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Events Roundup 11-30-18

Carolers at the Singing Fountain, 2017.

Gold Star Park Clean-up
It’s your last chance to rake leaves!

When: Saturday, December 1, 10 am – 12 pm
Where: Gold Star Park, 625 Wharton St.
Details:  See the Facebook event.


Holiday Craft Bazaar and Visit with Santa Claus
Join the Friends of the Donatucci Library for a visit with Santa, enjoy some cookies, and shop for local hand-made crafts.

When: Saturday, December 1, 12 – 3 pm
Where: Thomas F. Donatucci Sr. Library, 1935 Shunk St.
More details: See the Facebook event.


Typewriter Letters to Santa
Children of all ages are welcome to type a letter to Saint Nick on decorated stationary using one of Philly Typewriter’s vintage machines. Take your letter home to mail to the North Pole or bring it to one of East Passyunk Avenue’s Photos With Santa events.

When: Saturday, December 1, 1 – 4 pm
Where: Philly Typewriter, 1439 East Passyunk Ave.
Details:  See the Facebook event.


Holiday Story Times
Reading and book signing by author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli

When: Sunday, December 2, 10:30 am
Where:  Tildie’s Toy Box, 1829 East Passyunk
Details:  See the Facebook event.


Gold Star Park Winter Lights Celebration
Kids’ art activity and celebration of lights.

When: Sunday, December 2, 4 pm
Where: Gold Star Park, 625 Wharton St.
Details:  See the Facebook event.


Winter Wonderland – South Street Headhouse Tree Lighting
Santa Claus will arrive on a firetruck, greet children, and collect their wish lists. Music, treats, and gift shopping will also be part of the event. CBS3 meteorologist Chelsea Ingram will help Santa count down to the official lighting of the tree at 5:00pm.

When: Sunday, December 2, 4 – 6 pm
Where: Historic Headhouse Shambles, 200 Lombard Street
Details: FREE. See their Facebook event.


Eagles vs. Redskins – Green Legion Home Game Tailgate
One of the best home tailgates in South Philly.
– All you can eat tailgate menu
– Drink specials
– No line or cover to access Xfinity Live! after the game

When: Monday, December 3, 3 – 7 pm
Where: Xfinity Live, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Tickets: Purchase tickets on their website.


Hanukkah Service in Headhouse Square
The lighting of the menorah led by Rabbi Yochonon Goldman of B’nai Abraham.

When: Monday, December 3, gather at 4:30 pm, ceremony at 5 pm
Where: Headhouse Square Fountain, 400 S 2nd St. (at Lombard)
Details: Check out their Facebook event.


Pyramid of Lights in Cianfrani Park – a Bella Vista tradition!
Come out and meet Santa, hear live music, and enjoy free hot chocolate provided by Guppy’s.

When: Tuesday,December 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (weather-permitting)
Where: Eighth and Fitzwater
Details: See the Facebook event.


NICE Friendraiser at Sidecar
Join Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary (NICE) for pizza, apps, and drinks. Half the proceeds benefit NICE.

When: Thursday, December 6, 5:30-8pm
Where: The Sidecar Bar & Grille, 2201 Christian Street
Details: Tickets $20. More info on their Facebook page.



All Month

East Passyunk Deck the Ave – A Month of Merrymaking!
Festivities will include the East Passyunk Pop Up Choir, Photos with Santa, Snow Globe Photos, Typewriter Letters to Santa, 8th Annual Ornament Show, Holiday Story Time, Holiday Mummers, Free Parking Saturdays, Holiday QOTA LGBTQ Happy Hour – and more. 

When: Assorted days & times
Where: East Passyunk Ave. from Broad to Wharton St.
Details: Visit their Facebook events page.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

2018 East Passyunk Avenue Tree Lighting

On Thursday, November 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) and Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC) will host the annual tree lighting party at the Singing Fountain, Tasker St. and East Passyunk Avenue. The event is free and families are welcome.
The celebration will include live music, carolers, holiday treats from Avenue businesses, shopping, and a visit from Santa Claus.

The 2017 tree at the Singing Fountain. Photo courtesy East Passyunk BID.

“We’re very excited to have CBS 3 joining to us to emcee the event once again,” said Adam Leiter, executive director of EPABID, “along with our neighborhood youth from Alphabet Academy and the Andrew Jackson School’s HOME Band to ring in the season with festive performances. Meteorologist Lauren Casey will collect unwrapped toys for the Toy Fest holiday toy drive sponsored by CBS 3 and CW Philly 57.”
After the party, revelers can strut down the Avenue with the Pennsport String Band for extended shopping hours as the Deck the Ave campaign kicks off with shopping, sales, and other festivities which will run through December.
“The tree lighting began in 2011 as a way to celebrate with the neighborhood in partnership with PARC, EPABID, East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Passyunk Square Civic Association,” said Leiter. “Originally it brought the neighborhood together around a decorated “tree” version of the Singing Fountain, though this will be the second year we will decorate a live tree at the fountain area.”
According to Bryan Fenstermaker, executive director of PARC, this year’s tree will be a 16-foot Frasier Fir born-and-raised in North Carolina. Urban Jungle at 1526 East Passyunk will deliver the tree on November 21. PARC hires John McClenny of Yes Dear! to install the lights and decorations in the days leading up to the event.
“The transition from the tree over the Singing Fountain to the stand-alone live tree has received positive feedback,” says Fenstermaker. “It’s a welcome change for our diligent cleaning crew. The old tree left lots of needles inside the fountain and caused the potential for drainage issues in the spring. It’s now much easier to keep the fountain clean during the holiday season.”
Fenstermaker says he’s gained experience in maintaining an outdoor tree in the past years. “At home you don’t have to tether ornaments to the tree, or keep dogs from using it as a bathroom post. In the wild it’s one thing, but we don’t want it to happen at this gathering spot.”
You can donate $10 to the CBS 3 and CW 57 Philly Toy Fest toy drive by texting JOY to 41444. EPABID and PARC would also like to thank their sponsor, Univest.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

‘Tis the season: Attend Singing Fountain tree lighting on Thursday

The first day of December is quickly approaching, meaning that the holiday season truly is getting into full swing.

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The “Miracle on 13th Street” has already lit up as a bright reminder of the holidays. The Singing Fountain tree is the next South Philly spectacle to see holiday lights. On Thursday, December 1, a tree lighting ceremony will be held on East Passyunk Avenue.

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Get into the holiday spirit with the Singing Fountain tree lighting this Thursday

Now that it’s December, the holiday season is getting into full gear.

The tree on last year's event, which drew more than 300 people. Pic by Austin Case.

Photo of a previous year’s tree lighting party.

The East Passyunk Avenue tree lighting ceremony at the Singing Fountain is happening on Thursday, December 3.

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