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Montgomery County Collect for Veterans

Jeanne Sorg, the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds is holding her annual holiday donation drive to benefit the Veteran’s Multi-Service Center (VMC), which helps veterans experiencing homelessness access services and benefits. The donation drive will run through the end of December and items can be dropped off at the Recorder of Deeds office at One Montgomery Plaza in Norristown. The Veteran’s Multi-Service Center’s “wish list” includes small personal hygiene items, new underwear, shirts, hats, gloves, and scarves. The Center is also requesting laundry detergent pods for the homeless laundry facilities. The Collect office is open to the public Monday through Friday 8:30 am until 4:00 pm. To learn more visit www.montcopa.org/rod or call the office at 610-278-3289.

Matisse in the 1930s at the Museum of Art

By 1930, Henri Matisse — one of the giants of 20th-century art — had achieved significant international renown, yet he found himself in a deep creative slump. The turning point came in the fall of that year with a commission to decorate the main gallery of the Barnes Foundation, then located in Merion, PA. The resulting monumental mural, The Dance (1930–33), turned Matisse’s artistic practice around. This fall and winter, discover the changes in Matisse’s work and the methods of working that renewed his style in the first major exhibition ever dedicated to this pivotal decade in his artistic career. Opening first in Philadelphia, the only U.S. venue, Matisse in the 1930s contains 143 renowned and rarely seen paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and illustrated books. Matisse in the 1930s is on view now through January 29, 2023.

Fairmount Park Host “Holidays in the Park”

Tours of Four Colonial-Era Houses Festively Decorated for the Season. During the month of December, the Woodford Mansion, Historic Strawberry Mansion, Laurel Hill Mansion, and Ormiston Mansion will be decorated for the season and open to the public for special holiday tours. “Holidays in the Park” tours of the houses will take place on these dates: Woodford Mansion – 3400 West Dauphin Dr. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout December. Historic Strawberry Mansion – 2450 Strawberry Mansion Dr. Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed after Dec. 23. Laurel Hill Mansion – 7201 N Randolph Dr. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Ormiston Mansion – 2000 Reservoir Drive. Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. December 2-18. Tours of Woodford are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, children 13-17 and students with ID.  Children under 13 go free.  At the three other houses, a $5 is a suggested donation.

Wreaths and garlands at Schuylkill

Ring in the holiday season at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education by creating festive wreaths and garlands out of natural materials. Give thanks for the season as we learn about the different vines that can be used for wreath bases and then add pops of color to our creations with fragrant fruits, spices, and leaves. Each family will work together to create one wreath and one garland to either keep or gift. Please dress for the weather. Registration is required. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Tickets at schuylkillcenter.cloud9strategies.com/wreath

Jason Douglas Danceadelphia

Experience the Magic. It is the most wonderful time of the year at Jason Douglas Danceadelphia during the Holiday season. Celebrate beloved traditions and make new ones! Jason Douglas Holiday Spectacular, at Theatre on the Stage. 11th and Moore St. (Back Lot of Neumann Goretti). Tickets at mydanceadelphia.com

Experimenta la Magia. Es la época más maravillosa del año en Jason Douglas Danceadelphia durante la temporada navideña. ¡Celebra tradiciones muy queridas y crea otras nuevas! Jason Douglas Holiday Spectacular, estará en el “Theatre on the Stage.” 11th y Moore St. (Lote trasero de Neumann Goretti). Entradas en mydanceadelphia.com


Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Experience a riverfront winter wonderland at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Glide around an enormous ice-skating rink, snap a photo next to the festive holiday tree, and warm up with a hot beverage next to a fire pit or inside a cozy cabin. Entry into Winterfest is free. Ice skating, cabins, and firepits can be reserved in advance. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard, March 6, 2023.

Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium

This is the season everywhere — even underwater. This sub-surface seasonal celebration features a scuba-diving Santa, underwater lighting displays and even an underwater Christmas tree (purported to be the world’s tallest). Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ. December 24, 2022.

