Come to Ideas We Should Steal

The Citizen's signature festival, December 14 & 15

Join The Philadelphia Citizen and guests Andrew Yang, Ali Velshi, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Emily Bazelon and more thought leaders at our 5th annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2022. On Wednesday, December 14, and Thursday, December 15, you’ll meet change makers and innovators from around the country whose ideas could fuel much-needed progress in Philadelphia. This year’s speakers will share powerful ways we can work together to create a city that meets today’s particular challenges and opportunities so that all Philadelphians can thrive.


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One of the founding tenets of The Philadelphia Citizen is to get people the resources they need to become better, more engaged citizens of their city.

We hope to do that in our Good Citizenship Toolkit, which includes a host of ways to get involved in Philadelphia — whether you want to contact your City Councilmember to voice your support for investing in our public schools, get those experiencing homelessness the goods they need, or simply go out to dinner somewhere where you know your money is going toward a greater good.

Find an issue that’s important to you in the list below, and get started on your journey of A-plus citizenship.

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Plan your holidays

Light shows, pop-up Christmas bars, makers markets, more

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Things to Do in Philly this Weekend

Must-see theater, City Hall lights its tree — and endless pop-up bars and makers markets — complete your Philly weekend

Things to Do in Philly this Weekend

Must-see theater, City Hall lights its tree — and endless pop-up bars and makers markets — complete your Philly weekend

If you’re a Philadelphian over 21 who celebrates Christmas (in the non-religious way) — and you haven’t downed a peppermint martini, spiked hot chocolate or old-school eggnog by now — um, why not? Philly is lousy with pop-up Xmas bars ready to get you in the holiday … spirits. On the other hand, if that’s not how you holiday, you have plenty other options for shopping, concert-going, brunching, etc.

Feeling less indulgent, more giving this holiday season? Here are many, many big and small ways to help make Philadelphia a better city for everyone.

But you need more to do? Check out a local brewery or distillery that are also pillars of their communities.


I HEAR YOU AND I’D LIKE TO RESPOND by Almanac Dance Theatre for Miniball.

MINIBALL Festival. Like the Fringe, only shrunken to 12 greatest-hit performances of experimental, interactive, physical, surprising theater by Almanac Dance Theatre, Linnea Bond, Shavon Norris, more. December 8 through 18. Times and ticket prices vary. All performances at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street.

The marshmallow-topped Mexican Hot Chocolate from Cantina Los Caballitos

🍫 HOT CHOCOLATE STROLLEast Passyunk Avenue cafes, bakeries … and bars … dare you to drink several mugs of cocoa during South Philly’s first hot chocolate theme promenade. $10 for a mug from Good Buy Supply; $2 per refill, $5 per spiked refill. December 10, daytime.

Afrobeats choreographer Sanchel Brown.

🎙️ WURD’s 2022 EMPOWERMENT EXPERIENCE. It’s all about joy, renewal and … cooking with chef Chris Scott, talking with WURD President and CEO Sara Lomax Reese and Philanthropi’s Keith Leaphart, plus Afrobeats dance class led by choreographer Sanchel Brown, DJed tunes, and a Black vendors marketplace on December 10, 11am – 4pm at the Philly Power Market, 1835 W. Oxford Street. Free. Registration requested.

🥊 DRAMA AT THE ROYALEPhiladelphia’s Phillip Brown stars in Marco Ramirez’ drama inspired by the first African American heavyweight world boxing champion, set in the early 20th century. Through December 11. $29-$39. St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow Street.

Jennifer Childs in This is The Week that Is.

🤣 THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS. Through December 31, 1812 Productions’s hilarious end-of-the-year news comedy show channels SNL’s Weekend Update, with a splash of Mama’s Family, by way of Philly. Jennifer Childs is the genius behind this LOL fest. $40-$45. Plays & Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Street.


A scene from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, presented by the Kimmel Center and the Pennsylvania Ballet
The Nutracker by the Philadelphia Ballet.

🩰 THE NUTCRACKER. Written by Tchaikovsky, perfected by Balanchine, danced by the Philadelphia Ballet, under the direction of Angel Corella, in the regal Academy of Music. From December 9 through 28. $25-$255. 240 S. Broad Street.

Brunch at Craft Hall.

🎅🏽 SANTA CLAUS BRUNCH. Craft Hall sets up a buffet on December 11 and 18, 11am – 3pm. There will be French toast, shrimp & grifts, chicken & waffles, bottomless mimosas (and house drinks) — plus Santa for photos with kids and dogs. $40, $25 without liquor, free ages 5 & under. 901 S. Delaware Avenue.

