The Semester is Coming to a Close, and Philadelphia Festivities Are Just Beginning!

While your semester is winding down, Philadelphia is going full-steam-ahead into the holiday season! From local holiday markets to free museum days, here are some ways to take a study break and enjoy Philadelphia in its festive glory.

Channel your inner Olympic champion by bringing your best moves to the ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. With a valid student ID, get free skate admission at the rink Monday through Thursday until December 21st. Skate rental not included.

Planning to shop til you drop this Saturday? Refuel with sweet treats at the Crepes and Cocoa Pop-Up near a.kitchen, 135 S. 18th St.

Speaking of shopping, there are several holiday markets happening this weekend! Crafty Balboa Holiday, 2017 South Philly Handmade BrigadeHandmade: Indoor Market & DIY WorkshopsGo West Craft Fest

Run, run Rudolph! Lace up your sneakers for Saturday’s free Rudolph Run in Manayunk.

Celebrate Weckerly’s Ice Cream one year birthday at their first brick-and-mortar shop at 9 W. Girard Ave. “Throughout the day (and while supplies last), guests will enjoy a complimentary slice of birthday cake with a purchased scoop of ice cream.”

Head to Old City for Saturday’s Philly Holiday Festival’s Free Museum Day at National Liberty Museum. After, browse the unique Old City boutiques or stop by Franklin Fountain for their Holiday Hot Fudge Sundae.

On Tuesday night, watch the ’90s classic, “Home Alone,” on the big screen at PFS Roxy. No need to get dressed up for the occasion. The holiday movie screening will also be a pizza and pajama party…students receive a discount.

Get your bike ready to ride and shine for the Bicycle Coalitions’ Holiday Lights Ride on Wednesday. The ‘best-spirited costume’ will receive fun prizes!

Looking for more? Check out Eight Festive Events Happening in Philly and our Campus Philly calendar.

 

Make It Count! 5 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Week

Your upcoming winter break is the perfect time to lock down your spring internship! Create your free Launch account at campusphilly.org/launch to check out hundreds of local gigs like the ones featured in our Top 5 picks.


It’s the most wonderful time of year in Philadelphia! These 8 Festive Events Happening in Philly Right Now” are happening all month long so check ’em out.


If you want to find unique gifts for your friends and family and support local artists and makers, check out these upcoming holiday markets.


RSVP to the Inclusive Leadership Conference! This popular event takes place on Saturday, February 3, 10AM – 4PM, at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center.


Looking for more? Our calendar is a great resource for planning your Philadelphia adventure!

 

 

Your Guide to Holiday Shopping in Philly

With all the upcoming holiday markets happening this month, it will be easy to  find something for everyone on your list! Check out our picks below and visit our calendar page for more things to do around the city.

Stag & Doe Nights 
Wednesdays | December 6, 13, 20 | Chestnut Hill
Stroll along the festive Germantown Avenue and enjoy extended store hours (until 9 PM) along with holiday sales and promotions throughout the Chestnut Hill shopping district. 


Crafty Balboa Holiday
Saturday, December 9 from 11AM-5PM | BOK Building, 1901 S. 9th Street
A holiday makers market featuring handmade wares from over 80 makers, artists, and crafters. Preview our vendors here. The first 100 shoppers will receive a tote bag from Occasionette filled with goodies from our vendors!! Lume Creative and The Art Dept will host Make and Take tables highlighting handmade holiday crafts.


2017 South Philly Handmade Brigade
Saturday, December 9 from 11AM-6PM| 1241 Carpenter Street
Touted as the “best annual holiday party in South Philadelphia,” the Brigade is a shopping event featuring affordable and original artwork & gifts by local artists. Glass, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, housewares, and more!


Handmade: Indoor Market & DIY Workshops at Fleisher Art Memorial
Saturday, December 9 from 12PM-5PM | 719 Catherine Street
More than 30 vendors curated by Shannon Maldonado, founder of YOWIE. Twenty-five Philly Small Press Faire vendors, DIY workshops for adults plus more! 


Go West Craft Fest
Sunday, December 10 from 10AM-4PM | The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
​Find unique holiday gifts by 70 local makers. Quality handmade jewelry, ceramics, knitted accessories, clothing, prints, original art, stationery, home wares, children’s’ items, soaps, candles, holiday items and more… 


Open House: Pop-up Holiday Market at the Barnes Foundation
Friday, December 15 from 5PM-8PM | 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

Featuring free admission to the Barnes collection and Kiefer Rodin exhibition! This holiday market is a great, one-stop-shop for interesting artsy and eco-friendly gifts, including cool apparel, handmade jewelry and artisanal goods. Visitors will also have access to art after hours, and winter-inspired spirits and gastro fare, including complimentary treats from Whole Foods. 


