Silly season The British tradition of the holiday panto - fractured fairy tales featuring topical jokes, audience participation, a "messy bit," and silly songs - has become a local staple, with the People's Light & Theatre Company as panto pioneers. This year's offering, Aladdin, goes on at 2 p.m. Sunday at the company's theater, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern, and continues with shows on a varied schedule to Jan. 6. Tickets are $35 to $45. Call 610-644-3500.
Desperate elves In Kate Brennan's ELFuego, labor unrest hits Santa's workshop after an industrial accident, and a management stooge sets out to seek some scab workers among the throngs of unemployed. The BCKSEET Productions show goes on at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St., and continues with shows at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets are $28; $21 for seniors and students. Call 267-603-3533.
Get happy Comedians Ross Bennett, Lenny Marcus, and Joel Chasnoff headline the Moo Shu Jew Show, which also features a Chinese banquet, at 6 p.m. at Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race St. Tickets are $80. Call 215-545-4400.
Go outside What better way to celebrate the holidays (and the city) than going ice skating and enjoying the views? Try it from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the RiverRink, Columbus Boulevard and Market Street. Admission is $9; skate rentals $4. Call 215-925-7465.
Star of wonder The exhibition Follow the Star: World Nativities features crèches from Germany, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Laos, Nepal, Egypt, and Ethiopia, among others. The show is at the Glencairn Museum, 1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn, to Jan. 6. Admission is free. Call 267-502-2600.
Good and evil Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a scientist gone mad gets a new look in Leslie Bricusse and Frank Wildhorn's musical Jekyll & Hyde. The show goes on at the Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St., at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $49.50 to $97. Call 1-800-447-7400.
Circus arts The Montreal troupe Cirque Éloize presents its multimedia show iD featuring acrobats, break-dancers, contortionists, and a stunt cyclist, at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $65. Call 215-893-1999.
Boxing Day benefits Keep that giving feeling going with these shows: A Philabundance benefit featuring the Idle Idols, the Timid Roosevelts, Tamer Abouras, E. Joseph, and Zachary Ziegler at 7 p.m. at the North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. Tickets are $8. Call 215-787-0488. . . . A Hurricane Sandy benefit with the Doublewides, Joey Sweeney, Foxhound, and Suzie Brown at 8 p.m. at the Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. Tickets are $10. Call 215-928-0978.
Princess tales Featuring Merida, Ariel, Rapunzel, and Belle (from, respectively, Brave, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, and Beauty and the Beast, for those who need a princess refresher), the Disney on Ice show Rockin' Ever After goes on at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., and continues on a daily schedule to Jan. 6. Tickets are $25.50 to $93. Call 1-800-298-4200.
Friday & Saturday
Country band Bluegrass groovers the Infamous Stringdusters play at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15. Call 215-232-2100.
Music catalog For a concert spanning classical, jazz, and world beat, the Philadelphia Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble teams with singer Phyllis Chapell at Christ Ascension Lutheran Church, 8300 Germantown Ave., at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $25. Call 215-247-4233.