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Holiday Family Fun: 20+ Things to Do With Kids This Weekend Around Philly December 24 – 26

Make this holiday weekend one to remember!

Need ideas for things to do with the kids this holiday weekend? Below are some fun and festive activities for the family in Philly. 

Please be sure to check with the host location about their health and safety protocols, as well as their registration requirements, prior to heading out!

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Friday, December 24th

Holiday Spectacular

December 24, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Comcast Center 1701 – John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

The 15-minute family-friendly show will play on an outdoor video wall through New Year’s Day at the top of the hour! This Philly favorite tradition brings the magic of the holidays to life, featuring classic holiday songs and performances by the Pennsylvania Ballet.

For the first time, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular will have a sensory-friendly version. For guests who are blind or visually impaired, guests may use their own personal mobile devices to access Audio Description (AD) of the show. AD devices will also be available upon request. sensory friendly showing @2:30 every Thur and Fri

Holiday Pajama Music Festival! feat. SANTA

December 24, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Miss Minor’s Music School – 300 S 25th St, Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, December 24th! Let’s put the JAM in pajama! $25 family pass includes a holiday-themed early childhood music class, jingle bell jammies parade (with free jingle bell bracelets), bubble dance party, and face painting! This event is perfect for babies and children from newborns to about 7 years of age.

Email MissMinorsMusic@gmail.com to register with the amount of children in your family. Wear your holiday PJ’s and see you there!

Holi’DIG’ Drive-Thru Light Show

December 24, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Diggerland USA – 100 Pinedge Dr, West Berlin, NJ

2021 marks their second holiday light show and you won’t want to miss this! Experience a light show like no other. Drive a course through America’s only construction theme & water park to witness millions of lights, holiday displays, tunnels, and their very own radio station to fill your car with holiday spirit!

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

December 24, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Academy of Music – 240 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

The wait is over: live performance makes its triumphant return with Balanchine’s beloved holiday classic. Gather the family together this holiday season to share in the magic, the charm, the spectacle, and the joy of The Nutcracker ballet.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score—full of cherished holiday tunes—this extraordinary ballet celebrates the season through a timeless story of youth, romance, magical battles, and boundless beauty. Follow young Marie on her fantastical adventures with parties and princes, Sugar Plum Fairies and snowflake waltzes, in a thrilling performance featuring stunning scenery, elaborate costuming, dazzling dancing, and a sensational score.

Whether this is your family’s first or fiftieth time with The Nutcracker, this remarkable production is sure to delight both the young and the young-at-heart.

Saturday, December 25th

Being ___ At Christmas 2021

December 25, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

The Museum is open virtually. The online galleries are warm. All we need is you to get the party started. Join us for an all-day livestream packed with fun for the entire family hosted by the amazing comedy duo, The Bible Players.

Holiday Spectacular

December 25, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Comcast Center 1701 – John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

The 15-minute family-friendly show will play on an outdoor video wall through New Year’s Day at the top of the hour! This Philly favorite tradition brings the magic of the holidays to life, featuring classic holiday songs and performances by the Pennsylvania Ballet.

For the first time, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular will have a sensory-friendly version. For guests who are blind or visually impaired, guests may use their own personal mobile devices to access Audio Description (AD) of the show. AD devices will also be available upon request. sensory friendly showing @2:30 every Thur and Fri

The Christmas Backpack Event for the Homeless

December 25, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Gallery at East Market – 9th & Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Please bring a backpack with or 5-10 bags of food (brown paper bag lunches) and waters to hand out to homeless people. Toiletries are also needed. So please pack care items like travel size deodorant, toothpaste, soap, and any other care items you would like to hand out.Most people make turkey sandwiches or peanut butter jelly sandwiches and a bag a chips. If you don’t want to do the walk with us but would like to donate items we’ll be there from 12pm to 12:15 so you can drop your items off. Your donation would mean a lot to someone in need. They will be walking from Market St to Love Park so dress comfortable and wear good shoes. Kids are always welcome to come out.

Disney On Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate

December 25, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Wells Fargo Center – 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate party when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate skates into your hometown with more than 50 unforgettable Disney characters. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, go on an adventure through 14 of the greatest Disney stories ever told. Sing along with Olaf as he dreams of summer and dance with Aladdin as he stays “one jump ahead” in Agrabah. Share Forky’s wonder as he learns what it means to be a toy and forget your worries with Timon and Pumbaa. Dream big with the courageous Disney Princesses and much more as you create new memories with your whole family at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate.

