Special Events

Philadelphia

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Army/Navy Pep Rally

Official rally for the upcoming Army/Navy football game. Pep bands & cheerleaders. The Shops at Liberty Place, S. 16th St. & Chestnut St.; 215-636-3300; 215-636-3417.

. 12/5 noon.

Army/Navy Fan Fest

Live music, games, giveaways & more for game ticketholders. Lincoln Financial Field, 3501 S. Broad St.; 215-636-3300; 215-636-3417.

. Included with game admission. 12/6 8:15 am-noon.

Catwalk: Fashion Show & Cocktail Reception

Annual benefit event for Evoluer House featuring author Deborah Gregory & Sarah Dash of the group LaBelle. Autographed copies of 'Catwalk' available for purchase. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St.; 215-592-8988.

» READ MORE: www.evoluerhouse.org

. $65. 12/5 7-10 pm.

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Center City Saturday

Tastings, cooking demonstrations, music & appearance by Santa Claus. Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.; 610-648-1700. 12/6 11 am-3 pm.

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Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Medieval-style village feat. over 50 vendors offering crafts, international gifts & more. Holiday lights, Santa & live music. Daily 11 am-9 pm. Closes 12/23. Dilworth Plaza, 1400 JFK Blvd.; 215-636-1666.

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Classic Holiday on Main

Arts & crafts vendors in heated tents along Main St., candle making & glass blowing demonstrations, lights, music & more. Daily 11 am-3 pm thru 12/24. Manayunk Main St.; 215-482-9565.

» READ MORE: www.manayunk.com

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Fitness With Fido

Activities for pet owners & their dogs. Agility course, opportunity to consult vets/animal behaviorist, microchipping & more. The Bellevue, Broad & Walnut Sts.; 215-426-6300.

» READ MORE: www.pspca.org

. 12/6 10 am-1 pm.

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Holiday Open House

Decorate a gingerbread cookie, make holiday cards, have some apple cider or hot cocoa as you tour the historic area. Historic RittenhouseTown, 206 Lincoln Dr.; 215-438-5711. 12/7 11 am-3 pm.

Joel & Victoria Osteen: A Night of Hope

Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-218-7825.

» READ MORE: www.wachoviacenter.com

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$15. Doors 6 pm. 12/5 7:30 pm.

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Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad

Model trains run through dozens of festive holiday scenes. Closes 12/31. Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St.; 215-922-2317.

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Stag & Doe Night

Chestnut Hill stores will offer free gift wrapping, wine & cheese, cookies & hot cocoa, sounds of the season & more. Chestnut Hill, Historic Germantown Ave.; 215-247-6696.

» READ MORE: www.chestnuthillpa.com

. 12/10 6-9 pm.

Pennsylvania suburbs

BarketPlace & Doggie Health Fair

Vendors offering dog-related products, info on microchipping, nail clipping, eye checks & more. Y2K9s Dog Sports Club, 1000 E. Mermaid Ln., Wyndmoor; .

» READ MORE: www.y2k9s.net

. Donations accepted. 12/6 10 am-4 pm. 12/7 9 am-3 pm.

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Bucks County Holiday TreeFest

Display of themed holiday trees. Closes 1/10. Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, 3207 Street Rd., Bensalem; 215-639-0300.

» READ MORE: www.buckscountycvb.org

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Candlelight Christmas

Candlelit hayrides through the vineyard, tours of the winery, bonfires, s'mores, children's crafts & more. Paradocx Vineyard, 452 Chesterville Rd., Landenberg; 610-255-5684.

» READ MORE: www.paradocx.com

. $5; free for children. 12/6 noon-7 pm.

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Christmas Around the Farm & Christmas Open House

Christmas decorations & displays, Santa visits & more. Closes 12/24. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; 610-874-4678.

» READ MORE: www.linvilla.com

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Christmas at Arlington

Performance by the Fairmount Brass Quartet & appearance by Santa Claus. Arlington Cemetery, 2900 State Rd., Drexel Hill; 610-259-5800.

» READ MORE: www.arlingtoncemetery.us

. 12/7 1:30 pm.

