Holiday Happenings at Penn
November 24, 2015, Volume 62, No. 15
Morris Arboretum Holiday Garden Railway
The Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway—free with regular admission. Display is open daily November 27-January 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed December 24 & 25 and January 1).
Holiday Garden Railway Grand Opening—Saturday, November 28, 1-3 p.m. Come see the Holiday Garden Railway dressed in its wintry finest and enjoy a fun craft for the kids. Free with garden admission.
During Friday Night Lights on December 4, 11 & 18, 4:30-7:30 p.m., enjoy the Holiday Garden Railway all lit up and decorated for the season during special evening hours. Cost: non-members $16/adult, $8/child; members $9/adult, $3/child. Tickets: http://www.morrisarboretum.org
Morris Arboretum Holiday Classes
Holiday Wreath—Saturday, December 5. Create a wreath from fresh boughs of greens; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; $50, $45/members.
Holiday Tabletop Tree with Lights—Saturday, December 12. Design your own tree from long-lasting greens and decorate with bows, glass balls, fresh flowers and lights; 9:30 a.m.-noon; $60, $50/members.
Create a Beautiful Holiday Arrangement for Table or Mantle—Saturday, December 19. Design a one-of-a-kind arrangement with greens, flowers, branches, candles and accessories; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; $60, $50/members.
Holiday Wellness Walk
Holiday Wellness Walk—Friday, December 11. Adorn yourself in holiday attire for your choice of a 1- or 2-mile route; meet by the Ben statue in front of College Hall; noon. Register: https://www.hr.upenn.edu/myhr/registration
The Penn Ice Rink will host two Holiday Skate events at the Class of 1923 Arena on Sunday, December 13 and Sunday, December 20 from 1-2 p.m. Admission is free with the donation of a new toy for Toys for Tots. Information: http://www.upenn.edu/icerink
University Club’s Rum & Cocktail Tasting
Sip signature cocktails and sample unique flavors at a Rum & Cocktail Tasting on Wednesday, December 2, 5-7 p.m.; $22. Tickets: http://upenn.edu/universityclub
Winter Beer Festival at World Cafe Live
Sample the offerings of over 40 craft breweries on Sunday, December 27; noon-4 p.m.; $45 (ages 21+). Tickets: http://worldcafelive.com
The Penn Glee Club will perform their sixth annual holiday concert at the Morris Arboretum.Photo courtesy of the Morris Arboretum
Penn Glee Club Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 5. A winter tradition: the Penn Glee Club will return to Morris Arboretum for their annual holiday concert with hot cocoa and cookies in the garden; 2-3 p.m.; free for PennCard holders.
Christmas with David Phelps
Sunday, December 6. Classic Christmas music performed by Southern Gospel recording artist David Phelps; 6 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium; $35-$45. Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/ojgtlbh
Penn Flutes: An English Holiday
Friday, December 11. Traditional holiday music performed by Penn Flutes; 12:30 p.m.; Penn Museum; free with Museum admission.
Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays
Saturday, December 12. A cappella ensemble known for their stunning vocal prowess rooted in the rich textures of African American legacy; 8 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center; $25-$55. Tickets: http://www.annenbergcenter.org
Saturday, December 19. A fun, family-friendly salute to the holidays featuring Combs Family Magic; 3 p.m.; The Rotunda; $15. Tickets: http://xmasfollies.bpt.me/
World Cafe Live Holiday Performances
An Acoustic Christmas with Over The Rhine—Thursday, December 3. Longtime partners Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, known for lyrical eloquence, emotional nuance and melodic soulfulness; 8 p.m.; $24.
Cartoon Christmas Trio—Sunday, December 13. Classic tunes from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” the way they were meant to be heard, with piano, upright bass, drums and children’s voices; 6 p.m.; $12.
The York Street Hustle 5th Annual Holiday Spectacular—Friday, December 18. Motown holiday classics and deep cuts from Detroit, Memphis, Chicago and beyond; 8 p.m.; $15.
Holidelic—Saturday, December 19. This holiday funk-tacular blends the influences of P-Funk, Sly Stone and other 1970s and ’80s funk and soul bands; 8 p.m.; $25.
Peek-A-Boo Revue—Sunday, December 20. No sugar but all the spice, the “Slay Belles” are back to rock your holiday with good tidings and naughty sightings; 7:30 p.m.; $25.
KeyStone A Cappella Holiday Show—Tuesday, December 22. A fun-filled evening of favorite holiday songs with this six-voice group based in Philadelphia; 8 p.m.; $18.
A Very Philly Christmas—Wednesday, December 23. Holiday tunes from 20+ local artists, an ugly sweater contest, special guest emcees and giveaways; proceeds benefit music education in Philadelphia; 7:30 p.m.; $3, $5/door.
Mistletoe Jam 2015: John Faye “Meddling Kid” Record Release—Saturday, December 26. Performers include Dr. Beardface & the Spaceman, Joey DiTullio, The Captain The Pilot The Driver, Kid Felix, John Faye & Those Meddling Kids! and Molly Rhythm; 6:30 p.m.; $15 includes a copy of John Faye’s album.
Start Making Sense NYE Takeover—Thursday, December 31. The seven-piece Talking Heads tribute band teams up with Lovetester, Selectronics and DJ Kaos to help you dance your way into 2016; 9 p.m.; $25-$50.
UCAL Holiday Craft Show
Gifts hand-made by 30 local artists at the Arts League's gallery. Opening reception Friday, December 4, 6-8 p.m.; shop open daily December 4-20, Mon.-Fri. 5-8 p.m., Sat. & Sun. noon-6 p.m. Vendors and info.: http://www.ucartsleague.org
Penn Bookstore Sale-A-Bration
Thursday, December 10 & Friday, December 11. Save 20% storewide and enjoy holiday treats, including free festive photos from 2-6 p.m. and hot cocoa and cookies from 4-6 p.m.
Computer Connection Holiday Sale
December 10 & 11. In conjunction with the Bookstore’s Sale-A-Bration; prizes, refreshments and giveaways; second floor, Bookstore.
Go West! Craft Fest
Sunday, December 13. 100+ local artists and crafters; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Rotunda. Vendors and info.: http://gowestcraftfest.blogspot.com
The recently renovated Penn Museum Shop features unique and fair trade gifts.Photo courtesy of the Penn Museum
Holiday Sale at the Penn Museum Shop
December 15-20. The Museum Shop will offer all PennCard and Penn Medicine card holders a 25% discount. International clothing, accessories, jewelry, pottery, statuary, crafts, books and toys evoke the many cultures in the Museum’s renowned galleries. Entry is free to PennCard holders; the Shop is open during regular Museum hours. Info.: (215) 898-4046.
Morris Arboretum Holiday Sale
Tuesday, December 15-Sunday, January 3. Save 10-40% off winter, gift and holiday items in the Gift Shop. Info.: http://morrisarboretum.org
Socks featuring electrocardiograms, jellyfish, atoms and DNA, founded by Rachel Senturia, C’06; available at http://stemsocks.com/
Peace Around the World Celebration
Saturday, December 5. Visitors will receive a “Passport to Cultures” featuring itineraries to visit countries and explore holiday traditions from around the globe; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Penn Museum; free with Museum admission or PennCard.
Monday, December 7. Hosted by Makuu Black Cultural Center; 6 p.m. in Hall of Flags, Houston Hall.
CA Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 9. Hosted by the Christian Association;6:30 p.m. at the CA House.
Holiday Party & Adopt a Family Donation Drop-off
Tuesday, December 15. Hosted by WPPSA; donations for adopted family will be accepted; noon; room 217, Stiteler Hall.