Disney On Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate

December 25, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Wells Fargo Center – 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate party when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate skates into your hometown with more than 50 unforgettable Disney characters. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, go on an adventure through 14 of the greatest Disney stories ever told. Sing along with Olaf as he dreams of summer and dance with Aladdin as he stays “one jump ahead” in Agrabah. Share Forky’s wonder as he learns what it means to be a toy and forget your worries with Timon and Pumbaa. Dream big with the courageous Disney Princesses and much more as you create new memories with your whole family at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate.

Holi’DIG’ Drive-Thru Light Show

December 25, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Diggerland USA – 100 Pinedge Dr, West Berlin, NJ

2021 marks their second holiday light show and you won’t want to miss this! Experience a light show like no other. Drive a course through America’s only construction theme & water park to witness millions of lights, holiday displays, tunnels, and their very own radio station to fill your car with holiday spirit!

Sunday, December 26th

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

December 26, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Walnut Street Theatre – 825 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen story and the classic film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful story of love and letting go. Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, challenges her father’s authority as she dreams of finding her own way in the world above the sea. But what will she give up to fulfill her dreams of independence? Disney’s The Little Mermaid will capture your heart with its timeless story and irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” Disney’s The Little Mermaid promises to be one of the most spectacular productions ever staged at the Walnut!

LumiNature

December 26, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Philadelphia Zoo – 3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA

As the animals at the Zoo go to sleep in their indoor exhibits, the Zoo transforms into a dazzling winter wonderland filled with lights, sounds, and surprises! Offering sparkling new displays, enhanced installations, performance artists, and seasonal treats, LumiNature is their biggest holiday light show yet!

Holi’DIG’ Drive-Thru Light Show

December 26, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Diggerland USA – 100 Pinedge Dr, West Berlin, NJ

2021 marks their second holiday light show and you won’t want to miss this! Experience a light show like no other. Drive a course through America’s only construction theme & water park to witness millions of lights, holiday displays, tunnels, and their very own radio station to fill your car with holiday spirit!

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

December 26, 4:00 PM – 5:35 PM

The Drake Proscenium Theatre – 302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA

The Drake Proscenium Theatre is thrilled to welcome back audiences with this wonderfully clear and direct telling of Charles Dickens’ novella, in which acclaimed actor and playwright Anthony Lawton brings the story boldly to life as only live theater can. Rediscover Dickens’ timeless story of a miser’s miraculous redemption from a life of bitterness, greed, and isolation. Back by popular demand, this heartwarming adaptation captured the hearts of theater critics and audiences alike, inspiring a new Philadelphia holiday tradition. Best enjoyed by ages 9-99.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

December 26, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Academy of Music – 240 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

The wait is over: live performance makes its triumphant return with Balanchine’s beloved holiday classic. Gather the family together this holiday season to share in the magic, the charm, the spectacle, and the joy of The Nutcracker ballet.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score—full of cherished holiday tunes—this extraordinary ballet celebrates the season through a timeless story of youth, romance, magical battles, and boundless beauty. Follow young Marie on her fantastical adventures with parties and princes, Sugar Plum Fairies and snowflake waltzes, in a thrilling performance featuring stunning scenery, elaborate costuming, dazzling dancing, and a sensational score.

Whether this is your family’s first or fiftieth time with The Nutcracker, this remarkable production is sure to delight both the young and the young-at-heart.

Easy Gardening: Indoor Edible Plants Free Workshop

December 26, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Online

Now is the perfect time to master ‘all things’ indoors, including your gardening!

This virtual workshop will teach you how to grow microgreens indoors without the need for much space, energy, or equipment. The goal is to help get you gardening with a minimum of expense and effort so that you can enjoy free, fresh, and healthy plants as a part your daily life. Go from seed to dinner table in an astonishing 2 weeks.

In these troubled times, we wanted to create a class that would be practically useful. Our class will walk you through everything you need to get growing food in the simplest, fastest, and most sustainable way.

No matter your location, age, race, gender, or experience level, this class will help you in growing and enjoying a delicious and abundant INDOOR garden super fast!

