Looking for some fun, unique and safe ways to spend your weekend? In the age of social distancing, Metro has you covered. A few Philly establishments have come up with inventive ways to still have fun this weekend while staying healthy.
Deck the Hall Holiday Lights at City Hall
This free light show is a Philly favorite tradition during the holiday season. Technicolor projections — created by Klip Collective and synchronized to sound effects — animate the western facade of City Hall nightly. For 2020, the illumination is playing continuously on a 30-minute loop to discourage crowding. Masks are required at all times — staff will be distributing free masks to guests in the park. The Deck the Hall Holiday Light Show experience will take place Sundays through Thursdays from 5-9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5-11 p.m. through Jan. 1, 2021.
1400 John F Kennedy Blvd., centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter/holiday-lights
Holiday Critter Sale at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
The Brandywine River Museum of Art will once again host its Holiday Critter Sale, offering shoppers unique, handcrafted ornaments made from all-natural materials. With stay-at-home orders forcing everyone to get extra creative this year, the Brandywine’s Critter volunteers spent months creating thousands of “Classic Critter” favorites along with fanciful new ones. All of the homemade creations will be available for purchase during a special sale this weekend in the Museum’s River Room. Everyone will be required to wear a face mask while inside the building. To create a safe shopping experience with appropriate social distance, capacity will be limited to 20 customers at a time. Credit and debit card payment is preferred. The sale will take place this weekend, Dec. 4-6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford, brandywine.org/museum/events/annual-critter-sale
JOYFUL Fridays on Philly Live Weekends
Visit Philadelphia and NBC10’s highly-successful virtual series Philly Live Weekends is teaming up with with REC Philly, nicethingsMUSIC and We the People Stage to highlight local talent and spread some cheer during this unprecedented holiday season. JOYFUL Fridays on Philly Live Weekends is a special virtual caroling series that begins Friday, Dec. 4 with a performance from Rubber, a Philly-based writing/producing duo developed by Andrew Loper and John Della Franco during their time studying at Temple University in 2017. The series can be streamed live at facebook.com/visitphilly every Friday at 5 p.m. through Jan. 1, 2021. Upcoming acts include Gabrielle Chapman (Dec. 11); Balmour (Dec. 18); Natalie Imani (Dec. 25). The final act scheduled for New Year’s Day will be announced at a later date.
The Wayward’s Hot Cocktail Truck
As part of East Market’s holiday celebrations, The Wayward has popped up a Hot Cocktail Truck for the holiday season. Additional seating is available so guests can order — with masks — and sit at socially distanced tables to enjoy their beverage or Federal Donuts treat. The Cocktail Truck menu includes: Mini Federal Donuts Croqumbouche; Alsatian hot chocolate with marshmallow; Spiked Alsatian hot chocolate with marshmallow and Jim Beam bourbon; and Vin Chaud (wine, cognac, baking spices). Philadelphians can visit East Market’s outdoor walk on Sunday to enjoy the hot cocktail truck and take advantage of seasonal specials found at retailers throughout the site such as SchmearIt, Iron Hill Brewery, District Taco and more. The area is filled with festive décor and lights, a 20-foot holiday tree, window mural display by Mural Arts and festive instrumentalists throughout the season.
1100 Market Street, eastmarket.com
Boyds is heading to the burbs, and this weekend Philadelphians can check out everything this new pop-up has to offer. The new storefront opened up recently in the place of the old Urban Outfitters in Suburban Square and will be open Monday through Saturday with times available for private appointments as well. According to the release, Boyds Pop-Up Shop will feature 8,500 square feet of retail space and will bring curated collections, exceptional services and fourth-generation heritage to the Main Line. Luxury menswear, womenswear and Boyds Beauty offerings will be available for purchase. Boyds style and beauty experts will be available for on-site consultations and personal shopping services upon request. The new pop-up store will be open until the end of January 2021.
117 Coulter Ave., boydsphila.com