African Marketplace Health & Wellness Program
Health & wellness workshops, cooking demonstrations, book signings & vendors. African American United Fund, 2231 N. Broad Street; 215-236-2100. aaufpa.blogspot.com. 12/20 noon-6 pm.
Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Medieval-style village featuring 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.
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.
The Comcast Holiday Spectacular
15-minute show, full of stunning original holiday imagery, music & more, shown on The Comcast Experience video wall. Closes 1/1. Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.; 610-648-1700.
Homeless Memorial Day
Annual commemoration of homeless people who have died & recommitment to end homelessness. Love Park, John F. Kennedy Blvd.; 215-636-1666.
. 12/22 noon-1:30 pm.
March of Lights: Car Menorah Parade
Largest Chanukah menorah car parade in the world. Includes food, live music & fire jugglers. Eakins Oval, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Parkway; 215-685-0060.
. 12/20 7 pm.
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.
Bucks County Holiday TreeFest
Display of themed holiday trees. Closes 1/10. Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, 3207 Street Rd., Bensalem; 215-639-0300.
Features magic/balloon show, donut decorating, candle making, photos with Judah the Maccabee, giant balloon Menorah & more. Springfield Mall, 1200 Baltimore Pike, Springfield; 610-566-1108.
. 12/21 4-6 pm.
Christmas Around the Farm & Christmas Open House
Christmas decorations & displays, Santa visits, caroling hayrides & more. Closes 12/24. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; 610-874-4678.
Christmas Bird Count
Join SLNC staff on this annual event. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd., Bristol; 215-785-1177.
. 12/20 6:30 am-5 pm.
Family Fun Day
Performances, workshops, crafts & more. Chanukah Wonderland, 38 W. Skippack Pike, Ambler; 215-591-9310. 12/21 1 pm. 12/24-12/25 1 pm.
Gingerbread House Competition & Display
A visual delight of entries are displayed throughout the holiday season in the Village Gazebo. Closes 1/3. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000.
Tree lighting ceremony, cookies, hot cocoa, children's crafts, music, entertainment & more. Upper Merion Township Building Park, 175 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia; 610-265-1071.
. Donations of non-perishable food items appreciated. 12/19 6-7:30 pm.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Rides begin at State Street at the Genesis walkway. Historic Kennett Square, 106 W. State St., Kennett Square; 610-444-8188.
. 12/21 noon-3 pm.
Pet Photo Night With Santa
Montgomery Mall, 230 Montgomery Mall, North Wales; 215-362-2772.
. 12/21 7-9 pm.
Real Simple Holiday Solutions
Holiday beauty & entertaining tips, gift ideas, cooking demos, Real Simple editors & more. King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia; 610-265-5727.
. 12/20 10 am-6 pm.
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church Bonfire & Carol Sing
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cakes & cookies will also be served. St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Big Oak Rd., Lower Makefield; 215-295-1603. 12/20 7 pm.
Valley Forge Gun Show
Firearms, rifles, military surplus, hunting & fishing supplies, accessories & more. Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia; 610-975-0877.
. $9; free for children under 12. 12/19 4-8 pm. 12/20 9 am-5 pm. 12/21 9 am-4 pm.
Winter Holidays Celebration
Fire trucks carry Santa through the area, with stops at 7 locations. Erdenheim Civic Association, 807 Bethlehem Pike, Erdenheim;
. 12/21 5:15 pm.
Women's Winter Solstice Celebration
Celebrate the Yule season with solstice carols, pagentry & merrymaking. ContempraDance Theatre, 396 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; 610-225-3007.
. $20; $10 youths 13-21; free for children 8-12. 12/20 7-10 pm.
The Big Holiday Show & Party
Live music performances, Santa Claus appearance, carolers, holiday feast & more. Joe Palombo's Mirabella Cafe, 210 Rt-70 E., Cherry Hill; 856-354-1888.
. $50; $25 children 12 & under. 12/20 1-5 pm.
Candlelight Shopping Celebration
Holiday shopping, carolers, carriage rides, children's activities, holiday music, children's crafts, trolley rides, open houses & more. Main Street, Woodbury; 856-845-8655.
. Small fee for some activities. 12/19 6-9 pm.
Chanukah on Ice
Open skating set to contemporary Jewish & Chanukah music, ice menorah carving, Chanukah crafts & refreshments. Flyers Skate Zone, 601 Laurel Oak Rd., Voorhees; 856-874-1500.
. $10 advance; $12 day of event. 12/24 6-8 pm.
Grand Public Menorah Lighting
A giant menorah will be kindled followed by music, food, raffle & family fun. Downtown Medford, 17 N. Main St., Medford; 609-654-2608.
. 12/21 6 pm. Downtown Haddonfield (located at Library Point), Kings Hwy. East, Haddonfield; 856-216-7253.
. 12/23 6 pm.
