The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA is celebrating it's 10 Year Anniversary today, December 16! To comemorate this milestone, the center is offering a host of FREE family-friendly events from December 17-January 1. Come celebrate this exciting time with friends and family at one of the best Performing Arts Center around. 

Just in time for the holiday season, the annual TubaChristmas Celebration (Dec. 17) offers double the fun with two performances of up to 100 local tuba players gathering, rehearsing, and performing holiday classics, all in the same day! Details follow below on how local tuba players may join in on the community tradition. Additional Free at the Kimmel holiday offerings include: a performance of Klezmer music by The Fabulous Shpielkehs (Dec. 23), Dramatic Readings of Holiday Literature (Dec. 24), and the annual New Year’s Day Celebration (Jan. 1).

Wolfgang Puck is also celebrating the Kimmel Center’s 10th Anniversary at the PECO café with exciting new holiday treats: colorful Peppermint Martinis and Snowflake Martinis for adults; and, Pigs in a Blanket – miniature hot dogs wrapped in homemade puffed pastries – as well as Candy Cane Cocoa, hot chocolate with bits of real peppermint candy for younger audiences.

Visit the Free at the Kimmel Calendar of Events for up to date information on additional artists. Some highlights include:

The Ukuladies

PNC Grow Up Great Program

Commonwealth Plaza

Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 11am

The Ukuladies are a perpetually-touring, twin-sister, aunt, and one tap-dancing-cousin act from Regina, Canada with a lust for life and its idle curiosities. Ukuladies are not simply a musical act—they're a full-scale entertainment featuring singing, dancing, acting and comedy. Their playful tunes and melodies will have you tapping your feet as they utilize everything from fiddles and spoons, to coconuts and a toy piano, and, of course, an impressive array of ukuleles in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Visit theukuladies.com

TubaChristmas Celebration

Commonwealth Plaza

Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 1:30pm and 5:30pm

Toot your own horn at the annual TUBACHRISTMAS Celebration in the Kimmel Center'sCommonwealth Plaza, as part of the Kimmel Center's 10th Anniversary. The holidays come to life as more than 100 regional tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players join together to perform holiday classics free to the public and for all ages.

This year we'll be hosting two TUBACHRISTMAS Performances in one day. Participation in TUBACHRISTMAS is limited to the first 100 performers per performance. Tuba, euphonium, and sousaphone players interested in playing must RSVP via email to Jay Krush at krushtuba@gmail.com. Please indicate if you plan to register for Concert #1 or Concert #2 in your RSVP email. After 100 responses, players will be placed on a waiting list. There is a $5 registration fee for performers. Music is available for purchase at the event for performers who may need it, however we encourage musicians to bring their own music stand if possible. 

The schedule for performers is as follows:

Concert #1
9am - 11am: Registration in Innovation Studio
11am - 1pm: Rehearsal in Innovation Studio
1:30pm - 2:30pm: Tuba Christmas Performance in the Commonwealth Plaza

Concert #2
2pm - 3pm: Registration in Innovation Studio
3pm - 5pm: Rehearsal in Innovation Studio
5:30pm - 6:30pm: Tuba Christmas Performance in the Commonwealth Plaza

Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble Annual Winter Concert

Commonwealth Plaza

Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 5:30pm

The Kimmel Center's Creative Music Program celebrates the Center's 10th Anniversary with a special program highlighting student musicians between the ages of 11 and 17 from our Red, Blue and Magenta ensembles. For this anniversary edition of their annual December concert the students are proud to debut three new compositions. These pieces were composed entirely by the members of each ensemble as part of a series of collective composition classes. In addition, the ensembles will perform six original compositions written by Sumi Tanooka, Steve Tirpak, Steve Coleman, and Program Director Anthony Tidd.

The Fabulous Shpielkehs

Commonwealth Plaza

Friday, December 23, 2011 at 5:30pm

The Fabulous Shpielkehs are some Philadelphia's finest musicians dedicated to continuing and furthering the centuries-old tradition of Klezmer music. The Group lead by drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts and trumpeter Susan Watts descendants of the Hoffman family musical dynasty are third and fourth generation klezmorim (musicians) internationally celebrated


Dramatic Readings from Holiday Literature

Commonwealth Plaza

Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 11am

Come down to the Kimmel Center on Christmas Eve and here readings of holiday classics such as The Night Before Christmas, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and others.

Sing in the New Year!

Commonwealth Plaza

Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 5:30pm

Soprano Elizabeth Racheva and oboist Amy Miller perform solo and ensemble selections by Vaughan Williams, Handel, Bach, Philadelphia's own Andrea Clearfield, traditional favorites, and more.


New Year's Day Celebration!

Commonwealth Plaza

Sunday, January 1, 2011, 10am to 6pm

Ring in the New Year with Free at the Kimmel family-friendly entertainment on the KimmelCenter’s Plaza stage. Post a comment on the Resolution Wall and enjoy stilt walkers, balloon artists, face-painting, and crafts for kids. Featuring performances by Steve Pullara & His Cool Beans Band, Broadway Dreams Foundation, Vanessa Trien, and Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble.