Weekend Planner: December 20, 2019

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for December 20-22, 2019

Top Picks for This Weekend

It simply isn’t the holidays without a trip to the Academy of Music for a performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. For decades, this amazing production has been Philadelphia’s most beloved holiday tradition. Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, the incredible dancing and lavish sets and costumes bring to life the story of a young girl’s magical dream – a dream that never loses its appeal. Onstage December 6-31 – get tickets at 215-893-1999 or paballet.org.

The first night of Hanukkah is almost here! There are plenty of ways to celebrate Sunday: In addition to FREE menorah lightings in Philly’s Old City and Rittenhouse neighborhoods, the festival at Cherry Hill, NJ’s Garden State Discovery Museum features a cantor performance and crafts. Over in Mt. Laurel, NJ, Paws Discovery Farm doles out latkes and applesauce. 

We know you’re in for a busy week ahead — make the most of it with ourUltimate Holiday Guide! From nearby light displays to last-minute shopping to Santa meet-and-greets, here’s all you need to know to ensure you and the kids have the happiest of holidays.


More LOcal Events in Philly and the Main Line

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Philly’s Walnut Street Theatre, through Sunday

Frozen Night at Philly’s Franklin Square, Friday

FREE Christmas in the Barrio at Philly’s Esperanza Arts Center, Saturday

Butterfly Light Festival at Philly’s Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, Saturday

Brandywine Ballet’s The Nutcracker at West Chester’s West Chester University, Saturday and Sunday


More Events in Delaware

Jingle All the Way to the Jurassic at Wilmington’s Delaware Museum of Natural History, Saturday

First State Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker at Wilmington’s Copeland Hall, Saturday and Sunday

Santa Claus Express at Wilmington’s Wilmington & Western Railroad, Saturday and Sunday


More Events in South Jersey

Candlelight Shopping in downtown Haddonfield, Friday

Sea of Lights at Point Pleasant Beach’s Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Friday through Sunday

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