Hacking Black Friday: Everything to do in Philly except shop

Scuba Santa

Our guide to shopping for Black Friday is this: DON’T DO IT. The stores, whose deals won’t even really be good, will probably look like this:


However, Black Friday doesn’t have to suck. As long as you stay at least a half-mile from all Wal-Marts, Targets and Best Buys, it can be a fun day. Here are eight activities you can do in Philadelphia for Black Friday that have nothing to do with shopping.

Black Friday Comedy Marathon

What: Thirty-eight hours of comedy, featuring improv, stand-up and sketch performances

Where: Philly Improv Theater at 2030 Sansom St.

When: 10 a.m. Friday to midnight Saturday

Cost: $10 for a wristband that gives you entry to any show the whole time

Santa on SEPTA

What: Santas will be riding the El, the BSL and Regional Rail (Warminster and Media/Elwyn lines). The Santas will be be ice skating at Dilworth after the ride.

Where: The El, the BSL and Regional Rail

When: Between 10 and 10:30 a.m., board any stop along the way.

Cost: $1.80 for a token

Opening of Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest/The Lodge

What: Ice skating, ski-lodge-esque furniture, food, booze and family fun

Where: Market Street and Columbus Boulevard

When: 1 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Cost: Varies

Comcast Holiday Spectacular

What: Cool holiday scenes on the massive screens of the Comcast building’s lobby.

Where: Comcast building at 1701 JFK Boulevard

When: Every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Home Alone

What: One of the best holiday movies of all time.

Where: Your family room, on TBS.

When: 1 p.m.

Cost: Nothing if you have TBS. And the leftover turkey is free, too.

Modern Family marathon

What: Several episodes of a pretty good sitcom in a row.

Where: Your family room, on USA.

When: 7 p.m. to midnight

Cost: Nothing if you have USA.

Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration

What: We’re not completely sure, but there’s something called “Scuba Santa,” so it must be worth checking out.

Where: 1 Riverside Drive in Camden

When: Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can apparently meet “Scuba Santa” at 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $25.95 per ticket

A Philadelphia Nutcracker

What: The Northwest Philly rendition of the classic

Where: Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts, 3000 W. School House Lane in Germantown

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $25 per ticket

Thanks for reading another Billy Penn story

Seems you’re the kind of person who really digs in. Want more? Sign up for our free morning newsletter, the easy way to stay on top of Philly news.

Thanks for reading Billy Penn

Like the story above, everything we publish is powered by our members. If you enjoy reading, join today: Just $5/month makes more difference than you’d think.

Thanks for reading! We need you.

Reader donations power our newsroom. If Billy Penn helps you feel more connected to Philly, we’d love to count you as a member. Will you join us?

Lock in your support

Reader support powers our newsroom. A monthly membership helps lock it in.

Can we count on you as a Billy Penn sustainer?

Winning the local journalism game

Thank you: Member support powers our newsroom.

Know someone else who might like our work? Invite them to sign up for our free morning newsletter.