Events for the family

Special Events

Philadelphia

AIDS Memorial Quilt Display Panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt on display to commemorate World AIDS Day. William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.; 215-732-2220. www.waygay.org. 12/1 11 am-6 pm.

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture: Annual Celebration Mideast Ensemble, singer Alsarah, the Al-Bustan Percussion Ensemble, silent auction & interactive demonstrations. 267-809-3668. Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.; 267-809-3668. www.albustanseeds.org. $10-$50. 12/2 3-5 pm.

*FREE* Christmas Bazaar Traditional Ukrainian foods & desserts, gifts, crafts, cultural items, cemetery wreaths, house plants, attic treasures, church tours, toys & games. St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 6740 N. Fifth St.; 215-927-2287. www.stvladimirsphila.org. 12/1 10 am-4 pm.

Holiday Tea Tour, craft, tea & light snack. Stenton, 4601 N. 18th St.; 215-329-7312. www.stenton.org. 12/1 1-4 pm.

Latkepalooza! Latkes prepared by area chefs, entertainment & children's activities. Gershman Hall, 401 S. Broad St.; 215-446-3027. www.gershmany.org. $15; $10 children. 12/2 2-4 pm.

*FREE* Tree Lighting Ceremony Comments from city officials & community leaders. Carolers, hot cocoa & visit by Santa. 215-413-3713. Historic Headhouse Square, 2nd & Pine Sts.; 215-413-3713. www.southstreet.com. 12/2 5:30 pm.

Victorian Tea With Father Christmas Children's gallery tour, Victorian-inspired holiday craft making, stories, caroling, tea with light lunch & a visit from Father Christmas. Glen Foerd on the Delaware, 5001 Grant Ave.; 215-632-5330. www.glenfoerd.org. $25. 12/1 11 am.

*FREE* Winter Craft Fair Festival to benefit the Schuylkill Center's Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. Some of the animals from the Clinic will visit during the day. Roxborough Presbyterian Church, 8230 Ridge Ave.; 215-483-2762. www.rpcnet.org. 12/1 10 am-4 pm.

*FREE* World AIDS Day Event Artistic performances, visual art displays, commerative ceremonies, free HIV counseling & rapid tests. 215-731-9255. Broad Street Ministries Presbyterian Church, 315 S. Broad St.; 215-735-4847. www.broadstreetministry.org. 12/1 1-4 pm.

Pennsylvania suburbs

57th Annual Christmas Bazaar Holiday decorations, quilts, homemade cookies & soup, jewelry, books, attic treasures, boutique & gourmet gifts, photos with Santa & more. Wentz's United Church of Christ, 3246 Skippack Pike, Worcester; 610-584-4855. www.wentzsucc.org. 12/1 9:30 am-2 pm.

*FREE* Cabot Roadshow Cabot cheese representatives share recipes, nutritional information, coupons & samples. 11/30 noon-6 pm at Acme Supermarkets in Paoli, Chester Springs, Avondale & Wayne. 12/1 10 am-4 pm at Acme Supermarkets in Norristown, Lansdale & Phoenixville. 12/2 10 am-4 pm at Acme Supermarkets in Feasterville, Warminster, Chalfont & Doylestown.

*FREE* Candle Light Tour Enjoy a candlelit tour & visit from "Belsnickel." Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2100 Shearer Rd., Worcester; 610-584-5104. www.peterwentzfarmsteadsociety.org. 12/1 2 pm.

*FREE* Christmas Bazaar Crafts, vendors, games for children, baked goods, food & more. St. Bernadette of Lourdes Parish, 1035 Turner Ave., Drexel Hill; 610-789-7676. 11/30 6:30-9 pm. 12/1 9 am-2 pm.

Christmas Bazaar Gourmet Armenian buffet, a chinese auction, holiday crafts, visit from Santa & more. St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Church, 630 Clothier Rd., Wynnewood; (610) 642-4212. www.sahagmesrobchurch.org. 11/30-12/1 5:30-8 pm.

