The holiday calendar is fully booked with a slew of holiday events — from traditional to quirky and everything in between — in the Philadelphia region this week.

You can’t go wrong with a classic like George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music, back for in-person performances beginning this Friday. It’s timeless holiday magic and wonder from the Philadelphia Ballet in the heart of the city.

Shopping local for holiday gifts is as appealing as ever. Sidestep supply-chain issues by hitting up one of the local holiday marketplaces — like the daily Christmas Village in Philadelphia at LOVE Park — or one of a number of pop-up holiday markets this week and weekend at the Mütter Museum, Philadelphia Brewing Company or Pottsgrove Manor.

Those in the mood for countryside happenings have lots to choose from, including Winter Luminary Lights at Jenkins Arboretum, a Holiday Open House in Waynesborough or the first of two annual reenactments of Washington crossing the Delaware at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Stroll through Peddler's Village and sip tasty beverages. Find perfect gifts in 65 specialty shops and boutiques. 

Also up this week: new works from PHILADANCO! at the Kimmel Center, a traditional Puerto Rican Parranda at Cherry Street Pier, the Fishtown Freeze neighborhood party (with ice-carving demonstrations)

Looking st stay warm and enjoy the holiday lights? Stop by Shady Brook Farm's Drive-through light show or hop on Philly's best holiday light tour with Founding Footsteps !