Holiday events for everyone on your list

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Looking for something to do on Dec. 25 …. and beyond?
History lesson: Washington Crossing State Park’s Christmas Day reenactment of George Washington’s Delaware River crossing, with several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress, is set for 1 p.m. Dec. 25. The park will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Call (215) 493-4076.
Family fun day: The National Museum of American Jewish History hosts the program Being _______ at Christmas from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 25. Activities include music, crafts, comedy, storytime, face painting and more. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors ages 65 and up and youth 13-21; free for children 12 and under and active military with ID. The museum is at 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia. Call (215) 923-3811 or check www.nmajh.org.
Let’s skate: The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, on the west side of Philadelphia City Hall, is open through Feb. 22. Hours on Dec. 25 are 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is $3 for children 10 and under, $4 for adults. Skate rentals will be $8. For more information, check www.ccdparks.org/dilworth-park/rothmanicerink.

All-Star Days
Academy of Natural Sciences: Dec. 27-30, the Center City science museum at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, will showcase special programs and events and open the “Chocolate: The Exhibition” hot chocolate bar. Dec. 27 is Dino Day; Dec. 28 is Live Animal Day; Dec. 29 is Bird and Bug Day; and Dec. 30 is Weird-Thing-in-a-Jar Day. Admission is $15.95; $13.95 for children 3-12, seniors and members of the military. See www.ansp.org or call (215) 299-1000.
Climb a tower
Fonthill Museum: A Tower Tour for Families is offered at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Jan. 3 at the museum, East Court Street and Route 313, Doylestown. Cost is $12, $6 for children. Register by calling (215) 348-9461.
Meet a queen
Ambler Theater: Family Stages presents “The Snow Queen” at 11 a.m. Dec. 27 at the theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, free for children under 3. Call (215) 886-9341, email familystages@gmail.com or go to www.familystages.org.
Jam session
World Cafe Live’s family-friendly Peanut Butter and Jams series presents “Alaska’s Fiddling Poet” Ken Waldman at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17. Waldman, who grew up in Lafayette Hill, will be accompanied by Brian Vollmer during the audience-interactive show of fiddle tunes, poetry and Alaska-set stories. Tickets are $10. World Cafe Live is at 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 222-1400 or visit www.worldcafelive.com.
On ice
Wells Fargo Center: Disney on Ice presents “Frozen” through Jan. 4 at the arena, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $30-$105. For show times visit www.comcasttix.com or call (800) 298-4200.
Trains and tales
Brandywine River Museum of Art: “A Brandywine Christmas” is on view through Jan. 4. Discover the O-gauge model train display of more than 1,000 pieces, with trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track, and thousands of whimsical Critters (ornaments and decorations handcrafted by volunteers from all natural materials) displayed on towering trees soaring up through the museum’s three-story rotunda. “Enchanted Castles and Noble Knights” also runs through Jan. 4, 2015. Iconic paintings and drawings that bring to life the romantic and daring stories of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and other tales of quests and chivalry are showcased. For admission information, visit brandywinemuseum.org or call (610) 388-8326.

The following is a sampling of holiday events in the region.
“Joi to the World,” an evening with singer Joilet Harris, starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $20. Contact (215) 654-0200 or info@act2.org.
Reading Terminal Market’s 500-square-foot Holiday Railroad will run through Dec. 31, starting at 10 a.m. daily, in the Piano Court, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia.
Also open is the Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway exhibit. The arboretum is at 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Philadelphia. Morris Arboretum’s Friday Night Lights at the Holiday Garden Railway returns 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 26. This is a separate admission from daytime visitation and advance tickets are required. Cost is $16, $8 for children. Friday Night Lights features the model trains in action and decorated for the holidays, zipping around famous Philadelphia historic buildings adorned in winter finery. Pack a flashlight and have your children help lead the way through the garden as night falls. And at each Friday Night Lights event, Bredenbecks bakery in Chestnut Hill will give away 200 sweet treats. Cocoa and snacks will also be available for purchase at the Visitors Center. To purchase tickets via Ticket Leap, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.
The City of Allentown’s drive-through light display, Lights in the Parkway, runs along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard through Dec. 28. Admission is $12 per car. For hours and more information, call (610) 437-7757.
The Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concerts at the Center City Macy’s, 1300 Market St., Philadelphia, run through Dec. 31. The Christmas Light Show happens daily every two hours while the store is open. Call (215) 241-9000.
The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is shown hourly 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except 5 p.m. on weekdays) through New Year’s Day at the Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia. The 15-minute show includes “Jingle Bell Rock,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and a moment from The Nutcracker performed by the Philadelphia Ballet. New this year is a “Carol of the Bells” animation featuring the sounds of a 64-piece orchestra.
Inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin, the show “Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square” features a nighttime show of more than 50,000 lights, featuring a 12-foot-tall kite made of lights. Running through Dec. 31, the display at 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia, is coordinated to holiday music by The Philly Pops, including the sounds of “The Nutcracker,” eight times daily every 30 minutes between 4:30 and 8 p.m., weather permitting.
Another hotspot for lights is the 1600 block of South 13th Street, between Tasker and Morris streets, Philadelphia. There’s even a “The Miracle on South 13th Street” Facebook page.

Inspiring imagination
Philadelphia Center for Architecture: “Constructing Play: A Classic Building Toy Exhibition” is on view through Jan. 29 at the center, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia. Visitors old and young can show off their building skills and create the house or city of their dreams at hands-on maker stations. A “Stick-Let Structures” family workshop is set for 1 p.m. Dec. 13 and “Be a K’Nex Expert” is on tap for 1 p.m. Dec. 20 (tickets are required). Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Check out www.philadelphiacfa.org.
Two venues
Art Museum /Fabric Workshop and Museum: “Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals,” the largest solo exhibition in the United States by the Puerto Rico-based collective. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present three films, a new sound work and performances of choral and orchestral works in the museum’s Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, 2525  Pennsylvania Ave., Philadelphia. At The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch St., Philadelphia, there’s a second installation, featuring the sculpture and performance work “Lifespan,” three-channel video installation “The Great Silence” and an “Intervals” sculptural installation. Admission is free at The Fabric Workshop and Museum and hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Check www.philamuseum.org and www.fabricworkshopandmuseum.org.



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