Comcast Holiday Spectacular
The video wall at the Comcast Center lights up with the Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a 15-minute show blending sing-alongs, the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, and a sleigh ride through the Pennsylvania countryside. Featuring one of the largest high-resolution video displays in the world, the festive display starts at the top of the hour daily. — Bethany Ao
10 a.m. to 8 p.m., excluding 5 p.m. on weekdays, through Dec. 31. 1701 JFK Blvd.
Macy’s Light Show
The Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert has been a tradition at Macy’s for more than 50 years. During the light show, more than 100,000 LED lights sparkle in the shapes of ballerinas, reindeer, and snowmen above the Grand Court atrium. Shows happen every two hours. For the show at noon, the finale is accompanied live by the Wanamaker Grand Organ. — B.A.
10 a.m.-8 p.m., through Dec. 31, 1300 Market St.
Franklin Square Holiday Festival
More than 50,000 lights light up the square to a holiday soundtrack every 30 minutes, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. There’s also a holiday train, a heated tent where you can enjoy festive treats, and a winter beer garden. — B.A.
Through Dec. 31, 200 N. Sixth St.; historicphiladelphia.org
Countdown 2 Noon
This kid-friendly New Year countdown is just like the real thing (complete with performances, live music, and a ball drop) except for the timing. Organized just for the little ones, children can enjoy the day’s festivities while still getting home in time for a nap. There will be two ball drops, one at noon and the other at 1 p.m. This is a special ticketed event, so general admission tickets cannot be used. — Thea Applebaum Licht
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic Ave. $25 admission. 215-581-3181, www.pleasetouchmuseum.org
Take a break from winter break at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The Academy has some special tricks up their sleeve — not to mention the Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies exhibit — to inject some educational goodness into vacation time. — B.A.
Through Dec. 30, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-299-1000, ansp.org
Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert
Inspired by Vienna’s famous New Year’s Eve concert, this celebration includes ballroom dancers, European singers and of course, excellent performances from local symphonies. — B.A.
6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, Verizon Hall, 15th and Spruce Streets, $47 to $104, 215-731-3333, kimmelcenter.org
The eight-member international percussion sensation can create catchy rhythms out of anything — Zippo lighters, matchboxes, poles, brooms and pipes — for a high-energy, family-friendly show. — B.A.
2 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Dec. 31, Merriam Theater, Manning and Broad Streets, $40 to $92, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org
The Bucks County Playhouse is premiering a new comedy inspired by Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” this holiday season, with a New Hope twist. Prepare for lots of laughs and music in this family-friendly performance. — B.A.
Friday through Dec. 31, 70 S. Main Street, New Hope, $40 to $75, 215-862-2121, bcptheater.org
A Row Home Christmas
The Players Club of Swarthmore has teamed up with popular Philadelphia comedian Big Daddy Graham to present “A Row Home Christmas,” a touching story about a Philadelphia firefighter who doubles as Santa Claus for the neighborhood church parish where he grew up. — B.A.
Friday through Dec. 31, Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., $20, 610-328-4271, pcstheater.org
General Meade’s Birthday Celebration
This year marks the 202nd anniversary of General George G. Meade, who was a commander of the Union Army during the Battle of Gettysburg. A group of reenactors, heritage groups and special dignitaries will pay their respects to Meade with a 21 gun salute and a champagne toast. — B.A.
12 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave., free admission ($5 donation recommended), 215-228-8200, laurelhillcemetery.org
Kwanzaa at the African American Museum
Witness the lighting of the Kwanzaa kinara, attend dance and drum workshops, and enjoy a Kwanzaa magic show at the African American Museum this weekend. These events are free with regular museum admission. — B.A.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, African American Museum in Philadelphia, Seventh and Arch Streets, $10 to $14, 215-574-0380, aampmuseum.org
Chicago has a whole, long history when it comes it innovative electronic dance music à la house heads such as Lil Louis, Jesse Saunders, Frankie Knuckles, and Todd Terry. So the job of Chi-town’s Curt Cameruci — the decade-old EDM/trap titan, “Flosstradamus” — is a tough hurdle to have embraced, let alone have leaped over. Yet that’s the case with 2017 trap tracks such as his own “How You Gon’ Do That,” “2Much” and promised additional new cuts from Flossie’s In Hi Def Tour program. — A.D Amorosi
9 p.m. Friday, at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street. $30, utphilly.com
Although trumpet-player Matt Cappy has been a constant presence in the Philly music scene for two decades, it was only this summer that he released his first solo album, Church and State. He’ll make a rare appearance as a club headliner at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday. The versatile trumpeter has played neo-soul with Jill Scott and Musiq Soulchild, hiphop with the Roots and Jay-Z, pop with Michael Jackson and Earth, Wind & Fire, jazz with Al Jarreau and Melody Gardot, and rock with Marah and John Train (who will open the show). Church & State is almost as stylistically diverse as his resume, with vocals cameos from rapper Chill Moody, opera tenor Stephen Costello, and soul singer Marsha Ambrosia (of Floetry), and instrumentals suitable for jazz halls, for churches, and for dance floors. — Steve Klinge
Dan Montgomery and Ben Vaughn
Two one-time Philadelphian musician-composers are back for the season. As a high-minded, low-slung singer and writer of hard, sleek folk and Americana, Dan Montgomery — who now calls Memphis home — has shown himself to be nearly without peer what with the release of recent work such as his album Gone and his newish 45 “Come in Here.” As for Vaughn — now lost somewhere in the California desert — he’s a twang-bar king guitar playing-fool with a deep abiding love for soundtracky Cali-cosmopolitan pop and Texan roots music. — A.D.A.
8:30 p.m. Saturday at Boot & Saddle, 1131 S Broad Street. $20. bootandsaddlephilly.com
Although his most recent album is called The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing but the Blues, David Bromberg is a master of all things Americana — from old-time country tunes to rootsy rock ‘n’ roll — and his resume includes stints with Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia and Willie Nelson. The folk-rock legend (and purveyor of fine violins in Wilmington) has always been a historian — his papers are now in the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center — and, in what has become an annual tradition, Bromberg celebrates the end of the year with an area appearance, this time at Glenside’s Keswick Theatre, — Steve Klinge
8 p.m. Sunday, Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside. $29.50 — $62. 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.