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Christmas Fair

Jewelry, handbags, scarves, sports memorabilia, candles, holiday decor & children's items. $500 raffle prize. Lankenau Hospital, 100 E. Lancatser Ave., Wynnewood; 610-645-2000. 12/5 10 am-4 pm.

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Devon in December: Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale

Proceeds to benefit Devon Boy Scout Troop 50 & Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Foundation. Devon Horse Grounds, Dorset & Valley Forge Rds., Devon; 610-688-2554.

» READ MORE: www.devonhorseshow.net

. 12/5 5-9 pm. 12/6 10 am-8 pm. 12/7 10 am-4 pm.

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Dickens Holiday Open House

Tree lighting ceremony, crafts, caroling, wagon rides & visit from Santa. Playwicki Farm, 2350 Bridgetown Pike, Langhorne; 215-357-7300.

. 12/11 7 pm.

Glad Tidings: A Celebration of Christmas

International crafts, Christmas stories, performances by Never B's, tour & more. Glencairn Museum, 1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn; 267-502-2993.

» READ MORE: www.glencairnmuseum.org

. Included in admission. 12/7 1-5 pm.

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Glenside WinterFest

Festivities include bell ringers, guitarist Chris Despo, face painters, carolers, dancers & Santa Claus. Easton Rd., Glenside; 215-887-3110. 12/6 4-6 pm.

Holiday Champagne Breakfast Buffet

Breakfast buffet with your choice of champagne, coffee, tea &/or hot chocolate. Santa will be on hand to pose for pictures with the little ones. Zion Lutheran Church, 301 Jefferson Ave., Bristol; 215-788-3944.

. $7; $4 children 6-12. 12/6 8:30 am-12:30 pm.

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Holiday Open House

Children's activities & festive holiday decor. John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, 1201 Pawlings Rd., Audubon; 610-666-5593. pa.audubon.org/centers_mill_grove.html. 12/7 1-7 pm.

Holiday Wonderland: An 18th Century Christmas

Cookie baking, candle making & letter writing to Santa. Kids can create gifts for family & friends. Mill at Anselma, Conestoga Rd., Chester Springs; 610-827-1906.

» READ MORE: www.anselmamill.org

. $5; $4 seniors; $3 children. 12/6 10 am-4 pm.

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Home for the Holidays

Carriage rides, performance by Liz Seymour, children's crafts, scavenger hunt & tree lighting. Swarthmore Town Center, Park Avenue, Swarthmore; 610-543-4599.

» READ MORE: www.swarthmorepa.org

. 12/6 3-8 pm.

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Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Carriage rides around town. Rides begin at State Street at the Genesis walkway. Historic Kennett Square, 106 W. State St., Kennett Square; 610-444-8188.

. 12/7 noon-3 pm.

JRA Jewish Food & Community Expo

Celebration of Jewish food, culture & community. Cooking demos, food sampling, family-friendly indoor tailgate party & more. Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 1st Ave., King of Prussia; 610-660-0190.

» READ MORE: www.jewishrelief.org

. $12-$20; $5 children 6-12; free for children under 5. 12/7 11 am-6 pm.

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Live Nativity

Cookies, hot cocoa & live animals accompany the telling of the Christmas story. Springfield Baptist Church, 148 N. Norwinden Dr., Springfield; 610-543-8879. 12/6 6-9 pm.

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Malvern's Victorian Christmas

Tree lighting, musical performances, street performers, children's shows, horse & carriage rides & more. Samuel & M. Elizabeth Burke Park, Warren Ave., Malvern; 610-644-2602.

. 12/5 6:15-9 pm. 12/6 10 am-2 pm.

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.

» READ MORE: www.svmrrc.com

. Donations accepted. 12/6-12/7 1-5 pm.

An Old-Fashioned Holiday

Celebrate traditions of the past by making 19th century holiday crafts. The Highlands Mansion & Gardens, 7001 Sheaff La., Fort Washington; 215-641-2687.

. $5 per child; $2 adults; free admission for one adult with child. 12/7 2-4 pm.

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Peddler's Village Christmas Festival

Arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus, old-fashioned parade, hot cider, holiday decorations & more. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000.

» READ MORE: www.peddlersvillage.com

. 12/6-12/7 10 am-6 pm.

