Fun things to safely do in Philly this weekend

Head to Apres Ski at The Good King Tavern this weekend.
Neil Santos

“Apres-Ski” at The Good King Tavern

Take a trip to the French Alps without ever leaving Philly this weekend. Running every Thursday through Sunday, diners can head to the Bella Vista eatery to check out their own version of a Mont Blanc (Chamonix) chalet. Philadelphians will be able to indulge and enjoy all things surrounding Alpine winter culture including munching on specialty treats. Apres-Ski will be serving up raclettes, vin chaud, cheesy French hot dogs and much more. If you’re thirsty for wine, le Caveau will also be popping up as a bottle shop downstairs at the Tavern as well with wines under $20- $40 or “fancy forever” wines for special occasions. This winter-time pop-up will consist of insulated pods with infrared wall-mounted heaters, plus patio and street seating with propane heaters. Philadelphians can enjoy Apres-Ski every Thursday through Sunday with hours varying on the day. 

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LOVE in the Park

Join the Philadelphia Opera this weekend to witness a performance that they describe as a “musical love letter to the City of Philadelphia.” This Friday, Dec. 11, the Opera Philadelphia Channel will premiere “LOVE in the Park, a five-episode concert series starring 16 local singers from the Opera Philadelphia Chorus. The concert was filmed in the fall in a socially distanced setting in Dilworth Park next to City Hall and will be available for unlimited on-demand viewing for Season Pass holders through May 31, 2021, although the series is also available to rent for a seven-day period for $15. The release describes the show as a fun combination of opera and musical theater with songs from Broadway shows like “West Side Story” and “Waitress.” The series spotlights the everyday, local people who sing in our chorus but also have day jobs as teachers, pastors, and office workers. Those interested can find more details online.

The Little Princess 

Quintessence Theatre Group will still be putting on their annual holiday show, “The Little Princess,” just through a digital format this year. The show will feature a four-person ensemble cast directed by founding member of Pig Iron Theatre Company Suli Holum and in true quarantine style, the actors will perform live from specially designed home studios. The at-home sets were created byYou-Shin Chen, original music by Liz Filios, and Priyanka Shetty also joined Suli Holum as a cultural consultant and co-adaptor for this particular production. The release states that playing multiple roles, the acting ensemble will include Quintessence favorite Leigha Kato who will also be joined by Simran Bal, Renea Brown and Jacinta Yelland. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Little Princess” started virtual screenings on Dec. 9 and they will run through Dec. 27. Philadelphians can visit QTG’s website or call 215-987-4450 to purchase tickets. Preview performances will run Dec. 9 and 10 and general admission tickets are available Dec. 11 – 27. 


Virtual Parade of Lights

The Independence Seaport Museum is offering Philadelphians a way to still feel the glow from holiday lights, just from the comfort of their own homes. According to a release, debuting on their social media platforms (and YouTube) at 5:30 p.m., the video will include fun holiday crafts that can be done at home, cocktail (and mocktail) recipes for everyone in your household, and of course, a pre-recorded parade of boats decked out in their holiday finest. Participants in the parade include McAllister Towing, Moran Towing, Philadelphia Barge Company, Philadelphia Salvage represented by the sailing vessel Knock on Wood (Parade of Lights 2019 Winner), the Sailboat the High Life, and the Schooner North Wind. Philadelphians can follow @phillyseaport for more updates.

JOYFUL Fridays on Philly Live Weekends

Visit Philadelphia and NBC10’s highly-successful virtual series Philly Live Weekends is teaming up with with REC Philly, nicethingsMUSIC and We the People Stage to highlight local talent and spread some cheer during this unprecedented holiday season. JOYFUL Fridays on Philly Live Weekends is a special virtual caroling series that can be streamed live at every Friday at 5 p.m. through Jan. 1, 2021. Upcoming acts include Gabrielle Chapman (Dec. 11); Balmour (Dec. 18); Natalie Imani (Dec. 25). The final act scheduled for New Year’s Day will be announced at a later date.

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