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 2019

November 30 - 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. Get out your calendar, save the dates and start making those plans... tis the season!

Thursday, Dec. 5th
4:00pm to 8:00pm
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. New this year, look for an East Passyunk Pop-Up Holiday Market on the 1500 block, just north of the Singing Fountain. From 4:00pm to 8:00pm a variety of East Passyunk businesses will have holiday specials on-site, and a number of restaurants will have food and beverages too. 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. 

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

Saturday, Dec. 14th
4:00pm to 6:00pm
EPABID Office at 1904 East Passyunk

Sunday, Dec. 15th
12:00pm to 2:00pm
EPABID Office at 1904 East Passyunk

Saturday, Dec. 21st - Doggie Day! 
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Urban Jungle at 1526 East Passyunk
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! 

Sunday, Dec. 22nd
2:00pm to 4:00pm
EPABID Office at 1904 East Passyunk

Saturday Dec. 7th
2:00pm to 4:00pm
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 2019. 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.

Thursday, Dec. 12th
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. 

Saturday, Dec. 14th 
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 14th 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. 

Wednesday, Dec. 4th 10:30am
Tildie's Toy Box at 1829 East Passyunk 

Sunday Dec. 8th 11:00am
A Novel Idea on Passyunk at 1726 East Passyunk

Wednesday, Dec. 11th 10:30am
Tildie's Toy Box at 1829 East Passyunk

Saturday Dec. 14th 3:00pm
EPABID Office at 1904 East Passyunk with the Free Library of Philadelphia

Sunday Dec. 15th 11:00am
A Novel Idea on Passyunk at 1726 East Passyunk

Saturday Dec. 21st 11:00am
EPABID Office at 1904 East Passyunk with the Free Library of Philadelphia

Sunday Dec. 22nd 11:00am
A Novel Idea on Passyunk at 1726 East Passyunk

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 A Novel Idea, Tildie’s Toy Box, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Saturday Dec. 21st
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.

Sunday Dec 22nd 
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Join the South Philadelphia Shtiebel on the Avenue for a Hanukkah menorah lighting at the Singing Fountain! Interactive activities for kids starting at 5pm, candle lighting and Hanukkah sing-along at 6pm.

From Nov. 30 through Jan. 5, receive a punch for each $10 spent at participating businesses. Once you get 10 punches, submit the completed card to one of the 40 shops taking part and enter to win a weekly gift card from a raffle drawing.

** JINGLE, MINGLE, AND SHOP WEDNESDAY EVENINGS                                                                          Look for many Avenue businesses to be open later hours on Wednesday evenings through the holidays with sips and treats available as you shop and chat.

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

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.