Unconventional Holiday Celebrations: Embracing the Weird and Wonderful

13 December 2023

Explore the quirkiest and most offbeat ways to celebrate the holiday season in Philadelphia

As the holiday season approaches, many people are gearing up for traditional festivities filled with sugar, spice, and everything nice. However, for those seeking a more unconventional experience, Philadelphia offers a range of events that are both strange and alluring. From whiskey-and-go-go dancing to Star Trek-inspired spectacles, these alternative celebrations promise a unique and memorable holiday experience. Join us as we delve into the merriest and weirdest ways to live dangerously during the holiday season.

Trestle Inn’s Jingle Bell Pop:

Kicking off our list is the Trestle Inn’s Jingle Bell Pop event, a festive preview of their renowned NYE-A-Go Go Disco Dance Party. Located in Philly’s only whiskey-and-go-go dancing den, this event promises a hot night of 1960s/70s holiday classics and rarities on vinyl. DJ Hardbargain will be spinning the tunes while Trestle Special Artist Stevie Ryeder dazzles the crowd with Go Go dancing. Owner Ian Cross has even concocted special holiday cocktail specials for the occasion. With a fully decked-out venue and no cover charge, the Trestle Inn is the place to be on December 15th.

The Roddenberries’ Star Trekkified Sci-Fi Holiday Spectacular:

For fans of Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Star Wars, the Roddenberries’ Christmas groove is a must-see. This colorful live musical adventure is dedicated to the sounds and spirits of all things sci-fi. The Fashion District’s City Winery will host this event, featuring the release of the Roddenberries’ new live album and a special guest appearance by Star Trek Prodigy actor-computer voice artist Bonnie Gordon. With cosplay revelry and a mix of holiday celebrations, this event on December 14th promises an extraordinary evening for all sci-fi enthusiasts.

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A John Waters Christmas: Let’s Blow It Up:

Legendary filmmaker John Waters is known for his boundary-pushing films and outrageous live comedy shows. On December 15th, Waters will bring his irreverent humor to Union Transfer for a seated event that promises to be anything but traditional. Expect discussions on a non-binary Mrs. Claus, un-merry-Trumps, and social issues that are sure to challenge the norm. Waters, the self-proclaimed king of filth, will also be handing out rude toys during the event, adding an extra touch of his signature irreverence to the holiday season.

Skeletor Karaoke/Gung Show Holiday Extravaganza:

Prepare for a night of interactive fun and laughter at the Skeletor Karaoke/Gung Show Holiday Extravaganza. Philadelphia performance artist Carmen Martella III, dressed as the infamous supervillain Skeletor, will host this unique event at World Café Live on December 22nd. With a mix of karaoke, talent shows, and audience participation, this holiday extravaganza promises to be a night to remember.

I Pity the Scrooge: A Mr. T Inspired Holiday Celebration:

PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia’s hub for all things quirky and offbeat, presents a screening of the rare television special ‘A Christmas Dream’ starring Mr. T and Emmanuel Lewis. Ben Leach, owner of one of the largest collections of Mr. T memorabilia, will host a show-and-tell session, taking the audience on an interactive journey through Mr. T’s career. With games, prizes, and a nostalgic trip down memory lane, this event on December 14th is sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.

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While traditional holiday celebrations have their charm, embracing the weird and wonderful can add an extra layer of excitement and intrigue to the festive season. Philadelphia’s alternative holiday events offer a range of experiences that cater to the unconventional and adventurous. Whether it’s dancing the night away at the Trestle Inn, immersing oneself in the world of sci-fi at the Roddenberries’ Spectacular, or indulging in the irreverent comedy of John Waters, these events promise a holiday season like no other. So why not step out of the ordinary and embrace the strange this holiday season? After all, sometimes the most memorable experiences are the ones that defy expectations.

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