*FREE* Christmas Festival Christmas parade 12/1 at 1:30 pm. Village decorated in Victorian-style, with fruit wreaths & greenery. Live entertainment. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000. www.peddlersvillage.com. 12/1-12/2 10 am-6 pm.

*FREE* Christmas Festivities Fairmount Brass Quintet, refreshments, holiday plant & wreath sale, visit with Santa, display of poinsettias. Arlington Cemetery, 2900 State Rd., Drexel Hill; 610-259-5800. www.arlingtoncemetery.us. 12/2 1:30-2:30 pm.

Christmas Tree Festival Pictures with Santa, craft activities, secret Santa gift shop, live trees & wreaths, Christmas tree raffle & more. St. Hilary of Poitiers School, 920 Susquehanna Rd., Rydal; 215-887-4520. 12/1 9 am-2 pm.

Dog Photos With Santa Proceeds to benefit Horsham Dog Park. Call 215-674-1738 or visit www.horshamdogpark.com for more info. Horsham Veterinary Hospital, 971 Horsham Road, Horsham; 215-674-1738. www.horshamvet.com. $7 per photo or 2 for $10. 12/1 10 am-1 pm.

Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale You'll find Lilly's clothes & accessories in her signature "sunny" colors at a fraction of the retail cost. Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia; 610-878-7748. www.lillypulitzer.com. 11/30 7 am-8 pm. 12/1 8 am-2 pm.

Model Railroad Open House Interactive train installations, Thomas the Tank Engine, scavenger hunt & more. Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club, 400 S. Main St., Phoenixville; 610-935-1126. www.svmrrc.com. Donations accepted. 12/1-12/2 1-5 pm.

New Jersey

11th Annual Winter Festival Cookie walk, hoagie sale, poinsettia sale, craft show, photos with Santa, children's activities & more. Cinnaminson High School, 1197 Riverton Rd., Cinnaminson; 856-829-7770. 12/2 10 am-3 pm.

Christmas Train Train ride to check out the Village's holiday decor. Towne of Historic Smithville, 1 N. New York Rd., Smithville; 609-748-7160. historicsmithvillenj.com. $2. 12/1-12/2 10 am.

*FREE* Dickens Festival Presented by Historic Medford Village Association, featuring tree-lighting ceremony, 18th-century village re-creation, live music & more. Downtown Medford, 17 North Main St., Medford; 609-654-2608. www.medfordtownship.com. 12/1 6-9 pm.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides Trolley ride through the historic district featuring holiday-themed ghost tales. Closes 12/31. Downtown Cape May, Cape May; 609-463-6415. www.capemay.com. $10; $5 children.

*FREE* Giant Lego Menorah Lighting Lighting of a 6-8 ft. tall Lego Menorah. Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Rte. 38, Cherry Hill; 856-662-7440. www.cherryhillmall.com. 12/6 4:30 pm.

Holiday Bazaar Fun family-friendly holiday event. Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 110 S. Sussex St., Gloucester City; 856-456-4394. 12/1 9 am-2 pm.

Holly Fair Homemade crafts, Good Shepherd Carolers & Orchestra, arts & crafts for kids, poinsettias, holiday wreaths. Church of the Good Shepherd, 315 Highland Terrace, Pitman; 856-589-8209. www.goodshepherdpitman.org. 12/1 9 am-4 pm.

*FREE* Light Show Floating Christmas lights shine in time with music. Towne of Historic Smithville, 1 N. New York Rd., Smithville; 609-748-7160. historicsmithvillenj.com. 12/1 5:30-8:30 pm. 12/2 5:30-6:30 pm. 12/6-12/7 5:30-8:30 pm.

Santa Trolley Rides Train ride around Cape May featuring treats & a holiday guest. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. www.capemaymac.org. $5. 12/1 11:45 am, 12:45, 1:30 & 2:15 pm. 12/2 11:45 am, 12:45 & 1:30 pm.

