The holidays are officially upon us, but this week offers much more than carols and holiday shopping. Tuesday night is the Annual March in of the Continental Army, one of the biggest events of the year at Valley Forge Park.
That's just one of our 10 favorite events of the week. Check out the full list and plan your Montco getaway today.
MARCH IN OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY
On December 19, 1777, the Continental Army marched in to Valley Forge for what would become a six-month encampment. The anniversary of that first night in camp is celebrated with an encampment at the Muhlenberg Brigade huts and a visit by General George Washington.
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS TRAINS
Starts November 17
These special evening trains bring the storybook magic of the season to life! Join the Colebrookdale Railroad for special holiday storytime excursions. Wear your pajamas and sip complimentary hot cocoa as we read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas on our trip through the Secret Valley.
MY VERY OWN POLAR BEAR
December 21 - 23
Act II Playhouse
Act II Playhouse presents a brand new comedy for the whole family. My Very Own Polar Bear tells the story of a young girl and her friendship with her (real-to-her) polar bear. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday. Check Act II's website for complete showtime listings.
ALADDIN: A MUSICAL PANTO
December 19 - 24
Your favorite holiday tradition! When the young ne'er-do-well Aladdin and his animal pals find a mysterious lamp, the hilarious adventure begins. This rollicking musical romp "beats a sugar rush any day" (The Philadelphia Inquirer). This week's schedule includes performances Tuesday through Sunday (with no shows on Thursday).
December 12 - 17
Act II Playhouse
Bad Dates tells the story of Haley Walker, a gorgeous single mom who runs New York's hottest restaurant. Can she survive dating in the city? Performances are Tuesday through Saturday.
JIM BRICKMAN: A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS
Acclaimed pianist Jim Brickman takes the stage at the Keswick Theatre this Thursday night. The Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning performer presents "A Joyful Christmas" starting at 7:30 p.m.
CASTLES IN THE SKY
One of the area's most popular duos, Castles in the Sky combines piano and guitar in their signature blend of rock, soul and spiritual music. They'll bring that sound to The Underground in Lansdale this Saturday night at 8 p.m.
CHARLIE BROWN JAZZ
The Eric Mintel Quartet brings the unforgettable holiday music of A Charlie Brown Christmas to the stage at the Colonial Theatre. Hear the sounds of the season, as composed by the legend Vince Guaraldi, this Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Skippack Village shines during the holiday season when illuminaires light the paths every Friday night. Walk the candle-lit paths of the village as you shop and dine in Skippack's one-of-a-kind stores and restaurants.
AMBLER HOLIDAY SHOPPING VILLAGE
December 21 - 24
Ambler Main Street
Ambler's Holiday Shopping Village is a pop-up market where you can find gifts from some of the area's best artisans, craftors and more. The village is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with December 24 as the last day of the season.