December 20 – January 5: Winter solstice celebrations | Ice Pop | Philadelphia History Museum book sale | Washington Crossing | Academy of Natural Sciences all-star week | Mummersfest | Kids’ New Year’s Eve | Shake Shack-Breakaway bike ride

Hi Eyes on the Street, we’ve extended this weekend event listing to keep you busy through the New Year. Enjoy!

REVEL: Winter Solstice Revelry

Friday, December 20. 6:30pm – 9pm. Trinity Memorial Church, 2212 Spruce Street. Celebrate the winter solstice with music, storytelling, meditation, libations and more this Friday at Trinity Memorial Church. Cost: $15 online, $20 at the door

SCULPT:  Ice Pop 2013

Friday, December 20. 7pm. Courtyard at 3 Logan Square. In their last Friday performance, ice sculptor Peter Slavin and his team of ice carvers will create an icy work of art and a unique holiday experience for attendees. In just one-hour, Slavin and his team will carve an original sculpture and put on an entertaining show set to music by The Beatles. Cost: $10

CELEBRATE: Manayunk Solstice Fire

Saturday, December 21. 3pm – 6pm. Canal View Park, Gay and Main streets, Manayunk. Manayunk is having a winter solstice celebration of its own this Saturday. The Manayunk Solstice Fire will ring in the first day of winter and shortest day of the year with a bonfire, drum circle, birds of prey show, free trolley rides and a visit from Santa Claus. Guests are invited to make wishes or affirmations on wishing sticks which will be used to build the bonfire. Free.

SHOP: Philadelphia History Museum’s holiday book sale

Saturday, December 21, 1pm – 4:30pm. Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 7th Street. Last minute shoppers can pick up books ranging from classic children’s tales to books on Philadelphia history at Saturday’s book sale. History buffs can also browse the museum’s 100,000 objects and artifacts. Pay as you go. 

REENACT: Washington Crossing the Delaware River

Wednesday, December 25. 1pm – 3pm. 1112 River Road. This free, annual reenactment imagines Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River on his way to Trenton, N.J. with the Continental Army. There they defeated Hessian troops, and the victory is said to have set the stage for Washington’s subsequent victories in Trenton and Princeton. Free.

SHOWCASE: Academy of Natural Sciences All-Star Week

Friday, December 27 – Monday, December 30. 11am-4pm. The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For four days during winter break, the Academy of Natural Sciences will host All-Star Week. Each day the Academy will showcase different animals in its collection. Friday brings “dino day.” Saturday is live animal day. Sunday is bird and bug day, and Monday is “weird-thing-in-a-jar-day.” Each day has unique programming and events tailored to the various species. Admission varies.


Saturday, December 28 – Tuesday, December 31. Times vary. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1200 Arch Street. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the Mummers, this is your chance. At MummersFest guests are invited to try on Mummers costumes, learn steps to the Mummers strut, make crafts and watch the designers put finishing touches on the floats that the Mummers will use in the 2014 New Year’s Day parade. Cost: $5, free for children under 4

COUNTDOWN: Kid’s New Year’s Eve Countdown

Tuesday, December 31. 3pm – 6pm. Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street. Franklin Square will host a family-friendly Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown. Beginning at 3pm the square will fill with music, dancing and craft making. The festivities will end with a countdown to 6pm when a square will be dropped in lieu of the famous ball and attendees will get a clear view of the 6pm fireworks at Penn’s Landing. Free. 

RIDE: Shake Shack/Breakaway Bike Ride

Saturday, January 4. 8:30am – 11am. 1923 Chestnut Street. The first Saturday of each month Breakaway Bikes and Center City’s Shake Shack team up for a 40-45 mile bike ride. The ride begins at 8:30am and ends at the restaurant, where riders can lock up their bikes on the spiffy new bike racks and get some much needed grub. Free. 

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