Holiday Concert & Cookie Walk
Encore & Harmony Show Choirs, Gloucester County Children's Choir & MCA's dance troupe, High Pointe. Visit by Santa. Dennis Flyer Theatre, 200 College Dr., Blackwood; 856-227-3091; 856-227-7200.
. $11; $8 seniors & children. 12/21 2 pm.
Art openings, music, demonstrations & more at many area businesses & galleries. Glasstown Arts District, High St., Millville; 856-293-0556.
. 12/19 5 pm.
Christmas Holiday Tours
Tour of various historic buildings w/features such as recreations of old holiday customs & traditions, dollhouse displays, etc. Historic Houses of Odessa, 109 Main St., Odessa; 302-378-4119.
. $10; $8 seniors & students; $3 children 5-11; free for children under 5. 12/19-12/20 10 am-4:30 pm. 12/21 1-4 pm.
Comedy magic. Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell St., Norristown; RSVP: 610-278-5100.
. 12/20 10:30 am.
Juggling, magic, comedy, acrobatics, audience participation, dance, lasers, strobes & more. Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor; 609-570-3333,
$12. 12/20 2 & 4 pm.
Mr. Malcolm: Christmas Extravaganza
Storyteller Mr. Malcolm presents his annual Christmas extravaganza. Newfield Public Library, 115 Catawba Ave., Newfield; 856-697-0415.
. 12/22 3:30 pm.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Sound All Around in the Suburbs
Introduction to musical ideas & themes with stories by Charlotte Blake Alston & Misty Tolle Pereira. Baldwin School, 701 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr; 215-893-3121.
. $15. 12/20 10 & 11:15 am.
Winter-themed stories read by poet/musician/artist D.J. Haslett. Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton; 609-586-0616.
Included in admission. 12/21 2 pm.
Breakfast With Santa
Giant Super Food Store, 315 York Rd., Willow Grove; 215-784-1960.
. 12/20 9-10 am, 11 am-noon.
Breakfast With Santa
Continental breakfast, appearance by Santa Claus & holiday crafts. Lower Bucks County YMCA, 601 S. Oxford Valley Rd., Fairless Hills; 215-949-3400. $6. 12/20 9:30-11:30 am.
Family Fun Night
Thu. 6-8 pm. Prize drawings & balloon entertainers. Coastline, 1240 Brace Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-795-1773.
Fantasy With Lights
Outdoor holiday light display. Closes 12/30. Storybook Land, 6415 Black Horse Pike, Cardiff; 609-641-7847.
. Included in admission.
Giggleberry Fair: Santa
Children can share their secret wish lists with Santa. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000.
. 12/19 4-8 pm. 12/20 noon-7 pm. 12/21 noon-5 pm.
Natural Ornaments for Kids
Green Lane Nature Center, 1492 Gravel Pike, Green Lane; RSVP: 215-234-8497. 12/21 1 pm.
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.
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. 12/19-12/20 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.
Hands-on children's museum featuring an activity wonderland for infants through age 10. Hurray for Hanukkah - Stories, crafts & snacks, followed by a sing-along. 12/21 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.
8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500.
. Thousands of mounted & live specimens, interactive exhibits, movie room, children's activities & more. $7; free for children under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.
Kix & Giggles Children's Playground
9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140.
. 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. Yosi Levin - Award-winning children's performer whose lively performances are infused with good humor. 12/20 11 am, 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.
100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070.
. Open for holiday shopping & dining. 12/20-12/21.
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
Intersection of 33rd & Oxford Sts. in E. Fairmount Park; 215-765-4325.
. Three-story "play mansion" for children 0-5 yrs. Playground closed until April. Victorian Holiday Open House - Magic from the Amazing Taddo, music by Daniel Bower of Makin' Music, Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels, arts & crafts & more. 12/20 10 am-1 pm. Children must be accompanied by adult. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.
Barnes & Noble
301 Main St., Exton; 610-524-0103.
. Donald Gallinger:
The Master Planets
. 12/20 6 pm.
Barnes & Noble
210 Commerce Blvd, Fairless Hills; 215-269-0442.
. Susan Apollon:
Heartache & the Holidays
. 12/21 2-4 pm.
Family Life Center
at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 Cheltenham Ave.; 215-878-2665. Dr. Cornel West:
Hope oN Tightrope
. 12/20 2 pm.
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322.
Midnight: A Gangster Love Story
. 12/20 2 pm.
3925 Welsh Rd., Willow Grove; 215-657-1837.
. Gary Matthews & Scott Lauber:
. 12/20 1 pm.
Wood Turning Center
501 Vine St.; 215-923-8000.
. David Ellsworth:
Ellsworth on Woodturning
. 12/19 4-7 pm.
Harvest Book Outlet
9 E. State St., Media; 610-566-3191.
. Poets & Prophets. 610-328-7638. $2 donation suggested. 12/23 7 pm.
108 S. 13th St.; 215-735-9600.
. Tony Ish & Ryva Klein - Poetry reading. 12/23 6 pm.
4014 Walnut St.; 215-573-3234. foundationarts.org.