Only in Philly: Get in the holiday spirit with these traditions

The Nutcracker runs Dec. 7 through Dec. 29 Photo Credit: Alexander Iziliaev
Embrace holiday traditions and go see the Pennsylvania Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Credit: Alexander Iziliaev

Aside from throwing snowballs at jolly old St. Nick, Philadelphians enjoy rich holiday traditions. The City of Brotherly Love offers plenty of activities during the most wonderful time of the year. Bundle up and relive those Yuletide memories this winter.

‘George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker’
Dec. 7-29
240 S. Broad St.
215-893-1999
www.academyofmusic.org
The classic ballet spectacle returns with Marie’s magical gift and the Land of Sweets. This year the Pennsylvania Ballet hosts the Nutcracker Market on the first weekend of December with handcrafted jewelry, origami lessons, a candy shop, something called Nutcracker Nosh and seasonal beverages. Cradles to Crayons will be on hand collecting coats, scarves, mittens and gloves for kids in need.

Lightshow at Macy’s
Nov. 29-Dec. 31
1300 Market St.
Top of the hour
215-241-9000
www.wanamakerorgan.com
Carrying Wanamaker’s legacy into the millennium, Macy’s features a mesmerizing Christmas pageant of lights high above the Grand Court. Julie Andrews narrates the colorful sights while classic holiday tunes from the famed organ play and the illuminated tree flashes among the snowmen, toy soldiers and Santa Claus.

Penn's Landing gets a pop-up restaurant and retail extravaganza this year with Waterfront Winterfest, Nov. 29 through Jan. 5.
Penn’s Landing gets a pop-up restaurant and retail extravaganza this year with Waterfront Winterfest, Nov. 29 through Jan. 5. Credit: Ed Savaria

Waterfront Winterfest
Nov. 29-Jan. 5
201 S. Columbus Blvd.
11 a.m.-1 a.m.
215-925-7465
www.delawareriverwaterfront.com
Watch out, Christmas Village. Penn’s Landing is getting its own pop-up holiday market, and this one has beer. Head to the Blue Cross RiverRink for Waterfront Winterfest, where you can ice skate, shop at the Art Star Holiday Market and watch a 3D light show. Step inside the giant heated tent — bring friends, it fits 400 people — for brews in the beer garden and food from chef George Sabatino.

Washington Crossing the Delaware River
Dec. 25
Routes 32 & 532, Washington Crossing
1 p.m.
215-493-4076
www.ushistory.org
Bundle up and join the thousands of people spending their Christmas celebrating George Washington’s 1776 crossing of the Delaware. Two hundred performers decked out in colonial military garments reenact the pivotal moment in American history by rowing across the river.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Man dies trapped in elevator shaft at Bronx…

A man in his twenties died after being trapped in an elevator shaft of a Bronx building early Monday, police said.

International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

National

New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…

Career

Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…