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Holiday Happenings in Philadelphia 2009

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Nutcracker 1776 is a different take on the timeless classic.
Nutcracker 1776 is a different take on the timeless classic.

The Holiday season is upon us yet again, and that means that there are plenty of upcoming events that are set to spread good cheer. Some are timeless musicals like the Nutcracker, while others include a karaoke gong show hosted by a villain that makes The Grinch look like a softy. Here’s a look at some fun events to check out this holiday season.

Twisted Sister: A Twisted Christmas at Keswick Theatre

Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band from New York City. Their work fuses the shock tactics of Alice Cooper, the rebellious mood of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and the extravagant image of glam rock bands such as New York Dolls notably for the makeup. Musically, the band implements elements of traditional heavy metal bands such as Judas Priest, along with a style that is similar to early glam metal bands. The band is generally categorized as glam metal for their earlier work, although the band does not consider themselves to be so. Videos of hit singles “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (a #21 hit in the US) and “I Wanna Rock” (US #68) ran almost constantly on MTV. Their pervasive slapstick comedy proved a change of pace for the genre and gave the band a distinctive appeal. The band separated in 1967, and have stayed apart for close to a decade. But they have since reunited for several tours, and are currently on tour in support of their Christmas album, A Twisted Christmas. They stop in Philly to play the Keswick Theatre on December 2nd.
Twisted Sister
Oh Come All Ye Faithful

The Philadelphia Independent Craft Market Holiday Edition

Where else can you do your Holiday shopping, watch some amazing bands, enjoy free refreshments, help an independent theater stay open, purchase delicous baked goods, and be around some Philadelphia’s most fun creative and talented people~
The Philadelphia Independent Craft Market’s Holiday Edition and Fundraiser for The 941 Theater!!

This is going to be such a fun show~ over 40 awesome vendors (treasures a’ plenty), a bake sale and raffle for the 941 Theater, and 5 AMAZING bands!!
$2 Suggested donation
Music by:
The Spinning Leaves
The Great Unknown
The Homophones
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb
Toy Soldiers

Come check out the coolest new venue ~2424 Studios, right in the heart of Fishtown.
The Philadelphia Independent Craft Market

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Walnut Street Theatre

Watch as the historic Walnut’s troupe of actors puts its own theatrical spin on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (for Grades K-9th). The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a miraculous change of heart after the visit of three wondrous holiday spirits. A delightful musical for the entire family!
A Christmas Carol
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Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Christmas Village in Philadelphia is an outdoor Holiday market event at Dilworth Plaza on the west side of City Hall Philadelphia from Thanksgiving till Christmas Eve. Vendors in more than 50 wooden booths and timber houses which form a medieval village will sell European food, sweets and drinks as well as international seasonal holiday gifts, ornaments and high quality arts and crafts.

Thousands of lights at booths and trees will integrate Dilworth Plaza into the scenery of the illuminated city hall. A central stage will be the place for live performances of local choirs, orchestras and bands. There will also be a Santa’s house and the official municipal Christmas tree including its tree lighting ceremony. Christmas Village offers its visitors a unique opportunity for shopping and enjoying European specialties in a Christmassy atmosphere. November 27th through December 24th.
Christmas Village

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at The Kimmel Center For Performing Arts

Get ready to discover a delightful new show that’s as fresh and rare as newly fallen snow! The classic holiday tradition White Christmas has come to the stage at last, as a brand new Irving Berlin musical opening at the Academy of Music this November. Brimming with such Berlin hits as ‘Blue Skies,’ ‘How Deep is the Ocean?’ and of course the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas promises to be a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family!
White Christmas

Skeletor is hosting a holiday version of his Karaoke Gong Show.
Skeletor is hosting a holiday version of his Karaoke Gong Show.

Karaoke Gong Show and Rock Band 2

Hosted by Skele-Claus (Skeletor dressed as Santa Claus). Sing your fav karaoke songs (we have over 6,000 titles, plus fun holiday songs) but beware, Skele-Claus may gong you before you are through! Plus ROCK BAND 2 on XBOX 360! We have a full band (4 player) set up that’s hooked up to the Troc’s full-size movie screen! Drink specials all night long!
The Trocadero
Skeletor

Nutcracker 1776 at Merriam Theater

A Holiday Classic with a Philadelphia flourish – young dazzling dancers perform with professional grace to timeless Tchaikovsky music.

The Rock School is dedicated to enriching the lives of all students and preparing those students who are specially gifted in dance for careers as professional artists.

The Rock School remains steadfast in its mission to develop the finest artists for professional companies and, through its outreach program, is committed to making dance more accessible to local communities.

Known for encouraging quality academic education as well as for nurturing artistic excellence, The Rock School instills a quality of thought and action that enriches the lives of all the students regardless of their ultimate careers.
Nutcracker 1776
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For more Holiday listings check out Philly Fun Guide