By Dorothy Sasso - For Weekender

Heading to Philadelphia? Here are 7 Star Wars releated events or activities

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Enjoy a weekend in Philadelphia.

The release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is sure to be the highlight of the holidays for many fans. Philadelphia is getting into the spirit by creating events inspired by the film. Check out our list for the best local Star Wars themed events.

1. Star Wars Craft Program: The Whitman branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is offering a special Star Wars crafts day for families at 4 p.m. Dec. 16. Kids will get to make their own lightsabers, among other fun themed crafts. For more information, visit

2. Atomic City Comics Star Wars Month: All month, South Street’s Atomic City Comics celebrates Star Wars. At 8 p.m. ever Wednesday, one of the original trilogy films will be screened. Each film night includes prizes, giveaways and costumes. Visit the store to check out artwork inspired by the series and created by local artists or to pick up the latest issue of the newest Star Wars comics.

3. 2015 Holiday Tribbilee: The Force Hiccups: Philly’s public radio station WHYY is hosting a special Star Wars event on Dec. 16 from 6:30-8 p.m. The evening includes a viewing of the insane 1970s Star Wars holiday special (a treat considering that most copies have been destroyed), ice cream, a live podcast recording with Derek Pitts, chief astronomer from the Franklin Institute, games and giveaways. The events is open to the public and visitors are encouraged to come in costume. For more information, visit

4. South Philly Goes to the Movies: What’s a movie premiere without a pub crawl to kick off the evening on Dec. 17? For $25, enjoy one drink at Pub on Passyunk East from 7-9 p.m., then one at Industry Bar from 9:30-11:30 p.m.. Your ticket includes admission to the midnight premiere of “The Force Awakens” at United Artists Riverview Plaza Stadium 17. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets must be purchased in person.

5. Boba Fett and Darth Vader at Franklin Square: The Franklin Square Holiday Festival is a classic holiday tradition. Starting at 4:30 p.m., enjoy the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show. On Dec. 18, Boba Fett and Darth Vader will be onhand to “ignite” the 4:30 p.m. show.

6. Star Wars pinball: Fishtown’s dive bar El Bar has a Star Wars pinball machine. Go in costume, grab some cheap drinks and play pinball before seeing the film. Bring cash (credit cards are not accepted).

7. The Force Awakens in IMAX: Only 20 theaters around the world are screening Episode VII in 15/70 IMAX film format. One of them is Philly’s Tuttleman IMAX Theater at The Franklin Institute. The film will be shown back to back throughout opening weekend. Tickets are $15 ($14 for members). Along with the film, check out Star Wars memorabilia and be prepared for special character appearances. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit

May the Force be with you!

By Dorothy Sasso

For Weekender

Enjoy a weekend in Philadelphia. a weekend in Philadelphia.