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Learn up on champagne in time for New Year’s Eve

Want tips on what kind of bubbly to buy for Dec. 31? Join sommelier Toya Woodland at this Brewerytown tavern for a quick session in all things champagne. She'll offer tastes of Pommery Brut NV, JCB 21 cremant from burgundy, Vilarnau Cava and Berlucchi Franciacorta Brut NV as she explains how it's made and which bottles are worth a splurge.

Where: 2637Brew at 2637 W. Girard Ave., 19130

When: December 27, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: $20


William Way annual Christmas potluck

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


See why making Japanese mochi treats is an artform

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


Spend Xmas Eve with a bunch of beer geeks

If you're not doing the family thing on Christmas Eve, head out on the town to Varga Bar's annual party. Expect lots of rare beers and discounts on others, plus special snacks like fried PB&J and Mickey Mouse pancakes.

Where: Varga Bar at 941 Spruce St., 19107

When: December 24, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to December 25, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Skate with Santa in Northeast Philly

Mr. Claus will make his annual appearance at the ice rink in this Oxford Circle rec center. Admission is free and skate rentals are $3.

Where: Tarken Ice Rink at 6220 Frontenac St., 19111

When: December 24, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

How much: Free admission, free Santa, $3 skates


Live ice carving in Franklin Square

If you're looking for a distraction after last-minute gift shopping or a place to take visiting family, catch a live ice carving demo in Old City. You can watch sculptures appear out of blocks of frozen water right before your eyes.

Where: Franklin Square at 200 N. 6th St.

When: December 23, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How much: Free


Everything you need to know about Kwanzaa

CNN commentator and activist Marc Lamont Hill's Germantown bookstore and cafe is up and running and hosting events. This one will see presenter Maisha Sullivan-Ongoza lead people through the history, principles, and mission of the seven day festival that celebrates African and African American culture and history.

Where: Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books at 5445 Germantown Ave., 19144

When: December 23, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How much: Free; seating is limited


First-ever Kwanzaa celebration at Boathouse Row

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.


Kwanza Week celebration

In honor of Pennsylvania's Kwanza Week resolution, celebrate the African American holiday with cultural presentations and performances by local artists.

Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia at 701 Arch St. 19106

When: December 30, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Look for night birds on the shortest day of the year

Resident birding expert Toribird will lead a special winter solstice expedition (by candlelight) to peep feathered creatures as the sun goes down. The Fairmount Park walk will be followed by bird-themed crafting with seasonal treats and music around the firepits.

Where: The Woodlands at 4000 Woodlands Ave., 19104

When: December 21, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

How much: Free / pay as you go


Used bikes for sale at $20 and up

If someone on your list would love a gift with two wheels, head to this North Philly bike shop to browse a wide selection in a one-day sale. Expect BMX, mountain bikes, road bikes and more. Sale repeats on Dec. 23.

Where: Simple Cycle at 455 N. 6th St. 19140

When: December 18, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


BYO cheese to ‘Cheesemas’ in Kensington

Tenaya Darlington, aka Madame Fromage, is hosting a cheesed out holiday party for kindred cheese-loving spirits. Bring your own wedge or hunk to add to the potluck table, and be ready to browse cheese-themed art as you sip cider from Ben Wenk or cocktails from the bar.

Where: Martha at 2113 E. York St., 19125

When: December 20, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much: BYO cheese, pay-as-you-go drinks


Rally for protected bike lanes along 13th Street

The past two weeks have seen one cyclist killed and another with legs crushed as they were riding along bike lanes in Center City. This action, during which people will form a human chain separating bikes from cars, calls on the city to make protected bike lanes a priority.

Where: 13th Street Bike Lane at 13th & Pine

When: December 19, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

How much: Free


Holiday cooking decorating with kids + coffee

Bring the kids out for this Pennsport newcomer's inaugural holiday cookie decorating party — supplies are free for the little ones. Also expect a special assortment of hot chocolates and homemade marshmallows on offer.

Where: Herman's Coffee at 1313 S. 3rd St., 19147

When: December 17, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Melty raclette cheese gets fancy at Good King

Move over, Sunday gravy. Step aside, raclette baguette at Christmas Village. At this French tavern in Bella Vista, chef Nich Bazik is doing a weekly special of the oozy, melted cheese, baked in a pan with salt-roasted potatoes. It's served with ham, mustards, cornichons and greens in a size meant to share for $17.

Where: The Good King Tavern at 614 S. 7th St., 19147

When: December 17, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

How much: $17


Punk Rock Flea Market lands at the Bok

Philly's favorite funky bi-annual flea market is back at a new location, with 140 vendors (different each day) offering clothing, records, crafts, art and other "punk junk." Admission is good for both days, and there'll be food and coffee for sale. Also, dogs are welcome (!).

Where: Boy’s gym and first floor at Bok at Enter at 9th and Mifflin Streets

When: December 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to December 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

How much: $3 at the door (12 and under free)


Marconi Plaza’s first-ever tree lighting

Take part in what's expected to become an annual tradition at Marconi Plaza. Meet at the west side of Broad Street near the Columbus statue and bring an ornament to hang on the tree.

Where: Marconi Plaza at Marconi Plaza 19148

When: December 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

How much: Free


North Fifth Street Winter Festival

Carolers, hot chocolate, gifts and trolley rides will get you in the holiday spirit at this annual celebration in Olney. Santa will be there, too!

Where: La Caleñita Bakery at 5034 N. Fifth St. 19120

When: December 16, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Free coffee and hot chocolate because Star Wars

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI coffee cart and prizes! In honor of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opening Friday, visit the Commerce Square courtyard for FREE coffee and hot chocolate. Choose the light side (hot chocolate) or dark side (coffee) and enter-to-win prize packs including STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Fandango movie tickets and promotional items.

Where: Commerce Square at 2005 Market Street

When: December 13, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

How much: Free