What To Do Over Winter Break, Philly Edition

Between sleeping, catching up with friends and family, working, and celebrating the holidays, chances are you’ll be looking for something fun to do over the next few weeks. For that reason, this week, Onward State will look into what’s going on in a city near you (most likely) while you’re home on break. Today, we look at The City of Brotherly Love.


I’ll level with you guys. I know nothing about the arts. I mean nothing. However, the Internet tells me that those of you who do can catch a few holiday shows in Philly over break. Date and ticket information can be found by clicking each link.

A Christmas Carol (Walnut Street Theatre)

The King And I (Walnut Street Theatre)

The Nutcracker (Kimmel Center)

HAIR (Kimmel Center)

Jersey Boys (Forrest Theatre)


Bruce Springsteen fans may want to check out “The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen” exhibition at the National Constitution Center, which features an in-depth look at the life of The Boss developed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. Below are a few other notable concerts happening over break in Philadelphia.

Matisyahu – Saturday, December 24, at the Theatre of Living Arts

The New Deal – Wednesday, December 28, at the Theatre of Living Arts

Robin Thicke – Thursday, December 29, at World Cafe Live

Diplo – Thursday, December 29, at Union Transfer

Thursday – Friday, December 30, at the Theatre of Living Arts

Third Eye Blind – Friday, December 30, at The Electric Factory



In case you haven’t been following, the Philadelphia Flyers hold the top spot in the Eastern Conference led by star center Claude Giroux, who leads the league in points. Unfortunately, Flyers fans home for winter break will not have the opportunity to see Giroux in action as he recovers from a concussion suffered last week. And, even more unfortunate, the Flyers only play three home games over break, with one being the Winter Classic that features ticket prices upwards of $350.

Monday, January 2, 2012, at 1 p.m. vs. New York Rangers (Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park)

Thursday, January 5, at 7 p.m. vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Saturday, January 7, at 1 p.m. vs. Ottawa Senators


Well, we all know how the “Dream Team” thing worked out, but that may work to the advantage of cash-strapped college students looking to make it to The Linc over break. The Birds host Washington on New Year’s Day in a game that, let’s be honest, won’t mean much to either team. Ticket prices may actually be reasonable for this game, so keep an eye out on StubHub and the Eagles ticket exchange.


The NBA is back! Who’s excited? Come on, not even a little? This Sixers team should be fun to watch coming off of a surprising second-half surge last year. They will only play twice over winter break, but tickets are affordable and the team plays a fun Brand (see what I did there?) of basketball.

Friday, January 6, at 7 p.m. vs. Detroit Pistons

Saturday, January 7, at 7 p.m. vs. Indiana Pacers

College Sports

Our own Penn State Icers top my list of college sporting events you can catch while you’re home in the Philly area. The Icers take on Neumann University on Wednesday, January 4, at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $10 for general admission and can be purchased in advance¬†here. This is a great chance to catch Guy Gadowsky’s squad in a truly unique venue.

As for hoops, the Big Five (or, rather, City Six. I see you, Drexel) will be in action over the holidays in Philadelphia. Villanova, St. Joe’s, LaSalle, Temple, and Drexel all play at least three home games over break, and Penn plays on on Friday night when they host Marist at The Palestra.¬†Highlights of the winter break slate include:

  • Temple’s clash with top ten Duke at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, January 4, at 7 p.m.
  • LaSalle hosting a Top Ten Xavier team on January 4 at Tom Gola Arena at 7 p.m.
  • Villanova’s Big East opener against South Florida at The Pavilion on Thursday, January 5, at 7 p.m.


The Mummers Parade – A true Philadelphia tradition, the Mummer’s Parade occurs every New Year’s Day down Broad Street.

What did we miss? Leave a comment below with an event that you’re looking forward to checking out in Philly over break.

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John is a senior in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Marketing. He currently serves as the President of the Paternoville Coordination Committee and as a THON Chair for Nittany Nation. He tweets a lot.

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