PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Regardless of the weather forecast this weekend, there will be ice. 

More than two dozen ice sculptors will take over Fishtown on Saturday for the second annual Fishtown Freeze, where they will hand-carve pieces at several locations around the neighborhood. Philly’s finest will be on display, like a Draft Latte from La Colombe, a Fishtown fish, and, of course, Gritty.

On the way to the next sculpture, check out the gingerbread workshop, a photo op with Santa or a flea market to knock out your holiday shopping.

Old City is keeping the Christmas spirit alive and well — in the form of actual libations. Don your best Santa costume at the Santapalooza bar crawl, or enjoy live music and art at a Motown Christmas-themed event at the Philly Art Collective.

The kids can get in the fun, too: Roll out of bed Sunday morning and head to Dilworth Park for a pajama party with Saint Nick, including an à la carte breakfast and ice skating. You can literally say “I woke up like this.”

Plan the rest of your winter outings with The KYW To-Do List, your guide for all things to do in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. Listen to our top picks below.



EVENT: Santapalooza

DATE/TIME: Saturday; registration is from 4 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Registration at JJ Bootleggers, 35 S. Second St., Old City 

DETAILS: Dress up as Santa or one of his special helpers for this holiday-themed bar crawl in Old City. Your wristband gives you a free cover at participating bars. Unlock even more deals by downloading the Bar Crawl Nation App. 

PRICE: General admission is $20; general admission plus a Santa hat is $25


EVENT: Holiday PJ Party with Santa

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Center City

DETAILS: Wear your comfiest pajamas and come hungry for a special breakfast with Santa event. There will be arts and crafts before a special skating sessions with Saint Nick.

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Motown Christmas

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Philly Art Collective, 253 N. Third St., Old City

DETAILS: Take a step back in time with this Motown-themed event. There will be artwork, vendors, food, live music, holiday refreshments and more. 

PRICE: The first 1,000 tickets are free. Tickets will be based on donations afterward.



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EVENT: Fishtown Freeze

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

WHERE: Various locations in Fishtown

DETAILS: In its second year, Fishtown FestivAle and Fishtown Co are bringing back this family-friendly festival with a day full of events. There will be dozens of live ice sculptors carving at various locations, as well as the opportunity to do some holiday shopping, take photos with Santa, and decorate everything from cookies to gingerbread houses.

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Clover Market

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

WHERE: Baldwin School Athletic Center, 701 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr

DETAILS: More than 70 vendors will be featured in this holiday market, and there will be a special early bird shopping hour on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. Tickets are required for the early hour shopping. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Valley Forge Beer and Cider Festival

DATE/TIME: Saturday; 12:30 to 4 p.m. or 5:30 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks

DETAILS: Try more than 100 different ciders and beers during this special event. There will be food trucks, an ugly sweater concert, a meet-and-greet with Santa, and more. The beer and cider samplings are divided into two sessions.

PRICE: $45 online in advance; $55 day of



EVENT: Chester Children’s Chorus Winter Concerts

DATE/TIME: Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lang Music Concert Hall at Swarthmore College, 6 Whittier Place, Swarthmore

DETAILS: The choir, made of up 110 Chester kids and teens, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The young students, who have been rehearsing with the after-school program each week, will perform their winter concert series.

PRICE: Free to attend



DATE/TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m.

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

PRICE: Tickets start at $42


EVENT: Tuba Christmas

DATE/TIME: Sunday, noon and 6 p.m.

WHERE: Commonwealth Plaza inside the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Center City

DETAILS: More than 100 regional tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players will come together for two special holiday performances. 

PRICE: Free to attend


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