Special Events


Art & Architecture Tour

Focusing on Center's architecture & the artwork on display. Sat. 10:30 am. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

FrostFest 3 weekends of seasonal events, entertainment & activities sponsored by the Center City District. Sister Cities Park, 18th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Closes 12/20.

Pennsylvania suburbs

Abington Lines Model Railroad Club Annual Open House

Marvel at the 20' x 60' HO-scale railroad set in the Pennsylvania mountains with a two-track mainline exceeding 1,000 feet. The layout includes a circus, a city trolley area, two operating roundhouses, a narrow-gauge branch line, and four industrial areas. New this year is a waterfront area with railcar ferries. Operating scale locomotives with realistic sound and wireless remote control featured. Abington Lines Model Railroad Club, 2066 2d St. Pike, Richboro; 215-598-7720.

Annual Model Railroad Open House Interactive train installations, Thomas the Tank Engine, scavenger hunt & more. Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club, 400 S. Main St., Phoenixville; 610-935-1126. www.svmrrc.com.

Annual Tree Lighting and Santa Visit Family event with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Union Library of Hatboro, 243 S. York Road, Hatboro. 12/5. 6-8 pm.

Christmas Festival Parade, entertainment & refreshments. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska. Closes 12/7.

Coatesville Christmas Parade Lincoln Hwy., Coatesville. 12/6. 10 am.

Drop-in Mah Jongg Game Bring your card. All levels welcome. Old York Road Temple Beth Am, 971 Old York Rd., Abington. Closes 12/17.

Have a Little (Inter) Faith Paster Bruce Petty & Rabbi Robert Leib. Old York Road Temple Beth Am, 971 Old York Rd., Abington. 12/11. 7 pm.

Malvern's Victorian Christmas Tree lighting, musical performances, street performers, children's shows, horse & carriage rides & more. Downtown Malvern, 1. E. First Ave., www.malvernsvictorianchristmas.org. Closes 12/6.

McCaffrey's Food Markets' Holiday Parade Annual event. The Stocking Works, 301 S. State St., Newtown. 12/7. 2 pm.

Paoli Library Holiday Book Sale Find children's books, adult fiction and nonfiction, collectible books, DVDs, CDs, at great prices. Hardbacks $2, paperbacks 50 cents to $1.50, and DVDs and CDs $1. Paoli Public Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli. Closes 12/22.

The Narberth Dickens Festival Come to 1840s London for a wide array of activities & meet Dickens characters. Downtown Narberth, Haverford Ave., 12/7. 12-4 pm.

New Jersey

An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions Through the Years

Exhibit celebrating family traditions from days gone by. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. Closes 1/3.

Annual Tree Lighting and Parade With cookies & hot chocolate. Downtown Mount Holly, 12/5. 6-9 pm.

Discovering the Rancocas Creek In-depth exhibit tracing the history of the waterway from prehistoric times through the present. Burlington County Lyceum of History & Natural Sciences, 307 High St., Mount Holly.

Historic District Trolley Tour Hear tales of the past. Downtown Cape May. 609-884-5404, 1- 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org. $12; $7 children 3-12.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony Cherry Hill's Mayor Cahn and the Town Council will light the township's Hanukkah menorah and Christmas tree. Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St., Cherry Hill. 12/8. 6:30 pm.

Physick Family Christmas House Tour Guided tour of the decorated estate. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. $12; $7 children 3-12. Closes 1/3.

Somers Point Festive Holiday Events 2014 Parade, tree lighting ceremony, & more. 1 W. New Jersey Ave., Somers Point, NJ. www.somerspointgov.org. 12/6. 12 pm.

Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting Introduction to how wine is made. Cape May Winery, 709 Townbank Rd., Cape May. $20; $10 ages 16-20; free 15 and under.


Christmas Open House

Bazaar, live music, refreshments, screening of "It's a Wonderful Life," & appearance by Santa. Smyrna Opera House, 107 S Main St, Smyrna; 302-653-4236. Donation suggested: a new, unwrapped toy or canned food items. 12/7. 1 pm.

DCCA: A 35-Year History Artistic highlights, educational programming, documentary images, press clippings & other items provide insight on the center's evolution. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington; 302-656-6466. Closes 1/4.