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PUMA's 60th Birthday Shopping Event

Discounts, live DJ, drinks, cupcakes, raffle & more. King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia;

» READ MORE: www.puma.com/bday48

. 12/9 6-8 pm.

New Jersey

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Arts on the Avenue: Celebrate the Performing Arts

Tree lighting, Santa, carolers, dance performances & annual coloring contest. Downtown Hammonton, 100 Central Ave., Hammonton; 609-567-9014.

» READ MORE: www.townofhammonton.org

. 12/5 6-9 pm.

Bowl With The Birds VIII

Benefit for Alzheimers Association's Delaware Chapter, featuring Jon Runyan & other Eagles players. Playdrome Bowling & Entertainment Center, 1536 N. Kings Hwy., Cherry Hill; Alzheimer's Association: 215-735-3550.

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» READ MORE: www.alz.org/desjsepa

. $85-$150. 12/5 6:30-9 pm.

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Meet Santa, watch the tree lighting & enjoy refreshments. Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard, First & Central Ave., North Wildwood; 609-522-4520.

. 12/5 6 pm.

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Dickens Festival

19th annual event featuring the arrival of Santa, tree lighting, caroling, appearances by Dickens characters & more. Downtown Medford, 17 North Main St., Medford; 609-654-2608.

» READ MORE: www.medfordtownship.com

. 12/6 6-9:30 pm.

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Family Holiday Celebration

Holiday crafts, movies & entertainment. Wildwoods Convention Center, 5401 Boardwalk, Wildwood; 609-729-9000.

» READ MORE: www.wildwoodsnj.com/cc

. 12/6 10 am-5 pm.

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Frost Bite Car Cruise

Show off your car & enjoy the town's offerings. Towne of Historic Smithville, 1 N. New York Rd., Smithville; 609-652-7777. historicsmithvillenj.com. 12/6 5-8 pm.

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Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade

Through Wildwood Crest, Wildwood & North Wildwood. 609-729-5501. 12/5 6:30 pm.

Holiday Hayride Weekend

Hayride & opportunity to meet Santa. North Pemberton Railroad Station Museum, 3 Fort Dix Rd., Pemberton; Lee or Mike Tamn, 609-726-0470. $5; $3 seniors & children 6-14; free for children 5 & under. 12/6-12/7 9 am-3:15 pm.

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Holiday Light Show

Floating Christmas lights light up in time with music. Closes 12/28. Towne of Historic Smithville, 1 N. New York Rd., Smithville; 609-652-7777. historicsmithvillenj.com.

Holiday Open House Tour: Toys Around the World

Displays of antique toys & holiday decor, presented by costumed guides. Old Stone House Village, Egg Harbor Rd., Sewell; 856-589-6427.

» READ MORE: www.twp.washington.nj.us

. $5; free for children 8 & under. 12/6 9 am-5 pm. 12/7 3-9 pm. 12/8 10 am-3 pm, 5-9:30 pm.

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Holiday Parade

Bands, floats, antique vehicles, clowns, Santa & his elves & other surprises. Burlington Historic District, High St., Burlington; 609-386-3993.

» READ MORE: www.tourburlington.org

. 12/6 4 pm.

Holiday Tea

Features tea/soda, petite sandwiches & other goodies, Chinese auction & entertainment. Maple Shade Lions Club, 37 N. Lippincott Ave., Maple Shade; RSVP: 856-235-8412. $15. 12/6 1-4 pm.

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Holly Fair

Homemade crafts, Good Shepherd Carolers & Orchestra, arts & crafts for kids, poinsettias, holiday wreaths. Church of the Good Shepherd, 315 Highland Terrace, Pitman; 856-589-8209.

. 12/6 9 am-4 pm.

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Santa's Arrival & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tree trimming, arrival of Santa by fire truck & tree lighting. Gardner's Basin, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City; 609-348-2880.

. 12/6 5 pm.

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Ship Bottom Christmas Parade & Winter Festival

Downtown Ship Bottom, Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom; 609-494-2171.

» READ MORE: www.shipbottom.org

. 12/6 1-3 pm.

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Tree Lighting

Choir music, costumed characters, Santa tent, hot chocolate & cookies, shopping, dining & more. Burlington Historic District, High St., Burlington; 609-386-3993.

