Act II Playhouse celebrates the holiday season with "Murray the Elf and the Case of the Terrifying Tinsel," opening Saturday, December 21 and already extended through December 29. Written by Act II's Bill D'Agostino and directed by Tony Braithwaite, the new play mixes mystery with comedy for an exciting and fun story for the whole family. Starring Will Dennis as Murray and Andy Shaw, who plays all of the other characters including Mrs. Claus, Rudy the Reindeer, Chilly the Snowman, Clarence the Clockmaker, and Candy Kane. Designed for children ages 5-12, the performance is approximately 50-60 minutes. Also onstage, "The Twelve Dates of Christmas," the one-woman romantic comedy written by Ginna Hoben and starring Maggie Lakis (from New York's Avenue Q), also directed by Tony Braithwaite, through December 29. Justin Hopkins performs "One Night Stands," a night of jazz, Broadway, and holiday standards, Sunday, December 22, 7pm and Monday, December 23, 8pm, 56 East Butler Avenue, Ambler, PA.
237 years ago, at one of the lowest points of the American Revolution, General George Washington and a small army of men crossed the Delaware River on December 25, 177, and led a successful surprise attack on the Hessian garrison at Trenton, NJ. The Battle of Trenton, a key victory from Washington's Continental Army, boosted their confidence to persevere and ultimately triumph. Washington Crossing Historic Park, the actual crossing site, hosts the 61st Annual Christmas Crossing Reenactment on December 25 with the crossing time at 1pm, Washington Crossing, PA.
And celebrate the anniversary of this historic event at the National Constitution Center with "Washington on the Delaware," an interactive program that lets visitors step into Washington's shoes while exploring his life and military career, part of Holiday Week activities, December 26-31, 12pm and 2pm, 5th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia.
"Being ______ at Christmas," the National Museum of American Jewish History's annual day of family fun is Wednesday, December 25, from 10am-5pm, featuring Baby Loves Disco, family activities including a project with the Clay Studio, comedy by The Great Holtzie, storytime, and more, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia. Included with museum admission.
The annual "Patriots Week" kicks off Thursday, December 26, celebrating Trenton's unique and pivotal role in the American Revolution with dozens of events for all ages through January 1, including exhibits, musical performances, family activities, battlefield re-enactments, Colonial Ball, and living history events at various locations in Trenton, NJ.
Johnson House Historic Site hosts a Kwanzaa Family Celebration, Friday, December 27, 6pm-8pm, with a journey through African Storytelling, African drumming, arts and crafts and historic cultural foods, 6306 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia. The Johnson House is Philadelphia's only accessible and intact stop on the Underground Railroad and was home to three generations of a Quaker family who worked with European Americans and African Americans, freed and enslaved, to abolish slavery and improve living conditions for freed African Americans.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia's Kwanzaa Celebration is Saturday, December 28, 11am-4pm and Sunday, December 29, 12pm-4pm, with candle-lighting, music, dance, storytelling and crafts, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia. Included with museum admission. Bring a canned good to donate. Kwanzaa Workshop on Saturday, December 21, 1pm-3pm.
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