Come ‘Deck the Ave’ and celebrate the holiday season safely together
Join us for shopping, sales and special events. Get out your calendar, save the dates and start making those plans...tis the season! Be sure to Mask Up and practice social distance precautions as you enjoy the Avenue.
** TREE LIGHTING + DECK THE AVE VIRTUAL KICK-OFF
Thursday, Dec. 3rd
5:45pm – 6:00pm
Kick off the holidays with our annual Tree Lighting, taking place virtually this year via Facebook Live and Instagram Live. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Tree Lighting is not open to the public, but East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District and Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation welcomes everyone to experience the tree throughout the holiday season while practicing social distancing and taking necessary precautions.
** SOCIAL DISTANCE PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Come meet Santa by the Gateway tree at Broad St. and East Passyunk with social distancing guidelines in place. Bring your own camera and take pictures for free!
- Sunday, December 13th from 11am – 1pm
- Saturday, December 19th from 12pm – 2pm
- Sunday, December 20th from 12pm – 2pm
** EAST PASSYUNK PUNCH CARD
From Nov. 27 through Jan. 3, receive a punch for each $10 spent at participating businesses. Once you get 10 punches, submit the completed card to one of our independently owned businesses and enter to win a weekly gift card from a raffle drawing on behalf of EPABID. If you prefer not to use a physical card, simply send proof of $100 worth of purchases to email@example.com
** HOLIDAY SCAVENGER HUNT
Along East Passyunk, holiday lovers of all ages are encouraged to take part in a socially distanced digital scavenger hunt that can be filled out on mobile devices. Look for specific holiday decorations in business windows and doors and enter to win $100 worth of gift certificates.
Scavenger Hunt Link - https://bit.ly/PassyunkHoliday
** LETTERS TO SANTA
Drop off your letters to Santa at East Passyunk Avenue’s North Pole Mailbox located at the Singing Fountain (East Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street) starting on November 27th.
** POP UP MUSIC
Performances with carolers, musicians, and more. Look for more details on specific dates, times, and performers coming soon, including:
- Snacktime Brass Band, Holiday Edition - Come experience the joy of Snacktime on Saturday, December 5th from 2pm-3pm. Just listen for the holiday jams....you'll find them.
- Rich Cox - Holiday, pop and jazz from this dynamic singer songwriter on Sunday, December 6th from 12pm-2pm at the Singing Fountain.
- Pennsport String Band - Holiday cheer abounds with the sounds to strut to with the string band on December 12th starting at 12pm.
- Jello Vibes - Vibraphone/marimba music to keep your spirits up on December 12th at 2pm
- EPOP Holiday Carolers – East Passyunk Opera Project, presented by RE/MAX ONE Realty at 1842 East Passyunk Ave at the corner with Mifflin St. Join us for a socially distanced experience! Sunday, December 13th 3:00 – 4:00pm
- Snacktime Brass Band, Holiday Edition Round 2 - Come experience the joy of Snacktime on Saturday, December 19th from 2pm-3pm. Just listen for the holiday jams....you'll find them.
** SISTERLY LOVE FOOD FAIR POP-UP
Sunday, Dec 6th
A woman-owned pop-up at River Twice including delectable goodies from East Passyunk favorites and special gifts to go.
** HANUKKAH HAPPENINGS
Thursday, Dec 10th
The South Philadelphia Shtiebel will bring a Hanukkah menorah lighting to the Avenue at the Singing Fountain to celebrate the festival of lights. The menorah lighting will be taking place virtually this year via Facebook Live due to COVID-19 restrictions. Watch on the East Passyunk page on the first night, Dec 10th, and then on the Shtiebel's page each following night (6pm each night, except for 3:30pm on Friday Dec 11th)
Monday Dec 14th at 4:30pm - Chanukah story time and singalong with A Novel Idea and Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter - register for Zoom event here.
** HOLIDAY STORY TIME
Sunday, Dec 13th at 11am with local author Joy Waldinger hosted by A Novel Idea via Zoom - register for Zoom event here.
** 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.
** 10TH ANNUAL ORNAMENT SHOW
Nice Things Handmade at 1731 East Passyunk presents the 10th Annual Ornament show. Back with 30 + 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 earlier in November this year and hangs until the New Year.
** UNEXPECTED PHILADELPHIA WINDOWS
Look for the holiday windows at the corner of East Passyunk & Tasker with over two dozen almost life-sized photos of non-medical Essential Workers who have put themselves on the line for the Avenue and its visitors this year, including maintenance workers; city trash collectors; restaurant, grocery and pharmacy workers; firefighters and our very own bicycle patrolman, Officer Kelly; a mailman and newspaper delivery person; SEPTA bus and subway drivers, and more. The lighted windows will be on display from Thanksgiving week until New Year's week as a way of saying thanks from the neighborhood to everyone who contributed to our safety and happiness here during the pandemic.