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11 things you must do in Philly this winter

Published On 12/17/2014 Published On 12/17/2014
REX 1516

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Dec 17-Feb 28

REX 1516's Winter Menu Soon enough all the pumpkin dishes of harvests past will be officially replaced with fresh menus highlighting all of winter’s warmest comfort foods at restaurants such as White Dog and Harvest. Lucky for us, REX 1516's latest seasonal menu is already in full effect, so warm up with the sweet tea-brined fried chicken or smoked brisket.

Rex 1516

REX 1516's Winter Menu Rex 1516 Soon enough all the pumpkin dishes of harvests past will be officially replaced with fresh menus highlighting all of winter’s warmest comfort foods at restaurants such as White Dog and Harvest. Lucky for us, REX 1516's latest seasonal menu is already in full effect, so warm up with the sweet tea-brined fried chicken or smoked brisket.

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Dec 17-Mar 1

Waterfront Winterfest Penn’s Landing is your one-stop shop for all things festive and wintry. Get your ice skating fix at the Blue Cross RiverRink, get your food and drink fix at The Lodge, which serves hot drinks, craft beers, cocktails, and bites from Garces Events, and do it all to the twinkly backdrop of the Holiday Light Show.

Penn’s Landing

Waterfront Winterfest Penn’s Landing Penn’s Landing is your one-stop shop for all things festive and wintry. Get your ice skating fix at the Blue Cross RiverRink, get your food and drink fix at The Lodge, which serves hot drinks, craft beers, cocktails, and bites from Garces Events, and do it all to the twinkly backdrop of the Holiday Light Show.

Rosa Blanca - Philadelphia

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Dec 17 Wed

Nacional 56 Lounge The underground bar beneath Jose Garces’ Rosa Blanca, Nacional 56, is one of the newest going-out spots to try this winter. Cuban cocktails are sure to warm you up properly and sharable bites don’t hurt either.

Rosa Blanca

Nacional 56 Lounge Rosa Blanca The underground bar beneath Jose Garces’ Rosa Blanca, Nacional 56, is one of the newest going-out spots to try this winter. Cuban cocktails are sure to warm you up properly and sharable bites don’t hurt either.

Franklin Square

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Dec 17 Wed

Franklin Square Holiday Festival Stop by Franklin Square throughout December for awesome additions to the holidays season with a new winter beer garden, Food Truck Fridays, and a holiday craft fair. The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show is also in full force and you can watch from your cozy seat by a fire pit.

Franklin Square

Franklin Square Holiday Festival Franklin Square Stop by Franklin Square throughout December for awesome additions to the holidays season with a new winter beer garden, Food Truck Fridays, and a holiday craft fair. The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show is also in full force and you can watch from your cozy seat by a fire pit.

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Dec 20 Sat

Christmas Ale Spectacular + Ugly Sweater Party Put on your reindeer-emblazoned finest and enjoy seasonal ales such as Reindeer’s Revolt, Criminally Bad Elf, and others. Flights (with a gingerbread cookie) go for $15.

The Victoria Freehouse

Christmas Ale Spectacular + Ugly Sweater Party The Victoria Freehouse Put on your reindeer-emblazoned finest and enjoy seasonal ales such as Reindeer’s Revolt, Criminally Bad Elf, and others. Flights (with a gingerbread cookie) go for $15.

Stratus Lounge

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Dec 31 Wed

A Midwinter Night’s Dream If you’re up for a quintessential full-blown New Year’s Eve experience, the Midwinter Night’s Dream is your best option -- both Red Owl Tavern and STRATUS Rooftop Lounge are hosting the event, which includes an open bar and buffet along with live DJs and a Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets start at $150.

Red Owl Tavern and STRATUS Rooftop Lounge

A Midwinter Night’s Dream Red Owl Tavern and STRATUS Rooftop Lounge If you’re up for a quintessential full-blown New Year’s Eve experience, the Midwinter Night’s Dream is your best option -- both Red Owl Tavern and STRATUS Rooftop Lounge are hosting the event, which includes an open bar and buffet along with live DJs and a Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets start at $150.

Philadelphia Mummers Parade

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Jan 1 Thu

Local 44's Sixth Anniversary Beer Bash Are the Mummers not helping you get over your NYE hangover? Head to Local 44 to celebrate the sixth year of its existence with a seasonal brunch and draft beer specials that will fix you right up.

Local 44

Local 44's Sixth Anniversary Beer Bash Local 44 Are the Mummers not helping you get over your NYE hangover? Head to Local 44 to celebrate the sixth year of its existence with a seasonal brunch and draft beer specials that will fix you right up.

Devil's Den Philadelphia

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Jan 1 Thu

Yards Brewing Brunch Get a good spot to watch the Mummers and then retreat to the nearby Devil’s Den and warm up by one of the fireplaces for their annual Yards Brewing New Year’s brunch, which means duck fries and falafel wraps all day long.

Devil’s Den

Yards Brewing Brunch Devil’s Den Get a good spot to watch the Mummers and then retreat to the nearby Devil’s Den and warm up by one of the fireplaces for their annual Yards Brewing New Year’s brunch, which means duck fries and falafel wraps all day long.

Amada - Philly

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Jan 18-30

Center City Restaurant Week For two glorious weeks (Saturdays excluded), nosh on $35 three-course meals featuring some of the finest food from the finest restaurants in Center City, such as crème brûlée at Rouge or empanadas at Tequilas.

Various locations

Center City Restaurant Week Various locations For two glorious weeks (Saturdays excluded), nosh on $35 three-course meals featuring some of the finest food from the finest restaurants in Center City, such as crème brûlée at Rouge or empanadas at Tequilas.

Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention

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Feb 13 Fri

Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention This year the annual tattoo convention falls on Friday the 13th, which means in addition to $13 tattoo deals available at parlors around the city, you can meet tons of talented artists from around the area and beyond and talk to them about your next ink.

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention Pennsylvania Convention Center This year the annual tattoo convention falls on Friday the 13th, which means in addition to $13 tattoo deals available at parlors around the city, you can meet tons of talented artists from around the area and beyond and talk to them about your next ink.

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Feb 28 Sat

Winter's Warmers 2015 The Philadelphia Homebrew Club is hosting the 3rd Annual Winter’s Wamers Chili and Winter Ale competition. Sample all the chili you like, try some home-brews, or purchase additional spirits at the bar. Presale price is $30.

Philadelphia Firefighters & Paramedics Union

Winter's Warmers 2015 Philadelphia Firefighters & Paramedics Union The Philadelphia Homebrew Club is hosting the 3rd Annual Winter’s Wamers Chili and Winter Ale competition. Sample all the chili you like, try some home-brews, or purchase additional spirits at the bar. Presale price is $30.