KYW To-Do List: Comedy nights, Boathouse Row lights, and more for Dec. 27-29

Rachel Kurland
December 27, 2019 - 4:00 am
Hanukkah lights at Boathouse Row

City of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Christmas has come and gone, but the holiday season is far from over.

In West Philadelphia, celebrate the 53rd anniversary of Kwanzaa with music, dance and a special guest: the founder of the holiday.

On the seventh night of Hanukkah, observe the Festival of Lights in a slightly more unconventional way: with improv comedy. A group dubbed The Marvelous Maccababes will re-enact the Hanukkah story with off-the-cuff improv and a latke of laughs.

Boathouse Row will be illuminated for both holidays, too —  a sight you definitely don’t want to miss.

There’s plenty more to do on The KYW To-Do List — ice skating, concerts and performances for the whole family — so scroll through to find all the things to do in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs this weekend. 



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EVENT: Boathouse Row lights

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ceremony takes place at Fairmount Fish Ladder, on Martin Luther King Drive, across the river from Boathouse Row

DETAILS: The City of Philadelphia, as well as the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, will light up Boathouse Row for Hanukkah on Sunday.

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: The Marvelous Maccababes Hanukkah

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 7 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St., Center City

DETAILS: Get ready for a latke laughter with an evening of miraculously and marvelously funny scenes based on the story of Hanukkah. Watch improvisers re-enact the Hanukkah miracle with some City of Brotherly Love flair. Each scene will be a totally different angle, depending on the audience’s dreidel spin.

PRICE: $12 for advanced tickets; $15 for day-of tickets


EVENT: Friday Nights: Festival of Lights

DATE/TIME: Friday, 5 to 8:45 p.m.

WHERE: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Fairmount

DETAILS: Enjoy Jewish liturgical chants with modern jazz sensibilities by saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart, as part of the museum’s Friday Nights and Holidays at the Museum series. 

PRICE: Included with museum admission. Tickets for four with a reserved table are also available.



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EVENT: Philadelphia's Kwanzaa Celebration

DATE/TIME: Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus, 5301 Media St., West Philadelphia

DETAILS: Join the Universal Kwanzaa Alliance for dancing, a drum ensemble, a marketplace, and more.

PRICE: $10


EVENT: 53rd Anniversary Celebration

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut St., West Philadelphia

DETAILS: Dr. Maulana Karenga, the founder of Kwanzaa, joins the annual celebration in Philadelphia, featuring a candle-lighting ceremony, entertainment, a marketplace and more.

PRICE: $10; seniors and children are discounted



Cirque Dreams Holidaze
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EVENT: Cirque Dreams: Holidaze

DATE: Shows run through Sunday

WHERE: Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Center City

DETAILS: Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2019 holiday season with its popular and electrifying stage spectacular, featuring a cast of cirque artists and theatrical talent that the whole family will enjoy.

PRICE: Tickets start at $40


EVENT: Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., Center City

DETAILS: Waltz into 2020 with Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert, showcasing a golden age of Viennese music, brimming with energy, merriment and romance. It is a glorious re-creation of the beloved Neujahrskonzert, the concert that has welcomed the new year for more than 80 years in Vienna and all over the world.

PRICE: Tickets start at $49


EVENT: Comedy Night at Herman’s 

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Herman’s Coffee, 1313 S. Third St., Pennsport 

DETAILS: Take a break between the holidays and laugh the night away at Herman’s final comedy night of the year. BYOB.




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EVENT: Mochitsuki Festival

DATE/TIME: Friday, 1 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Maido, 5 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

DETAILS: Experience traditional Japanese mochi-making with a hollowed out tree trunk and wooden mallet. Mochitsuki — meaning the pounding to make rice cake — is one of the traditional activities in Japan that you often see around New Year’s. Mochi-making performances will occur at 1, 1:45 and 2:30 p.m., and customers can taste and participate.

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Night Vision: Monsters, Myths, and Legends Tour and Happy Hour

DATE/TIME: Friday, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Penn Museum, 3260 South St., University City

DETAILS: Learn about the origins of legendary creatures and what exactly makes a monster. Through Night Vision, adults can see the Penn Museum from a whole new perspective during a happy hour with a twist: learning about the collections in the dark, with only flashlights to illuminate the way. Beer and hard cider provided. Attendees must be 21 or older. 

PRICE: $25 for adults; $20 for members. Ticket includes two drinks.



Holiday Garden Railway
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EVENT: Holiday Garden Railway

DATE/TIME: Through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Make the Holiday Garden Railway display a tradition for your family. The buildings and trains are all meticulously decorated for the holidays with lights that twinkle along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape. Attendees can also view the railway at night for an additional cost.

PRICE: Included with admission


EVENT: Character Skate at RiverRink

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Old City

DETAILS: Hit the ice with some of your favorite characters of all time. Come sporting the theme in your own snazzy attire and get ready for tons of fun with photo-ops, giveaways and more. Saturday’s theme is pirates.

PRICE: General admission to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is free. Ice skating tickets are $4 to skate or $14 to rent and skate. Tickets are available ahead of time online.


EVENT: Storytime at the Lodge

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Old City

DETAILS: Gather around for a weekly story hour at Blue Cross RiverRink’s lodge. Your little ones can enjoy a brand new story while munching on cookies and cocoa. This week’s story is “Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map.”

PRICE: General admission to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is free. Ice skating and food and drinks are pay-as- you-go.



The Struts
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EVENT: The Struts

DATE/TIME: Saturday and Sunday, 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Fillmore, 29 East Allen Street, Fishtown

PRICE: Tickets start at $35



DATE/TIME: Friday, 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Met Philadelphia, 858 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

PRICE: Tickets start at $35


EVENT: Greta Van Fleet

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Met Philadelphia, 858 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

PRICE: Remaining tickets start at $180


EVENT: Breakwater

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m.

WHERE: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., University City

DETAILS: Formed in 1971, Philadelphia's own Breakwater brings a fusion of funk, R&B and jazz to the stage. The newly reunited band is going full steam ahead with new music and some classic hits. 

PRICE: $20 to $30


EVENT: Parlour Noir

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 6 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Paris Bistro, 8235 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill

DETAILS: Since 2017, Parlour Noir has been a well-spring of traditional jazz music from the historic Mount Airy area. Join the eccentric six-piece ensemble for a special performance.

PRICE: $10