10 things to do in Philly over the holidays

Phillip Sunkel IV

From Yannick leadingthe Philadelphia Orchestra to the Dark Star Orchestra, here’s what to do over the holidays.


Holy Trinity

Saturday, 9 p.m.

Dolphin Tavern

1539 Broad St.

$5, www.dolphintavern.com

Shake off the Christmas remnants or belabored family time at Dolphin Tavern with the so-called holy trinity of dance: Rihanna, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj. DJs LDSXOXO, Dame Luz and Wassup Gina mash up hits from these three powerhouses for a welcome alternative to Christmas music.

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Philly LovesJames Brown

Saturday, 9 p.m.

Johnny Brenda’s

1201 N. Frankford Ave.

From $12,www.johnnybrendas.com

DJ Mike Nyce and DJ Spinna craft a tribute to the Godfather of Soul. Whether you want to keep your Christmas groove going, or you’d rather get this eggnog-fueled festivity behind you, James Brown has a dance beat, a yawp and a grunt just for you.

Live at the Fillmore

Sunday, 8 p.m.

The Foundry at The Fillmore

29 E. Allen St.

$15, www.thefillmorephilly.com

This Philly-based Allman Brothers tribute band was founded by lead guitarist Lou Maresca, who was present for the legendary band’s last show with Duane Allman at the Fillmore East in 1971, and for their first show without him several weeks later. The seven-piece outfit strives to bring back the magic of that final Fillmore show with every performance.

Salute to Vienna

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2:30 p.m.

Verizon Hall

300 S. Broad St.

From $41, www.kimmelcenter.org

The Salute to Vienna is a performance of dance, singing and orchestra performance that recreates a traditional Viennese show that is a beloved part of Vienna’s New Year. 2015 marks the Salute’s 20th year of performing these tributes across North America.

Philadelphia Orchestra New Year’s Eve Concert

Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.

Verizon Hall

300 S. Broad St.

From $60, www.philorch.org

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a New Year’s program of favorites from Rossini, Puccini, Verdi and more, such as the prelude to”La Triviata,” a selection from “La bohème,” as well as the traditional Auld Lang Syne. Featuring soprano Angela Meade and violinist David Kim.

Dark Star Orchestra

Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

Electric Factory

421 N. Seventh St.

From $49.50, www.electricfactory.info

One of the best Grateful Dead cover bands around, the Dark Star Orchestra performs sets from the Dead’s career in their exact track listing and with other elements of historical accuracy. Their New Year’s Eve set, the second of two at The Electric Factory, is sure to re-create one of the Dead’s wilder showings.


Gallery Tour: Christmas Story in Art

Saturdaythrough Jan. 1

Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Included with admission, www.philamuseum.org

The history of art is rife with religious works, as well as depictions of legend and oral history that record and perpetuate religious culture Take a tour of the collection in the museum that deals with the biblical story of Christmas and its surrounding lore.


Disney on Ice

Thursday through Jan. 3

Wells Fargo Center

3601 S. Broad St.

From $15, www.disneyonice.com

Disney seems to be celebrating its 100th anniversary a few years early, but what better time to incorporate “Frozen” into its famous Disney on Ice show? Alongside Elsa, Ana and Olaf, Disney princesses from the past join Mickey, Nemo, Aladdin and other favorites in a musical ice dancing performance.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Dec. 31 through Jan. 3

Merriam Theater

250 S. Broad St.

From $55, www.kimmelcenter.org

This family-friendly show has remained one of America’s favorite musicals since it premiered in 1982. Nominated for multiple Tonys, the almost completely sung show tells the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis, focusing on themes of humility, jealousy and courage to a rock and disco soundtrack.


SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade

Jan. 1, 9 a.m.

Along Broad Street

Free, www.phillymummers.com

One of the oldest parades in the country, the Mummers begin at City Hall for official judging, before marching straight down Broad St., making noise, shedding glitter and demanding that you shake off your New Year’s Eve stupor and pay attention. If 9 a.m. on the first of January is not happening for you, make the trip over to your couch and catch it on PHL17.

Free at the Kimmel New Year’s Day Celebration

Jan. 1, 10 a.m.

Commonwealth Plaza

300 S. Broad St.

Free, www.kimmelcenter.org

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Mummers parade from the warmth of Verizon Hall. The New Year’s Day celebration features a day’s worth of kids’ activities, including hot chocolate making, as well as performances by the Philadelphia Ukelele Orchestra and the Broadway Dreams Foundation.

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