Through Jan. 5 Walnut Street Theatre 825 Walnut St. $10-$95, 215-574-3550 www.walnutstreettheatre.org Everyone’s favorite super-sized North Pole elf is starring in a musical adaptation of the Will Ferrell film. Buddy was raised thinking he’s just like all of Santa’s other helpers — but he soon learns the cold truth. The musical chronicles his adventures in New York City.
Friday-Sunday Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center 300 S. Broad St. $29-$46, 215-893-1999 www.kimmelcenter.org Contemporary dance troupe Philadanco performs its annual winter concert, this time paying tribute to renowned choreographer Christopher Huggins. Dancers will perform excerpts from some of Huggins’ best-known works, such as “Blue,” “The List” and “The Big Bang!”
Saturday, 1 and 4 p.m. Merriam Theater 250 S. Broad St. $10-$40, 215-551-7010 www.therockschool.org The Rock School of Dance Education's version of “The Nutcracker” is not exactly what you’d call traditional. “Nutcracker 1776” takes place in the Colonial era, with George Washington, Betsy Ross and a Benjamin Franklin who performs fire tricks. If you can't make it Saturday, you have another chance to see it the following weekend at the Haverford School.
Running of the Santas Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Electric Factory 421 N. Seventh St. $15-$120 www.runningofthesantas.com The self-proclaimed “world’s naughtiest pub crawl” is a day of infinite libations, live music and lots of white beards. The crawl begins at Finnigan’s Wake and ends with a party at the Electric Factory, with more than 8,000 “Santas” expected to participate. Proceeds go to charity.
A Brandywine Christmas Through Jan. 5, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Brandywine River Museum 1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford $6-$12, free for members and children under 6 610-388-2700 www.brandywinemuseum.org The whole family can enjoy this holiday exhibit, featuring dozens of rare antique dolls and whimsical critters made from natural materials. While you marvel at the handcrafted creations throughout the exhibit, a model train will whiz along nearly 2,000 feet of track in an expansive display.
FOOD + DRINK
5th Annual Winter Beer Festival Saturday, 3 p.m. The Blockley 38th and Chestnut streets $30-$50, 215-222-1234 www.theblockley.com Toast to the holiday season with more than 50 winter brews from 30+ craft breweries, such as Stone Brewing Company, Elysian Brewing Company and Unibroue. A food buffet and a tasting glass are included with your ticket. VIP tickets include an extra hour and the opportunity to chat with beer experts and ask them all your pressing beer questions. Cheers!
Chinatown Food Tour Sunday, 1:30 p.m. 1218 Arch St. Pay as you go, 267-712-9512 www.freetoursbyfoot.com Free Tours by Foot will teach you all about the history, culture and food of Chinatown on this 2.5-hour adventure. You’ll depart from the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, and make stops at Dim Sum Garden, Bread Top Bakery, the Asian Arts Initiative and other spots to sample tapioca bubble teas, moon cakes and Hong Kong egg waffles. Online reservations are required.
Good Dog's 10th Anniversary Party Sunday, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Good Dog Bar 224 S. 15th St. $20, 215-985-9600 www.gooddogbar.com This popular Center City joint is celebrating its 10th year in business. That's 70 in dog years. For $20, indulge in a buffet and score a raffle ticket to win items such as Skyy Vodka and Sly Fox gift packages. Good Dog is donating 10 percent of the night’s sales to the Morris Animal Refuge of Philadelphia, and matching 100 percent of the raffle proceeds to the refuge. Yards is brewing is special beer for the occasion. If you don’t have a designated driver and you haven’t tried Uber yet, use the code #GD10th to get $20 towards your ride.