Holiday Happenings at Penn
November 25, 2014, Volume 61, No. 15
Department of Making + Doing Events
The Department of Making + Doing is a space shared by four organizations: NextFab, Breadboard, Public Workshop and The Hacktory Events at the University City Science Center.
Intro. to Sewing–Tuesday, December 2, 7-9 p.m. Learn the basics of sewing and go home with a finished tote bag. Tickets $39. Purchase tickets at http://dmdphilly.org/events/intro-to-sewing-12-02-12-03 Also Wednesday, December 3.
Morris Arboretum Holiday Garden Railway
The Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway—free with regular admission.Display is open daily November 28-January 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed December 24 & 25 and January 1).
The Holiday Garden Railway includes a quarter mile of track featuring model trains, all set in the Winter Garden of the Morris Arboretum. The buildings are decorated for the holidays with twinkling lights.
Holiday Garden Railway Grand Opening—Saturday, November 29, 1-3 p.m. Take part in a fun kid craft and delight in the sounds of the Classic Carolers, an acapella, costumed quartet who will serenade visitors throughout the garden. Free with regular Morris Arboretum admission.
During the Friday Night Lights events December 5, 12, 19 & 26, 4:30-7:30 p.m., start a new holiday tradition and come enjoy the Holiday Garden Railway all lit up and decorated for the season during special evening hours. Cost: members $9 (adult), $3 (child); non-members $16 (adult), $8 (child). Tickets: www.morrisarboretum.org
Morris Arboretum Holiday Classes
Holiday Wreath—Create a wreath from fresh, boughs of greens; Section A: December 6, 10 a.m.-noon; Section B: 1-3 p.m.; $50, $45/members.
Holiday Tabletop Tree with Lights—Saturday, December 13. Design your own tree from long-lasting greens, and choose your colors for bows and glass balls with fresh flowers; 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Section B: Monday, December 15, noon-2:30 p.m.; $60, $50/members.
Create a Beautiful Holiday Arrangement for Table or Mantle—December 20. Design an arrangement for your table or fireplace mantle. Choose from greens, flowers, candles and other accessories;10 a.m.-noon; $60, $50/members.
The Penn Ice Rink will host a Holiday Skate at the Class of 1923 Arena on Sunday, December 14 and December 21, at1:30 p.m. Free admission to anyone with a Toys for Tots donation. Info.: www.upenn.edu/icerink
Winter Beer Festival at World Cafe Live
Winter Beer Festival—Sunday, December 28. Sample the offerings of over 40 American craft breweries; 1-5 p.m.; $40 (ages 21+).
University Club’s Holiday Party
A University Club Holiday celebration will be held in the Living Room on December 17, 4-7 p.m. To RSVP or for more information about the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Penn Glee Club Holiday Concert
A winter tradition, the Penn Glee Club will return to Morris Arboretum on Saturday, December 6, 2-3 p.m. for their Annual Holiday Concert. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies in the garden. Free with Morris Arboretum admission.
Annenberg Center Holiday Performance
Christmas with Lúnasa & Karan Casey—Sunday, December 7. Called “the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet,” the all-star quintet will be joined by vocalist Karan Casey, an influential voice in contemporary Irish music; 7 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre; $20-$45.
World Cafe Live Holiday Performances
The Peek-A-Boo Revue Holiday Spectacular—Sunday, December 14. Old follies style dancing, knee slapping comedy, sultry singing and burlesque beauties perform modern and classic striptease; 7:30 p.m.; $25.
Nicole Atkins Holiday Throwdown!—Thursday, December 18. A neon noir tour de force of hi-def late-night pop; 8 p.m.; $14-$22.
Bobby Long: Acoustic Holiday Show—Friday, December 19. Join Bobby for a special holiday show;8:30 p.m.; $15-$17.
Deck the Halls with Aztec Two-Step—Sunday, December 21. The duo celebrates the holiday season with their own ATS classics plus a few of their holiday favorites; 4 p.m.; $28.
