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.

 

Wanderlust Weekend in Philadelphia

A weekend in Philly = eating delicious food, strolling around and discovering new spots. Below are our picks for doing all of the above.

These pro-tips from the local gods is great advice for any day of the week! Check out and dine on Philly chefs’ favorite foods for under $20.

We just saw this Instagram post from Weckerly’s in Fishtown and we want some right now. Hop off the Girard El Stop and test their autumnal flavors. YUM!

On Friday, head to City Hall to celebrate the grand opening of Dilworth Park’s Wintergarden, which includes ice rink, maze, light show! If you’re closer to New Hope, check out Christmas in Peddler’s Village Opening.

After a fun night in the city, wake up and smell the brunch! Here are 10+ Delicious New Spots For Brunch In Philly This Fall.

With brunch in your bellies, walk it off while looking at vintage goodies at any of the Jinxed locations – Northern Liberties, West Philly, Fishtown and East Passyunk.

Check out one or all of the awesome festivals happening around Philly!
First Person Arts Festival | November 5 – 18
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 
November 4 – 19
CraftNOW Philadelphia | 
November 1 – December 8
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival | November 9 – 19
Philly Zine Fest | November 12

Looking for more things to get into? Campus Philly’s event calendar is full of local events picked especially for Philadelphia students!

Monday Motivation To-Do

Check out our weekly Top 5 picks! There are gigs from Pennoni, Pop! Promos, SAP, Laurus Group and Museum of the American Revolution.


Make plans to check out one (or all!) of the events listed in this week’s Campus Philly itinerary. In this week’s edition, we have festivals, free museum picks, an Eagles guest appearance and more!


RSVP to Leadership Connection on Tuesday, November 14 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.

 

Orchestrate a Fun Night at the Orchestra 

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The Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra makes going to the orchestra more than a musical experience— it’s a terrific opportunity for members to mingle, make friends, volunteer, and develop a deeper relationship with the Orchestra.

The perks:  

  • It’s free to join! 
  • You’ll be a part of one of the largest young professional groups in the city of Philadelphia. 
  • Special savings on tickets for as low as $30 
  • Access to some of the best seats in the hall 
  • Young Friends events:
    • Get exclusive access to events with musicians and guest artists 
    • Annual summer event at the Mann Center 

“With free membership and the ability to purchase up to two tickets at a reduced rate for most concerts, it brings together dynamic and successful professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 who have a love for music and an interest in exploring arts and culture.” — With a Little Help from Our Friends: the Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music 

In addition to getting great deals, Young Friends can give back and get more involved with the orchestra through a new program called Young Friend Ambassadors.  There are seven giving levels and an option to give a monthly gift or all at one time to get your desired level.  

Vice President of Marketing Janice Hay says, “Make going to a concert an event. Try it out. If you don’t like it, that’s OK. We want you to hear the most spectacular music anywhere, performed by some of the best artists in the world. And you can come to the Orchestra for a price that is competitive with other entertainment optionsand get past any perceptions you think exist.”  

 So try it out, become a Young Friend today and see you at the orchestra!