Take a break from your last-minute shopping and enjoy one of the final weekends of 2014.
For over a month, different combinations of local independent shops have taken over a pop-up space at the Voorhees Town Center (2120 Voorhees Town Center) for a weekend. The final installment of Shop Up-Pop Up comes from chocolate vendor The Chocolate Clinic and local printmaker exit343design, selling wall art, T-shirts, stationery and totes. Shop away from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21.
Comedy. Celebs. Audience interaction. That's pretty much all you need to know about "Hang On With Aaron Nevins," a comedy talk show, featuring celebrity conversations, laced with laughs and a chance for audience members to chime in whenever they feel the urge. This Friday, Dec. 19's show at the Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom St.) features guests Justin Guarini ("American Idol" and "Wicked") and Jon Wurster ("The Best Show" on WFMU and drummer for Superchunk, The Mountain Goats and more). The show starts at 8 p.m.
No snow, no problem. Sister Cities Park (18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway) will turn into a winter wonderland for FrostFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, featuring a traveling show from the Franklin Institute, ice carving demo from Fear No Ice, a DJ, free carriage rides, meet and greet with Santa, and treats and hot chocolate from Logan Square Café.
Flea market time: The final holiday edition of the Franklin Flea runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Strawbridge's Building (8th and Market Streets) on Saturday, Dec. 20; Phila Flea Markets' indoor antique-fest, held at the Fed-Ex Service Center (820 Spring Garden St.) will extend from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20; and the music and free beer-laden Philadelphia Independent Craft Market at District N9NE (460 N. 9th St.) will round out the weekend on Sunday, Dec. 21 from noon to 7 p.m.
Ditch the tried-and-true Santa visit and meet him on the ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest (Columbus Boulevard and Market Street), where he'll be posing for pictures and skating with visitors from noon until 4 p.m. on both Saturday, Dec. 20 and Sunday, Dec. 21.
Until Friday, Dec. 26, the National Liberty Museum's gift shop will be transformed into a holiday market featuring one-of-a-kind glass art, jewelry and accessories gifts. In addition to the available goods, jewelry maker Tricia Martin will hold a live demonstration at noon on Saturday, Dec. 20. Watch as she uses handmade glass beads, pearls, silver, gold and Swarovski crystals to make statement pieces.
Keep that ugly sweater in steady rotation: You've got another party to attend. The Victoria Freehouse (10 S. Front St.) will be serving Christmas ales from Ridgeway, St. Peter's and more from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20. If you wear your ugly sweater, you'll be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card. Drink up!
Feast your ears on some rad holiday music, too on Sunday, Dec. 21: The Kimmel Center (Broad and Spruce Streets) pays homage to the sounds of Hanukkah at 1 p.m., then follows up with a Philadelphia Orchestra rendition of Handel's "Messiah" at 2 p.m. and finally welcomes a tuba ensemble at both noon and 5 p.m. for holiday classics.
Air your grievances, perform a feat of strength and partake in other Festivus activities at Grey Lodge Pub's (6235 Frankford Ave.) Seinfeld-themed celebration, taking place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21.