Punk Rock Flea Market at BOK
Saturday, Dec. 16 & Sunday, Dec.17 from 10AM-5PM |  1901 S. 9th Street
The Punk Rock Flea Market returns with the 2017 Holiday Edition! Over 100 vendors per day, different vendors each day! $3 to enter, entry good for both days. The event is in the Boy’s Gym of the BOK building, enter on Mifflin St.

 

8 Festive Events Happening in Philly Right Now

It’s beginning to look like the holiday season in Philadelphia! From festive light shows to ice skating, we’ve been adding tons of awesome holiday happenings to our calendar. Below are just some of the events we’ve handpicked for college students to check out this month.

2017 Franklin Square Holiday Festival 
200 N 6th St | Now until December 21
For the 21-plus crowd, the Winter Beer Garden will be open in the evenings. Gather by the outdoor fire pits to drink craft beers, wine and specialty cocktails. 


The Christmas Village in Philadelphia
LOVE Park | Now until December 24
Modeled after traditional European open-air Christmas markets, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is a daily outdoor holiday market selling all sorts of gift-able items right in the heart of Center City.


Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show in Franklin Square
Now until December 31 | 4:30 – 8 pm, Sundays – Thursdays, 9 pm on Fridays & Saturdays; final show at 8 pm on December 24
Marvel at more than 50,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square to a soundtrack of holiday classics. Every evening, one lucky audience member will be selected to “ignite” the 4:30 pm show.


Historic Holiday Nights in Old City
2nd and Market St 
| Thursdays, 5-8PM |  November 30 – December 28
More than 50 participating boutiques, shops, art galleries, museums, salons, spas, restaurants and cafes around the neighborhood will treat visitors to special sales, discounts, promotions, seasonal cocktails, added menu items, special events and extended hours.


Macy’s Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City
Now until  December 31 |  10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
A whopping 34,500 LED lights create a visual spectacular accompanied by festive music from the world-renowned Wanamaker Grand Organ


The Miracle on South 13th Street Holiday Light Display
Now until January 1 | 5PM-12AM
Take a stroll down the 1600 Block of South 13th Street (between Tasker & Morris) and enjoy Philadelphia’s favorite holiday display!


Deck the Hall Light Show at Dilworth Park Wintergarden
Now until January 1 | Every hour on the half hour and more frequently on weekends
Center City District, in collaboration with 6abc, brings City Hall to life this holiday season with a FREE nightly choreographed light show, projected onto Philadelphia’s Historic City Hall.


Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
101 South Columbus Blvd | Now until  March 4  
This seasonal winter park includes a beautifully lit landscape featuring a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin,  and a chalet-inspired Lodge with food and beverages from local restauranteurs.


 

Find Your Spring Internship, Get on the List for an Awesome Conference + Check out Local Holiday Happenings!

Believe it or not, it’s time to lock down that spring internship! Create your free Launch account at campusphilly.org/launch to check out hundreds of local gigs like the ones featured in our Top 5 picks.

 


Bookmark the Inclusive Leadership Conference registration page. Starting this Friday, December 1, you can RSVP to this free, all-day conference happening on Saturday, February 3 at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center.


‘Tis the season for tree lightings, holiday markets and parties! On Tuesday, November 28, you can catch the Christmas Tree Lighting in Rittenhouse Square. Thursday night looks like the perfect time to get a little holiday shopping at the opening night of  Historic Holiday Nights in Old City! And lace up your ice skates and coast into the weekend at Friday’s tree lighting at the Blue Cross RiverRink.

Get more ideas for fun holiday activities by checking out our picks for Holiday Happenings and Holiday Lights in Philadelphia.


Looking for more local events? Check out Campus Philly’s event calendar, which has tons of events handpicked with college students in mind!

No Classes This Week? More Time to Get Motivated!

Fall break = more time to hang out, plan ahead and explore! Get motivated to find that dream internship for the spring semester and explore Philadelphia in all it’s holiday glory with our picks below.

