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Washington's Delaware crossing reenactment, Lil Uzi Vert, and more things to do in Philadelphia, Dec. 22-28

What you should be doing in the city from Dec. 22 to 31.

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Linvilla Orchards

Visit Linvilla Orchards the Saturday before Christmas to make a fresh wreath, sing carols on a hayride, and take photos with Santa. There will be plenty of holiday-themed snacks at the Farm Market, such as hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies. — Bethany Ao

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., pay as you go, 610-876-7116,

The 9th Annual Moo Shu Jew Show

The Gershman Y's annual comedy showcase is returning this year, coproduced by Cory Kahaney. Chow down on a multicourse meal in the heart of Chinatown while enjoying performances from Moody McCarthy, Marla Schultz, and Brad Zimmerman. Reservations are required. — B.A.

6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 11th and Race Streets, $82 to $92, 215-545-4400,

No More Pain Inc. Third Annual “Winter with the Homeless”

For those Philadelphians who find themselves homeless during the coldest months of the year, the holiday season can be difficult. This event is the perfect opportunity to lend a hand to those in need when Christmas rolls around by handing out wrapped donations collected by the Philly nonprofit No More Pain Inc. and spreading holiday cheer. Organizers suggest that you dress warmly and bring good walking shoes. Children and families are welcome as well. — Thea Applebaum Licht

Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, 1200 Arch St.,


Liberty Flea

The Captain's Vintage, which sells authentic vintage T-shirts, is hosting its last flea market of the year this weekend, making it a perfect last-minute holiday shopping stop. They'll be joined by other vendors, including Electric Garden, Fresh Vintage, Manic Muse, and more. Visitors will be able to buy everything from antique furniture to handmade artisan goods, and enjoy bites and brews from local food trucks in between. — B.A.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Boys Gym at BOK, 9th and Mifflin Streets, $5 to enter,



The Philadelphia Orchestra will be joined by the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir for George Frideric Handel's Messiah this weekend, conducted by Cristian Macelaru. After 276 years, the oratorio is still a beloved Christmas tradition for many orchestras. — B.A.

7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, Verizon Hall, 15th and Spruce Streets, $60 to $135, 215-731-3333,

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

See this beloved video game come to life, thanks to a full orchestra, choir, and a stunning cinematic video presentation. — B.A.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Verizon Hall, 15th and Spruce Streets, $50 to $90, 215-731-3333,


Reenactment of Delaware River crossing

Every Christmas, thousands of onlookers gather to watch a reenactment of George Washington's speech and several hundred reenactors row across the Delaware River. Early arrival is recommended and the event is contingent upon weather. If the water level in the Delaware is too low, festivities will still be go on but there no literal crossing.  — B.A.

Noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Rd., free admission, 215-493-4076,



The eight-member international percussion sensation can create catchy rhythms out of anything — Zippo lighters, matchboxes, poles, brooms and pipes — for a high-energy, family-friendly show. — B.A.

2 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Dec. 31, Merriam Theater, Manning and Broad Streets, $40 to $92, 215-893-1999,

Ebenezer Scrooge

The Bucks County Playhouse is premiering a new comedy inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol this holiday season, with a New Hope twist. Prepare for lots of laughs and music in this family-friendly performance. — B.A.

Friday through Dec. 31, 70 S. Main Street, New Hope, $40 to $75, 215-862-2121,

Martha Graham Cracker Choral Spectacular

The World's Hairiest Drag Queen returns to the stage for a seasonal winter solstice celebration — accompanied by a band and fellow singers for what is probably the most fabulous way to spend your Friday night. Martha, the brainchild of Pig Iron Theatre Company cofounder Dito Van Reigersberg, performs her cabaret a handful of times a year. This, however, will be your only chance to see her show with full chorus. It is sure to be awesome. — T.A.L.

8 p.m., Friday, FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard. $30 general, $21 member, $15 students and ages 25 and under. 215-413-1318,


A Row Home Christmas

The Players Club of Swarthmore has teamed up with popular Philadelphia comedian Big Daddy Graham to present A Row Home Christmas, a touching story about a Philadelphia firefighter who doubles as Santa Claus for the neighborhood church parish he grew up in. — B.A.

