Fun things to do in Philly this weekend

Joseph Hu, courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art

Looking for some fun and unique things to do in Philly this weekend? Metro has you covered.

Holiday Wine, Cheese and Charcuterie Pairing 

The holidays typically mean entertaining, and to get your own charcuterie board mojo going, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is offering a unique class aimed at the culinary treat. While there, guests will enjoy a tasting of two different chefs’ favorite cheeses and cured meats, while simultaneously learning how to create the perfect appetizer board for the holidays. Tasting plates will be accompanied by tasting sheets to record your favorites and Meet the Maker stories about local creameries will also take place throughout the event. There are a few menu selection options that you can choose from, including the “Cheese,” “Charcuterie,” or “The Indecision” packages— plus, an additional “Vintage” package that comes with your choice of 3 wines paired for your dining experience (one glass of wine per person included in the base ticket price.) The event will take place this Friday, Dec. 3rd from 5 pm to 7 pm, and tickets ($50-$55) are available online. 

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.,

Parade of Lights

The Independence Seaport Museum will celebrate the holiday season with its 12th annual Parade of Lights this Saturday, Dec. 4th. As a release states, starting at 10 am, families are encouraged to come to the Museum and participate in several crafts and activities with a highlighted Origami Ornaments table, where kids will have the opportunity to create boats, otters, or swans that can be taken home or hung on the Cruiser Olympia for decoration. Additionally, attendees can get into the holiday spirit by making their own gingerbread boats available for $5 or free for Museum members. After the sunset, guests are then encouraged to head up to the Museum’s fourth-floor ballroom to watch the parade of boats lit up for the holiday from the balcony overlooking the river. The Museum will stay open until 6 p.m. for this special event and tickets are available online. 

The Parade of Lights.Provided

211 S Christopher Columbus Blvd.,

Holiday Drag Brunch

Every Saturday leading up to the holiday, Punch Line Philly will be offering different themed drag brunches, with the next few surrounding everything to do with the holidays. The all-ages Drag Queen Brunch menu offers chicken and waffles, the morning fix breakfast sandwich, a frozen passion fruit margarita, a signature vodka strawberry lemonade, and a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary for patrons over the age of 21. Punch Line Philly also offers VIP Experience with seats in the “Glamazone”, closest to the stage, with a plus-size Ultimate Diva cocktail in a souvenir glass. Seating for the weekly drag brunches is offered from 10 am until 1 pm (Show begins promptly at 11:30 a.m.) and reservations are available. 

33 E. Laurel St.,

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage’

The Kimmel Cultural Campus’ holiday programming continues this weekend with ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage.’ Running Saturday, December 4, at 5 pm at the Campus’ Merriam Theater, audiences can get into the spirit of the season with this family-friendly show that brings the holiday classic to life on stage. As the release states, adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story of the spirit of Christmas, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage’ brings all those favorite characters to life, set to the original television special’s dialogue and encompassing favorite scenes from the original animated television show, with more fun, more music, and more finding the true Christmas spirit. Tickets are available online. 

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’Richard Termine

250 S Broad St.,

City of Philadelphia Tree Lighting 

The holiday season is officially here, and to celebrate, the City of Philadelphia will be hosting their annual tree lighting this Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm. The event will occur in the Wawa Holiday Plaza on the north side of City Hall, and visitors can head out to see the lighting first-hand, or, watch the broadcast live on 6abc. The lighting will also feature performances by Philly-based artists and Disney’s premier a cappella singing sensation, DCappella, and beforehand at 5 pm, guests can enjoy giveaways from different sponsors, including Bank of America, Wawa, NRG, Primark, Hershey’s Chocolate World, Boston Market, Tastykake, and Books in Homes. Once 7 pm hits, Philadelphians can watch as dozens of hand-designed and painted ornaments and 5,000 linear feet of multi-color LED lights come to life on the 45-foot, 40-year-old tree. As the release states, this year the Holiday Tree powered by NRG will have: A 7 feet tall custom-fabricated steel tree base represents a connection of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods from Chinatown to Fishtown. The decorative pedestal showcases artful silhouette images of Philadelphia’s famous skyline and icons such as Independence Hall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. A soundtrack will also be accompanying the illuminated tree base features a mix of holiday classics and modern tunes, as well as seasonal messages of hope and joy from sponsors and City of Philadelphia leadership.


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