Plan your weekend with our list of happenings before the busyness of the holiday season kicks in! Relax and enjoy the weekend by finding a book at a used-book sale you always wanted to read but never had the time or celebrate the coming of December by going through the holiday light show at Shady Brook Farm. Whether you're in the mood for the holidays or still feeling fall, we have weekend happenings for you in Bucks, New Jersey, and Philly! Check out below.

FEZtival of Trees & Lights with Trains

When: Thursday, November 17 – Sunday, November 20

Where: LuLu Shrine Center

5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, Pa 19462

Celebrate the holiday season this weekend at the FEZtival of Trees & Lights! Walk through inside through a beautiful forest full of uniquely decorated trees. Enjoy refreshments, shop the Marketplace, view a model train layout, and explore the endless children's activities to keep your little ones entertained. Also, don't miss out on taking a free digital photo with Santa! Admission for adults is $5 and children under 12 years are free. Tickets are needed in advance for the breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Check out this family-friendly event happening all weekend long!

Riegelsville Public Library Used Book Sale

When: Friday, November 18, Saturday, November 19, & Saturday, November 26

Where: Riegelsville Public Library

Calling all book lovers! Riegelsville is hosting a used book sale to grab some of your well-loved favorites. An early bird book sale begins on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a $10 donation at the door. Another book sale begins on Saturday, November 19, and Saturday, November 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, and a bag sale will also commence!

A Tribute to The Grateful Dead: Box of Rain

When: Saturday, November 19

Where: The Tavern at New Hope Winery

6123 Lower York Rd, New Hope, PA 18938

Attend an evening of The Grateful Dead by Box of Rain, featuring an all-star lineup with former members of the Dark Star Orchestra, Living Earth, Zen Tricksters, and Dead On Live! Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Purchase your tickets here for a night of music that will take you back in time!

The Art of the Speakeasy

When: Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m.

Where: Newtown Theatre

120 North State Street, Newtown, Pa 18940

One of Newtown's newest businesses and one of its oldest are teaming up to create “The Art of the Speakeasy,” a special event that combines art, cocktails, dessert, live music, and a speakeasy burlesque show. The event kicks off with a cocktail party at ArtWRKD, Newtown's newest art space. There, guests will enjoy mingling, specialty cocktails, dessert, live artist demonstrations, and the opportunity to purchase gallery pieces. The party then continues in the Newtown Theatre, entering in true speakeasy fashion through the backdoor after giving a secret password. Inside, a speakeasy show will begin. Tickets are $50 and are available for purchase here.

Daily Winter Wonderland Tours

When: Saturday, November 19 – Sunday, November 20

Where: Fonthill Castle

East Court Street & Route 313 Doylestown, Pa 18901

Starting this Saturday on all weekdays throughout the holiday season, one-hour guided tours will be offered at Fonthill Castle! The castle will showcase Henry Mercer's home decorated for the holidays. Inside, viewers will see Mercer's renowned, handcrafted ceramic tiles in the 44 rooms, 200 windows, and 18 fireplaces that make up the castle! Find tickets here and more dates to book a tour!

Perkasie Patchwork Live Coffeehouse

When: Saturday, November 19

Where: Perkasie Mennonite Church

320 W Chestnut St., Perkasie, PA 18944

You are invited to the Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse on Saturday featuring Piper's Request! This concert’s benefit is Southwest FL ERT, a program of Mennonite Disaster Service helping to repair and rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Ian. Doors open at 7 p.m. with performances at 7:30 p..m. Tickets for adults are $12, adults over 65 are $10, students 13 and up are $6, and 12 & under are free. Visit PerkMenno.net for more information. The venue is wheelchair accessible. All ticket sales will be at the door. Enjoy delicious desserts and drinks throughout the evening.

Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show

When: Saturday, November 19 – Saturday, January 28

Where: Shady Brook Farm

931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, Pa 19067

The annual Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm is back! Enjoy the over three million lights from the comfort of your own vehicle with friends and family. Turn on your car radio to 90.7 FM to listen to holiday tunes while you drive throughout the farmland. Guests are also welcome to purchase tickets for a wagon ride through the lights. Purchase your tickets here!

Gingerbread Competition & Display

When: Friday, November 18 – Sunday, January 8

Where: Peddler's Village

100 Peddlers Village, Lahaska, PA 18931

Celebrate a holiday tradition since 1984 with Peddler's Village for their annual Gingerbread competition! More than 75 creative and whimsical entries will be on display for visitors to come gaze at for free. Entries will be judged on the week of November 14 and winners will be posted on November 18. Another event to check out this Friday in the village is the Grand Illumination Celebration. At 6:15 p.m., the village will light up at the flick of a switch from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Enjoy food and drinks at any of the restaurants, start holiday hopping, and watch dance performances by local groups.