Friday through Dec. 31, Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., $20, 610-328-4271,


Being ___ at Christmas

The National Museum of American Jewish History will have live music from Alex and the Kaleidoscope, art projects, stand-up comedy for kids, face painting, balloon art, family-friendly movies, and more on Christmas Day. Families are also allowed to bring food or purchase snacks from the museum's snack stand. — B.A.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, National Museum of American Jewish History, Market Street and Independence Mall, $13 to $15, 215-923-3811,


Lil Uzi Vert

Philadelphia's Symere Woods — rough rapper extraordinaire Lil Uzi Vert to you — has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. "Bad and Bougee," his collaboration with platinum-plated, fellow hip-hop superstars Migos went Number 1. His debut studio album Luv Is Rage 2, topped the Billboard charts, and eventually went gold. He's got a new song and video with Nicki Minaj called "The Way Life Goes" that is rocketing up the charts. Why not put on the Santa suit and do a run of Christmas-themed shows that wind up in his hometown, at the Liacouras Center? Ho ho ho. — A.D. Amorosi

7 p.m. Friday, Liacouras Center, Temple University, 1776 N. Broad St. $35-$49.50,

Southwork/Circadian Rhythms/Miss Cantaloupe

Such a wonderful gathering of goofy, experimental Philly bands is this show, and not one bunched together for a merry happy holiday session either. The fairy-ish psychedelic opening act Miss Cantaloupe is a newly formed trio of women playing theatrical rock for wizards and gnomes in accordance with its eponymous 2017 EP. The family-based Southwork septet has been around for over five years, and has always added a dash of danz-rock to its psych-pop formula. Their newest EP is filled with brooding melodies and big synths. Circadian Rhythms, then, is this bill's special anchor. Built upon high school friendships and a love of the Southern dream psychedelia of the Elephant 6 Collective, their newest album, 2017's A Peculiar Kind of Afternoon, is soaked in busy, pretty Brian Wilson-like orchestration and highly personal lyricism. — A.D. Amorosi

8 p.m. Friday, Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. $10,

The Stray Birds

The Lancaster County acoustic roots group The Stray Birds has grown steadily since their 2012 Borderland debut, and the trio of multi-instrumentalists fronted by Maya de Vitry really flourished artistically on 2016's rock-solid Magic Fire, produced by guitarist Larry Campbell. The trio, which also includes Oliver Craven and Charles Muench, showcase robust harmonies on songs "Shining in the Distance," as wells as ample bluegrass and country swing chops. Kyle Swartzwelder opens. — Dan DeLuca

8 p.m. Friday, Sellersville Theatre, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. $21.50-$29.50.  215-257-5808.

White Panda

Party with the White Panda, who are bona fide mash-up kings, on the day after Christmas. Brandyn Burnette and Cade will open. — B.A.

9 p.m. Tuesday, Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St., $20 to $50, 215-922-1011,

The Marcus King Band

Marcus King's self-described "soul-influenced, psychedelic Southern Rock" has been one hot ticket since the release of his self-titled album last year. Only 21, the South Carolina native has already played at (or been picked for) several high-profile gigs recently, including his producer/mentor Warren Haynes' Christmas Jam, and next month's tribute to Otis Redding at New York's legendary Apollo Theater. Tinkering with the guitar by age 3 — and leading his own blues-rock band by 12 — King and his current five-member lineup have been influenced by everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Rush to the Allman Brothers, and it shows. Gearing up for their next studio album, the Marcus King Band recently released a four-song EP, Due North, with three new studio tracks and a rollicking 15-minute jam that includes their own "Sharry Barry," as well as dynamic covers of songs by Chicago, Funkadelic, and Billie Holiday. — Nicole Pensiero

With the National Reserve, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. $20, 215-922-1011,,

David Wax Museum

The David Wax Museum's core is singer David Wax, who plays the jarana, a Mexican instrument similar to a guitar, and the band includes his wife Suz Slezak, a fiddler who also bangs on a quijada, a percussion instrument made from a donkey's jawbone. The formerly Boston-based folk band celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with an album, Electric Artifacts, that moves them in a more rock-ish direction and series of shows including one at Johnny Brenda's, this past September. Now they're finishing off the year with a flurry of Christmas week dates, including this one in Wilmington, on the way back to their new home of Charlottesville, Va. — Dan DeLuca

8 p.m. Thursday, the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington. $15. 202-730-3331.


Tap Into the Force: Last Jedi Edition

The City Tap House in University City is hosting a party for Star Wars aficionados, including Star Wars-inspired brews, light saber battles, photo ops with Darth Vader, and tickets to catch the 7:30 showing of The Last Jedi across the street at Rave Cinemas UCity. Drexel University's Dragon Jedi will be on hand to provide light saber demos and there will be a prize for best dressed, including a $50 gift card to the City Tavern as well as two more tickets to The Last Jedi. — B.A.

5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, City Tap House University City, 3925 Walnut St., $20, 215-662-0105,