15 fun things to do in Philly this weekend for the holidays

Even after the apocalypse, find the holiday spirit at Mad Rex. | Provided


Winterfest Celebration
Dec. 21, 4 p.m.
The Cambridge
1508 South St.
Pay as you go

This holiday libations-and-music event is stocked with a raffle, an ugly Santa hat contest, specialty cocktails like a peppermint martini and music from jazz trio Tammy Huynh. On tap is Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout, Goose Island Bourbon County vintages, Half Acre Vanilla Big Hugs and other craft beers of a darker variety.

Science After Hours: Holiday Edition
Dec. 21, 7 p.m.
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.

This 21-plus event celebrates the science behind winter, including the magic behind snow. Guests are encouraged to sport an ugly holiday sweater to contribute to the spirit of the season.

Tease of the Sugarplum Fairy
Dec. 21, 9 p.m.
Franky Bradley’s
1320 Chancellor St.

This sexy burlesque show, hosted by luscious burlesque ballerina Lelu Lenore, twists the theme of the holiday classic into something decidedly more adult. Performers include MasoKiss and “boylesque” comedian Brettzo—among others.

Bossa Nova Holiday
Dec. 22, 5 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Free with admission

While exploring the museum’s immense collection, immerse in the sounds of a Brazilian Christmas in the Great Hall. Jackie Ribas and the Carlos Almeida Quintet perform fresh takes on American classics.

Mad X-Mas
Dec. 23, 10 p.m.
Mad Rex
1000 Frankford Ave.
Pay as you go

Mad Rex kicks Christmas into high gear with a holiday party complete with a DJ, featuring holiday specialty cocktails, free hot cocoa and a raffle in support of local charities. Wear a holiday outfit to nab yourself a free Mad Rex IPA.

SlICE Seven Fishes
Dec. 24
SliCE Pizza
Various locations

Joyous as the Seven Fishes Feast may be, it’s not so delightful to cook—or serve, for that matter. SlICE aims to consolidate with a “Pizza of the Seven Fishes” offering, including mozzarella topped with clams, mussels, shrimp, tuna, crab meat and sardine, sautéed with olive oil and garlic and then topped with another layer of anchovies, lemon and basil.

Urban Farmer Christmas Dinner
Dec. 24, 5 p.m.
Urban Farmer Philadelphia
1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Pay as you go

Serving as a destination for a hearty Christmas meal without all the work, Urban Farmer, a farm-to-table outpost, presents a special a la carte menu. A few of the items: oxtail onion soup, goose breast and aged ribeye. Dinner is also served on Christmas Day.

Boathouse Row Light Show
Through Dec. 25, 6 p.m.
Boathouse Row
1 Boathouse Row

Starting at 6 p.m. each night through Christmas, the glorious homes of Boathouse Row will spring to light for five-minute shows. The spectacle is courtesy of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Red Owl Tavern Christmas Countdown
Through Dec. 25
Red Owl Tavern
433 Chestnut St.
Pay as you go

Each day, grab a different drink special based on the theme of the “12 Days of Christmas” song. From Dec. 21 through Dec. 25: a Gold Rush bourbon cocktail ($8); a Wild Turkey Old Fashioned ($8); a French 75 ($8); Turtle Dove punch with rum, amaretto, vanilla, heavy cream and cinnamon ($12); and half-priced Kentucky Harvest ($7.5).

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market
Through Jan. 1
Dilworth Park
1 S. 15th St.
Pay as you go

For one of the last times this season, peruse the goods of local artists and craft vendors from around the region on the doorstep of City Hall. More than 50 vendors congregate to sell ornaments, toys, jewelry, artwork and decorations, with a carousel at their center.


Layover: Apres-Ski Pop-Up
Dec. 21, 4 p.m.
Jet Wine Bar
1525 South St.
Pay as you go

Launching its global-wine theme night, Jet Wine Bar highlights wines from the Alps and food from Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and beyond. Wines in the spotlight are a Moscato, a Muller Thurgau and a Gamay-Pinot Noir—all $9. A creamy polenta with Italian sausage, meanwhile, can accompany the wines for $12.


Liberty Flea
Dec. 23, 10 a.m.
BOK Building
1901 S. Ninth St.

The Captain’s Vintage, based out of the boy’s gym inside the BOK Building, brings together vendors like small-batch craft brewery Stickman Brews for to-go ales, vegan goods from Crust and a slew of home décor, apparel and antique artisans. Washington, D.C. women’s vintage shop Speak Vintage is the market’s special guest vendor.


Future Stars Showcase
Dec. 22, 7 p.m.
World Café Live
3025 Walnut St.

World Café Live curates this showcase of local talent from South Jersey, Kennett Square, Folsom and more surrounding areas, with genres ranging from rock to pop. Among the bunch: Sugar Rush Rocks as the marquee act, in addition to Annabelle Kempf and The Soundcheck.


“TMAN” Game Night
Dec. 24, 4 p.m.
149 W. Susquehanna Ave.

Transmasculine people of color are invited for this Christmas Eve gathering for games—a space to relax with Cards Against Humanity, Jenga, chess and even the cheeky Black Card Revoked. Registration can be filled out through the Trans Masculine Advocacy Network.


Michael Blackson
Through Dec. 23
Helium Comedy Club
2031 Sansom St.

This standup comedian developed his comedy shtick in Philadelphia before touring it globally, now returning to his old stomping grounds for a string of performances. Blackson has starred in specials aired on BET, TBS and Comedy Central.


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