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 Avenue: Month of Merrymaking

December 2017

Where all of your shopping needs are met during 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, special events, holiday sips and so much more. We will have appearances from Santa, Mummers, carolers, ice carving, prizes, Second Saturday and so much more. We also will also introduce a new holiday headquarters with "personal shopper" shopping concierges at your service. Get out that shopping list and get ready to head South with Santa this year - to East Passyunk Avenue! 

** Holiday Headquarters - 1726 East Passyunk

Visit EPA’s “Holiday Headquarters” for family fun including FREE holiday storytelling, make-and-take crafts for children (fee: $10), talk with the Shopping Concierge for gift ideas and FREE gift wrapping for items purchased on EPA (Sat. 12/16 and 12/23).Open Saturdays 11AM - 2PM and Wednesdays 5PM - 8PM

** Holiday Shopping Concierge 

EPA’s Shopping Concierge can help you check-off your holiday shopping list featuring more than 150 gift ideas from EPA’s finest shops. Select from 4 price ranges (stocking stuffer ideas - under $15, under $30, under $60 and under $100) in 10 categories: The Women in Your LIfe (mom, grandmom, sister, wife, girlfriend, aunt, friends), The Men in Your Life (dad, grandfather, brother, husband, boyfriend, uncle, friends), Children (from toddlers to teens), For the Foodie (and craft cocktail/craft beer lover), For the Earth Conscious (green gifts, recycled, eco-friendly), For the Pet Lover (and pet sitter), For the Home and Kitchen, Local Made Favorites (made on EPA, made in Phila, made in PA), For the Philly Sports Fan, and Extreme/Unique GIfts. Saturdays 11AM - 2PM Wednesdays 5PM to 8PM

** Shopping Saturdays - Every Sat through Dec 23rd 

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays while you check off those names on Santa's list! Enjoy music from the holiday brass band and talented carolers while you shop from dozens of independently owned stores. As a special treat, your children can enjoy storytelling and holiday craft-making at the Holiday Headquarters from 11AM to 2PM 

** Wish List Wednesdays - Every Wed through Dec 20th 

Participating shops will extend their hours for you to come out after work and shop until you drop! Plus, don't miss the twinkling lights in store fronts up and down the Avenue - and stop at the Singing Fountain for the wondrous view of our new Christmas Tree. 

The Holiday Headquarters will be open and the Shopping Concierge will be ready and waiting to help you out! 

Our new Holly Trolley will take you up and down the Avenue - with hot cider and treats along the way. Holiday Mummers will strut their stuff between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. 

Sing-a-long Santa will visit Avenue businesses between 6:30pm and 7:30pm. Look for him to make a surprise visit and if you have music in your heart, join along! 

** Holiday Second Saturday - Dec 9th 

One of our favorite long-time Christmas traditions is back - with some new surprises for 2017. Come take a ride on the Bobtails’ Wagon from 11:00am to 2:00pm on the 1700 block of East Passyunk Avenue. 

* Amelia’s Bark Shop
1544 East Passyunk
Sip & Shop at Amelie's Bark Shop
Enjoy complimentary holiday punch and gingerbread cake (for humans). Enter to win our holiday raffle basket, $5 per entry. Proceeds will be donated to The Pongo Fund. Pongo provides quality food and vital veterinary care for the family pets of those in need. 

*Chhaya Cafe
1819 East Passyunk 
Artist reception: Eastern Pass Group Exhibition 
For the month of December, our neighbors at Eastern Pass Tattoo will be displaying their work in a group exhibition! Come enjoy some drinks and light refreshments and chat with the artists! 

*Nice things... handmade
1731 East Passyunk 
This Saturday December 9th is the 7th annual ornament show!!! This is one of the favorite shows of the year! We love helping you decorate your holidays with unique, one of a kind handmade goodness. Come see dozens of goodies by some of your favorite local artists and take home a little keep-sake to last you throughout the year. Show opens at noon December 9th through Friday January 5th. Reminder Ornaments are in limited quantities 

1825 East Passyunk
These specials are not to be missed: $30 goodie bag for the first 25 shoppers spending $100.
A free tote with $45 purchases and free gourmet candy cane with $75 dollar purchases.

*Racso Gallery 
1935 East Passyunk
For the art lovers, this Saturday December 9th is an open house and artist presentation. ContraFuerte conceiving an Urban Sculpture, from 4:00 to 9:00PM. Miguel Antonio Horn, the artist, will have his presentation at 5:30PM 

1719 East Passyunk 
Take 15% off select sterling silver pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings. 
Custom orders can still be made, stop in today to start the process!
Holiday earrings starting @ $6.00!
Sweets and treats will be on hand. 

*South Fellini
1507 East Passyunk 
Plenty of gift giving ideas on hand: 7 fishes ornament, Wanamaker Light Show cards or perhaps a warm and cozy South Philly hat. 
Which is your favorite cookie, pizzelle VS star cookie? Try them both and vote! 

Enjoy the beauty and excitement of ballet at 2:00pm to 3:30pm, as the Megan Flynn Dance Company brings a lively pop-up performance to the Gateway (McKean and East Passyunk Avenue) – these athletic dancers can’t wait to bring their grit and grace to the Avenue and surprise a few shoppers by pulling them into the action!

Sing or hum along as carolers and a holiday brass band entertain throughout the day. 

Experience the magic of live ice carving from 11:00am to 2:00pm at four locations – the Gateway (McKean and East Passyunk Avenue), 1701 East Passyunk Avenue, the Singing Fountain, and at the corner of Dickinson and East Passyunk Avenue. 

Give yourself a break by stopping at Holiday Headquarters (1726 East Passyunk Avenue) between 11:00am to 2:00pm to let the kids enjoy storytelling and craft-making. And of course, photos with Santa!

** Photos with Santa - Dec 9th, 13th and 16th 

Bring the kids, the pups, and the kitties out to strike a pose with Santa. He’ll be at Nesting House on December 9th from 11:00am to 2:00pm for kids photos, at Urban Jungle on December 13th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (for photos with pets, and at Capogiro on December 16th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm for the kids. Bring your own camera - and get ready to snap away! Santa photos are free. 

** Passyunk Shops 

Over 40 East Passyunk businesses are participating in Passyunk Shops, the holiday loyalty card. Customers will receive a Passyunk Shops card at the participating retailers. For every $10 purchase you will get a punch on the card. When you reach $100 simply leave the card at any participating shop to enter the raffle* Each week 10 winners receive a $25 gift certificates This program will end on Dec 23. With the last raffle being pulled on Christmas Eve. *Limit 5 cards per single purchase. 

* Holiday Valet Service 

To enhance our Wish List Wednesday on East Passyunk Avenue, valet parking will be complimentary on Wednesday nights. It will begin on Wed. Dec 6 and continue each Wed until Dec 27. (Note regular valet on weekends will operate like usual.) 

** More Festive Events - See individual shops below!

-Carolyn Zinni Bridal (1725 EPA) - December 16-18 bridal trunk show. Call for appointment 215-468-5000 or visit: carolynzinni.com
- Bianca Simone (1740 EPA) - On Friday December 8, from 6-9PM, Rick Baccare will be singing Christmas songs. Enjoy shopping while sipping on champagne and wine. Special holiday discounts.
- Nice things...hand made (1731 EPA) - Annual ornament show
- Vanilya Bakery 1611 E Passyunk Ave Gingerbread making classes on Wednesday 6:00pm and Sundays 2:00pm Cost is 40.00 per person.