Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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    The Nutcracker: George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” is a holiday tradition, which returns for the 48th year to the Academy of Music. The show runs from Dec 9 to 31, transporting attendees to the magical world where Marie and the Nutcracker Prince battle the Mouse King and visit the Land of Sweets. There are special activities scheduled throughout December, including Tea with the Sugarplum Fairy. On Dec. 17, see the noon ballet then head across the street to the Doubletree Hotel ballroom for tea with the Sugarplum Fairy. The food includes a buffet of sandwiches, desserts, tea and hot chocolate, as well as a photo opportunity with the Sugarplum Fairy. Visit to purchase tickets.

    Franklin Flea Holiday Market: On Dec. 17, visit the former home of Strawbridge & Clothier (8th and Market) for a wintertime market where vendors will sell vintage clothes, handmade arts, gourmet food and antiques. The market includes 40-60 vendors, artisans and designers. Looking for something unique for your loved ones? Check out the Franklin Flea Holiday Market. Visit for more information.

    Tuba Christmas: The Kimmel Center hosts the 43rd Tuba Christmas on Dec. 18. Over 100 regional tuba, euphonium and sousaphone players will come together to play the holiday classics. The performance is free and takes place inside the Kimmel Center at 300 S. Broad Street. Visit to learn more and to see a full listing of all holiday performances.

    Christmas in Peddler’s Village: Peddler’s Village is one of the most magical places to spend the holidays. Venture out to Bucks County to stroll through the village and enjoy extended shopping hours and holiday lights. Through Jan. 2, visit the Village Gazebo to see incredible gingerbread houses on display as part of the Gingerbread House Competition. Extended shopping hours run through Dec. 30: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad: Reading Terminal is always a delight to visit for both Philly residents and out-of-towners. Through Dec. 30, visitors will enjoy the return of the annual holiday railroad. The model railway stretches over 500 square feet and runs on a third of a mile of track, with 17 working train lines running continuously. The railroad is located in the Piano Court and starts running at 10 a.m. daily.