Special Events


Art & Architecture Tour

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

Pennsylvania suburbs

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.

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Christmas Festival Parade, entertainment & refreshments. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000.   Closes 12/6.

Holiday Greens Sale & Festival Sale of greens, holiday decor & wreaths, plus children's crafts, tours & refreshments. Swarthmore College - Scott Arboretum, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-8025.   12/5. 1-3 pm.

Holiday Open House Holiday-themed performances, games, art activities & more. James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-340-9800.   12/8. 7-9 pm.

Narberth Dickens Festival Carriage rides, crafts, carolers, period vendors, food, music & dance, puppet shows, ice sculptors, scavenger hunt & more. Downtown Narberth, Haverford Ave., Narberth. www.narberthonline.com.   12/6. 12-4 pm.

Owl Prowl Look for owls at Norristown Farm Park. Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown; Registration required: 610-270-0215.   12/6. 4 pm.

Reindeer Guide for Kids Reindeer facts & activities. Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown; Registration required: 610-270-0215.   $5 per child;. 12/10. 1 pm.

New Jersey

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit

Toys & antique holiday items. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404.   Closes 1/2.

Annual Community Tree Lighting The Annual Community Tree Lighting will include musical performances by Third Grade singers of the Elementary School, an instrumental ensemble from Seneca High School, the OMS Chorus, and the OMS Hand Chimes group. Santa Claus will make a special appearence and will be available later in the Gazebo for visits and photos. The festivities will go on, rain or shine, so residents are advised to dress for the weather. Tabernacle Township, 163 Carranza Rd, Vincentown.   12/4. 7 pm.

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Parade This tree lighting ceremony, complete with cookies & hot chocolate, will transform Mount Holly into a winter wonderland. Downtown Mount Holly, Downtown Mount Holly, Mount Holly.   12/4. 6-9 pm.

Christmas Candlelight House Tour Self-guided tour features Christmas carolers, strolling musicians, architectural gems & vintage holiday decorations. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. www.capemaymac.org.   $28; $20 children 3-12. Closes 12/19.

Guided Tour of the Emlen Physick Estate Check out 15 of the estate's beautifully restored rooms, then visit the Carriage House gallery to see the current exhibit. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404.   $12; $8 children 3-12. Closes 1/2.

Historic District Trolley Tour Tour the historic district by trolley & hear tales about the past. Downtown Cape May, Downtown Cape May, Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org.   $12; $8 children 3-12. Closes 12/31.

Holiday Inns Tours Self-guided tour of three Cape May inns. Downtown Cape May, Downtown Cape May, Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org.   $15; $10 children 3-12. Closes 12/10.

Holiday Tea Full afternoon tea will be served and a great-granddaughter of Dr. Still will relate her family history. Dr. James Still Education Center, 209-211 Church Rd., Medford; www.medfordhistory.com. www.medfordhistory.org.   $20. 12/6. 2 pm.

Hospitality Night Special offers & happenings at shops throughout town. Historic Smithville Village Greene, Route 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Absecon.   12/5.

Medford Market Day Medford Market Day is dedicated to the support, growth, and shared success of a vibrant, thriving shopping experience for the greater Medford area community. Street vendors will representing individually owned businesses selling original and hand crafted items, foods, and services will have displays along Main Street to sell their products. Downtown Medford, Main St., Medford.   Closes 12/5.

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; $8 children 3-12. Closes 12/31.

Somers Point Holiday Parade Holiday parade that precedes tree-lighting. Somers Point, 1 W. New Jersey Ave., Somers Point.   12/4. 6:30 pm.

Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting Tasting, tour & introduction to how wine is made. Cape May Winery, 709 Townbank Rd., Cape May.   $20.

Kids' Stuff

Children's events

Philadelphia Orchestra: Christmas Kids' Spectacular

Popular carols & holiday classics, a sing-along, music from "Frozen" & an appearance by Santa. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.

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;  $20-$48. 12/5. 11:30 am.

Children's performances

Fred Siegel, Man of Mystery

Magic & storytelling. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.   $15. Closes 12/4.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

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. Breakfast With Santa. $26; free for children under 2. 12/5. Camden Holiday Parade. 12/10. 6-9 pm. $6; $5 ages 3-11; free for children 2 & under. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

The Crayola Experience 30 Centre Square, Easton; 610-515-8000. www.crayolaexperience.com. .

Delaware Children's Museum 110 S. Poplar St., Wilmington; 302-654-2340. www.delawarechildrensmuseum.org. $12; free for children 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. 12/4. 9:30-5:30 pm. Dinosaurium. News & Weather. Little Discoveries. Storybook Castle. Down the Shore. Arts & Imagination. $10.95; $9.95 seniors; free for children under 1. May-Sept.: Daily 9:30 am-5:30 pm. 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. $7; free for children under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground 9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140. www.kixandgiggles.com. 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. $16; free for 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. $50.95; $45.95 seniors; free for children under 2. Open daily.

Smith The Kids' Play Place in the Park 3500 Reservoir Dr.; 215-765-4325. smithplayground.org. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.