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Philadelphia December Events Calendar

Special Events and Festivals in Philadelphia in December

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The December events calendar in Philadelphia includes tons of holiday celebrations and festivals to get everyone in the celebratory spirit. In addition to those here, be sure to check out our sampling of local Christmas events and Hannukah events in Philadelphia.

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World AIDS Day
When:
December 1, 2011
Where: Broad Street Ministry

AIDS Fund and other organizations recognize and support World AIDS Day at this event that features food, live entertainment and free HIV testing.

Winter Wonderland at Fonthill
When:
December 1, 2011
Where: Fonthill Museum, Dolyestown, PA

There's no better time to visit castle-like Fonthill Museum than when it's all decked out for Christmas. Visit the website for other events through the month.

First Friday
When:
December 2, 2011
Where: Old City; other locations city-wide

Wander around as shops and galleries open their doors offering free appetizers, wine and entertainment.

Lucia Fest
When:
December 3, 2011
Where: The American Swedish History Museum

Take part in a traditional Lucia processional and Christmas market at the American Swedish Museum.

Victorian Tea with Father Christmas
When:
December 3, 2011
Where: Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Enjoy caroling, food, storytelling and a visit from Father Christmas.

Christmas Festival at Peddler's Village
When:
December 3 & 4, 2011
Where: Peddler's Village, Lahaska, PA

The always-beautiful Victorian village comes alive during the holidays with decorations and a Christmas parade featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus.

NoLibs Holiday Shopping Spree
When:
December 3 & 4, 2011
Where: Northern Liberties

Participating Northern Liberties stores and restaurants offer discounts. The discounts get progressively bigger with every purchase you make so plan to get lots of holiday shopping done this weekend.

Peace Around the World
When:
December 4, 2011
Where: Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

During this family friendly event, visitors learn about holiday traditions from all around the world.

Latkepalooza
When:
December 11, 2011
Where: Gershman Y

Enjoy gourmet latkes from several area restaurants and music from the West Philly Orchestra.

Dickens Festival
When:
December 10, 2011
Where: Narberth, PA

Enjoy musicians, performers, scavenger hunt, food and Many Dickens' characters during Narberth's annual festival.

Latkepalooza
When:
December 11, 2011
Where: U Arts, Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad St.

Enjoy gourmet latkes from several area restaurants including Bar Ferdinand, Estia, Talula's Garden, Tashan, Singapore Chinese Kitchen, Sabrina's, and Federal Donuts. Also features live music from the West Philly Orchestra. This kid-friendly event is sponsored by the Gershman YMCA.

Holiday Open House at Fonthill
When:
December 13, 2011
Where: Fonthill Museum, Dolyestown, PA

Visit with Santa, enjoy a musical parade, make an ornament, sip cider, and more at this holiday open house at the castle-like Fonthill Museum.

Seaport Parade of Lights
When:
December 17, 2011
Where: The Independence Seaport Museum

The parade of illuminated boats on the Delaware Parade kicks of at 5 pm, with additional events at the museum all day long.

Hershel & The Hanukkah Goblins Show
When:
December 20-31, 2011
Where: Painted Bride Art Center

Kids will enjoy this stage adaptation of the popular children's book by the same name.

Moo Shu Jew Show
When:
December 24, 2011
Where: Joy Tsin Lau, Chinatown

Enjoy Jewish-inspired stand-up comedy and a Chinese meal during this show sponsored by the Gershman Y.

Being Jewish at Christmas
When:
December 25, 2011
Where: National Museum of Jewish American History

This event includes music, food, children's activities and more, offering a great way for those who do not celebrate Christmas to spend the day.

Kwanzaa Celebration
When:
December 31, 2011
Where: The Gallery at Market East

Celebrate Kwanzaa with events sponsored by the African American Museum of Philadelphia.

Deep Sea Splash
When:
December 31, 2011
Where: Adventure Aquarium, Camden, NJ

Celebrate New Year's Eve with an open bar, dancing, and h'oeuvres at the Camden Aquarium. It's the perfect spot to watch the fireworks over the water.

First Night Haddonfield
When:
December 31, 2011
Where: Haddonfield, NJ

This New Year's Eve celebration brings together musicians and other artists in an alcohol-free, kid-friendly environment.

Philadelphia Orchestra New Year's Eve
When:
December 31, 2011
Where: The Kimmel Center

Celebrate the new year with a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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