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Weekend Planner: Dec. 13, 2013

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Dec. 13-Dec. 15, 2013




Philly & the 'burbs

May the Force be with you at the FREE Star Wars-themed Winter Festival benefiting Toys for Tots, Sat. at Phoenixville's Kimberton Fairgrounds. Holiday-shop while the kids NERF-blast Storm Troopers and meet their favorite characters. Feel like a Jedi when you donate a toy.

Take in a natural Noel when Philly's Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse transforms into a Winter Wonderland on Sat., complete with ice carvings, cocoa, toy- and gift-making and magic from Enchantment Theatre's Aladdin.

Celebrate winter in and on the water. Fri., Old St. Nick will be collecting toys poolside at the Greater Plymouth Community Center's Holiday Swim & Give in Plymouth Meeting. In Philly, watch lighted vessels nautically proceed down the Delaware during the Independence Seaport Museum's Seaport Parade of Lights. Or set sail yourself on the Spirit of Philadelphia's Lunch with Santa Cruises all weekend.


Delaware

Take a sleigh ride (or maybe just a road trip) down to Elkton, MD, this weekend to say hi to Santa during Christmas at Milburn Orchards. Holiday shop, visit the BarnYard Buddies Zoo -- and don't leave without your FREE photo with the Big Guy (extra copies are available for a nominal fee).

Four local children's choirs sing in the season on Fri. and Sat. with two performances of their Candlelight Holiday Concert at Wilmington's First and Central Presbyterian Church. Stop by early to visit the Candlelight Shoppe, filled with unique and whimsical holiday gifts.

Did you watch NBC's buzzy production of The Sound of Music last week? If you or the little ones have been humming about the hills being alive ever since, get another dose of the Von Trapp family when the Smyrna Opera House presents The Sound of Music, with performances Fri. through Sun.


South Jersey

It's a FREE Family Holiday Celebration in the Wildwoods Fri. and Sat. The annual holiday tradition begins with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade and continues with a tree lighting ceremony, lighted fire trucks and floats, holiday-themed crafters, photos with Santa and live entertainment.

The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future are out in full force Fri. through Sun. In Lambertville, the Downtown Players' annual production of A Christmas Carol features many returning actors to the stage at South Hunterdon Regional High. Princeton's McCarter Theater offers an ASL-interpreted performance of the Dickens classic on Sat. and open captioning Sun. Or, discover whatever happened to Jacob Marley in Cape May at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse's pay-what-you-can Sat. matinee performance of Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol.

We all know Santa loves cookies and milk, but what does he eat for breakfast? On Sat., find out whether he prefers pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit or the whole lot during three sittings of the Garden State Discovery Museum's Breakfast with Santa in Cherry Hill.

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