Unconventional Holiday Celebrations: Philly’s Strangest Festivities

Unconventional Holiday Celebrations: Philly's Strangest Festivities

From disco dancing to Star Trek-themed parties, Philadelphia offers a range of unique and offbeat holiday events that are sure to make this season memorable.

While the holiday season is typically associated with traditional festivities, Philadelphia offers a refreshing alternative with its array of unconventional celebrations. From whiskey-and-go-go dancing to Star Trek-inspired parties, these events are both strange and alluring, providing a unique way to embrace the holiday spirit. Here are some of the merriest and weirdest ways to live dangerously during this festive season.

Trestle Inn’s Jingle Bell Pop:

Get your groove on at Philly’s only whiskey-and-go-go dancing den of inequity.

The Trestle Inn, known for its annual NYE-A-Go Go Disco Dance Party, is hosting the Jingle Bell Pop event. On December 15th, the fully decked-out Trestle Inn will transport guests to the 1960s and 70s with holiday classics and rarities on vinyl, spun by DJ Hardbargain. Go Go artist Stevie Ryeder will be providing the dance moves, creating a hot night of festive fun. Owner Ian Cross has also prepared special holiday cocktail specials from 6 to 9 p.m., and there’s no cover charge for this event.

The Roddenberries’ Star Trekkified Sci-Fi Holiday Spectacular:

Celebrate the holiday season with a colorful live musical adventure dedicated to all things Star Trek, Dr. Who, and Star Wars.

The Roddenberries, known for their dedication to the sounds and spirits of various sci-fi franchises, are bringing their Christmas groove to City Winery on December 14th. This event promises to be an absurdist dramedy with the release of their new Live Album and a party featuring guest star Bonnie Gordon, known for her work as a computer voice artist in Star Trek Prodigy. Cosplay revelry involving favorite Star Trek characters, along with Santa costumes, will add to the festive atmosphere.

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

Filmmaker John Waters brings his unique brand of comedy and irreverence to the holiday season.

Legendary filmmaker John Waters, known for his cult classics like “Pink Flamingos” and “Polyester,” is renowned for his live, one-man comedy shows. On December 15th, at Union Transfer, Waters will discuss a non-binary Mrs. Claus, un-merry Trumps, and other social issues in his signature ribald style. This seated event promises a night of laughter and unexpected conversations that challenge societal norms.

Skeletor Karaoke/Gung Show Holiday Extravaganza:

Embrace the holiday spirit with a karaoke party hosted by Philadelphia’s very own Skeletor.

Carmen Martella III, a performance artist and musician, has been entertaining Philadelphia for years as Skeletor, the supervillain from Masters of the Universe. On December 22nd, at World Café Live, Martella will host a holiday extravaganza featuring karaoke and amateur talent shows. With Skeletor’s sinister charm and a touch of Christmas spirit, this event promises to be a unique and entertaining experience.

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

Experience the nostalgia of Mr. T and his iconic career in a rare television special screening.

PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia’s home for all things cult and camp, presents a screening of the rare television special “A Christmas Dream” starring Mr. T and Emmanuel Lewis. On December 14th, 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 Mr. T-themed prizes and a festive atmosphere, this event is sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.

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Philadelphia offers a range of unconventional holiday celebrations that cater to those seeking a break from traditional festivities. From disco dancing and Star Trek-themed parties to irreverent comedy shows and karaoke with a supervillain twist, these events provide a unique and memorable way to celebrate the holiday season. Whether you’re a fan of cult classics, sci-fi franchises, or simply looking for a different kind of holiday experience, Philly’s strangest festivities are sure to deliver an unforgettable celebration. So why not embrace the weird and make this holiday season one to remember?