What to Do This Weekend in Philadelphia

by | November 21, 2012 at 2:21 PM | Local News

By Susan DeFoe, Examiner.com

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and you’ve consumed more turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing than is humanly possible. It’s time to work off those calorie-packed carbs. Turn off the TV remote, pack up your friends and family, and head into the City of Brotherly Love for some quality fun time. Here’s a roundup of the weekend’s best events.

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular
When: Thursday, Nov. 22 to Jan. 1 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 15 minutes at the top of each hour
Where: The Comcast Center
1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

Philadelphia, PA 19103
(
215) 286-1700
Price: free

For a magical holiday experience, head on down to the Comcast Center lobby for the Comcast Holiday Spectacular 2012. Marking its fifth year, more than 500,000 holiday celebrants have enjoyed the dazzling show filled with seasonal sights and sounds broadcast on the cutting-edge Comcast Experience Video Wall. The “Snowman Symphony,” including scenes from “The Nutcracker,” a sleigh ride through the country, a Broadway swing dance and a 64-piece orchestra will kick off this year’s show.

Opening Day at Blue Cross River Rink
When: Friday, Nov. 23 at noon
Where: River Rink at Penn’s Landing
201 South Columbus Blvd.

Philadelphia, PA 19106

(215) 925-7465
Price: $9 admission/$4 skate rental


When the weather gets chilly, the Philadelphia skyline and the Delaware River become a scenic backdrop for one of the city’s premier wintertime traditions. Nov. 23 marks the official opening of the 19th season of Blue Cross River Rink at Penn’s Landing. Could there be a more festive and fun way to work off that turkey day meal? Skaters may join in the fun with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon. Later, Q102 will host a Jingle Ball Preview Concert featuring Megan & Liz, a Nashville-based pop duo of teen twin sisters. Skate rentals, games and group packages are also available.

A Philadelphia Nutcracker
When: Friday, Nov. 23 at 7p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1p.m. and 4 p.m.
Where: The Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts at Penn Charter
3000 West School House Lane

Philadelphia, PA 19144

(215) 247-4272


Price: $25 adult/$20 seniors, children and students

Philadelphia Dance Theatre will present a unique version of the traditional “Nutcracker” ballet this weekend. More than 60 dancers will be on stage to perform “A Philadelphia Nutcracker,” a stunning show that brings to life Philadelphia’s historic landmarks and communities. Chestnut Hill’s Victorian houses, Mt. Airy’s Thomas Mansion and Fairmount Park all make an appearance in Clara’s enchanted dream.

Winter Beerfest 2012
When: Saturday, Nov. 24 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 
Where: Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.

Philadelphia, PA 19123

(215) 232-2100
Price: $50

Winter Beerfest 2012 may not help you burn off any carbs, but the international brew happening will sure tickle your tongue. More than 100 craft beers from around the globe will be on tap. Samplings of suds, including Six Point, Red Hook, Manayunk Brewing Co., House of Shandy and Great Lakes will be there for the tasting at the four-hour fest. Every brewery at the event will tap two or more options. Alcohol-free vendors will also be on hand to supply food, t-shirts, mugs and jewelry. Only adults age 21 and older will be admitted.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Christmas Concert
When: Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.
Where: The Wanamaker Building
1300 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215 241-9000
Price: free

Macy’s Christmas Light Show, a brilliant spectacle of colored LED lights of every shape and color, is held annually in the Grand Court of The Wanamaker Building. A sneak peak takes place on Nov. 22, but you’ll have plenty of time to catch a viewing. The event runs through Dec. 31, every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Of course, the spectacular pageant would not be complete without the Magic Christmas Tree and live organ music; so cap off the weekend on Nov. 25 by listening to all your yuletide favorites at the annual free Wanamaker Organ Christmas Concert presented immediately following the 2 p.m. light show.