City Hall Courtyard
Date & Time
Date: 11/17/2018 - 12/24/2018
Time: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Stroll through the historic portals of Philadelphia City Hall and experience a winter wonderland. Take a spin on the carousel and shop a multitude of vendors for unique gifts perfect for holiday giving. Children & adults can enjoy the carousel for only $3 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window next to the carousel.Don’t forget to stop by INSPIRE to learn about 100% clean power and how you can join the movement to create a brighter energy future!
As part of the 2018 Philly Holiday Festival, Welcome America, Inc. and the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy will present live arts programming on the Courtyard stage alongside other holiday activities and shops happening at the center of the city. For the four weeks of the Festival in December, visit the Courtyard stage on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00-4:00 p.m. to experience live holiday music, dance performances and arts activities representing the many cultures that call Philadelphia home.
- •Warm up with hot chocolate and Lacas coffee at the Hot Chocolate & Coffee stand
- •Tastefully Simple by Nikki O’Dea offers meal kits perfect for gifts or for yourself
- •Your sweet tooth will enjoy Honey & Pistachio’s dried fruits and Greek sweet pastries
- •Jalma Farms and Windy Acres Farms feature a collection of jams and NJ sea salt
Clothing & Accessories
- •Monique Boutique features clothes, jewelry and accessories from Lithuanian designers
- •Treat your feet with new winter boots and shoes at Philadelphia Shoe Outlet
- •LuLaRoe Tiffany King specializes in comfortable clothing
- •Little Marrakesh Bazaar offers an array of handbags and home decor from Morocco
- •Inspire Light Candle specialize in scented candles
- •Fragrance oils and soaps can be found at Beauty Wolf’s Den
- •Mangobeat features unique Artisan mobile device holders and speakers
- •Fill out ACME’s Santa’s Secret Scavenger Hunt for a sweet treat
ACME Markets began in 1891 when two friends, Samuel Robinson and Robert Crawford, opened a small neighborhood grocery store in South Philadelphia, emphasizing quality products, low prices, and friendly service. 127 years later, ACME remains dedicated to providing a high-quality grocery experience that our customers have come to expect. Today, ACME operates 170 stores, including Sav-On Pharmacies at select locations, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland, employing nearly 20,000 associates. The company and its associates remain committed to the communities they serve. For more information, visit www.acmemarkets.com.
Click below to find out more information about ACME’s Santa’s Secret Scavenger Hunt – the perfect activity for family fun and the chance to win a sweet treat from your local ACME!
Performance Schedule brought to you by the Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
Sistahs Attune | December 2, 12-1:00 p.m.
Sistahs Attune is a musically eclectic women’s vocal collective connected to Afro-Centric Music, spanning genres through soulful performance. They have taken Philadelphia by storm with powerful range, clear voices, and harmonic presentation. Formed under the umbrella of The Women’s Coalition for Empowerment, Inc. aiming to increase art-economic development, with artistry steeped in Afrocentricity and empowerment. Known for unique concert themes, this talented ensemble of multi-genre vocalists have been known to perform for all audiences. Transcending musical genres, they can go from Jazz, R&B, Funk, Soul, Folk, and World music.
Portside Face Painting | December 2, 1-2:00 p.m.
Portside Arts Center will be bringing a little sparkle and glitter to the Philly Holiday Festival by providing unique face paint designs for all! Portside Arts Center is a non-profit community-based art center located in Northeast Philadelphia that serves kids and adults with art programs. Portside provides a creative and nurturing environment that empowers the artists of tomorrow and creates lifelong patrons of the arts. Through dynamic visual arts programming, we encourage students to be globally-minded citizens and fearless artists. You can learn more about us by visiting PortsideArtsCenter.org
Aijee Evans | December 2, 2:00 p.m.
I am Aijee Evans, a performing cellist, model, and architect major from Philadelphia. I have been playing cello for 7 years now, and it has truly grew to be the number one passion in my life. After being in numerous orchestras around the city and having a chance to tour in it Italy, I then graduated from the performing arts high school of Philadelphia, and I am now a college student. When I am not at school or studying, I street perform downtown in Center City Philadelphia in order to raise money for my education and support my musical career. I often meet amazing people downtown and occasionally get to play for weddings, dinner parties, corporate events etc. my goal has always been to share my music with the world, so that connection between love and music can be made with just the sound of me playing. With the help of my self advertisement, clients I play for, and FOX29 having me on Good Day Philadelphia, I am slowly achieving that goal day by day!
Vessels of Praise | December 2, 3:00 p.m.
