This weekend might be chilly, according to Hurricane Schwartz, but Christmas is fast approaching and you have gifts to buy. We scoured Christmas Village, the giant outdoor market now located at City Hall, to find the best gifts for everyone on your list.
Prefer to stay inside with a wintry activity? Break out the broom and learn the sport of curling, courtesy of the Bucks County Curling Club. Or warm yourself with laughter by hitting up Helium Comedy Club where two of the Broken Lizard troupe, the minds behind cult fave Super Troopers, will set up shop this weekend.
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Head to South Philly as it gets into holiday spirit Saturday with a graffiti wall for kids, the Mifflin Triangle, a cocktail crawl, a Santa photo shoot at Urban Jungle, and cheesesteak ice-carving battle (yes, you read that right) at 7 p.m. at Cheesesteak Corner (think Pat's and Geno's). Look out for snacks and live music throughout the day. - Molly Eichel
11 a.m., East Passyunk Ave. Free. 215-336-1455.
» READ MORE: Parade of Lights
The Independence Seaport Museum's holiday-themed parade will sail by Winterfest at Penn's Landing for the first time, so find a prime spot to catch all of the decorated boats go by. Stop by the museum early for crafts (gingerbread boats, penny boat ornaments), music from the Philly Pops, and a visit from Santa. - M.E.
11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday. Parade begins at 5:30 p.m., Indepedence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Free. 215-413-8655.
» READ MORE: Running of the Santas
Love or hate this Christmas bacchanalia, the idea of a bunch of people in Santa suits running from the Field House to the Electric Factory is pretty giggle-worthy. Doors open at 10 a.m. at the South Pole (known the rest of the year as the Field House) with drink specials and DJs. At 5 p.m., Santas will run to the North Pole (a.k.a. the Electric Factory), where bands and DJs will continue to soundtrack the mayhem until 11 p.m. - M.E.
10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Field House, 1150 Filbert St., and Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. $30-$60.
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We've all had the feeling that Christmas can be a killer - but not like this, one hopes. In Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian's musical mystery miniature, one actor plays the private eye, the other plays the suspects, and both play the piano. The Bucks County Playhouse production stars Kinosian and Off-Broadway veteran Brett Ryback unraveling the Christmas Eve mayhem. - Michael Harrington
Through Dec. 31, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope. $39 to $69, 215-862-2121.
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Champion storyteller Hilary Rea worked with performers Jen Childs, Valerie DiMambro, Nisse Greenberg, Bi Jean Ngo, Cathy Simpson, and Bradley Wrenn to turn their holiday tales into a show (with carols). - M.H.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Arden Theatre Company's Studio Theatre at the Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St. $30, 215-922-1122.
» READ MORE: "Rocky"
The film may have been released way back in 1976, but 40 years later, we Philadelphia folk still love the Italian Stallion - enough to screen him at the Kimmel Center, anyway. Presented by Pat's Steaks and hosted by Philadelphia magazine reporter Victor Fiorillo, this showing of the quintessential Philly film comes to us in remastered 4k (which director John Avildsen calls "better than my original print"). Plus, this one's got a charitable connection: Some proceeds from the evening will benefit the Philly Contraption Contest, a Rube Goldberg competition for kids. - Nick Vadala
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. $10, 215-670-2300.
» READ MORE: The Roddenberries
Combining the two most beloved franchises in the universe - Star Trek and Santa - the tribute band presents a multimedia, sci-fi rock holiday cabaret. And it's not just Trekkified - there's also music from Doctor Who and Star Wars, which covers just about all the starbases (apologies to you Blake's 7 fans). - M.H.
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore. $12, 610-649-8389.
» READ MORE: First Crossing Reenactment
Gen. George Washington had only once chance to cross the Delaware, but reenactors can do it as many times as they want. This is one of two re-creations for the revolutionary event (in addition to the traditional free Christmas Day crossing). It's worth going twice, with this one raising funds for the yule attempt. Along with the generations of Bucks citizens portraying everyone from the Father of Our Country to the Marblehead and Philadelphia sailors who rowed the boats, there will be special colonial-era activities and demonstrations throughout the historic village of Washington Crossing. - M.H.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Rd., Washington Crossing. $8; $4 ages 5 to 11; under 5 free, 215-493-4076.
» READ MORE: The Do Over Tour
It's like a touring frat house of comedy: Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Nick Swardson, and David Spade hit the Tower Theater, courtesy of Netflix. It's ostensibly to promote their streaming movie The Do Over, although we think it's more of an excuse for the longtime buddies to hang out and make fools of themselves onstage. - M.E.
8 p.m. Friday, Tower Theater, S. 69th St., Upper Darby. $59.50-$150, 610-352-2887.
