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Whether you’re looking for intimate art openings and wine tastings, bar crawls and happy hours, or big street festivals with live music, street eats, and fun stuff for the kids, East Passyunk hosts a series of events fit for every fun seeker!

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Deck the Ave 2018

November 29, 2018 - December


The holidays are a wonderful time to build upon traditions both old and new on East Passyunk Avenue, South Philadelphia’s mile-long stretch of 150+ independently owned shops and restaurants. Meet us on the Avenue this holiday season.

East Passyunk invites you to ‘Deck the Ave’ with an entire month of merrymaking! This holiday season, come out for shopping, sales and special events. 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 so much more. This year, Santa is heading SOUTH to East Passyunk. Bring your shopping lists and get ready to create a new holiday tradition with your family! Now, get out your calendar, save the dates and start making those plans... tis the season!

** TREE LIGHTING PARTY + DECK THE AVE KICK-OFF
Thursday, Nov. 29th
5:00pm to 7:00pm
The Singing Fountain at Tasker Street and EPA 

East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) and Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC) kick off the holidays with the annual Tree Lighting Party. The free celebration will include an appearance by Santa, live music, carolers, holiday treats from Avenue businesses, shopping and other surprises. After the party, strut down the Avenue with the Pennsport Stringband for extended shopping hours as the Deck the Ave campaign kicks off with shopping, sales and other festivities during December. East Passyunk's Christmas Tree Lighting Party is free and open to everyone. 

** PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Bring the kids down to meet Santa, bring your own camera and take pictures for free! Plus, don't miss the return of Dog Photos with Santa too - woof, woof! 

Thursday, Nov. 29th
5:30pm to 7:30pm
The Singing Fountain (following tree lighting)

Saturday, Dec. 8th
12:30pm to 2:30pm
EPABID Office at 1904 East Passyunk

Sunday, Dec. 9th
12:00pm to 2:00pm
EPABID Office at 1904 East Passyunk

Sunday, Dec. 16th - Doggie Day! 
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Urban Jungle at 1526 East Passyunk

For the final day, bring Fido for adorable pet photos with Santa. Bring your own camera and take pictures for free. Well behaved pups on Santa's "nice" list are encouraged! 

** TYPEWRITER LETTERS TO SANTA
Saturday, Dec. 1st
Saturday, Dec. 8th
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Philly Typewriter at 1439 East Passyunk

Join Philly Typewriter to tap some analog keys and draft an old-fashioned letter to Santa on custom letterhead. Take your letter home to mail to the North Pole or bring it to one of our Photos With Santa events.

** QOTA HOLIDAY PARTY 
Thursday, Dec. 6th
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Urban Jungle at 1526 East Passyunk

The most wonderful QOTA of the year is back! Come out and be merry with us as QOTA returns to Urban Jungle. Join us for a holiday garden party and enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks among the glittering trees, green plants and fabulous holiday decorations. Remember to dress warmly, as Urban Jungle will be selling Christmas trees and the front door will be open. 

** GIANT SNOW GLOBE PHOTOS
Saturday, Dec. 8th 
Saturday, Dec. 15th
1:00pm to 4:00pm
The Gateway at Broad Street and EPA

Grab your friends and family and get in on the holiday action by taking some memorable photos inside our giant inflatable snow globe. 

** 8TH ANNUAL ORNAMENT SHOW OPENING DAY
Saturday, Dec. 8th 
Opening reception 11:00am to 8:00pm
Refreshments and cookies all day. 
nice things...handmade at 1731 East Passyunk

Back again with 20 + participating local artists submitting handmade ornaments, this is a great way to grab a keepsake for the holidays, a gift for a friend or to grab a smaller piece of art from one of your favorite local artists. The show opens December 8th and hangs until the New Year. The Ornament Show at Nice Things is the Avenue's longest operating holiday tradition by one of our retailers. 

** HOLIDAY STORY HOUR
Sunday Dec. 2nd
10:30am
Tildie's Toy Box at 1829 East Passyunk with reading and signing from author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli 

Saturday Dec. 8th
3:30pm
EPABID Office at 1904 East Passyunk with the Free Library of Philadelphia

Sunday Dec. 9th
Sunday Dec. 16th 
11:00am
A Novel Idea on Passyunk at 1726 East Passyunk

Saturday Dec. 22nd
3:00pm
EPABID Office at 1904 East Passyunk with the Free Library of Philadelphia

Perfect for families with young children or anyone who is young at heart. Holiday story hours will take place with tales both old and new hosted by the Philadelphia Free Library and A Novel Idea. 

** HOLIDAY MUMMERS
Saturday Dec. 22nd
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Beginning at the Gateway at Broad Street 
and down East Passyunk Avenue

Join members of the Philadelphia Mummers Pennsport String Band as they bring holiday merriment to East Passyunk Avenue.

** PASSYUNK HOLIDAY POP-UP CHOIR
Sunday Dec. 16th
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Singing Fountain at Tasker St. and East Passyunk Avenue 

Join in as part of the choir or simply come to experience this amazing pop up performance of the Händel Messiah Hallelujah Chorus and other new songs for 2018. Accompanied by live musicians and directed with sheet music and guidance from the incredible Justin Gonzalez, this event is not to be missed. Participation by the general public is open and encouraged.

** ST. NICHOLAS CHOIR
Saturday Dec. 22nd
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Along East Passyunk Avenue 

Look for holiday carolers strolling along East Passyunk Avenue in the afternoon.

** CHRISTMAS SONGS WITH THE THOMAS TONES & THOMAS SINGERS

Friday, Dec. 7th at 10:00am and Thursday, Dec. 20th at 11:00am, come experience the Thomas Tones & Thomas Singers from Thomas Music, performing a medley of Christmas songs at the Singing Fountain (Tasker St. and East Passyunk Avenue). The groups, made up of 45 students in grades 3-6, are sure to get you into the spirit of the season.

** FREE PARKING SATURDAYS
Don’t forget, metered parking is free after 11:00am each Saturday from after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

** DECK THE AVE DECORATIONS AND LIVE TREES
Look for photo opportunities, twinkling lights and spirited scenes at individual businesses along the Avenue. Don't miss stopping by the annual holiday display inside Urban Jungle - who also will again have live Christmas Trees for sale.