The Art of Swimming
Through Dec. 17, various times
122 Lombard St.
Part of the “A Play, A Pie and A Pint” series at Center City’s Headhouse Café, ticketholders are treated to a performance of one-woman-play “The Art of Swimming,” about Mercedes Gleitze, who completed a 20-mile swim across the English Channel. Also included, per the namesake: a slice of pizza and a pint of beer or soda.
My Fair Lady
Through Dec. 23, various times
7137 Germantown Ave.
The story of phonetics professor Henry Higgins, Higgins attempts to pass off a lower-class flower girl as a duchess—think: “Princess Diaries.” This musical, put together by Quintessence Theatre Group, was recently extended through Dec. 23 by popular demand.
Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m.
Hard Rock Café
1113 Market St.
In addition to a photo opportunity with Ol’ Jolly, attendees are treated to a buffet-style breakfast in an environment of holiday decorations, with music and movies playing in the background. Santa will make the rounds during mealtime, as well as perform a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” by the tree.
Antique & Vintage Holiday Market
Dec. 9, 8 a.m.
The Kaiserman Jewish Community Center
45 Haverford Road, Wynnewood
Pay as you go
Philadelphia Flea Markets brings a special indoor edition of the market to The Kaiserman Jewish Community Center, featuring all the quality home furnishings, artworks, jewelry and apparel the organization’s vendors are known for. Early birds are welcome.
Dec. 9, 9 a.m.
Canal View Park
Main and Gay streets, Manayunk
This free-to-attend, three-mile run encourages runners to get festive by wearing ugly sweaters and—on-the-nose as it may be—a red nose. Philadelphia Runner’s will serve hot chocolate following the event.
Anne Byrn Gingerbread Demonstration
Dec. 9, 11 a.m.
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. Third St.
Anne Byrn comes to the Museum of the American Revolution to sign copies of her new book “American Cake,” as well as discuss the gingerbread recipe of Mary Ball Washington—George Washington’s mother. She’ll also conduct a demonstration.
Feast of the Seven Fishes Cooking Class
Dec. 9, noon
412 S. 13th St.
Organized with ambitious cooks in mind—you’d have to be to attempt a Seven Fishes Feast, after all—is this cooking class with Chef Brad Spence of Amis Trattoria. Participants taste the fruits of their labor, as well as receive house wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres and dessert.
Rittenhouse Row Holiday Fashion Market
Dec. 9, 1 p.m.
1831 Chestnut St.
Pay as you go
Beautiful Rittenhouse Row bustles with holiday shoppers as the area’s boutiques offer discounts, samples, free libations and put on trunk shows. The event wraps up with a happy hour at Alma de Cuba.
Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
1717 Arch St.
The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund brings its popular LGBT-friendly TOY fundraiser back for another year, raising money—and collecting toys—for CHOP. More than 400 guests are expected to come together for an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and tunes by DJ Carl Michaels.
A John Waters Christmas
Dec. 9, 8 p.m.
1026 Spring Garden St.
John Waters, an outrageous gay comedian and filmmaker known for his cult following and knack for dirty jokes, presents a Christmas-themed monologue. Needless to say this is not a conventionally wholesome Christmas tale.
Zoo Gingerbread Workshop
Dec. 10, various times
Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
It’s gingerbread fever this season as families master the art of the gingerbread house. Bredenbeck’s Bakery provides all the goods for this all-ages workshop—with some educational zoo programming, to boot.
German American Weekend at Christmas Village
Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, 11 a.m.
1500 Arch St.
Pay as you go
This weekend’s Christmas Village theme is a celebration of German heritage, with dancing, schnitzel, mulled wine, “Lebkuchen” gingerbread cookies and an all-day appearance from Santa. Among a stacked performance lineup on both days is a dance from the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet at noon Sunday.
The Art of Being Queer
Dec. 10, 7 p.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar
200 S. 12th St.
Queerality hosts this low-pressure, artist-focused networking event for queer art and education. Stick around later in the evening for a string of performances hosted by Shannon Turner.
Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch
1901 Vine St.
Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher joins playwright and poet Ntozake Shange for a discussion about her work, notably the “choreopoem” that was turned into a Broadway play and, later, the 2010 film “For Colored Girls.” Shange will also discuss her new collection, “Wild Beauty.”
Dec. 8, 8 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.
Andrew Bocelli, the legendary Italian classical tenor and Golden Globe winner, teams with The Philly Pops for a setlist of his greatest hits—spread across a career of dozens of albums and more than 80 million records sold worldwide.