Special Events

Philadelphia

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Holiday lights, Christmas tree, Santa Claus & food, drink & craft vendors. Dilworth Plaza, 1400 JFK Blvd.

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. Closes 12/24.

Karaoke Gong Show & Rock Band 2 Sing your favorite karaoke songs but be prepared to be "gonged" & rock out on the Xbox 360's 'Rock Band 2.' Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888. 12/12. 11 pm.

Magic Pro Tour Qualifier 'Magic: The Gathering' card game tournament. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; 800-852-2442. www.graymatterconventions.com. $30. 12/12. 10 am.

Stag & Doe Nights Chestnut Hill stores will offer wine & cheese, cookies & hot cocoa, sounds of the season & more. Chestnut Hill, Historic Germantown Ave. Closes 12/23.

Sunday Karaoke Sunday is Fun Day at Mar Bar with this weekly event features great drink specials and lots of karaoke tunes. Marathon Bar - 10th & Walnut, 929 Walnut St. Closes 12/27.

Pennsylvania suburbs

Chanukah Fun for the Entire Family

There will be a Build-A-Menorah contest, an olive press, Grand Menorah lighting, music and more. Media Community Center, 301 N. Jackson St., Media. 12/13. 4-6 pm.

Children's Holiday Party Magician Tommy McDonnell will be on hand performing for the party as well as refreshments. Southampton Community Center, 913 Willow St., Southampton; Pre-register: 215-355-9781.. 12/12. 12:30-2:30 pm.

Jews, Food & Israel Ellen Tillman presents an educational & entertaining exploration of the role of food in Jewish rituals, customs & traditions. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park. $10; free for Adult Education registrants. 12/16. 2:30 pm.

Living Nativity Enjoy an outdoor live enactment of the Nativity, complete with live animals. Springfield Baptist Church, 148 N. Norwinden Dr., Springfield. 12/11. 6-9 pm.

The Narberth Dickens Festival Scavenger hunt for kids to find all the Dickens characters to win prizes, street musicians, carolers & performers, horse & carriage rides & more. Downtown Narberth, Haverford Ave., Narberth. 12/12. 1-4 pm.

Wassail Celebration A Wassail Celebration with music and light refreshments. Historical Society of Fort Washington, 473 Bethlehem Tpke., Fort Washington. 12/13. 4-7 pm.

New Jersey

Christmas Candlelight House Tour

Self-guided tour features Christmas carolers, strolling musicians, architectural gems & vintage holiday decorations. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. $25; $20 children. Closes 12/19.

Come as You Are, Leave as You Want to Be Every Sun. 8:30 am. St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 327 Marlton Pike W., Cherry Hill; 856-429-4469.

Hope Players Hope Players, Voices of HOPE & STAND present 'The Promise of Light.' Hope United Methodist Church, 700 Cooper Rd., Vorhees; 856-753-7355. 12/13. 7 pm.

Living Nativity Enjoy an outdoor live enactment of the Nativity, complete with live animals. First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, 124 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield. Closes 12/11.

The Bethlehem Experience Walk through musical presentation including a live nativity, marketplace & refreshments. 856-784-6200 for information. Laurel Hill Bible Church, 1260 Blackwood-Clementon Rd., Clementon; 856-784-6200. Closes 12/13.

Winter on the Avenue Indoor craft show, carolers, live nativity, musical revue, light show & Santa's arrival. Open house at local businesses. Winter on the Avenue, Atco Ave., Atco. www.wtcea.com. 12/13. 4-9 pm.

Delaware

ABC: An Exhibition of Alphabet Books

Alphabet-themed 18th & 19th-century children's books, fine press books, typographic specimen books & similar. Closes 12/18. University of Delaware, 114 College Sq, Newark; 302-831-6589.

Sports Card, Comic Book & Collectible Show Presented by A2Z Promotions & featuring approx. 50 dealer tables. 302-983-2636. www.a2zshows1.com. Camden-Wyoming Fire Hall, 200 E. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Camden-Wyoming; 302-983-2636. www.a2zshows1.com. $2; free for children 12 and under. 12/12. 10 am-3 pm.

