media really pulls out all the stops for the holidays. On the 2nd Saturday of every month, over 40 businesses on and around State Street (the main drag in Media) stay open late as part of the free arts event. From 6-9pm, shops, galleries and cafes welcomes local musicians, display the work of local artists and host hands on events. This month, you will also find strolling carolers, roasted chestnuts (outside of seven stones cafe), a tile making demonstration (at the MAC window gallery at Bryn Mawr Trust) and reasonable priced horse and carriage rides (get a discount on carriage rides if you attend the Media Historic House tours during the day).
Narberth Dickens Festival
Saturday Dec. 11
Haverford Ave. and Forrest Ave.
Narberth’s main drag is transformed into a Dickens-style village this Saturday for the annual Dickens Festival with street performers, carolers, horse and carriage rides and more. Kids can also enjoy a scavenger hunt and free prizes plus candle making and other Victorian craft making, Dickens tattoos, face painting and much more. Families can also enjoy free showings of A Muppet Christmas Carol in the Narberth movie theater (at 11am) and Nutcracker dance performances at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. Free. Check website for free showtimes and more details.
Blues for Scrooge Puppet Show
Narberth Community Library
Girl Scout Room
Children and families can enjoy two free performance of “Blues for Scrooge”, an original play with music, based on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and performed by local musicians working with students from local schools. Part of the Narberth Dickens Festival weekend activities, shows run Friday Dec 10th at 7pm and Saturday Dec 11th at 5 pm. Both shows are free. See website for full details.
Saturday Dec. 11
11:15am – 7pm
Macy’s Center City- Grand Court
Center City Philadelphia
Macy’s (formerly Wanamaker’s) is just a family tradition- I remember my Grandmother taking me to see the light display when I was a kid and now I get a special pleasure from watching my guys o through “Dickens Village”, visit Santa and then go marvel at the light show in the grand court. This Saturday is Believe Day so there will be special holiday performances by The CTO Rock Strings Band, the John Bresner Band, Standing Ovation and Grammy Award winning Artist Bebe Winans.
After you peruse the window displays outside, be sure to check out…
presented by the German Historical Society
at Philadelphia City Hall
Nab some christmas kistch with an international flare. This weekend, the Christmas Village celebrates the Army/Navy Game in Philadelphia with special performances (to be announced). There are more than 50 booths and tents to check out selling European food, sweets and drinks. Find seasonal holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high quality arts and crafts.
Need a little break from the Christmas Crazies the river rink reopened this week and a few hours on the rink followed by a cup of their FREE piping hot cocoa will melt even the Grinch’s heart. Call ahead for current rink and weather conditions.
This Saturday Dec. 11th at 4pm is the start of Phoenixville’s 7th annual Firebird festival which features a 30’ tall wooden bird that is lit on fire and serves as a community kiln to allow artists to fire their works. The event will also have an arts bazaar, live music, fire spinners, drummers and dancers, and more. Don’t miss this unique winter solstice festival! Free.