Weekend Planner: December 19, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Dec. 19-Dec. 21, 2014.

Top Picks for This Weekend

Santa Claus arrives in Camden, NJ Fri. during the annual Holiday Parade, beginning on Broadway & Market St. When the procession comes to an end on the Waterfront, Camden Children’s Garden keeps the holiday magic alive with the FREE Winter Wonderland. There, families stay merry and bright with gingerbread man-decorating, meet-and-greets with Santa and friends, seasonal crafts, face painting, giveaways and live entertainment.

Make the rest of these eight crazy nights memorable. Celebrate Chanukah on Ice at Voorhees, NJ’s Flyers Skate Zone Sat., where a giant carved ice menorah will be lit, or let the good times roll with Chanukah Bowling at Willow Grove, PA’s Thunderbird Lanes Sun. Inflatables and “dreidel mania” are part of the Kaiserman JCC’s Hanukkah Extravaganza in Wynnewood, PA Sun., and holiday stories and performances are set for the Garden State Discovery Museum’s Hooray for Hanukkah Sun. in Cherry Hill, NJ.

The longest night of the year is upon us — spend it together! On Sat., families sit around a bonfire, listen to stories, meet King Winter and take a short hike during the FREE Winter Solstice with King Winter at Lower Alsace Twp., PA’s Angora Fruit Farm. And on Sun., start the new season off on the right foot with the FREE Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk, specifically geared toward families, at Wilmington’s Delaware Art Museum.

 

More Local Events the Kids Will Love

Design your town or country dream home and craft a home-for-the-holidays bag during the Barnes Foundation’s ARTSee Activities: Going Home in Philly, Fri.-Sun.

Jingle bell rock! Get ready to have the whole family moving and grooving with freeze dance, Simon Says and live music when Baby Loves Disco takes the stage Sat. at Philly’s World Café Live.

Cozy up in front of the big screens with holiday spirit for the FREE A Christmas Story Matinee at Kennett Square, PA’s Kennett Flash Sat. and the Holiday Movie Marathon at Wilmington’s Delaware Museum of Natural History Sat. & Sun.

The Grinch, Heat Miser and the Abominable Snowman make a stop in Delaware for Holiday Tea Sat. at Milton’s Premier Centre for the Arts at the Milton Theatre and Sun. at Middletown’s Premier Centre for the Arts.

Design a family coat of arms, decorate a crown, learn to sword-fight and follow clues on a quest during the Knights and Ladies in Training Family Program, Sat. at Chadds Ford, PA’s Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Santa visits, ornament-making, choir and dance performances and hot chocolate are all on tap for the Mainstage Holiday Concert & Family Festival, Sat. & Sun. at Camden County College’s Dennis Flyer Theatre in Blackwood, NJ.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, the FREE Puppets Pizzazz Holiday Show entertains with interactive skits and songs Sat. at the Phoenixville Public Library.

Watch the New Jersey Renaissance Faire bring your favorite Christmas plays and carols to life during the FREE Victorian Christmas Sun. at Historic Smithville & Village Greene.

 

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