» READ MORE: www.tourburlington.org

. 12/5 7 pm.

Delaware

Holi-Zoo Day Camp

Animal encounters, crafts, games & more. Includes a pizza lunch. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington; 302-571-7747.

» READ MORE: www.brandywinezoo.org

. $20. 12/6 9 am-3 pm.

Kids' Stuff

Children's performances

The Buxmont Living 2008 Celebrate Community Benefit Concert

Featuring the African Children's Choir. Pennridge High School, 1228 N. Fifth St., Perkasie; 215-723-9378.

» READ MORE: www.buxmontliving.org

. $20. 12/6 7 pm.

Kennett Symphony Family Concert: Sounds of the Season

Family friendly holiday concert. Kennett High School & Auditorium, 100 E. South St., Kennett Square; 610-444-6363.

» READ MORE: www.kennettsymphony.org

. 12/6 4:30 pm.

The Lara & Joe Show

Fun & educational music program for kids. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Ave.; 215-739-9684. johnnybrendas.com. $5. 12/6 noon.

Max & Ruby

Theatreworks USA presents this family show about bunny siblings. Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, 457 Shirley Rd., Elmer; 800-497-5007.

» READ MORE: www.theatreworksusa.org

. $9. 12/6 2 pm.

Music Training Center & Range Records Benefit Concert

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400.

» READ MORE: www.worldcafelive.com

. $10; free for children under 1. 12/7 11:30 am.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Sound All Around in the Suburbs

Introduction to musical ideas & themes with stories by Charlotte Blake Alston & Misty Tolle Pereira. Post-concert activity. Baldwin School, 701 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr; 215-893-3121,

» READ MORE: www.philorch.org

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. $15. 12/6 10 & 11:15 am.

Thaddeus Rex

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400;

» READ MORE: www.worldcafelive.com

. $10; $7 children 1-12. 12/6 11:30 am.

Children's events

Baby Loves Disco

Shampoo, 417 N. 8th St.; 215-922-7500.

» READ MORE: www.babylovesdisco.com

. $10; free for "non-walkers." 12/7 2-5 pm.

Breakfast With Santa

Breakfast buffet & pictures with Santa. Towne of Historic Smithville, 1 N. New York Rd., Smithville; 609-652-0544. historicsmithvillenj.com. $9.95. 12/6 9 am.

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Family Fun Night

Thu. 6-8 pm. Prize drawings & balloon entertainers. Coastline, 1240 Brace Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-795-1773.

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Fantasy With Lights

Outdoor holiday light display. Closes 12/30. Storybook Land, 6415 Black Horse Pike, Cardiff; 609-641-7847.

» READ MORE: www.storybookland.com

. Included in admission.

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Giggleberry Fair: Santa

Children can share their secret wish lists with Santa. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000.

» READ MORE: www.peddlersvillage.com

. 12/5 4-8 pm. 12/6 2:30-7 pm. 12/7 noon-5 pm.

Nature for the Very Young

Nature-themed activities for young kids & their parents. The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy's Mill Rd.; RSVP: 215-482-7300 x110.

» READ MORE: www.schuylkillcenter.org

. $8. 12/5 1:30-3 pm. 12/9 1:30-3 pm. 12/11 1:30-3 pm.

Pint Sized Planeteers: Colors

Color-themed children's activities. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington; 302-571-7747.

» READ MORE: www.brandywinezoo.org

. $8. 12/7 10-11 am.

Santa's House 2008

Kids can meet & have their photos taken with Santa Claus. Closes 12/24. Dilworth Plaza, 1400 JFK Blvd.; 215-636-1666.

» READ MORE: www.cityhallsanta.com

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Visit With Santa

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; 610-874-4678.

» READ MORE: www.linvilla.com

. 12/6-12/7 1-2 pm.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. Holiday Festival of Lights - Model trains, holiday lights, Santa Claus & more. $4. 12/5-12/6 5:30-8 pm. $6; $4 ages 3-11; free for children 2 & under Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum

2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233.