Kid's Stuff

Children's events

Annual Young People's Exhibition

Work from over 400 students in the Saturday Young People's Programs will be exhibited. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.; 215-922-3456. Included in admission. Closes 12/18.

Breakfast with Santa A fun morning for kids and Santa, including crafts and food. Lower Bucks Family YMCA - Fairless Hills Branch, 601 S. Oxford Valley Rd., Fairless Hills. $6. 12/12. 9:30-11:30 am.

Breakfast With Santa Family-friendly buffet, appearance by Santa Claus & holiday story. Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., Cape May. www.capemaymac.org. $15; $10 children. 12/12. 10 am.

Brunch With Santa Buffet brunch & opportunity to meet Santa & his elves. Springfield Country Club/Tavola Restaurant & Bar, 400 West Sproul Rd., Springfield; 610-690-7600. $25.95; $14.95 children 2-12; free for children under 2. Closes 12/20.

Can-Do Playground Integrated playground where both children with disabilities & enabled children can play together. Alapocas Run State Park and Blue Ball Barn, 1914 West Park Dr., Wilmington. www.candoplayground.org.

Children's Advent There will be crafts & story times for the kids to enjoy. Hope United Methodist Church, 700 Cooper Rd., Vorhees; 856-753-7355. Closes 12/16.

Debbie & Friends Fun, interactive show featuring tales & music in diverse styles. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. $10; $7 children 1-12; free for children under 1. 12/12. 11:30 am.

Drawing Together Open sketching time for families. Ongoing; dates vary. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-763-8100. Included in admission.

Early Bird Read & Look Stories & crafts for preschoolers. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; Tickets required. Included in admission.

Eureka! Family Fun Families can play & make art together. Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown; 215-887-4882. $5. 12/13. 11 am-3 pm.

Family Movie Day Day of family fun benefiting Toys for Tots. 'Toy Story' screening, raffles, face painting & special guests. Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Donation suggested: one new, unwrapped gift. 12/12. 10 am.

Gail Silver: Ahn's Anger Silver reads from her children's book & leads a breathing exercise. Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Ln. 12/12. 2-3 pm.

Gail Silver: Ahn's Anger Silver reads from her children's book & leads a breathing exercise. University of Pennsylvania - Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. 12/16. 10:30-11:30 am.

Glory of Stories Children's storytime & craft activity. Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington. $3. Closes 12/18.

Holiday Cookie House Program Children ages 4-11 can create their own holiday cookie house. Tamanend Park, 1255 2nd St. Pike, Southampton. $15 resident; $20 non-resident. 12/12. 10-11 am.

Holiday Sing-Along With the Ambler Symphony Sing along to your favorite holiday songs. Screening of 'White Christmas' follows the concert. Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. www.amblersymphony.org. $10. 12/15. 6:30 pm.

John Cassidy Cassidy is an eccentric comedian who does wacky things with balloons. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. $7. 12/12. 2 pm.

Kids Care 16: Radiance Work by area children created for people coping with terminal illness. Opening reception 11/8. Closes 12/20. Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-0476.

Latkepalooza Hannukah celebration. Latkes, music, children's crafts, vendors & more. University of the Arts - Gershman Hall (Gershman Y), 401 S. Broad St.; 215-446-3033. $15, $10 children advance; $18, $13 children day of show. 12/13. 2-4 pm.

Lee Harper Story & booksigning w/author & illustrator Lee Harper. Harleysville Books LLC, 674 Main St., Harleysville; 215-256-9311. 12/12. 11 am.

Lunch with Santa Cruise There is a lunch buffet as families can eat with Santa. Spirit of Philadelphia Cruises, Columbus Blvd.; Reservations required: 866-455-3866. $32.90; $19.95 kids ages 3-12. 12/13. 1-3:30 pm.

Mother Nature's Holiday Party Kids ages 4-11 can come and make ornaments and decorate a tree for the animals in the park. Tamanend Park, 1255 2nd St. Pike, Southampton. $15 resident; $20 non-resident. 12/12. 11:15-12:15 pm.

Photos With Santa Kids can have their photos taken with Santa Claus. Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting. Closes 12/24.

