University Chorus, Chamber Singers and Concert Band perform
The University Chorus will perform Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” for chorus, keyboard, harp and percussion, along with a selection of motets, spirituals and music of the Renaissance period. Concert selections include “Chichester Psalms” and “O Magnum Mysterium.” The Drexel Concert Band will perform American classics that will celebrate the rich history of our country, the United States of America. In the wake of several recent national tragedies, we are to be reminded of the freedoms we all enjoy each day as well those who work each day to protect this great nation.
Main Auditorium (chorus) and Mandell Theater (band)
Dec. 8, 3 p.m. (chorus), 7 p.m. (band)
South Street Headhouse District’s Winter Wonderland
Come out Sunday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. to the Headhouse Shambles on 2nd Street between Pine and South streets for a hub of holiday shopping and activities. There will be handcrafted jewelry from Moon & Arrow as well as local artisans selling their wares. The night ends with an official holiday tree lighting!
Headhouse Square Shambles, 2nd Street between Pine and South streets
Sunday, Dec. 8, 4-7 p.m.
Handmade in Philadelphia art sale
The Handmade in Philadelphia art sale returns this year with even more items created by Philadelphia-area artisans. The mobile art gallery is stopping at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia in Rittenhouse Square. Gather up your friends and family to participate in this one-of-a-kind holiday season art sale this weekend!
Ethical Society Building, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square
Friday, Dec. 6, 5-7 p.m. (reception); Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (exhibition and sale)
Cost: pay as you go
Elfreth’s Alley Deck the Alley Holiday Open House
The residents of America’s oldest continuously residential street, Elfreth’s Alley, will once again open their doors for the annual Deck the Alley open house Saturday, Dec. 7. The architectural details of the alley date back to the 18th century and have been painstakingly preserved over the years. The price of admission includes seasonal refreshments, colonial carolers and an appearance by Ben Franklin! Come on out!
Elfreth’s Alley Museum, 126 Elfreth’s Alley
Saturday, Dec. 7, 3-7 p.m.
Cost: $25 adult, $10 student, $55 family
Philadanco performs for the holidays
Contemporary dance troupe Philadanco celebrates famed African-American choreographer Christopher Huggins in its annual winter performance series at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts this weekend. The dance troupe is in its 44th season, and the performance will feature excerpts from six compilations of Huggins’ work. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Philadanco!
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce streets