5.
Be Somebody's Hero This Christmas
 Your cape may be invisible - but your efforts
could change a life.   
In addition to your own :)

Cityteam Ministries in Chester provides food, clothing and numerous services to needy individuals and families throughout our community.

If you and your family are looking to do something together that will leave a lifetime impression - Cityteam needs volunteers to assist with several projects:

Donations of food, toys, and clothing - for men, women, boys, girls and infants.

Helping hands are needed all month to help sort donated items, box them and deliver them.   Click Here to Volunteer

Adopt a Family this Christmas! Everyone should have a present to open on Christmas morning and your family can make that happen in a very personal and satisfying way. Find out more and sign up by calling the volunteer phone number below.

Help Deck the "Dining Halls" by volunteering to help serve food to people in need.

To contact Volunteer Services: Call  Emily Yespelkis 610-872-6865, Ext 123 or via email at:
yespelkis@cityteam.org


While We're Talking About Heros...
Operation First Response is a national organization with a very active branch in Delco.  The organization assists wounded soldiers with critical financial, emotional and physical support in times of crisis.


Destination Delco has been a steadfast supporter of this organization and their biggest national fundraiser: Pennsylvania's WALK FOR THE WOUNDED & WARRIOR'S 5K RUN which is held each year in Delco's Rose Tree Park in Media.

Partnering with local companies along with thousands of groups and individuals, OFR's annual WALK FOR THE WOUNDED & WARRIORS 5K RUN has raised more than $1,200,000.

To learn more go to:
Operation First Response





6.
A Knock Out Night for the Whole Family!
CREED, the latest entry in the 7-film Rocky series, just hit theaters - and already early reviews are
touting it as possibly the best one of them all.

Since many of the boxing scenes were filmed right here in Philly and Delco - this is the perfect holiday adventure.

Here are just a few of the local theaters showing CREED:
Granite Run/ Regal Edgmont/AMC 
Marple 10 Broomall



7.

Santa Sightings


DECEMBER 5th - Neumann University's Knights for Education Club is hosting Breakfast with Santa from 8am to noon in Community Hall, located in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development. Admission: A CHILD'S GIFT, unwrapped - for any age.  The gifts will be donated to the Sacred Heart of Camden parish for its Christmas Shopping event where parents can shop for gifts priced from just 25 cents to $5.

DECEMBER 5th -- Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation will host its Christmas on the Farm event, with a special visit from Saint Nicholas. Adults $10, children $8, under 4 free.

DECEMBER 5th -- The Wayne Hotel welcomes Santa with an old fashioned Christmas Parade!

DECEMBER 7th - Santa will be at the Tower Theater (69th Street) to oversee the official Tree Lighting and debut of The Nutcracker!  4 to 8pm 


DECEMBER 12th -- SantaFest at the American Helicopter Museum - 10am to 2pm.
Santa arrives via helicopter at 11 am to greet and hear the “Wish Lists” of good girls and boys. Bring your camera for a photo with him! With an appearance by Elsa, cookie decorating, refreshments and ornament making for the Charlie Brown tree.  $10.00 per person. Helicopter Rides (added cost), 11 am – 3 pm

DECEMBER 14th through 23rd - Santa will be at his 'Village' in Media, at the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union on State Street. Weekdays from 3 to 7pm -- Weekends, noon to 4pm 

THROUGH DECEMBER 24th -  Santa will be holding court at the Springfield Mall.


8.

Explore Nature's Gifts at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge -
America's First Urban Refuge

In the crazy hustle and bustle of the holidays, why not escape to a wooded forest and marsh, surrounded by pine trees, and home to creatures of all kinds large and small.
NO...YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO TO ALASKA.  

This refuge was established in 1972 for the purpose of preserving, restoring, and developing the natural area known as Tinicum Marsh.  It's a great place to hike, fish, bird watch, mammal search, take memorable photos and just plain enjoy a rare and special piece of nature that just happens to be...
  • loomed over by sky scrapers
  • surrounded by highways traversed by millions each week
  • soared over by thousands of jets taking off and landing at PHL
  • and dwarfed by huge bridges connecting PA and NJ



You might even make a new friend while hiking off your holiday snacking...




