Philly has a wealth of amazing sandwiches, and the number of enticing options keeps growing. There's not enough time to try them all, but some are more worthy than others. Here's a list of five great sandwiches you might've missed in 2017. Don't worry, there'll always be a chance to try them next year.
Will you be eating seafood tonight? Lots of Philadelphia families will — especially if they're of Italian Catholic descent. The Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes tradition has been around for generations. It's so popular in Philly that Dec. 23 and 24 are the busiest days of the entire year for Ippolito's Seafood. Here's more on the origin of the ritual, and why no one knows for sure exactly where the "seven" came from.
This is it — your last chance to pick up gifts at Christmas Village and the Made in Philly Dilworth Park Wintergarden. It's bound to be a madhouse out there, so here's some help: We sifted through the two outdoor holiday markets to find the best picks.
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Don't want to be alone on Dec. 25? People of all faiths (or no faith) are welcome at this LGBT Community Center's annual potluck Christmas dinner, a general celebration of joy and caring. Call to say what dish you're bringing (if you can't bring anything this year, you're welcome anyway).
Where: William Way LGBT Community Center at 1315 Spruce St., 19107
When: December 25, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Boathouse Row will light up for Kwanzaa for the first time ever. MLK Drive will be closed to traffic between Eakins Oval and Sweet Briar Drive at 5 p.m., and a drum line procession from Paine’s Park to the Fish Ladder will begin soon after.
Where: Boathouse Row at Fairmount Fish Ladder, Schuylkill River Trail, 19131
When: December 26, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Morris Animal Rescue is hosting a series of happy hours to help with the costs of the org's big gala benefit (the Fur Ball). Expect discounts on beer (brewed on-site), cocktails and snacks — all proceeds go to the cause.
Where: Philadelphia Brewing Co. at 2440 Frankford Ave., 19125
When: December 27, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
This Wash West musical instrument store is hosting its first-ever live show. Neo-folk/rock artist Dan Montgomery will play, accompanied in the second set by Gus Cordovox on accordion and drums. Montgomery promises to play his season-appropriate classic, "I Hate New Year's Eve."
Where: Rustic Music at 259 S. 10th St., 19107
When: December 28, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Right next to the Regional Rail station in Ardmore is a Japanese grocery and sushi counter, which is hosting a one-day "Mochitsuki Festival." Throughout the afternoon, experts will be demonstrating the traditional way of making the dessert called mochi, which is done by pounding sticky rice with a wooden mallet in a hollow tree trunk. Taste samples after each performance and even try your hand at it.
Where: Maido at 5 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, 19003
When: December 29, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Demos and sample free