New Jersey Weekend Happenings

Country Line Dancing & Basket Auction

When: Friday, November 18 at 7 p.m.

Where: 179 Main Street, Glen Gardner, Nj 08826

This Friday, country line dance with DJ Dave! The evening includes line dance instructions for traditional and new music, and all are welcome. Take a chance on the basket auction as well, or the 50/50 raffle. The event is for those 21 years old and up, and the proceeds, including the $10 cover at the door will go directly to the VFW Veterans. Bring your dance shoes and luck!

Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root with Dirk Miller

When: Friday, November 18

Where: Hopewell Theatre

5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, NJ 08525

Come listen to the music of Michael Glabicki paired with Rusted Root's guitar player Dirk Miller. The band evolved around front-man Glabicki's sound and vision – one of a kind blend of acoustic folk, rock, and world music that took the Pittsburgh band from local clubs to multi-platinum record sales and touring careers. Glabicki is opening new doors with his solo career, regularly touring with Miller. Advanced ticket price is $35 plus taxes and fees and day-of-show pricing is $40 plus taxes and fees.

Weekend Happenings in the City of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Zoo Presents LumiNature

When: Thursday, November 17, 2022, to Saturday, January 7, 2023

Where: The Philadelphia Zoo

3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Philadelphia Zoo’s dazzling winter light show experience is back! With more than a million twinkling lights across 14 one-of-a-kind artistically illuminated zones, LumiNature is sure to wow adults and children alike as they take a magical journey celebrating the wonder of wildlife and the beauty of our planet during the holiday season. Some feature pieces and experiences include a brand new Penguin Prismatic show featuring a 40 ft. tall penguin, a 100 ft-long aquarium tunnel, a 22-feet-tall Butterfly Tree, a Wilderness Express Train, and more. LumiNature is a nighttime experience, with timed entrance tickets available every half hour from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All guests must pre-purchase timed tickets at philadelphiazoo.org/luminature. Prices vary by visit date.

Thirsty Dice Board Game Flea Market

When: Saturday, November 19

Where: 17th & Fairmount, Philadelphia, Pa 19130

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping list or grab something new to bring out at the Thanksgiving table this year by browsing the board game flea market sale! With over 125 unique board games on sale, you're bound to find something that suits you. Be sure also to explore other local vendors, selling various goods. Brunch food and drinks will also be available from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia's National Dog Show

When: Saturday, November 19

Where: The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks

100 Station Ave, Oaks, PA 19456

The National Dog Show is hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia as an annual celebration of dogdom, dating back to 1879! Over 100 American Kennel Club-sanctioned breeds, including one new breed in 2022, will be among some 1,500 of the nation's top dogs to compete for the title of “Best in Show” this weekend! Tickets are $16 for adults, $7 for kids ages 4-11, and children 3 and under are free. For more information and tickets, click here!

Philly Wine Fest

When: Saturday, November 19

Where: Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia

900 Packer Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa 19148

Join in on an elevated wine-tasting experience to stimulate all your senses. Enjoy great food and live music while indulging in some of the best varietals from around the world! Three sessions are available to choose from and tickets starting at $35 are available for purchase here.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

When: Saturday, November 19 – Saturday, December 24

Where: LOVE Park and City Hall's Courtyard and North Broad section

Watch the city transform into an authentic German Christmas market starting this weekend! Returning for its 15th season, over 110 vendors will offer unique Christmas giftware, jewelry, arts and crafts, ornaments, and more. Come hungry for delicious European food specialties such as bratwurst, schnitzel, Helmut's strudel, and mulled wine. Other activities include a wine or spirits tasting, a carousel ride, a kid's train ride, and live performances! For more information and the full list of calendar events, check here.

Other Happenings This Week:

Holiday Tours at Historic Pennypacker Mills

When: Tuesday, November 22

Where: Pennypacker Mills

5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, Pa 19473

Starting on Tuesday, November 22 through Sunday, January 8, 2023, Pennypacker Mills will be decorated head to toe in Christmas decor! Your visit will uncover the story behind Christmas of the past (1850), present (1910), and the future (1920), and how each timeframe coincided with Pennsylvania Governor Samuel Pennypacker's life. Tours are free admission and with free parking! Pennypacker Mills is closed on Mondays and holidays. Tours will be available Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For groups of 10 or more, call for a group reservation.

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