Broadway Rox Philly Presents Broadway Rox and Christmas Socks—Tuesday, December 23. EpicChristmas spectacular that is heartfelt, heartwarming and delightfully dysfunctional; 8 p.m.; $16.
New Year’s Eve Party with Dukes of Destiny—Wednesday, December 31. Philadelphia blues band; 10 p.m.; $30.
New Year’s Eve with Philly Bloco—Wednesday, December 31. Band will perform samba, funk and reggae; 10:30 p.m.; $25-$35.
Holiday Sale at the Museum Shop
The Annual Holiday Sale runs from Wednesday, December 3 through Sunday, December 7. The Museum Shop offers 15% off all purchases for Penn, UPHS and CHOP staff and students (with PennCard or employee ID); and 20% for Museum members. The Museum Shop offers a wide range of fair trade arts and crafts from around the world, as well as clothing, accessories, books and jewelry inspired by ancient and contemporary world cultures and the Penn Museum’s expansive international collections.
Visitors going exclusively to the Shop can enter for free. The Museum Shop is open during regular Museum hours. For more information, call (215) 898-4040. A selection of items is available at the Museum’s website, www.penn.museum/museum-shops.html Click on “Start Shopping.”
Fine Arts Program Ceramics Sale
The Undergraduate Fine Arts Program Ceramics Sale, Monday, December 8, on Locust Walk at 34th Street. 30% of the proceeds support Clay Scholarship for Penn clay students.
Penn Bookstore Sale-A-Bration
Take advantage of the Penn Bookstore’s Annual Winter Sale-A-Bration Thursday, December 11 and Friday, December 12. Save 20% on Penn branded merchandise, books, games and other items. Stop by from 4-6 p.m. and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies.
If you can't make it to the celebration, you can shop and save through this Year's Bookstore Catalogue, featuring a selection of insignia apparel and Penn merchandise. Go to www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pennbookstore/giftcatalog2014/
Computer Connection Holiday Sale
The Penn Computer Connection’s annual Holiday Wishbook is available, featuring gift ideas for all ages. To download a copy, visit www.upenn.edu/computerstore On December 11 and 12, in conjunction with the Penn Bookstore’s Winter Sale-A-Bration, stop by the Computer Connection on the second floor of the Bookstore for prizes, refreshments and giveaways. Remember, you can now trade in your old computer, tablet or phone for store credit.
Holiday Book Sale
The Walnut Street West Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia will hold a Book Sale on Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The proceeds will go toward after school programs for youth and the purchase of new books.
Holiday Craft Fair
Go West! Holiday Craft Fest—Sunday, December 14. Work from local artists and crafters in a holiday setting; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; The Rotunda. For vendor list and glimpse of what will be for sale, see http://gowestcraftfest.blogspot.com
Morris Arboretum Holiday Sale
Morris Arboretum Holiday Sale—Wednesday, December 17-Sunday, January 4. 10-40 percent off winter and holiday items in the Gift Shop, located in the George D. Widener Education & Visitor Center. Info.: www.morrisarboretum.org
Peace Around the World Celebration
Celebrate the holiday season at this family-oriented event on Saturday, December 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Penn Museum. Visitors will receive a “Passport for Peace” upon arrival, then depart on a world tour throughout the Museum’s international galleries to explore holiday festivals, history, cuisine and traditions from various cultures. Free with Museum admission or PennCard.
International House Holiday Film
Exhumed Films presents: WTF X-MAS! on Tuesday, December 9 at 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening of confounding Christmas craziness, featuring a collection of the most bizarre holiday shorts and cartoons ever made, plus feature film: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny; $10, $8/IHP members. Purchase tickets at http://ihousephilly.org
CA Christmas Party
The Christian Association’s annual Christmas Party will take place on Wednesday December 10, 6:30 p.m., at the CA House.
The Makuu Black Cultural Center is hosting a Kwanzaa Celebration Dinner, Thursday, December 11, 6 p.m. in Hall of Flags, Houston Hall.