7 holiday activities for the family this weekend

     Roast marshmallows at this weekend's Winterfest at the Schuylkill Environmental Center. (Kristen Mosbrucker/for NewsWorks, file)

    Roast marshmallows at this weekend's Winterfest at the Schuylkill Environmental Center. (Kristen Mosbrucker/for NewsWorks, file)

    Here’s a list of holiday activities for families going on this weekend in Northwest Philly and throughout the city. 

    Pennsylvania Ballet’s First Nutcracker Market

    The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

    This season, Pennsylvania Ballet presents its first Nutcracker Market on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, plus a special Preview Party on Friday, Dec. 6. This festive holiday market — a fundraiser for Pennsylvania Ballet and The School of Pennsylvania Ballet — will feature 50 select exhibitors offering a variety of gifts and hand crafted works such as ornaments, jewelry, photography, and dance-inspired pieces.

    Tea with the Sugarplum Fairy

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

    Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. 

    Join the star of Philadelphia’s most anticipated holiday tradition for a magical afternoon of tea and tutus. Enjoy a delectable buffet and photo opportunity with the Sugarplum Fairy and experience a captivating matinee performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™!

    Tickets start at $85 (inclusive of performance & buffet)

    To order, contact Group Sales Manager Arajua Backman at 215.587.6921 or abackman@paballet.org, or visit 

    Winterfest at Sister Cities Park

    18th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Dec. 7-21 from 11a.m. to 2p.m.

    Come out into the cold and enjoy hot chocolate, kid-friendly activities and shop for holiday gifts at the Whole Foods Holiday Shop for Kids.

    In Northwest Philadelphia

    Holiday Bazaar at Northwestern Stables in Chestnut Hill 

    Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.The Holidays will never be the same. Kids will enjoy their first Reindeer Riding Lesson, take photos with Santa and his horse, make crafts and play games, all while mom and dad make their holiday purchases from local vendors.

    Gingerbread House Workshops at Bredenbeck’s Bakery

    8126 Germantown Avenue

    Saturdays, Dec. 7 & 14Sundays, Dec. 8 & 151 p.m. to 3 p.m.Kids learn to make impressive gingerbread houses. Parent and child are invited in for an afternoon of creativity and plenty of sweet treats. Cost: $65.

    Make your Own Wrapping Paper at the Woodmere Art Museum

    9201 Germantown Avenue/Bells Mills Road

    Saturday, Dec. 7 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Complete your holiday shopping and gifting with specially made wrapping paper. A great way to express creative energy and put a personal touch on gifts.

    Winterfest! at the Schuykill Environmental Center

    8480 Hags Mill Road

    Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon to 5 p.m.

    Celebrate the new season with our annual family festival with wreath-making, a camp-fire and good food. A great place to find nature inspired arts and crafts for gifting. Bid an official farewell to the fall with guided nature walks.

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