Tea With Mrs. Claus Family-friendly tea & treats with Mrs. Claus. Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., Cape May; 609-884-5555. www.innofcapemay.com. $15; $10 children 3-12. 12/1 1:30 pm.

*FREE* Tree Lighting Ceremony Kingsway Chorus, free hot chocolate & cookies, children's crafts & activities. Locke Ave. Park. Woolwich Township; 856-467-2666 x330. 12/1 7 pm.

Winter Wonderland Visits with Santa, Santa's workshop, music, food & more. Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Ave., Hamilton; 609-890-3630. www.hamiltonnj.com. 11/30-12/1 6-8:30 pm.

Delaware

The Rainbow Beak Activities, crafts & presentations about toucans. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington; 302-571-7747. www.brandywinezoo.org. $8. 12/2 1-1:45 pm.

*FREE* Ten Thousand Villages Sale Benefit sale of hand-crafted home decor & gifts. Call 302-475-9568 for more info. Centre Friends Meeting Schoolhouse, Center Meeting Rd., Centerville; 302-428-1980. www.tenthousandvillages.com. 11/30 noon-6 pm. 12/1 10 am-6 pm. 12/2 1-5 pm.

Kids' Stuff

Children's performances

Playhouse Disney Live! On Tour Sovereign Bank Arena, 550 S. Broad St., Trenton; 609-656-3200; www.playhousedisneylive.com. $16-$41. 12/2 noon.

The Sippy Cups World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400; www.thesippycups.com. $10; $7 children. 11/30 3 pm.

Children's Events

4th Annual Breakfast With Saint Nicholas Homestyle breakfast buffet, festive arts & crafts, storytelling, raffle & the opportunity to get a holiday photo with St. Nick. Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Rd., Solebury; 215-297-5135. www.trinitysolebury.org. $10; free for children 3 & under. 12/1 9-11:30 am.

*FREE* Celebrate the Foods of the Holidays Children's program about various holidays & related foods. Atlantic City Free Public Library, One N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City; 609-345-2269. library.atlantic.city.lib.nj.us. 12/4 4-6 pm.

Lunch With Santa Call 215-824-1190 for info & reservations. Archbishop Ryan High School, 11201 Academy Rd.; 215-824-1190. www.archbishopryan.com. $8; free for children under 1. 12/1 noon-2:30 pm.

*FREE* Magical Talking Tree Talking holiday tree entertains the young & young at heart. Towne of Historic Smithville, 1 N. New York Rd., Smithville; 609-652-7777. historicsmithvillenj.com. 12/1-12/2 noon-5 pm.

Rainbow Girls Breakfast With Santa Enjoy a delicious breakfast, plus pictures with Santa. Call 215-579-0566 or 215-968-2666 for tickets & more info. Lower Bucks Masonic Hall, Heacock Rd., Yardley. $5; $3 children 3-12; $3 per picture with Santa. 12/1 8:30-10:30 am.

Santa Claus Arrives by Train Children will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken with Santa at the Brass Lantern. 215-598-7165. Carousel Village, 591 Durham Rd. (Rte. 413), Wrightstown; 215-598-0707. www.carouselvillage.com. 12/1-12/2 11 am-5 pm.

Santa's Coming in a Whirlybird: Visit With Santa Watch Santa arrive in a helicopter, have a picture taken while you whisper your wish list, enjoy activities, refreshments & a gift. American Helicopter Museum & Learning Center, 1220 American Blvd., West Chester; 610-436-9600. www.helicoptermuseum.org. Regular admission plus $10. 12/1 11 am & 1:30 pm.

Tales of Scales Stories, crafts & activities relating to scaly creatures. Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown; 610-277-3825. www.elmwoodparkzoo.org. $12. 12/3 10:30-11:15 am.

*FREE* Teen Dickens Fest Live music by local bands, inflatables, refreshments & door prizes. M.H. Allen Elementary School, 24 Allen Ave., Medford; 609-654-4203. www.allenschool.org. 12/1 7-10 pm.

