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2018 HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS IN OLD CITY

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Historic Holidays Tree Lighting Ceremony

5:00-8:00pm

Betsy Ross House

239 Arch Street

 

Historic Holidays Window Decorating Contest

Various Old City locations

The contest will begin on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 5:00pm and end on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 5:00pm. 

Click here for information on how to enter and complete contest rules.

The window designs will be on display from November 29 through the New Year.

 

Fireman’s Hall Museum

147 N. 2nd Street

Open until 9:00pm

 

Campo’s

214 Market Street

10% off food order from 5:00-8:00pm

 

The Center for Art in Wood

Family Ornament Craft Table

Thurs, Nov 29th, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

FREE

Join us at the Center for family fun at our ornament crafting table in our gallery. Our Family Craft is free and open to all ages.  

Shop The Center for Art in Wood, spend $75 or more and receive 20% off your purchase! Good starting Nov 1 through Dec 31st. (This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, offers or complimentary gift certificates.)

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Revolutionary Christmas

Christ Church

20 N. American Street

Friday, November 30, 7:00pm

Join historian Neil Ronk for "Revolutionary Christmas," a candlelit tour that considers the angst and awe experienced by members and visitors to Christ Church, Philadelphia during the Christmas season of 1776. This holiday tour is offered from 7 - 8 p.m. on Fri. Nov. 30, Fri. Dec. 14, and Fri. Dec. 21. $20/person. Click here for tickets.

 

Dock Street Brewery Tasting

Art in the Age

116 N. 3rd Street

6:00pm-8:00pm

Dock Street Brewing and Art in the Age are teaming up for a kegged cocktail! Join us to experience this take on imbibing from Philadelphia’s own Dock Street Brewery.

 

Historic Holidays Window Decorating Contest

Various Old City locations

The contest will begin on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 5:00pm and end on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 5:00pm.  

Click here for information on how to enter and complete contest rules.

The window designs will be on display from November 29 through the New Year.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

Old City Holiday Market, presented by Fezziwig’s Sweet Shoppe

11:00am-7:00pm

The Clay Studio parking lot

137-139 N. 2nd Street

 

Deck The Alley

Elfreth’s Alley

3:00-7:00pm

Tour the private homes of residents living on Elfreth's Alley to discover what it's like to live in homes built in the 1700 & 1800's. Don't miss this opportunity to get in the holiday spirit and let Elfreth's Alley become a part of your holiday traditions.

Tickets: http://www.elfrethsalley.org/

 

Colonial Chocolate Making

Betsy Ross House

239 Arch Street

11:00am – 4:00pm

Learn how women played an active role during the Revolution – from making military supplies to choosing “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea. Sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate.  Free.

 

Fireman’s Hall Museum

147 N. 2nd Street

Open 10:00am-4:00pm

Santa Claus will be at the museum for photo opportunities 2:00-4:30pm

 

An Introduction to Color on Wood with Alan Adler

The Center for Art in Wood

141 N. 3rd Street

Sat, Dec 1st Workshop 2:00-4:30 pm

Members $35 I Non-Members $45

Preregistration required

Open to all skill levels.

Join us for an afternoon exploring the use of color on wood with artist Alan Adler. This workshop is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Merryll Saylan: This is Your Life; a timeline of her work. Saylan is known for her pioneering use of color and Adler will walk you through various coloration options such as milk paint, iron paint, and dyes. Participants will each make a group of swatches that they will take away for their next project.

Shop The Center for Art in Wood, spend $75 or more and receive 20% off your purchase! Good starting Nov 1 through Dec 31st. (This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, offers or complimentary gift certificates.)

 

Handcrafted Holidays at The Clay Studio

The Clay Studio

137-139 N. 2nd Street

 

Fork Afternoon Tea

Fork

306 Market Street

Every Saturday from 1-3:30pm from November 24th-December 29th

Featuring a sampling of local Rival Brothers Tea on a curated menu specially for Fork Restaurant. Seasonal selection of mini tea sandwiches, scones, chocolates, cookies and other sweet treats. Includes an individual pot of tea. Local apple cider available for children. Wine or champagne available for add on. Reservations Recommended!

 

Historic Holidays Window Decorating Contest

Various Old City locations

The contest will begin on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 5:00pm and end on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 5:00pm. 

Click here for information on how to enter and complete contest rules.

The window designs will be on display from November 29 through the New Year.

 

Paper-Cutting “Scherenschnitte”

Museum of the American Revolution

101 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Dec. 1 – 2, Dec. 22 – 23 and Dec. 29 – 31 from 11:00am-3:00pm 
Snip your way to shaping an ornament inspired by objects in the Museum of American Revolution collection. Learn the art of paper cutting, brought to America by German immigrants. 