Apply to one of our Top 5 picks

1.  Pennoni | Graduate Transportation Engineer – Warrington
2. City of Philadelphia | Shared Prosperity Fellow
3. Garfield Group | Junior Copywriter
4. Netrality | NOC Analyst
5. Salus University | Digital Marketing Internship


 

Right now the city is getting dressed up in twinkling lights to dazzle us this holiday season. It all starts with a parade and continues with lighting ceremonies, outdoor markets, ice skating and holiday spectaculars. Check out our ‘Tis the Season To-Do:

Looking for more local events? Check out Campus Philly’s event calendar, which has tons of events handpicked with college students in mind! 

The Weird, the Poetic, the Passionate: FringeArts Presents The Brownings

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Two of history’s greatest poets struggle to survive each other

FringeArts and Orbiter 3 present The Brownings, an immoderate re-­telling of the great love of the 19th century. Ostensibly set in Florence during the 1840s, where Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning eloped after their secret courtship and marriage, the pair write, love, hate, slam dope, and have weird sex all while bickering over who the better poet is. “I imagined their years in Italy as one long writer’s retreat, with all the horror that notion implies,” playwright Sam Henderson told FringeArts in an interview back in August.

Despite the show’s historical grounding, Henderson has taken certain liberties with the particulars of the couple’s story to spin a more nuanced story that eschews biographical nitpicking in favor of something far more accessible. “As I wrote, I noticed I didn’t really care about the historical Brownings at all. I much preferred these other two characters: two great artists, inextricable from each other and in permanent conflict, yearning for a reconciliation that’ll never come.”

It’s the characters’ inextricable connection—in life and in the cultural mind—that fuels this conflict, something that’s well reflected in Henderson’s interpretation of the setting: “For me, the setting of this play is the inside of a head, and we’re watching a divided mind, viciously at war with itself.”

The Brownings is the latest show from the highly acclaimed, self-­sustaining producing playwright’s collective Orbiter 3. Focused on sustainability and empowering the playwright as lead artist, this radical experiment in new play theater embraces administrative and fiscal responsibility in the pursuit of the artistic growth of its members. Past productions include Peaceable Kingdom (2017), I Am Not My Motherland (2016), and Moon Man Walk (2015). This production marks FringeArts’ first partnership with Orbiter 3, and as another organization dedicated to aiding emerging artists in the realization of their vision, the pairing could not be a better fit.

This bawdy, rudely comic exploration of the purpose of art and the nature of love runs from November 29 -­ December 9 at FringeArts’ waterfront headquarters, 140 N Columbus Blvd. (at Race St.). Tickets cost $15 for students and are available by phone at 215-­413-­1318 or online at FringeArts.com.

CREDITS

The Brownings by Sam Henderson/Orbiter 3
Written by: Sam Henderson
Directed by: Harriet Power
Performers: James Ijames, David Ingram, Charlotte Northeast

‘Tis the Season To-Do: Must-Attend Holiday Happenings

2017 Franklin Square Holiday Festival 
200 N 6th St | Now until December 21
For the 21-plus crowd, the Winter Beer Garden will be open in the evenings. Gather by the outdoor fire pits to drink craft beers, wine and specialty cocktails. To eat, there will be empanadas, latkes, turkey legs, soup, churros, fried Oreos, pie and other bites from Squareburger. Ben’s Sweets & Treats also will be back, but with a new gourmet hot chocolate bar and s’more-making station.


College Nights at the Rothman Rink
Dilworth Park by City Hall | Thursdays | Now until February 22
College students pay $2 admission to the Rothman Rink with student ID (skate rental not included).  On Wednesdays, 21+’ers can enjoy the weekly Cocktails and Cold Ones event.


The Christmas Village in Philadelphia
LOVE Park | November 23 – December 24
Modeled after traditional European open-air Christmas markets, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is a daily outdoor holiday market selling all sorts of gift-able items right in the heart of Center City.


Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
101 South Columbus Blvd | November 24 – March 4  
Philadelphia’s largest outdoor ice skating rink and winter wonderland is open seven days a week, including all holidays. This seasonal winter park, includes a beautifully lit landscape featuring a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin,  and a chalet-inspired Lodge with food and beverages from local restauranteurs.