*FREE* World Premiere Screening: The Car Video Premiere screening. Meet the filmmakers. The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood; 856-869-0111. www.thecarvideo.com. 12/1 7:30-11 am.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden 3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733. www.camdenchildrensgarden.org. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. Holiday Festival of Lights - 4.5 acres of gardens with 100,000 holiday lights & animated light sculptures. $3.50; free for children 2 & under (additional fee for train ride). Fri.-Sat. 5:30-8 pm thru Dec. $6; $4 ages 3-11; free for children 2 & under Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. Hands-on children's museum featuring an activity wonderland for infants through age 10. ChildrenSong of New Jersey - Haddonfield-based youth choir. 12/1 1 pm. The Joyful Noise Singers - Chorus open to all adults with physical & neurological challenges. Animal songs, folk tunes, TV favorites & more. 12/2 2 pm. $9.95; $8.95 seniors; free for children under 1. Sun.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sat. 9:30 am-8:30 pm.

Insectarium 8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500. www.insectarium.com. Ongoing: Arachnid Alley - Exhibit about spiders; Cockroach Kitchen - Live cockroach exhibit; Insect Museum - Thousands of mounted & live specimens, interactive exhibits; Working Beehive - Live bee exhibit. $7; free for children under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground 9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140. www.kixandgiggles.com. Attractions include a wrap-around gym, a rock wall, soft-play section for babies & toddlers, an outside seating area & more. Mondays 10 am-3 pm are reserved for children with special needs & their families. See website for more details. $6.95. Tue.-Thu. 10 am-8 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-9 pm; Sun. 10 am-8 pm.

The Please Touch Museum 210 N. 21st St.; 215-963-0667. www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. Arts & crafts, stories, theater, interactive exhibits, hands-on activities & more. $10.95; free for children under 1. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm.

Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070. www.sesameplace.com. Holiday Shopping & Character Photo. 11/30-12/2 10 am-3 pm. Sesame Place's Holiday Shop & Dine Breakfast With Big Bird & Friends. $16.95; $14.95 children 2-11; free for children under 2. 12/1 9-11 am, 1-2 pm. 12/2 9-11 am. $44.50; $39.50 seniors; free for children under 2. Weekends only.

*FREE* Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse Intersection of 33rd & Oxford Sts. in E. Fairmount Park; 215-765-4325. www.smithplayhouse.org. Three-story "play mansion" for children 0-5 yrs. old & huge outdoor play park for children 0-10 featuring the Giant Wooden Slide, the giant net climber, the Apollo spinner climber, the Biggo Duo swing & much more. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm. Children must be accompanied by adult.

Literary Calendar

Book signings & readings

ArtReach Exton Square Studio 260 Exton Square Pky., Exton; 610-696-5600. Bruce Mowday: West Chester: Six Walking Tours. Part of the proceeds benefit the Chester County Art Association. 12/1 1 pm.

Barnes & Noble 200 W. Rte. 70, Marlton; 856-596-7058. www.barnesandnoble.com. Steve Weinrebe: Adobe Photoshop & the Art of Photography - Photoshop presentation & book signing. 11/30 7 pm. Dave Brown: Philly Jocks: The Best Philadelphia Pro Athletes of Our Time. 12/2 1-3 pm.

Barnes & Noble - Rittenhouse Square 1805 Walnut St.; 215-665-0716. www.bn.com. Bob Gordon: Game of My Life: Philadelphia Eagles. 12/1 5 pm. Alexander Lushnycky, Donna DiGiacomo & Gus Spector - Three local authors discuss books on Philadelphia history. 12/6 7 pm.

Borders Books & Music 4010 Dearborn Circle, Mount Laurel; 856-866-9090. www.borders.com. Eli Kowalski: Looking Back: 75 Years of Eagles History. 11/30 5 pm. Donna Jo Napoll: Hush Irish Princess. 12/1 11 am. Ed Okonowicz: Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh. 12/1 7 pm.

Borders Express Chews Landing Rd., Voorhees; 856-772-1703. Jessie Blengino-Flynn: It Is Love. 12/1 1-4 pm. ReShonda Tate Billingsley: The Pastor's Wife. 12/4 1 pm.

