It's free and it's at the Kimmel
The Kimmel Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a series of events - family-friendly music and holiday readings. The Free at the Kimmel series is offering TubaChristmas Celebration at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday when more than 100 regional tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players join together to perform holiday classics. The center also scheduled a performance of klezmer music by the Fabulous Shpielkehs at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 23, Dramatic Readings of Holiday Literature at 11 a.m. Dec. 24, and the annual New Year's Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 1 on its Commonwealth Plaza. Information: 215-670-2300.
Join the chorus
The Pine Barons Chorus will present its 15th annual Holiday Show at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Route 70 East, just west of Kings Highway, Cherry Hill. The Pine Barons Chorus is the Cherry Hill chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. This year's show offers an appearance by the Cherry Hill High School East Singers. Admission is $12; $10 for seniors; $5 for students; children 6 and younger admitted free; groups of 10 or more, $8 per person. Information: 856-866-2474,
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Melodies on mandolin
The Philadelphia Mandolin Ensemble and the Concord Singers present Vivaldi's
and other sacred and secular seasonal music at 7 p.m. Saturday at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut St. The 12 ensemble members perform on mandolin, mandola, mandocello, and classical guitar with a repertoire of classical and traditional folk music. The Concord Singers, a women's choral group from Summit, N.J., will offer classical works of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Mozart plus contemporary works by Gwyneth Walker, Clifton Noble, and Randall Stroope, to the popular songs of Rogers and Hammerstein and George Gershwin. Information:
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How Queen Victoria celebrated
The Upper Darby Sousa Band will celebrate the holiday season with "A Victorian Christmas" at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. Traditional carols of the Victorian era and an old-fashioned sing-along are the highlights of this performance. The group is directed by Tom Hoey. The center is at 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill. Tickets: $17-$18 (UDPAC members receive $2 off). Information: 610-622-1189 or
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Chugging into Christmas
Reading Terminal Market features its annual Holiday Railroad with a 500-square-foot model railroad along a track of nearly a third of a mile. Now in its eighth year, the display features 17 working train lines that rumble through miniature scenery including Center City Philadelphia, a Christmas village, and snow-covered countryside. The market, at 12th and Arch Streets, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 215-922-2317.