Historic Holiday Nights in Old City
2nd and Market St 
| Thursdays, 5-8PM |  November 30 – December 28
The kickoff celebration will take place on Nov. 30 at 5PM at the Betsy Ross House courtyard (239 Arch Street) and will feature Betsy Ross, carolers, and the new Old City District Design Tree.  Fezziwig’s Sweet Shoppe will offer seasonal sips and snacks. Visitors can enjoy $1 off admission at the Betsy Ross House, which will offer extended hours until 8:00 p.m. 


Holiday Meet Up: Ugly Sweater Party (21+) 
Philadelphia Museum of Art | Friday, December 1 | Free for Young Friends
Spiked hot chocolate, anyone? Grab your favorite ugly holiday sweater and have a drink with us in the Members’ Lounge.


Punk Rock Flea Market: Holiday Edition
BOK Building, 1901 S 9th St | December 16 – 17
Find one of a kind holiday gifts for your family and friends at the The Punk Rock Flea Market! Over 100 vendors per day, different vendors each day! $3 to enter, entry good for both days. The event is in the Boy’s Gym of the BOK building, enter on Mifflin St.


Stag & Doe Nights in Chestnut Hill 
16 E Highland Ave | Wednesdays | December 6th, 13th and 20th
Stroll along the festive Germantown Avenue and enjoy extended store hours (until 9 PM) along with holiday sales and promotions throughout the Chestnut Hill shopping district. Celebrate the season with live entertainment, seasonal treats, dazzling lights, and a visit from the jolly old elf, himself. 

Let There Be Festive Light! Must-See Twinkling Spots in Philadelphia

Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show in Franklin Square
Now until December 31 | 4:30 – 8 pm, Sundays – Thursdays, 9 pm on Fridays & Saturdays; final show at 8 pm on December 24
Marvel at more than 50,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square to a soundtrack of holiday classics. Every evening, one lucky audience member will be selected to “ignite” the 4:30 pm show.


Deck the Hall Light Show at Dilworth Park Wintergarden
Monday, November 20 – January 1 | Every hour on the half hour and more frequently on weekends
Center City District, in collaboration with 6abc, brings City Hall to life this holiday season with a FREE nightly choreographed light show, projected onto Philadelphia’s Historic City Hall.


Tree-Lighting Celebration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 
Wednesday, November 22 | 5PM–7PM

Enjoy treats, York Street Hustle and the Philadelphia Girls Choir, and the best
view in the city!


Philly Holiday Tree-Lighting at City Hall 
Friday, November 24 | 5PM-6:30PM
The ceremony sets the 50-foot tree aglow and a new-this-year gift drive supports youth in the community. Toy and clothing donations will be accepted from 4 to 8 p.m.


Macy’s Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City
Saturday, November 25 – December 31 |  10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
A whopping 34,500 LED lights create a visual spectacular accompanied by festive music from the world-renowned Wanamaker Grand Organ


The Miracle on South 13th Street Holiday Light Display
Tuesday, November 28 to January 1 | 5PM-12AM
Take a stroll down the 1600 Block of South 13th Street (between Tasker & Morris) and enjoy Philadelphia’s favorite holiday display!


Rittenhouse Holiday Tree and Park Lighting 
Tuesday, November 28 | 5 PM
Kick-off the Rittenhouse holiday shopping season with family-friendly activities and music leading up to the lighting of the 30-foot holiday tree and white globe lights. The holiday park lights continue to be illuminated every night through the end of December. 


Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest  Holiday Tree Lighting Powered by PECO
Friday, December 1 | 6PM-9PM

Celebrate the First Friday in December and usher in the holiday season with a full night of performers, singers, dancers, and ice skaters, with a grand tree lighting finale capped off by landside fireworks thanks to PECO’s sponsorship. Complete details including the list of performers TBA.


Parade of Lights on the Delaware River  
Saturday, December 9 | 11AM-6PM
A parade of local working boats will be illuminated in holiday lights for all to see on the Delaware River at 5:30 p.m. The best spot to take in this unique sight is from the Independence Seaport Museum’s second floor terrace. Warm seasonal beverages and food will be available in our Holiday Hut. 

Get Motivated to Explore All Things Philly!

Check out our weekly Top 5 picks! There are gigs from Pennoni, Pop! Promos, SAP, Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs and Philadelphia Film Society.


Make plans to check out one (or all!) of the events on  Campus Philly’s calendar. We’re always adding to it so check in to see what’s new!


RSVP to tomorrow’s Leadership Connection  event at Publicis Health Media!  Learn from regional activists, civic leaders, artists, and others about how they began, what challenges they face, and what they hope their impact will be in the future.