Do Something: Slew of holiday events throughout South Jersey area this weekend

Residents can attend a holiday parade in Pennsauken or Philadelphia’s annual tree lighting ceremony.

The holiday season is now in full swing around the Philadelphia region and there’s a number of ways residents can get into the spirit of the season. Check out what events are taking place across the region this weekend.

In Mt. Laurel

  • The Mt. Laurel Library will be hosting “A Christmas Carol” by the Hampstead Stage Company. At 2 p.m. locals can come enjoy Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This is the timeless tale in which Scrooge learns the true meaning of helping his fellow man, and that there is no time like the present to become a better person. This performance in recommended for audiences ages 5 and up.

In Cherry Hill

  • Residents looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday weekend can enjoy a family-friendly film at the Cherry Hill Public Library on Saturday. The library will host a sensory friendly film on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. in the conference center of the library. Enjoy the film, “Finding Dory,” with slightly dimmed lights and sound adjusted comfort making the movie experience enjoyable for all children. Visit www.chplnj.org for more information.

In Pennsauken

  • Pennsauken will hold its 36th annual Holiday Parade on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The parade will begin at the Pennsauken Community Recreation Facility and end at 44th Street. The parade includes fire engines, holiday-themed floats and musical entertainment. Visit https://www.facebook.com/PennsaukenHolidayParade for more information.
  • A number of local communities are encouraging people to shop local on Saturday in honor of Small Business Saturday. In Haddonfield, there will be additional activities to enjoy in addition to shopping. There will entertainment downtown and horse-drawn carriage rides from noon to 3 p.m. Residents can also purchase town-wide gift certificates at a discounted rate from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Visit http://www.downtownhaddonfield.com/events-entries/small-business-weekend for more information.

At the Jersey Shore

  • Residents can get into the holiday spirit in Avalon this weekend as the Borough of Avalon host Snowfest Saturday on Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event will include a polar extreme obstacle course, rock wall, rides, iceless ice skating, a bounce house, photos with Santa Claus, games and more. For more information, visit www.avalonboro.net.
  • Skaters can hit the ice rink in Sea Isle City on Saturday as the town hosts its Holiday Extravaganza. The event takes place at Excursion Park, located at 40th Street and Pleasure Avenue. The ice rink will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be entertainment from noon to 1 p.m. and kids can visit with Santa Claus from 1 to 3 p.m. Guests are encouraged to shop local on Saturday and enter a raffle to win a flat screen television. For more information, visit www.seaislechamber.com/events/HolidayExtravaganza.aspx.

In Philadelphia

  • One of the biggest holiday events in Philadelphia takes place on Saturday. The city will host its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. at City Hall, located at 1401 JFK Boulevard. The city’s 38-foot tree will be lit at about 5:30 p.m. The tree is decorated with a number of iconic symbols from around the city and will include thousands of lights. There will also be entertainment and giveaways at the event. The lighting is free to attend. Visit www.philachristmas.com for more information.
  • Also on Saturday, get some holiday shopping done as the Franklin Flea Market opens its doors. The market is located at the historic Strawbridge’s Building at 801 Market Street in Philadelphia. The market primarily focuses on top vendors of antique, vintage and up-cycled furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, antiques, and delicious fresh cooked or small batch pre-packaged food, as well as a select number of jewelry, art, and handmade goods by local artisans and designers. Visit www.franklinflea.com for a more detailed list of vendors.