Esta es la temporada en todas partes, incluso bajo el agua. Esta celebración de la Navidad bajo el agua presenta a un Papá Noel buceando, exhibiciones de luces subacuáticas e incluso un árbol de Navidad submarino (al parecer, el más alto del mundo). Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ.,hasta el 24 de diciembre de 2022.

Deck the Hall Light Show

Do you see what I see? Philadelphia’s majestic City Hall serves as the backdrop for nightly light shows in Center City. The west façade of the historic building is illuminated during a free show every hour at the top of the hour after dark. Stay tuned to the official Center City District website for additional holiday celebrations around City Hall. Presented by Independence Blue Cross at Philadelphia City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Boulevard. January 1, 2023.

Holiday Celebrations at Sesame Place

Big Bird, Elmo and company get into the holiday spirit with festive celebrations all season long. Special events include: A Very Furry Christmas (November 19, 2022 – January 1, 2023).  Hanukkah Celebration (December 18 & 22-25, select dates). Kwanzaa Celebration (December 26, 2022 – January 1, 2023, select dates). Where: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne.

El Big Pájaro, Elmo y compañía se suman al espíritu navideño con celebraciones festivas durante toda la temporada. Los eventos especiales incluyen: A Very Furry Christmas (hasta 1 de enero de 2023). Celebración de Hanukkah (18 y 22-25 de diciembre, fechas elegidas). Celebración de Kwanzaa (26 de diciembre de 2022 – 1 de enero de 2023, fechas elegidas). En Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne.

LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo

This immersive display transforms the Philadelphia Zoo’s Day-scape into a nighttime multimedia spectacle. After the animals are tucked away for the evening, the zoo lights up with more than one million holiday lights in 14 distinct zones. New displays for 2022 — including a 15-foot-tall glowing blue gorilla and an under-the-sea-inspired holiday tree. Timed tickets are required. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue hasta January 7, 2023.

LumiNature en el zoológico de Filadelfia

Esta pantalla inmersiva transforma el paisaje diurno del Zoológico de Filadelfia en un espectáculo multimedia nocturno. Después de que los animales se retiran, el zoológico se ilumina con más de un millón de luces navideñas en 14 zonas distintas. Nuevas pantallas para 2022, que incluyen un gorila azul brillante de 15 pies de altura y un árbol navideño inspirado en el mar. Artistas en vivo, chocolate caliente y bebidas para adultos completan el sentir del espíritu invernal. Se requieren boletos según hora o multi-hora. Lugar, Zoológico de Filadelfia, 3400 W. Girard Avenue, hasta 7 de enero de 2023.

Electrical Light Show in Franklin Square

Franklin Square celebrates the winter season with nightly spectacle of light shows inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s legendary kite and key experiment. Free light shows —set to a soundtrack of seasonal tunes— illuminate the square every 30 minutes from 5 p.m. until close. Before or after the show, grab a burger or beverage fireside from the on-site Square Burger, play a round of festive Chilly Philly Mini Golf or hop aboard the classic Parx Liberty Carousel. At Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street, February 26, 2023.

Pista de patinaje en Dilworth Park

La pista de patinaje sobre hielo Rothman Orthopaedics abrirá el 4 de noviembre. Es un universo invernal de maravillas a la sombra del Ayuntamiento. Deslícese por la pista de hielo, entre en calor con una bebida caliente y tome algunos refrigerios de temporada, todo en un contexto muy festivo. Se recomienda hacer reservaciones para sesiones de patinaje cronometradas de 90 minutos. Parque Dilworth, 1 S. Calle 15; hasta el 26 de febrero de 2023.

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink will open on November 4. It’s a winter wonderland in the shadow of City Hall. Glide around the ice rink, warm up with a hot beverage and grab some seasonal snacks — all set against a very festive backdrop.  Reservations are encouraged for timed, 90-minute skating sessions. Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street; through February 26, 2023.


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