On Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10, The Lawn at uCity Square was home to the inaugural uCity Square Holiday Fest, a free, family-friendly experience to celebrate the upcoming holidays!

Workers, students, and residents from around the community gathered to enjoy the fire pits and the beer and wine garden with Wissahickon Brewery and Chaddsford Winery, danced to live musicians and DJs, sang holiday karaoke, picked up the perfect gifts from local artisan vendors, sipped on hot beverages from the Monkey and the Elephant, made ornaments with Nimble Crafts, and even went for a spin around the pop-up ice skating rink! The SEPTA “Starbus” even made a guest appearance.

The vendor fees from the Holiday Fest will be donated to Theatre in the X, totaling over $550! Theatre in the X was created in 2013 to provide the people of West Philadelphia and the African-American community at large the opportunity to see professional quality theater in their own neighborhood for no cost. By removing the barriers of location and price the audience is able to experience theater that they possibly would not be able to access otherwise. Theatre in the X also provides opportunities to playwrights, actors, directors, stage managers, DJs, sound engineers and vendors of color.

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