9.

Searching for One-of-a-Kind Artisan Gifts?


DECEMBER 4th through the 12th
Where do the locals go for some of the best and most beautiful hand crafted holiday gifts? The Community Arts Center in Wallingford!  CAC and The Potters Guild are once again hosting their huge holiday sale of fine crafts & pottery. Browse hundreds of one-of-a-kind treasures created by local artists.  
Opens daily at 10am...closes weekends at 5pm, weekdays at 8pm.
CAC Holiday Sale

DECEMBER 3rd: Get a first look at all the gorgeousness by attending the Preview Party, 7 to 9:30pm.  $5 admission.


10.

Shake up your Holiday Music Mix with a Concert at DCCC 

It's not Christmas without Bing, Frank and Barbra - but why not shake things up and listen to something just slightly off center, unique and definitely not your traditional holiday chestnut....


Catch a concert by the NakedEye Ensemble at Delaware County Community College
Sunday, December 6th, 3 p.m.

In the Large Auditorium | Academic Building | Marple Campus
Purchase tickets now (at the link below) or at the door on the day of the performance.  $10 per person.
Purchase Tickets Here

Based in Lancaster, PA, NakedEye is led by artistic director Ju-Ping Song and focuses on promoting, commissioning and presenting works by living composers throughout the world. No words can do justice to the group's unique sound -- so listen for yourself at the link below.

YouTube Video Performance


11.

The Hallelujah Chorus of Holiday Shows -- Longwood Gardens!



1000+ Acres of Stunning Botanical Adornment!

From their Open Air Theater with Dancing Fountains and Italian Water Garden... to their Indoor Wonderland of decorated trees and greens - there's no place on earth more beautiful at Christmastime.


Blue and white twinkling lights, whirling fountain features, thousands of seasonal plants, and a bounty of trees with icicles and fountain-inspired glass ornaments fill the Conservatory. 

Outside, a magical world awaits, from their Italian Water Garden illuminated with a 20-foot tree form, to a maple tree with its roots aglow near their Meadow Boardwalk. Open through December to January 10th - Admission tickets required. For pricing, go to the web site below:

Longwood Gardens


12.

At last!  Number 12...what can it be?





















This very cool 'cat' reminds me of Lou Rawls. I mean really...  "You'll never find...another love like mine..."
Ah-maze-ing!
So as your digital tour guide, I'm making an executive decision to start this NYE story with Lou's 1967 recording...


Harrah's Casino
Absolut New Year's Eve Party 2016
Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 9:00 PM at The Block Entertainment Center.
Ring in the New Year at Harrah's Philadelphia for the 4th Annual Absolut New Year's Party! ~ Open Bar ~ 4 Rotating DJs ~ Party Favors ~ Prizes ~ ~ Casino Vouchers ~ VIP Sections ~ Photo Booth ~
NOTE:  Package prices start at $49.99 pp
Including open bar - light fare - and $10 Casino Voucher



A Musical New Year's at Longwood Gardens


Start the New Year with musical treats around every corner.  Enjoy strolling musicians, the historic organ, a barbershop quartet, and more!






  • Organ Music with Rudy Lucente: 3:00–9:00 pm in the Ballroom
  • Rob Dickenson and The Brandywine Christmas Minstrels: 2:00–4:00 pm outside the East Conservatory Plaza, 4:00–8:00 pm outside the Terrace Restaurant
  • Olde Towne Carolers: 5:00–9:00 pm outside the East Conservatory Plaza
  • Galena Brass: 4:00–9:00 pm outside the Peirce-du Pont House
  • Frank the Dog Barbershop Quartet: 6:00–9:00 pm in the East Conservatory
New Year’s Eve is a Peak Day. Purchase timed tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets are limited and sellout is likely. 
The Gardens will be open until 10:00 pm on New Year's Eve.

Adults: $27
Seniors (62+): $24
Students (Ages 5-18 or any age with valid student ID): $13
Children (Ages 4 & Under): Free