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Coldest Christmas Eve-Christmas Day in over 30 years

Expecting a new scarf or mittens under the tree? You might need them in Philly this Christmas, which is forecast to be one of the chilliest in recent memory.

  • When a cold front at the end of the week blasts the region with arctic air — and snarls plane and highway travel — temps won’t get out of the 20s, according to the National Weather Service.

That would make for this city’s coldest combination of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day since 1989, per meteorologist Sarah Johnson.

Ice skating at the Rothman Rink outside City Hall in Dilworth Park Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

What does your neighborhood smell like?

Ginger, peppercorn, tobacco leaf, aged teak, sandalwood, amber, dark musk: that’s how Wynnefield “smells” to Jocelyn Johnson and Nadira Tarboro-Howard.

  • At Philadelphia Candle Co., the pair of entrepreneurs are trying to capture the vibes of different parts of the city — via scent — in a coconut wax, hand-poured candle.

So far the women have fashioned aromas for nine neighborhoods, Asha Prihar reports, and they make a great last-minute gift.

Philadelphia Candle Co. makes scents inspired by Philly neighborhoods and places Credit: Samantha Searles / WHYY

RECAP: What else happened?

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The story you didn’t read

⭐ Highlighting good BP articles you might’ve missed ⭐

  • Headlines of Yore: Remembering Joey Giardello, the South Philly boxing champ who beat ‘Hurricane’ Carter and sued over a Hollywood biopic.


Nothing on Mayor Kenney’s public schedule today. Earlier this week he appointed Basil Merenda, a Wolf admin veteran, as new head of the city’s Department of Labor. His former deputy mayor of labor, Rich Lazer, resigned last month.


? Unique Christmas Day activity — a bit pricey, but it’s the holidays: For $95, you can learn how to make your own pot stickers at the Philadelphia Dumpling Academy. (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25)

?️ Have guests coming or just want to play tourist? Take the special holiday edition of the Official Historic Philadelphia Walking Tour, a 45-min jaunt through Old City that ends with hot chocolate. $15 adults, $7 kids. (Monday-Friday, Dec. 26-30)

? Calling all Harry Potter fanatics: the “Hogwarts Express” lineup is bringing a marathon of all eight of the movies to the Philadelphia Film Center at Broad and Chestnut. Tickets are $14. (Monday-Saturday, Dec. 26-31)