Photos With Santa Kids can have their photos taken with Santa Claus. Willow Grove Park, 2500 Moreland Rd., Willow Grove; 215-657-6000. Closes 12/24.

Photos With Santa Kids can have their photos taken with Santa Claus. Springfield Mall, 1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield. Closes 12/24.

Photos With Santa Kids can have their photos taken with Santa Claus. Moorestown Mall, 400 Rt-38, Moorestown. Closes 12/24.

Photos With Santa Kids can have their photos taken with Santa Claus. Exton Square Mall, 260 Exton Square Mall, Exton. Closes 12/24.

Please Touch Museum - Play Patrol & Kids' Store Play Patrol features interactive playtime, visits with Santa & more. Kids' Store features unique gifts, stocking stuffers & more. Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting. Closes 12/20.

Santa Claus Opportunity for kids to visit Santa Claus. Chestnut Hill, Historic Germantown Ave. Closes 12/20.

Santa Claus Takes the Train: North Pole Express Passengers will enjoy a sing-along led by Santa's elves & complimentary hot chocolate. Black River & Western Railroad, Rte. 12, Flemington; Reservations required: 908-782-6622. $20; $14 children; free for children under 3. Closes 12/12.

Santa Claus Takes the Train: Santa Express Passengers will enjoy a sing-along led by Santa's elves & complimentary hot chocolate. Black River & Western Railroad, Rte. 12, Flemington. $14; $7 children; free for children under 3. Closes 12/13.

Saving Christmas Join interactive storyteller Don Dougherty on a Christmas adventure to the North Pole to help Santa prepare for Christmas. Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell St., Norristown; Registration required: 610-278-5100. 12/12. 10:30-11:30 am.

Sunday With Santa Buffet Breakfast, storytelling & pictures with Santa. Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Blvd.; Reservations suggested. $39; $25 children. Closes 12/20.

The Nutcracker Ballet for Children This performance of The Nutcracker is designed for small children. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-732-2515. $10; $6 under 12. 12/12. 11 am-12 pm.

Tot Shabbat This service features music, activities and a pint-sized sermon. Congregation M'Kor Shalom, 850 E. Evesham Rd., Cherry Hill. 12/12. 10 am.

Youth Lounge Workshops, martial arts, open studio time & more. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219-1223 Vine St.; 215-557-0455. Closes 12/18.

Children's performances

Season's Greetings: Holiday Magic With The Balsters

Festive production featuring a magic elf, Rudolph, upbeat music, toy soldiers & magically appearing white doves...all set in a winter wonderland. Sellersville Theater 1894, Main St. & Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215-257-5808. $9. Closes 12/11.

Season's Greetings: Holiday Magic With The Balsters Festive production featuring a magic elf, Rudolph, upbeat music, toy soldiers & magically appearing white doves...all set in a winter wonderland. Sellersville Theater 1894, Main St. & Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215-257-5808. $15. 12/12. 11 am.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. Little Discoveries. Down the Shore. Fleet Backstage Theater. Arts & Imagination. Inky's Newsroom. Best Friends on Main Street. Recycled Rhythm Shack. The Discovery Diner. The Rock Climbing Wall. News & Weather. Storybook Castle. May-Sept.: Daily 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Oct.-Apr.: Sun.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sat. 9:30 am-8:30 pm.

Insectarium 8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500. www.myinsectarium.com. Working Beehive. Cockroach Kitchen. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground 9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140. www.kixandgiggles.com. Tue.-Thu. 10 am-5 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-7 pm; Sun. 10 am-6 pm.

Please Touch Museum 4231 Avenue of the Republic; 215-581-3181. www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. Enchanted Colonial Village. 12/11. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm. 7/23-9/3: Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Thu. 9 am-8 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm.

Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070. www.sesameplace.com. Breakfast With Big Bird and Friends. $17; $15 children 2-11. 12/12. Character Portrait Sessions at Mr. Hooper's Emporium. 12/12. Lunch Buffet. $22; $16 children 2-11. 12/12. Weekends only thru 10/31.

Smith The Kids' Play Place in the Park 33rd St.; 215-765-4325. www.smithplayhouse.org. Smith The Kids' Playground & Playhouse. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.