Winter officially begins this week, and Philly celebrates the solstice with a host of holiday events, concerts, performing-arts shows, exhibition openings and more.
A few notable seasonal shows wrap up their runs this week, including A Philly POPS Christmas: Spectacular Sounds of the Season at the Kimmel Center and A Christmas Carol at the Walnut Street Theatre, while Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical opens at the Merriam Theater.
From Thursday through Sunday, The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Glorious Sound of Christmas concert draws fans of classical music to the Kimmel Center, while the renowned and wildly entertaining Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s annual holiday show attracts energetic crowds to the Wells Fargo Center on Friday.
And there’s even more merriment on the horizon, with three different holiday movie screenings (It’s a Wonderful Life on Monday, Home Alone on Tuesday and Die Hard on Friday), The Franklin Institute’s holiday-themed Science After Hours event (Tuesday) and the Jingle Bars Philadelphia Holiday Bar Crawl (Saturday).
Also this week: The Flyers, 76ers and Eagles have home games, a couple of winter art exhibitions open — including the Pop-Up Museum at Eastern State Penitentiary! — and some makers markets pop up just in time for some last-minute gift shopping.