Tuba Christmas.

🎼 TUBA CHRISTMAS. Dozens of Philly tubists take part in a tradition that oompahs across the world. Sounds better than it looks. December 11 at noon – 1pm and 6 – 7pm. Free. Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street.

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass.

🎺 A VERY BRASSY CHRISTMAS. The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass ensemble adds a genius jazz vibe to Christmas classics, including  Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah, during a concert on December 11 at 7pm at Penn’s Zellerbach Theatre. $48-$54. 3680 Walnut Street.

Children’s Holiday Spectacular by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

🧝 CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR. On December 10 at 11:30am, the Philadelphia Orchestra, storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston, and dancers from the Rock School perform pieces from The Nutcracker and sing-along holiday tunes — all before naptime. $27-$56. 300 S. Broad Street.

A Soulful Christmas.

🎶 A SOULFUL CHRISTMAS. J. Donald Dumpson leads nine adult and youth choirs, the Citywide Praise Dancers, Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, an organist, pianist, saxophonist and, your hosts, Ms. Patty Jackson and friends, this incredible collaboration of holiday gospel and spirituals. December 13 at 7:30pm. $35-$59. 300 S. Broad Street.


Locals shop for ornaments at Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Christmas Village. Photo by John Belleville Photography.
  • MADE IN PHILADELPHIA HOLIDAY MARKET: These are the Philly vendors outside City Hall in Dilworth Park. Open through January 1. 1 S. 15th Street.
  • HOLIDAY MARKETS AT THE PIER. Three Saturdays in December, at the already worth-a-visit Cherry Street Pier. December 10 & 17, noon – 5pm. 121 N. Columbus Boulevard.
  • NOW + THEN MARKETPLACE NAUGTY + NICE MERCHANDISE. A massive indoor market of more than 100 local vendors includes a party on December 6, 7pm – midnight and sale December 7, 10am – 3pm. Tendenza, 969 N. 2nd Street.
  • FEMINIST FLEA MINI MARKET. Can’t miss the 10 vendors of 50+ makers of jewelry, homewares, skin care, vintage and artist-made clothing, December 9, 6 – 10pm, Baby Tooth, BOK, 821 Dudley Street. $3-$5 donation requested.
  • LIBERTY FLEA AT BOK. Liberty Flea comes to South Philly for a vintage-meets-handmade market on December 10, 10am–5pm. 1901 S. 9th Street.
  • NORTHERN LIBERTIES HOLIDAY POP-UP. A holiday makers market in a bowling alley! 35+ vendors, ornament-decorating, photos with Krampus. Kid-friendly. December 10, 11am – 4pm. North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street.
  • DR. M¨UTTER’S MERRY EMPORIUM. Should your secret Santa skew scientific — and/or slightly macabre — the Mütter’s 40-vendor pop-up is the spot to pick up artsy taxidermy, occult skincare, etc. on December 11, 11am – 5pm. 19 S. 22nd St.
  • 🎅🏽 CHRISTMAS VILLAGE IN LOVE PARK + CITY HALL. Vendors line City Hall on two sides and fill LOVE Park through December 24, selling irresistible German and Ukranian ornaments, mugs of spiced wine, open-faced raclette sandwiches on crusty bread, Belgian fries, sweets … gifts galore: pottery, jewelry, candles, pet things, Eagles stuff. At City Hall only: a double-decker carousel, Ferris wheel and kiddie train. 15th Street and JFK Boulevard.


Tinsel Bar.
  • CRAFTSMAN ROW SALOON: 50,000 ornaments, Santa hats and nutcrackers everywhere, $17 burgers and holiday cocktails, 112 S. 8th Street.
  • McGILLAN’S OLDE ALE HOUSE: Old City Hall-adjacent standby feels like Aunt Pat’s after she’s had one too many eggnog martinis. 1310 Drury Street.
  • TINSEL: Over-the-top barely begins to capture Center City’s, crammed pop-up Christmas bar. $5 cover Fridays & Saturdays. 116 S. 12th Street.
  • U-VILLE (UPTOWN BEER GARDEN): Bundle up. This Grinch-inspired spread of lighted pergolas, tunnels, decor galore is outdoors. 1500 JFK Boulevard.



Cocktails at Craftsman Row Saloon. Photo by Eddy Marenco.

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