Lots of festive fun to be had this bustling holiday weekend in December! With everything from light shows and holiday festivals, shopping fun and family theater there is so much to do in and around Philly this weekend so get out and enjoy unseasonably warm weather for your family holiday fun!
PNC Grow Up Great
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S. Broad St.
Kids will enjoy the free PNC Grow Up Great happening this Saturday December 12th at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts at 11am. Grow Up Great introduces children to the wonderful world of musical theater through performances and interaction with guest artists as well as singing, dancing, acting, and more. Free.
Christmas Open House at the Charms of Fairmount Park
Charms of Fairmount Park
Guest can enjoy visits to the “charms” of Fairmount Park for viewing of the festive holiday decorations inspired by beloved Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Visits run 10am – 4pm Sat. Dec. 12th and Sun. Dec. 13th. $5 per person per house, children 12 and under free. Or see all 6 Charms for $20 through the Park Charms Holiday Pass.
Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show
200 6th Street
Enjoy the Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show this Friday Dec. 11th through Sunday Dec. 13th. Don’t miss this dazzling display of lights and then warm up with comfort food and hot beverages too. Free.
Hans Brinker and The Silver Skates
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd Street
Enjoy this new production of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates at the Arden Theatre Company running this weekend Friday Dec. 11th through Sunday Dec. 13th. Set in 19th century Holland, this new production celebrates the importance of grit and determination, the value of generosity, and the thrill of flying down the ice on a pair of skates. $20-$36.
American Helicopter Museum & Education Center
1220 American Blvd.
West Chester, PA
Don’t miss the annual Santa Fest happening at the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center this Saturday Dec. 12th starting at 10am. Santa arrives (via helicopter of course) at 11am to greet families and visit with children. Enjoy visits from Disney Frozen’s Elsa, cookie decorating, refreshments, and more! $10 for non members.
1500 Arch Street
Christmas Village in Love Park continues this weekend running Dec. 11th – Dec. 13th. Enjoy this German style Christmas village with visits with Christkind, shopping handmade and artisan wares and tastes of delicious authentic German treats, too Free.
A Very Furry Christmas
100 Sesame Road
A Very Furry Christmas continues this weekend at Sesame Place in Langhorne PA. This beloved family-friendly celebration happens Sat. Dec. 11th and Sunday Dec. 13th and features everyone’s favorite furry Sesame Street friends. Kids of all ages will be delighted as the park is transformed into a one of a kind Christmas wonderland with lights, shows, holiday menus and of course Santa in his Furry Workshop too! Tickets $25-$30.
3400 W. Girard Ave
Head to the Philadelphia Zoo this Saturday Dec. 12th and Sunday December 13th for Zoo Noel where the Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland as Santa travels the globe on a wildlife adventure and kids and families get to follow-along and learn too! Bring a holiday card for your favorite animal and Santa’s helpers will deliver it to the animal that day. $16, free for kids under 2 years.
Free Sundays at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA
Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art this Sunday Dec. 13th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free until 12 Noon.
Jack Frost Saves Christmas
The Media Theatre
104 E. State St.
Jack Frost Saves Christmas, a family musical for children continues this weekend Saturday Dec. 12th and Sun. Dec. 13th at The Media Theatre. In this hour long musical Jack Frost must journey to Christmastown to save the holidays. Geared for ages 4 and up. Tickets $12-15.
PECO Family Jams: Musical Medallion Ornaments
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
1020 South Street
Head to the Philadelphia Magic Gardens this Sunday December 13th from 12 Noon – 4pm for the PECO Family Jams focusing on Musical Medallion Ornaments this weekend. Kids will be inspired to make their own mini-mosaic masterpiece using tiles, mirror and recycled materials. Family friendly tours take place at 1pm or 3pm to learn more about the Philadelphia Magic Gardens and its creator Isaiah Zagar. Free with admission. $7 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12.
Celebrate Hanaukkah with a giant menorah lighting in Rittenhouse Square this Sunday Dec. 13th at 5:30pm. Free.