Christmas calls for a Christmas-shape cake. What's that, you ask? Try the yule log cake from Night Kitchen Bakery. From mid-December through Christmas, the tiny, 350-square-foot pastry room at the Chestnut Hill bakeshop is a nonstop flurry of activity. Also called bûche de Noël, this traditional Christmas treat mimics the look of a real Yule log (like the one on TV) in sugary, edible form. It’s usually decorated with some kind of “mushrooms,” but many places go above and beyond to deck theirs out in style. Watch how Night Kitchen makes their yule log cake.
What’s on your table for Christmas dinner? All families who celebrate the holiday have their own traditions, but what’s most likely to be served on Dec. 25 can vary depending on where you live. For dessert, gingerbread is hotter right now in the Johnstown-Altoona region than anywhere else in Pa., while fruitcake is what’s getting Erie-area dwellers excited. Philly is all about the pound cake. For dinner ... lots of roasts! But what you're roasting depends on where you live. Check out this map of what Pennsylvania eats for Christmas.
Whether it's desserts, booze, lights or events you're after this holiday season, we have the all in one place. Our Holidays in Philly guide will help you figure out where to eat, shop and visit this time of year, with some photos of crazy light displays thrown into the mix. Bonus: Click "follow this" to get an email alert when there's something new to see or do.