» READ MORE: www.discoverymuseum.com

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Hands-on children's museum featuring an activity wonderland for infants through age 10. ChildrenSong of New Jersey - Haddonfield-based youth choir. 12/6 noon. $9.95; $8.95 seniors; free for children under 1. Sun.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sat. 9:30 am-8:30 pm.

Insectarium

8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500.

» READ MORE: www.insectarium.com

. Thousands of mounted & live specimens, interactive exhibits, movie room, children's activities & more. Christmas Caroling - Annual holiday event. 12/10 10 am-4 pm. $7; free for children under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground

9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140.

» READ MORE: www.kixandgiggles.com

. Attractions include a wrap-around gym, a rock wall, soft-play section for babies & toddlers, an outside seating area & more. Mondays 10 am-3 pm are reserved for children with special needs & their families. See website for more info. $6.95. Tue.-Thu. 10 am-8 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-9 pm; Sun. 10 am-8 pm.

Please Touch Museum

Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic; 215-581-3181.

. Hands-on museum featuring 6 interactive exhibit zones: Roadside Attractions, Flight Fantasy, City Capers, Wonderland, River Adventures & Centennial Exploration. Miss Amy - Rocking, interactive kid's music program with Miss Amy. 12/7 1 & 3 pm. Enchanted Colonial Village - 3/4 life-size display depicting scenes of workshops in a small colonial hamlet preparing for the holidays. Closes 12/30. Please Touch Playhouse: How the Sun Was Returned to the Sky - Playhouse uses rare pieces from the collection in this production. Thru 1/27. $15; free for children under 1. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm.

Sesame Place

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070.

» READ MORE: www.sesameplace.com

. Holiday Shop & Dine Breakfast With Big Bird & Friends. $16.95; $14.95 children 2-11; free for children under 2. 12/6-12/7 9:15-10:15 am. Holiday Shop & Dine Lunch With Big Bird & Friends. $19.95; $15.95 children 2-11; free for children under 2. 12/6 12:30-1:30 pm. $47.50; $42.50 seniors; free for children under 2. Weekends only, 10 am-3 pm.

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Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

Intersection of 33rd & Oxford Sts. in E. Fairmount Park; 215-765-4325.

» READ MORE: www.smithplayhouse.org

. Three-story "play mansion" for children 0-5 yrs. Children must be accompanied by adult. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

Literary Calendar

Book signings & readings

Barnes & Noble-Rittenhouse Square

1805 Walnut St.; 215-665-0716.

» READ MORE: www.barnesandnoble.com

. Victoria Osteen:

Love Your Life

& Joel Osteen:

Become a Better You

. 12/5 noon. Eli Kowalski:

Looking Back: 75 Years of Eagles History

. 12/9 7 pm. Kristen Graham:

A History of the Pennsylvania Hospital

. 12/11 7 pm.

Barnes & Noble

2300 Chemical Rd., Plymouth Meeting; 610-567-2900. Kandy Radzinski:

What Dogs Want for Christmas

. 12/5 7-9 pm.

Borders Books & Music

2343 E. Lincoln Hwy., Langhorne; 215-943-6600.

» READ MORE: www.bordersstores.com

. Susan Barbara Apollon & Yanni Maniates:

Intuition is Easy & Fun

. 12/7 1-4 pm.

Borders Express

268 Montgomery Mall, North Wales; 215-362-2772.

» READ MORE: www.bordersstores.com

. Carmen Ferreiro-Estaban:

Two Moon Princess

. 12/7 1-3 pm.

Chester County Book & Music Company

975 Paoli Pike, West Chester; 610-696-1661.

» READ MORE: www.ccbmc.com

. Kandy Radzinski:

What Dogs Want for Christmas

. 12/6 1-2 pm.

The Doylestown Bookshop

16 S. Main St., Doylestown; 215-230-7610.

. Dave Steidel:

Remember the AFL

. 12/5 7 pm. Lise Funderburg:

Pig Candy

. 12/5 7 pm. Melissa Groeling:

Beauty Marks

. 12/5 7 pm. Marie Lambda:

What Happened...

. 12/7 1 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322.

» READ MORE: www.library.phila.gov

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Jose Garces:

Latin Evolution

. 12/8 7:30 pm. Marion Winik:

The Glen Rock Book of the Dead

. 12/9 7:30 pm. Stephen Baker:

The Numerati

. 12/11 7:30 pm.