 

Nick’s Bar & Grille

16 S. 2nd Street

Saturday, December 1, 12:00-5:00pm

$7 Red Bull “Plum Twist” cocktails, $5 “Plum Twist” Mocktail, and $8 Chorizo Hand Pies

 
THROUGHOUT THE MONTH:
 

Betsy Ross House

239 Arch Street

The Betsy Ross House is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in November and Tuesday through Sunday in December.  The Betsy Ross House will offer special holiday-themed House tours, colonial chocolate making on Saturday, December 1 and a variety of seasonal activities on Saturdays and Sundays through the month, including musical performances and crafts for children.  Shop the Museum Store for unique holiday gift items, including a special commemorative ornament for collecting.  The House is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  Admission to the Betsy Ross House is just $5 for adults and $4 for children, seniors and active military.  Upgrade to an audio tour, led by Betsy, herself, for just $2 more. Holiday programming in the courtyard, including colonial chocolate making, is free for all.  

 

Yuletide Cheers & Beers

Betsy Ross House

239 Arch Street

The Betsy Ross House courtyard will serve as the starting point for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s popular historic, holiday pub crawl, Yuletide Cheers & Beers.  Tour-goers will step back in time into the holiday season in charming Old City, circa 1777, while enjoying winter brews and delicious snacks and four local taverns, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, November 15 through December 27 (no tour on Thanksgiving).  Tickets go quickly for this popular, holiday event, so reserve a spot by visiting historicphiladelphia.org or calling (215) 629-4026.

 

Artist & Craftsman Supply

307 Market Street

Holiday Sale

November 1 – December 31

 

The Center for Art in Wood

141 N. 3rd Street

Shop The Center for Art in Wood, spend $75 or more and receive 20% off your purchase! Good starting Nov 1 through Dec 31st. (This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, offers or complimentary gift certificates.)

 

​Healing Arts Center of Philadelphia

123 Chestnut Street, Suite 204

For the month of December:

Purchase an 8 pack of acupuncture sessions and get a free CBD oil. CBD oil is an all-natural remedy to accompany your acupuncture for the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression or insomnia.

Free chiropractic session with the purchase of any tai chi package

10% off our Acupuncture with Friends parties. See the description for those HERE.

 

Santa’s Winter Wonderland

Phil Kramer Photographers Inc.

227 Quarry Street

Santa’s Winter Wonderland is a family-fun, private photoshoot that creates vintage Santa photographs for families, children, couples, and pets in Philadelphia.

 

Create memories with an 18th-Century Santa Claus in the cobblestone world of Old City as we capture all the wholesome, "storybook" moments for you.

 

You are greeted at the studio by Christmas carolers, and once you enter the studio, learn the origins of Santa’s secret workshop from a storyteller, have the option of refreshments, and the chance to write a letter to Santa Claus at the writing table.

 

This magical experience is available on Friday-Sunday from 11AM-8:45PM during the months of November and December. Schedule now to reserve a time!  $300 flat-rate during November and December.

 

The Holiday Shop at National Liberty Museum

National Liberty Museum

321 Chestnut Street

Friday, November 23–Sunday, December 23

This season, the National Liberty Museum has created a The Holiday Shop with a one-of-a-kind collection of gifts. Located in our newly renovated Museum Store, The Holiday Shop at NLM features festive glass ornaments, fair trade handmade jewelry, unique stocking stuffers and much more. You’ll find something for everyone on your list! Proceeds support the Museum’s mission to bring liberty to life. Paid admission to NLM is not required to visit the Holiday Shop.

 

Positano Coast

212 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor

For every $100 gift certificate you purchase between November 23 - December 24, 2018, receive a $20 bonus gift certificate!* (*Bonus gift certificates must be redeemed between January 2 - March 31, 2019).

 

Museum of the American Revolution

101 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

This holiday season, bring the whole family to the Museum of the American Revolution! Visitors of all ages will enjoy the Museum’s special hands-on exhibit Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia and can participate in festive “History in the Making” crafts, activities and demonstrations showcasing life in the Museum’s neighborhood during the 18th century.

Get Illuminated! Activity

Philadelphia artist and solider Charles Willson Peale painted scenes on thin fabric or glass which were then placed in windows and illuminated with candlelight from behind. On Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 24 – Dec. 30, design your own dazzling window illumination to take home in the Museum’s Revolution Place discovery center.

Museum Shop

Got a history lover in the family? The Museum has your holiday shopping list covered. From books, home décor, and apparel to toys and souvenirs, the Museum’s shop has unique gifts for the whole family at all price points. Shop in-store or online here.

Cross Keys Café

Cozy up in the Museum’s Cross Keys Café with a hearty chicken pot pie, creamy mac and cheese with a panko crunch, or another one of the café’s grab-and-go soups, salads, sandwiches, and colonial era-inspired dishes. And be sure to try one of the café’s hot seasonal beverages, like a mulled cider or a pumpkin latte. Café hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. More info here.

Hours

The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (6 p.m. from Dec. 26 – Dec. 30), except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Museum will close at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Tickets are available for purchase online here or at the front desk. All activities are free with admission, unless otherwise indicated.