Borders Express Montgomery Mall, North Wales; 215-362-2772. Reginald Hall: In Love With a Thug. 12/3 1-3 pm.

Community Education Center 3500 Lancaster Ave.; 215-387-1911. www.cecarts.org. Joel Spivak: Subways of the World. 11/30 7-8 pm.

Faber Bookstore 30th Street Station; 215-386-5235. ReShonda Tate Billingsley: The Pastor's Wife. 12/4 4-6 pm.

Giovanni's Room 345 S. 12th St.; 215-923-2960. www.giovannisroom.com. Mike Warren: A Private Affair. 11/30 5:30 pm.

Harleysville Books LLC 674 Main St., Harleysville; 215-256-9311. www.harleysvillebooks.com. Bob Gordon: Game of My Life. 12/1 2 pm.

Penn Bookstore 3601 Walnut St.; 215-898-7595. upenn.bkstore.com. Harold Gullan: Jumping Through Hoops. 12/6 7 pm.

Robin's Bookstore 108 S. 13th St.; 215-735-9600. www.robinsbookstore.com. Michael Grecco: Naked Ambition. 11/30 6:30 pm.

White Dog Cafe 3420 Sansom St.; 215-386-9224. www.whitedog.com. Beth Kephart: Schuylkill River Secrets. 12/3 6 pm.

Poetry & lectures

Arden Theatre Company 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-8900. www.ardentheatre.org. New York vs. Philly: Two Actors Square Off - New York actor Richard Ruiz & Philadelphia actor Ian Merrill compare their careers & lifestyles. $25; $10 students with ID. 12/4 6-7:30 pm.

Burlington County Library 5 Pioneer Blvd., Westampton; 609-267-9660. www.bcls.lib.nj.us. Burlington County Poets: Nancy Scott & John Setliffe Bourne - Readings, book signings, refreshments & open mic. 12/6 7-9 pm.

Delaware History Museum 504 Market St., Wilmington; 302-656-0637. www.hsd.org. Emily Bissell & the Christmas Seal - Dr. Constance Cooper of the Historical Society of Delaware speaks. 12/3 7 pm.

Drexel University 3141 Chestnut St.; 215-895-2787. www.drexel.edu. Sports Media: A Multi-Billion Dollar Game - Panel discussion presented by the Rudman Institute. Call 215-895-2629. 12/5 7 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. www.library.phila.gov. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. 12/1 2 pm. Street Lit Panel - Two street lit authors & actress Felicia Pearson from 'The Wire' speak. 12/4 7 pm. Ruth Rosen: William Blake, Man Without a Mask - Author appearance & book promotion. $14; $7 students. 12/6 8 pm.

Historical Society of Montgomery County 1654 DeKalb St., Norristown; 610-272-0297. www.hsmcpa.org. Christmas Foods - Discussion of regional Christmas foods & candy toy making demonstration. Donations accepted. 12/1 3 pm.

Jardel Recreation Center 1400 Cottman St. Philadelphia Poetry & Literary Forum - Guest poet followed by an open reading for those who love poetry, prose, short stories, etc. Info.: 215-329-4793. $1 donation accepted. 12/1 1:30 pm.

Plays & Players Theatre 1714 Delancey St.; 215-735-0630. www.playsandplayers.org. Poets & Prophets: Poetry Series - Various poets will read from their works. Both alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase. 610-328-7639 (POET). $3. 12/3 7 pm.

The University of Pennsylvania - Kelly Writer's House 3805 Locust Walk; 215-573-9748. www.writing.upenn.edu/wh. Virginia Woolf's Three Guineas - Open discussion of Woolf's anti-war polemic. 12/4 6-8 pm.

West Chester Municipal Building 401 E. Gay St., West Chester; 610-692-7574. www.west-chester.com. Elizabeth Brown Pryor: Reading the Man - Historian Pryor presents a lecture based on her book. 12/5 7 pm.