Hagley Museum & Library

298 Buck Rd. East, Wilmington; 302-658-2400.

» READ MORE: www.hagley.org

. W. Barksdale Maynard:

Buildings of Delaware

. 12/10 7 pm.

Penn Bookstore

3601 Walnut St.; 215-898-7595. upenn.bkstore.com. Robert Gunther & Greg Shea:

Your Job Survival Guide

. 12/8 6 pm. Shara Aaron:

Chocolate: A Healthy Passion

. 12/9 3-5 pm.

Robin's Bookstore

108 S. 13th St.; 215-735-9600.

» READ MORE: www.robinsbookstore.com

. Mary Anne Barothy:

Day at a Time

. 12/11 6-7 pm.

Tales & Toys

100 Ridge Rd. Ste. 15, Chadds Ford; 610-358-1954.

» READ MORE: www.tales-toys.com

. Kandy Radzinski:

What Dogs Want for Christmas

. 12/7 11 am-noon.

Poetry & lectures

Bristol Riverside Theatre

120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-6664.

» READ MORE: www.brtstage.org

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Bridges Informance Series: Will Power - Poetry slam hosted by hip-hop theatre pioneer Will Power. $15; $10 students. 12/5 7:30 pm. By the River Poetry Slam - Poetry competition for high school students.

» READ MORE: bristolslam@yahoo.com

. 12/6 7 pm.

Burlington County Library

5 Pioneer Blvd., Westampton; 609-267-9660 x3072.

» READ MORE: www.bcls.lib.nj.us

. Judith Krall-Russo: The New Jersey Cranberry - Food historian to discuss history of the tart berries. Tea & light snacks served. 12/7 1 pm.

Chase Center on the Riverfront

800 S. Madison St., Wilmington; 302-425-3929.

. Women in Business Luncheon - Annual event celebrating Delaware's top women professionals. W/guest speaker Susan Ledyard of Cass & Company. $35. 12/10 11 am-1 pm.

Essene Market & Cafe

719 S. 4th St.; 215-922-1145.

» READ MORE: www.essenemarket.com

. Michelle Pierson: How to Stay Raw in the Winter - Tips for succeeding in the cold months with eating raw food. 12/10 7 pm.

Inn of Cape May

7 Ocean St., Cape May; 609-884-5555.

» READ MORE: www.innofcapemay.com

. Dickens Christmas Extravaganza Events: Fantastic Music - Lecture on music with macabre & "spirit" themes. $10. 12/9 9:30 am. Understanding the Victorians - Lecture on the paradoxes of Victorian Era life & society. $10. 12/9 1:45 pm. Victorian Recreations - Lecture on how Victorian-era people had fun. $10. 12/9 10:45 am.

Jardel Recreation Center

1400 Cottman Ave.; 215-329-4793. Philadelphia Poetry & Literary Forum - Guest poet followed by an open reading. Donation suggested: $1. 12/6 1:30 pm.

Kelly Writer's House

3805 Locust Walk; 215-573-9748.

» READ MORE: www.writing.upenn.edu/wh

. PoemTalk - Podcast recording. Host & guests discuss a poem from the PennSound archive. 12/8 3 pm.

Lower Merion Conservancy

1301 Rose Glen Rd., Gladwyne; 610-645-9030.

» READ MORE: www.lmconservancy.org

. William Lightfoot Price: The Romantic Quaker Architect - Part of Historic Preservation Lecture Series. Afterwards, take a guided-tour of Woodmont, a chateau-style home designed by Price. $20 includes lecture & reception. 12/9 6 pm.

Mount Laurel Library

100 Walt Whitman Ave., Mount Laurel; 856-234-7319.

» READ MORE: www.mtlaurel.lib.nj.us

. 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year - Lecture/slide show about 1930's crop of excellent films. 12/6 3 pm.

Robin's Bookstore

108 S. 13th St.; 215-735-9600.

» READ MORE: www.robinsbookstore.com

. Crystal Bacon, Ebony Collier & Jack Wiler - 3 poets read from their work. 12/9 6 pm.