Vessels of Praise dance ministry is a youth dance ministry at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church under the direction of ErykaLynn Waller. This ministry is open for youth ages 4-18 who have a heart and love for dance and have a desire to not just perform but minister to others through the art of dance!
Dan Blacksburg | December 8, 1:00 p.m.
Philadelphia-native Dan Blacksberg has created a singular musical voice as a trombonist and composer. Acknowledged as the foremost practitioner of klezmer trombone and a respected voice in jazz, Dan is known for a formidable virtuosity and extreme versatility. This has led to performances with artists such klezmer masters Elaine Hoffman Watts, and Frank London to experimentalists like Anthony Braxton and extreme doom metal band, The Body, to being a jazz soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Dan’s traditional klezmer ensemble, Freilachs Music [pronounced “Frey-Locks”] features local and international klezmer stars.
Babel Poetry Collective | December 8, 3:00 p.m.
Alex & the Kaleidoscope | December 9, 12:00 p.m.
Emmy® winning children’s entertainer Alex Mitnick (creator of Alex & the Kaleidoscope) has been captivating kids & adults alike with his fresh approach to music for young audiences for over a decade. Audiences clap along, sing, dance and improvise with Alex, actively participating in the concerts creating a profound sense of community and connection. An uplifting, feel-good concert that will leave audiences more connected to themselves, each other and the world around them!
Al Bustan Seeds of Culture | December 9, 1:00 p.m.
Create a beautiful ornament featuring Arabic words that reflect the holiday season: welcome, love, peace, and joy!
The Philly POPS Brass Quartet | December 9, 2:00 p.m.
The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. The POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert performances and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.
DivaNation | December 9, 3:00 p.m. | December 23, 3:00 p.m.
A true sisterhood of singers, DivaNation PHILLY is a grassroots organization, birthed through the Philadelphia Jazz Project, and fiscally sponsored by Culture Works of Greater Philadelphia. Connected to jazz of the past and looking forward to the future, DivaNation PHILLY calls upon the spirits of Philadelphia’s legendary female Jazz singers ~ Ethel Waters, Nina Simone & others like Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more ~ striving towards growth, musical excellence, and success as individual performers and as a collective.
The Arpeggio Jazz Trio | December 15, 2:00 p.m
Lena Shtefan | December 16, 12:00 p.m.
Singer and TV presenter, a favorite student of the opera diva Eugenia Miroshnichenko. In the repertoire of the singer author’s compositions in Russian, Ukrainian, English, Ukrainian pop and folk hits, block from the repertoire of Whitney Houston. In 2013, Lena was the voice of Whitney Houston’s Tour of Remembrance (four 2-hour live performances. This show took one of the main places of the five most unique events in Ukraine in the field of show business and music art. Lena Stefan presented Ukraine On Grand International Festival In New York.
University City Arts League | December 16, 1:00 p.m.
The University City Arts League (UCAL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and cultural enrichment in the arts. UCAL’s programs are developed with the belief that cost, age, race, culture, sexual orientation, or infirmity should not be an obstacle to participating in the arts. We believe in the importance of the arts to enrich individual lives and to improve the quality of life in our community.
Emmanuel Ohmeng III and Perpetual Motion | December 22, 2:00 p.m.
Emmanuel Ohemeng III and Perpetual Motion is a Jazz/R&B quintet consisting of great Philadelphia musicians. Our goal is to express our views and ideas about life and current events using the platform of music. Because of this, every performance we want to stretch the boundaries of music and push the music culture in a new direction.
Temple OwlCappella | December 22, 3:00 p.m.
OwlCappella is Temple University’s first co-ed acappella group, founded in the Fall of 2010. The group performs a diverse assortment of musical styles, from pop to jazz. In the nine years since its creation, the group has made significant strides, including a performance at the White House for the 2016 holiday season, opening the red carpet at the Philadelphia Auto Show’s Annual Black-tie Event multiple times, and opening the 85th Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. Over the years, OwlCappella has recorded several EP’s, which you can find on Spotify and iTunes. In the Spring of 2018, OwlCappella competed in its first ever ICCA competition. OwlCappella won first place in the Semifinals at the Kimmel Center, making them the 2018 ICCA Mid-Atlantic Champions and 2018 ICCA finalists.
The Claymobile | December 23, 1:00 p.m.
Claymobile is the mobile community engagement branch of The Clay Studio located in Old City Philadelphia. You can find us at local schools, community centers, and festivals! We provide hands-on ceramics lessons for students of all ages. Our lessons are taught by a talented team of teaching artist who travel to your site in our Claymobile vans carrying all supplies needed for a ceramics lesson including clay, glazes, tools, etc. You can find us all over the city of Philadelphia! For more information visit, theclaystudio.org/claymobile.