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

December 26, 12:00 PM – 1:35 PM

The Drake Proscenium Theatre – 302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA

The Drake Proscenium Theatre is thrilled to welcome back audiences with this wonderfully clear and direct telling of Charles Dickens’ novella, in which acclaimed actor and playwright Anthony Lawton brings the story boldly to life as only live theater can. Rediscover Dickens’ timeless story of a miser’s miraculous redemption from a life of bitterness, greed, and isolation. Back by popular demand, this heartwarming adaptation captured the hearts of theater critics and audiences alike, inspiring a new Philadelphia holiday tradition. Best enjoyed by ages 9-99.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

December 26, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Academy of Music – 240 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

The wait is over: live performance makes its triumphant return with Balanchine’s beloved holiday classic. Gather the family together this holiday season to share in the magic, the charm, the spectacle, and the joy of The Nutcracker ballet.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score—full of cherished holiday tunes—this extraordinary ballet celebrates the season through a timeless story of youth, romance, magical battles, and boundless beauty. Follow young Marie on her fantastical adventures with parties and princes, Sugar Plum Fairies and snowflake waltzes, in a thrilling performance featuring stunning scenery, elaborate costuming, dazzling dancing, and a sensational score.

Whether this is your family’s first or fiftieth time with The Nutcracker, this remarkable production is sure to delight both the young and the young-at-heart.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

December 26, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Walnut Street Theatre – 825 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen story and the classic film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful story of love and letting go. Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, challenges her father’s authority as she dreams of finding her own way in the world above the sea. But what will she give up to fulfill her dreams of independence? Disney’s The Little Mermaid will capture your heart with its timeless story and irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” Disney’s The Little Mermaid promises to be one of the most spectacular productions ever staged at the Walnut!

Kwanzaa 2021 @ AAMP

December 26, 9:30 AM – 4:45 PM

The African American Museum in Philadelphia – 701 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA

Kwanzaa celebrates the first fruits of the harvest in our homes. This season, AAMP invites our communities to join us in learning about Kwanzaa traditions, and planting seeds of wellness and self-care for the year ahead!On Sunday, December 26th, beginning at 9:30 a.m.; and Thursday, December 30th, beginning at 10:00 a.m., our partners from Keepers of the Culture, the Kwanzaa Cooperative, Penn Medicine and talented teaching artists Jihan Thomas and Text Rich Ali will help us uplift the seven principles of the season (the Nguzo Saba) through songs, stories, art and discussion. Let’s light the kinara together and give thanks!

Holiday Spectacular

December 26, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Comcast Center 1701 – John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

The 15-minute family-friendly show will play on an outdoor video wall through New Year’s Day at the top of the hour! This Philly favorite tradition brings the magic of the holidays to life, featuring classic holiday songs and performances by the Pennsylvania Ballet.

For the first time, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular will have a sensory-friendly version. For guests who are blind or visually impaired, guests may use their own personal mobile devices to access Audio Description (AD) of the show. AD devices will also be available upon request. sensory friendly showing @2:30 every Thur and Fri

Art Kids Studio

December 26, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Philadelphia Museum of Art – 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA

​Drop in and make art as a family. Artists of all ages welcome. Winter Break will be fun from head to toe. Explore movement and the human body in art, with special highlights from Emma Amos: A Color Odyssey. On selected dates, local Philly printmakers Katie Garth, Justine Kelly, and Lisa Jungmin Lee will demonstrate an array of printing techniques.

Night Tours: Winter Holidays

December 26, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Eastern State Penitentiary – 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Experience Eastern State’s historic cellblocks at dusk!Admission to Night Tours: Winter Holidays includes everything we offer by day (“The Voices of Eastern State” Audio Tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi; history exhibits like Al Capone’s Cell; award-winning exhibits about prisons today) and more!

Grab a drink and a bite to eat in The Fair Chance Beer Garden featuring Triple Bottom Brewing, Down North Pizza, and The Monkey & The Elephant.

Compose holiday cards for people who are incarcerated and reflect on the challenges facing families separated by incarceration during the holidays.

Roast s’mores while viewing historic holiday photos and watching films about contemporary holiday celebrations in American prisons.

View Eastern State artifacts at a limited-time Pop-Up Museum.

Writer for Philadelphia Family. Email tips to lani@familyfocus.org.

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