Delaware Awake! World War I at Home & Abroad This exhibit has posters, drawings & letters covering perspectives of the war. University of Delaware, 114 College Sq, Newark; 302-831-6589. Closes 12/7.

First Friday Music, refreshments & art at downtown venues. 406 Federal St., Dover; 302-678-2940. 12/5. 5-7 pm.

Pet Photos with Santa 132 Christiana Mall, Christiana. Closes 12/15.

Portable Fire: A History of Match Safes Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington. Included in admission.

Salvation Army Angel Tree Select an angel from the tree & donate new clothing & toys for a local child in need. 132 Christiana Mall, Christiana. Closes 12/17.

Treasures & Tales of Italy's Art Recovery Team This exhibit features over 30 Greek, Roman & Etruscan works of art. University of Delaware, 114 College Sq, Newark; 302-831-6589. Closes 12/7.

Kids' Stuff

Children's events

Caring Claus

Visit with Santa in a sensory-friendly environment for those with autism spectrum disorders. 132 Christiana Mall, Christiana. Closes 12/7.

Kennett Symphony of Chester County: Pops Goes the Holiday Seasonal favorites & sing-along tunes w/ Kennett Symphony Children's Chorus. Kennett High School & Auditorium, 100 E. South St., Kennett Square; 610-444-6363. www.kennettsymphony.org. $40 advance, $45 day of show; $10 students plus nonperishable food items. 12/6. 7:30 pm.

Mommy & Me Class. Old York Road Temple Beth Am, 971 Old York Rd., Abington. Closes 12/18.

Mommy and Me Children's Program Parents & children discover nature together. Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May; 609-898-8848. $9; $7 members. Closes 12/5.

Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band Foursome who teach kids about music appreciation while introducting subjects like melody, rhythm & tempo. Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; 877-598-8696. www.nickjr.com/the-fresh-beat-band. $19-$45. Closes 12/7.

Photos with Santa 132 Christiana Mall, Christiana, Del. $29.95. Closes 12/24.

Thursday Evenings with Santa and Mrs. Claus 132 Christiana Mall, Christiana. Closes 12/18.

Wednesday Shining Bright Rudolph Nights Receive a gift with the purchase of a photo package. 132 Christiana Mall, Christiana. Closes 12/10.

Winter Wonderland Holiday market in conjunction with PHAIR, tree lighting & more. Historic Headhouse Square, Second & Pine Sts.; 215-413-3713. 12/7. 3-7 pm.

Young Explorer's Club Students explore world of physics. Easttown Library & Information Center, 720 First Ave., Berwyn. Closes 12/9.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733.

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. $6; $5 ages 3-11; free 2 & under. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

The Crayola Factory 30 Centre Square, Easton; 610-515-8000. www.crayola.com/factory/.

Delaware Children's Museum 110 S. Poplar St., Wilmington; 302-654-2340. www.delawarechildrensmuseum.org. Stratosphere. The Power of Me. ECOconnect. Bank on It. Training Wheels. Structures. $12; free 12 months & under. Tue.-Thu. & Sun. 10 am-3 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-8 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. Children's Regional Hospital at Cooper Exhibit. 12/5. 9:30-5:30 pm. Dinosaurium. News & Weather. Little Discoveries. Arts & Imagination. Storybook Castle. Down the Shore. $10.95; $9.95 seniors; free under 1. Oct.-Apr.: Sun.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sat. 9:30 am-8:30 pm.

Insectarium 8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500. www.myinsectarium.com. Working Beehive. Cockroach Kitchen. $7; free under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground 9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140. www.kixandgiggles.com. Kix & Giggles Attractions. $7. Wed.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm; Sat. 10 am-7 pm; Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Please Touch Museum 4231 Avenue of the Republic; 215-581-3181. www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. Rainforest Rhythm. Space Station. City Capers. Flight Fantasy. Roadside Attractions. River Adventures. Centennial Exploration. Liberty Arm & Torch. Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. ShopRite Supermarket Exhibit. $16; free members, children under 1. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm.

Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070. www.sesameplace.com. A Very Furry Christmas. $21.99.

Smith The Kids' Play Place in the Park 33rd St.; 215-765-4325. smithkidsplayplace.org. Playhouse. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.