Happy Friday, folks. There's much to look forward to this weekend in the Philadelphia area, from holiday events to the all-important Eagles-Rams match-up. And if Sunday doesn't go as planned, well…at least the Flyers are winning? Silver linings, people.

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A scene from George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet.
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A scene from George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Embrace the cold weather this weekend and get in the holiday spirit with gift markets, bar crawls and, of course, The Nutcracker.

Doing some shopping? Be on the lookout for these special beauty gifts or think about giving loved ones experiences, not things. If you're headed to Christmas Village, be sure to stop by these booths.  If the mall's more your thing, we've listed the city's best shopping mall Santas — and checked it twice.

Finally, if your office holiday party is this weekend, follow these rules to avoid sexually harassing a coworker (served with a heavy dose of satire). Or skip it and grab one of these Craig Laban-approved festive drinks around town.

If it were possible for Philadelphians to be more angry at the Philadelphia Parking Authority than they are on a daily basis, this might do trick. Two audits of the authority released yesterday found it used funds to pay for lavish expenses and kept over $320,000 from the school district.

Essentially, former executive Vincent J. Fenerty Jr. had free range to spend the authority's funds and hire who he wanted. The result? Golf outings for senior staff and excessive raises that kept money from Philly students.

As columnist Mike Newall writes, this audit shows the cost of keeping predators in power. Fenerty resigned in September after revelations that he was accused by two women of sexual harassment in 2015 and 2007.

An appeals court denied rapper Meek Mill bail yet again this week, but tucked within that court filing was an interesting assertion: was Philadelphia Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who sent him back to prison, under FBI investigation?

Mill himself asked the FBI to investigate the judge last year, but the review was short-lived. They asked him to wear a wire, and he refused.

His complaint to the FBI began after Mill said the judge made a series of inappropriate requests of him. Mill's defense team says that included changing record labels and recording a Boyz II Men song. (Luckily Mill, who doesn't sing ballads, didn't follow through with that one.)

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With her mother, Kiomarie Rodriguez (right), Ismarie Gomez, 8, holds a card she made for her father, who remains in Puerto Rico. Staying with relatives in South Philadelphia, Ismarie, was ready to give away her favorite "My Little Pony" figure during a toy drive in school.
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With her mother, Kiomarie Rodriguez (right), Ismarie Gomez, 8, holds a card she made for her father, who remains in Puerto Rico. Staying with relatives in South Philadelphia, Ismarie, was ready to give away her favorite "My Little Pony" figure during a toy drive in school.

Ismarie Rodriguez, 8, and her family recently came to Philly from Puerto Rico. Despite not having much, she was willing to donate her favorite toy to her school's drive.