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Old City Window Decorating Contest (Holiday / in-person / outdoors) Stroll through Old City and find decorated windows at a variety of favorite shops, galleries and other businesses for a multi-week window decorating contest. Stroll, and then vote for your favorite set up before December 13. (Free, Nov. 28-Dec. 13, oldcitydistrict.org, map, add to calendar)

🥁 Kulu Mele Day (Dance performance / virtual / kid-friendly) Kulu Mele, a celebrated local dance and drum group, presents a full day of virtual dance performances and classes followed by a finale of music and discussion in celebration of the music of Africa. ($5-$40, Nov. 28, eventbrite.com, add to calendar)


🎶 The Jayhawks (Music / virtual) Going back to the mid-1980s, roots rock band The Jayhawks have been so consistent that it’s been easy to take them for granted. The Minnesota quartet delivered again with this year’s Xoxo, but this show will focus on the 1997 album Sound of Lies, which was the band’s first after Mark Olson departed and Gary Louris took over as principal songwriter. ($20, Nov. 29, 9 p.m., mandolin.com, add to calendar)


🛍️ Fleisher Art Memorial’s Handmade Craft Market (Shopping / virtual / multi-day) A curated selection of Philadelphia makers showcase their works at Fleisher’s multi-week virtual market. Shop online for jewelry, soaps, pottery, prints, skincare products and more and pick up your items from Fleisher during the week of December 14. (Nov. 30-Dec. 12, fleisher.org, map, add to calendar)

🎭 A Year With Frog and Toad (Theater / virtual / kid-friendly / multi-day) The Arden Theatre streams its popular children’s show for two weeks this fall, and you can watch the performance online for a donation of any size. (Donations are encouraged, Nov. 30-Dec. 13, ardentheatre.org, add to calendar)


🎭 The Wilma Theater Presents Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Theater / virtual / multi-day) Cast and crew of the Wilma Theater’s production of Heroes of the Fourth Turning created a quarantine bubble to rehearse and record the award-winning play for virtual audiences. Available from December 1 to 13, the online performance tells the story of secrets and passions that come to light among a group of four Catholic conservative friends. ($37 for adults, $34 for seniors, Dec. 1-13, wilmatheater.org, add to calendar)


🎄 City of Philadelphia Holiday Tree Lighting (Holiday / virtual / kid-friendly) Watch the lighting of City Hall’s giant Christmas tree, streamed by 6ABC, and enjoy musical performances and special guest appearances throughout the evening event. (Free, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., phillyholidayfestival.com, add to calendar)

🏛️ My Body Is A Confederate Monument Presented by the Penn Museum (Lecture / virtual) As part of its Great Lecture series, the museum welcomes Caroline Randall Williams, author of the powerful New York Times piece You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument for a virtual lecture. ($5, Dec. 2, 6-7 p.m., penn.museum, add to calendar)


🎭 This Is The Week That Is (Comedy / virtual) 1812 Productions’ popular political comedy, returns for its 15th year with a virtual show about joy and community during this tough year. ($28-$50, Dec. 3-Jan. 3, 1812productions.org, add to calendar)

🎶 Lucinda Williams (Music / virtual) The country soul singer’s Lu’s Jukebox biweekly series combines her gloriously weathered voice and songs she didn’t write. Thus far, she’s focused on Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Southern soul music. This episode, Funny How Time Slips Away: An Evening of 60′s Country Classics, will honor Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and more. (Christmas songs are up next on Dec. 17.) ($20-$40, Dec. 3, 8 p.m., mandolin.com, add to calendar)

🎶 The Hold Steady (Music / virtual / multi-day) Every year since 2016, Minneapolis-rooted band the Hold Steady have played a Massive Nights multiple show stand at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York. This year, it’s three virtual nights for the Craig Finn-led raucous rock outfit. ($15, Dec. 3-5, 9 p.m., fans.live, add to calendar)


A Longwood Christmas (Holiday / in-person / outdoors kid-friendly) One of the area’s most popular holiday displays returns for the season. Timed ticketing, masks and social distancing are all required in the majestic Longwood Gardens. Wander the grounds and find half-a-million twinkling lights, seasonal plants, holiday music, fountain shows and more. (Free-$30, through Jan. 10, longwoodgardens.org, map, add to calendar)

🌟 Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square (Holiday / in-person / outdoors / free) Ooh and ahh at more than 100,000 twinkling lights at Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, which returns for the holiday season on Nov. 19. The show, set to festive music recorded by the Philly POPS, starts at 5 p.m. nightly and occurs every 30 minutes. (Free, through Dec. 31, historicphiladelphia.org, map, add to calendar)

🇵🇷 Raúl Romero: Onomonopoetics of a Puerto Rican Landscape (Art / in-person / ongoing) Taller Puertorriqueño presents an immersive exhibit that transports viewers to Puerto Rico through sound. Sounds of the island’s tiny coquí frog can be heard throughout Fairhill’s El Centro de Oro, emanating from sculptures that celebrate Arecibo’s famous observatory. (Free, through Jan. 10, tallerpr.org, add to calendar)

⛸️ Ice Rink at Dilworth Park (Fall event / in-person / outdoors / kid-friendly / ongoing) Dilworth Park marks the holidays with the return of its popular ice skating rink, which, in addition to skating, has super Instagrammable views of Center City and City Hall. This year, the winter park’s food-and-drink cabin becomes an open-air restaurant with a range of food and cocktails, with winter decor and toasty heat lamps. Masks, social distancing and timed tickets required. ($5-14 for skating; $10 for skate rental, through Feb. 28, centercityphila.org, map, add to calendar)

Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show (Holiday / in-person / outdoors / kid-friendly) Yardley’s Shady Brook Farm is bedecked with more than three million lights this year. You can enjoy the magic with a drive-through light show. You can also buy a Christmas tree, get your holiday shopping done and more. (Drive through, $25-$35, throughJan. 10, shadybrookfarm.com, map, add to calendar)

🛍️ Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market (Shopping / in-person / outdoors) Shop local at Dilworth Park’s open-air holiday market. Browse handmade art works, home decor, clothing, gifts and more from more than 50 local makers at the shopping pop-up. The market is open daily — other than Christmas Day — through Jan. 1. Masks and social distancing are required. (Free, through Jan. 1, madeinphila.com, map, add to calendar)

Calendar contributors include music critic Dan DeLuca (music), Howard Gensler (movies), and Jane M. Von Bergen (theater).