» READ MORE: Winter Wonderland
The annual celebration at wondrous Smith Playground features holiday lights, an ice carving demonstration, gingerbread house building, s'mores making, and messy arts. Sounds like kid heaven. - M.H.
4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr., East Fairmount Park. $10.
» READ MORE: Dan Zanes Holiday Sing-A-Long
Grammy-winner Dan Zanes has been doing a family holiday bonanza for six years in New York, but this year, he's hitting our fair burg for the first time. Zanes will lead a multicultural concert, with the help of Claudia Eliaza and Pauline Jean, two Haitian American jazz singers. Upon arrival, each family will get a songbook so they can join in on the fun. This is a sensory-friendly experience, and all families are welcome to express themselves openly. - M.E.
11 a.m. Saturday, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. $17, 215-222-1400.
» READ MORE: "The Nutcracker"
It's not Christmas without The Nutcracker, the spectacular, brilliantly danced George Balanchine creation set to Tchaikovsky's music. The tiny, dressed-up, hopeful ballerinas in the audience see their possible future in the kids on stage, and adults appreciate the show even more. - Tom Di Nardo
7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, noon and 5 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 31, Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets, $35-$135, 215-893-1999.
» READ MORE: Parsons Dance
The kinetic troupe performs David Parsons' "stroboscopic masterpiece" Caught, plus new high-flying works (one of which features six robotic drones). - M.H.
8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. next Sunday, Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., $20 to $60. 215-422-4580.
» READ MORE: Mendelssohn Club
Paul Rardin's excellent chorus will offer Honegger's stirring "King David," along with their "American Stories" and signature "Feast of Carols." - T.D.N.
5 p.m. Saturday, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. $32, 215-735-9922.
» READ MORE: Emerson Quartet
The acclaimed ensemble plays Beethoven's turbulent Quartet in F Minor "Serioso," Shostakovich's complex Quartet No. 4, and Tchaikovsky's elegiac Quartet in E-flat Minor. - M.H.
8 p.m. Friday at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets. $25, 215-569-8080.
» READ MORE: Tempesta Di Mare
The baroque orchestra presents Winter: A Cozy Noel, featuring seasonal works by Vivaldi, Christopher Simpson, Giovanni Antonio Guido, Michel Corrette, and Arcangelo Corelli, along with a recently discovered work by German composer Johann Gottlieb Janitsch in recitals in Chestnut Hill and Center City. - M.H.
8 p.m. Friday, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave.; 8 p.m. Saturday, Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St. $25.
» READ MORE: Psychic TV
The story of Brit-born Genesis P-Orridge could fill a book, beginning with prepunk art-rock ensembles such as Cosey Fanni Tutti, early industrial acts such as Throbbing Gristle, and postpunk electronic-pop experimentalists Psychic TV. The still-going Psychic TV - no matter how dense, thrilling, and odd their new music may be (two new albums appeared in 2016, Alienist and Force the Hand of Chance) - will also remain backseat to P-Orridge as an avatar in trans life. Not only did P-Orridge marry longtime companion Jacqueline Mary Breyer (a.k.a. Lady Jaye) to unite as a "pandrogyne" (or single entity) through surgical body modification to physically resemble one another, P-Orridge continued the morphing-modification after Lady Jaye's 2007 death. - A.D. Amorosi
9 p.m. Friday, Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. $20.
The 96.5 FM holiday showcase features young pop-hop kids like Jojo and dance divas like Charli XCX pulling up the rear, but the main draw of this Christmas celebration are the Chainsmokers. An EDM pop sensation, the American DJ duo of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall first made themselves known with the slick, dark disco of 2014's "#Selfie." Other singles, such as the recent, claustrophobic "Closer" with Halsey, and the Chainsmokers' newly released album, Collage, show off multiple sides of the prismatic dance duo. - A.D.A.
6 p.m. Sunday, BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden. $49.65-$79.65, 800-745-3000.
» READ MORE: Sad13
It's kismet, serendipity, a home run. First, Sadie Dupois - now in Philadelphia and leader of Massachusetts whipsmart indie-rock band Speedy Ortiz - recorded a solo album in Fishtown called Slugger. Now, the singer-guitarist is playing Everybody Hits, the city's leading combination baseball batting cage and all-ages music venue. On Slugger, the feminist rocker hits for power with stylistically varied pop tunes "that put affirmative consent at the heart of the subject matter and emphasize friendship among women." In other words, some of them are love songs, few of them are silly, and none of them is sexist. And Dupois joins the growing list - along with Girlpool, Katie Crutchfield (of Waxahatchee), and her sister Allison (of Swearin') - of formidable female indie songwriters who have migrated from far-flung locales and are now part of Philadelphia's fecund music scene. - Dan DeLuca
8 p.m. Monday, Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave. $10-$12, 215-769-7500