Everyone knows there are tons of Black Friday deals all weekend at the chains—those annoying commercials won’t let you forget it.

But this year, switch it up and go local. Here are our picks for a more unique Black Friday experience. Happy holidays (and savings)!

Jack Frost Big Boulder Black Friday
Friday, Nov. 25 and Monday, Nov. 28

Score deals on lift passes online this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For example, on “White Monday” (aka Cyber Monday), the first 250 gift cards purchased get and extra $10 added for every $50 spent (so a $100 gift card ends up being a $120 gift card). After all, it’s now officially ski and snowboard season!

Bus Stop Boutique Black Friday
750 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Friday, Nov. 25; 5:30 – 9 p.m. (party)

Shop the “Black on Black Sale” all day at Bus Stop and get 20% off all Autumn and Winter “black” styles. Later, enjoy a holiday shopping party with Three Sirens Boutique, where you’ll get free styling tips and advice on mixing and matching without becoming a fashion victim. Wine and small bites will be on hand to keep your energy levels up after all the Black Friday shopping.

Black Friday Festivities at Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Rd
Chadds Ford, Pa.
Friday – Sunday, Nov. 25 – 27; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Deals abound at Penns Woods Winery. Enjoy wine tastings for $5, wine for sale at up to 30% off, and special deals on larger wine purchases.

Free People Pop-Up Shop
South Moon Under
1731 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pa.
Friday, Nov. 25 (until Dec. 15)

Okay, so South Moon Under isn’t a “local” store per se and this event lasts into mid-December, but c’mon—who could possibly pass up a holiday pop-up shop from Philly boho brand Free People?! The décor alone is sure to get you in the holiday spirit, plus everything in South Moon Under (including stuff from the pop-up) is 20% and can be gift-wrapped for free on Black Friday.

Holiday Sample Sale Pop-Up Shop
Kevin O’Brien Studio
17 N. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Friday, Nov. 25 (through Dec. 15); 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Looking for one-of-a-kind gifts? Shop this new Old City store’s Sample Sale Pop-Up Shop, where you’ll find hand-painted scarves, home décor and generally gorgeous textiles for 75% off the retail price, plus an extra 25% off on Black Friday.

Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park

1 Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, Pa.
Friday, Nov. 25; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Forget Black Friday, this is Red Friday—Phillies Red Friday, that is! Stop by Citizens Bank Park and stock up on Phillies gear for next season. Score 25% off all Phanatic merchandise, two for $40 on name/number t-shirts and $50 off any Mitchell & Ness retro jersey. Grand Slam Savings will be offered til noon, and the first 102 fans to pop in will receive a free Ryan Howard action figure.

Manayunk White Friday
Canal View Park
Main & Cresson Sts
Philadelphia, Pa.
Friday, Nov. 25; 6 – 8 p.m.

Manayunk goes White Christmas on Black Friday at this event. Watch as the city’s first Christmas tree is lit, then join in on caroling and meet Santa before perusing an outdoor bridal show from Nicole Miller.

Santa’s Arrival and Festival of Lights in Media
State & Jackson Sts
Media, Pa.
Friday, Nov. 25; 5 p.m.

Families should head to Media for live entertainment from Makin’ Music (and a special guest!) before the big guy in red rolls into town on a Media fire truck. After Santa’s arrival, spend the night doing your Black Friday shopping in the downtown stores, or eating at a local restaurant. There will also be a Christmas toy drive to benefit the ARC of Chester County and the Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children; drop-off bins will be located at the WSFS.

SEPTA’s Santa Express Ride
Friday, Nov. 25; 9:41 a.m.

Ride SEPTA one-way for free this Friday, courtesy of Constellation Energy. Two decorated Market-Frankford Line trains will depart both 69th Street Transportation Center and Frankford Transportation Center at 10 a.m., and a decorated Broad Street Line train will leave Fern Rock at 10 a.m. Some Regional Rail lines (see http://www.septa.org) will also offer special, decorated trains for the event.

And what’s in store for passengers? Face-painting, goodie bags, live entertainment and of course, time with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Plus, post-train ride, visitors can enjoy downtown Philadelphia shopping and Black Friday deals.

Smak Parlour
219 Market St.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Friday, Nov. 25

Champagne and shopping? A great combo…and a dangerous one! Luckily, Smak Parlour will be offering a store-wide sale with a rack of $20 one-of-a-kind items, so you won’t feel too guilty after your shopping spree.

Oh, and spend more than $50 and you’ll get a beauteous rose ring in silver or gold for free!

Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Friday, Nov. 25; starting at 7 a.m.

Visit the Wells Fargo Center on Black Friday for sweet deals on Flyers and Sixers gear, plus the opportunity to get your hands on 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic jersey and merch. Other discounts include 30% off on certain items from 7 – 8 a.m., 20% off from 8 – 9 a.m., and 10% off from 9 – 11 a.m. And FYI, Flyers alumni will be on-hand to autograph your gifts!

And don’t forget…

Center City District Shopping Saturdays
Dozens of stores in Center City
Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17

Skip the chains and the mall and head to the city! The CCD’s Shopping Team will be in a different Center City ‘hood each of these Saturdays, where they’ll hand out hot chocolate and shopping bags from 12 – 2 p.m. and offer shoppers the chance to win a $500 Center City shopping spree. Plus, metered street parking is free after 11 a.m. on Saturdays (Nov. 26 – Dec. 31), and select PPA lots are offering parking for $8 or less. For more info, visit the website.

Here’s the CCD Shopping Team’s sched:

Nov. 26 – Midtown Village, 13th & Chestnut Sts
Dec. 3 – The Shops at Liberty Place, 16th & Chestnut Sts
Dec. 10 – The Gallery at Market East, 9th & Market Sts
Dec. 17 – Rittenhouse Row, 18th & Walnut Sts

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