December is upon us, and that means holiday happenings all over the city. We've rounded up the best holiday concerts and shows so you can get into the spirit of the season. Not feeling all that Christmas-y, but still want to go out? A new musical with some major rock-star cred comes to Old City starting this month.
Or, if you prefer to plan, here are five of our favorite events happening in December.
Gabriele Mainetti's intriguing 2015 superhero movie mixes comic-book tropes with gritty cinematic neorealism in the story of a petty thief from the slums of Rome whose encounter with radioactive waste in the Tiber River gives him superstrength and near invulnerability. When a traumatized young woman mistakes him for the Japanese manga hero of the title, the alienated man turns from his criminal ways to protect her from a psychopathic gangster. - Michael Harrington
8:30 p.m. Saturday, International House, 3701 Chestnut St. Free, 215-387-5125.
Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which plunged our nation into World War II. The 78th Infantry World War II Living History Association will commemorate the date with a Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance and "The Battle for Schmidt" - a reenactment in which Fort Mifflin becomes the German town strategic to the costly Hürtgen Forest fighting in 1944 prior to the Battle of the Bulge. There will be two narrated battle reenactments (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.), a re-created Red Cross field hospital, weapons demonstrations, living history activities, and more. - M.H.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Fort Mifflin, Fort Mifflin and Hog Island Roads. $10; $8 seniors; $6 veterans and under 12. 215-685-4167.
Kelli Moshen's jazz-dance troupe is joined by Introspective Movement Project, Asya Zlatina & Dancers, SkyDance Philly, and D2D: The Company for a charity show to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation. - M.H.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St. $25, .
Go on a tour of five of Chestnut Hill's historic estates all dolled up for the holidays. The tour is self-guided and you can either drive yourself from house to house or riding a special event trolley. -M.E.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, pick up a tour booklet at Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave.; Hill Company, 8040 Germantown Ave.; Wissahickon Inn, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 498 Springfield Ave.; 215-248-8810, www.chestnuthill.org.
Santa Claus is coming to town, and he's stopping at the Philadelphia Zoo for a day of yuletide celebration. Bring the kiddies out for a photo with Santa Claus in the zoo's holiday-themed Treehouse and enjoy some treats from the Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar, or just check out the Little Elves' Gift Shop for some last-minute presents. Don't forget to bring a holiday card for your favorite zoo animal, which Santa's Helpers will deliver at the end of the day. - Nick Vadala
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 10-11, Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. $16, 215-243-1100.
Homes on Elfreth's Alley, the oldest residential street in America, open their doors for the holidays once again, complete with decorations, caroling, and a visit from Benjamin Franklin. Plus: Refreshments, storytelling, and a look at an upside down Christmas tree, a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. It's not all fun and games: Just wait until Belsnickel, a sour version of Santa Claus from colonial Pennsylvania, shows up. - N.V.
3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 126 Elfreth's Alley. $10 to $60, 215-627-8680.
There's plenty of sweet seasonal stuff to go around for the wee ones - here's something for the bigger children (say, 8 and older) who can handle a slightly darker scene. Joe Wright's 2015 action-fantasy film, packed with fights, explosions, and crocodiles, is a prequel to J.M. Barrie's classic tale, in which Peter and his friends Tinker Bell and Hook battle an evil pirate chewing up the scenery while singing Nirvana and Ramones tunes (yep, it's Hugh Jackman). - M.H.
11 a.m. Saturday, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. $5; $4 ages 12 and younger. 610-527-9898.
Michael Krajewski again leads the spectacular holiday show, with the hot band mixing in the Philly POPS Festival Chorus, Philadelphia Boys Choir, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir, and pianist/vocalist Tony DeSare. It's a guaranteed jumpstart to put you in the spirit. - Tom Di Nardo
3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (with seven additional performances through Dec. 18), Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets. $38-$140, 215-893-1999.
Carl Orff's rhythmic powerhouse Carmina Burana has become one of the most popular works in the repertoire. The orchestra's brilliant conductor-in-residence Christian Maceleru, with the new Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, American Boychoir, and soloists, will surely sizzle in this throbbing gem. he'll open with Beethoven's Second Symphony. - T.D.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets. $45-$108, 215-893-1999.
Playwright and musician Ethan Lipton presents his fractured musical about a married couple who leave an overcrowded and overpriced Earth for the great beyond. - M.H.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Kimmel Center's SEI Innovation Studio, Broad and Spruce Streets. $15, 215-893-1999.
Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj creates a theater piece about the "New Brown American" and about growing up first-generation Indian American, exploring issues of racism, family, and love. - Molly Eichel
10:30 p.m. Friday, Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets. $45 to $55, 215-893-1999.
Set in 1944 as the war rages on, three singing sisters, a limping piano player, and a down-on-his-luck comedian come together during the holidays in this original musical by Jen Childs, the brilliant mind behind Philadelphia's premier comedy theater 1812 Productions. - M.E.
Through Dec. 31, Plays & Players, 1714 Delancey St. $28.
The Not Safe with Nikki Glaser star brings her boisterous stage show to Fishtown. She's known for her frank sexual discussion - so this is not for the faint of heart, but it is for fans of bold, fresh comedy. - M.E.
8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St. $25.
She had two of the biggest hits of 2014 with her own "Fancy" and in a guest spot on Ariana Grande's smash "Problem." Since then, things haven't gone so well for the rapper from Mullimbimby, Australia, with the cancellation of an arena tour and growing consensus among rap fans that she's guilty of crimes of cultural appropriation. The road to redemption begins in Chester, apparently, where the Down Under emcee will headline with a free show at a relaunch of the venue the Block at Harrah's. - Dan DeLuca
8 p.m. Saturday, the Block at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, 777 Harrah's Blvd., Chester. Free, 484-490-1800.
She has come a long way since 2002's Come Away with Me, her celebrated debut. Jones is an eclectic, multifaceted artist who likes to warble a country tune (with the Willies), to rock out (with Billie Joe Armstrong), and to experiment with electronic textures (on the Danger Mouse-produced Little Broken Hearts). But she foregrounds the piano playing and jazz chops that made her famous on Day Breaks, her subtle and spacious new album, and with those songs at the heart of the set list, Friday's show at the Academy of Music should make for an elegant evening. - Steve Klinge
8 p.m. Friday, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. $53.50-$77.50, 215-893-1999.
He has a lot more wonder than his one hit ("Romeo's Tune," the sound of 1980), and his live performances always show off Jackrabbit Slim's roots-rock chops and songwriting skills. - M.H.
8 p.m. Friday at Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square. $22.50 to $30, 484-732-8295.
The renowned backup singer who has performed with the Rolling Stones (stealing the stage from Mick Jagger, no mean feat), Sting, and Tina Turner steps out front with her own band. - M.H.
8 p.m. Saturday, Bryn Mawr College's Goodhart Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr. $20; $18 seniors; $10 students. 610-526-5210.
The new queen of Denmark always croons in dulcet old-world tones, yet this young, peroxided lass has enough sense of weird rhythm to sing out with Philadelphia expatriate Diplo's Major Lazer and its worldwide smash "Lean On." Now, the clarion-clear house-music vocalist is gearing up for her own hit-making barrage with cold cuts such as the finger-snapping "Final Song" and the thumpity-thumping "Drum." - A.D. Amorosi
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. $22.