Jurassic Quest

(Community) The dinosaurs are headed to Philadelphia, but don’t freak out. This is your chance to walk among these larger-than-life creatures, or at least their animatronic dupes. Smaller explorers can participate in a fossil dig and meet baby dinos up close. (Dec. 17-18, 1101 Arch St., tickets.jurassicquest.com)

‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’ in Concert

(Music) You won’t want to miss this fun Muppets twist on the classic Charles Dickens’ story. The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform the iconic score as the film plays. (Dec. 17-18, 1 S. Broad St., philorch.org)

Kuumba Kwanzaa Celebration at Ultra Silk Gallery

(Seasonal) The entire family can celebrate Kwanzaa at Ultra Silk Gallery. Stop by for crafts, African drumming, music, and more. While you’re there, you can also check out the gallery’s studio exhibition, “Black Friday Art.” (Dec. 18, 2-5 p.m., 388 Lancaster Ave., ultrasilkgallery.com)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

(Music) This award-winning progressive rock group returns for “Ghosts of Christmas Eve — the Best of TSO and More.” The performance will feature seasonal songs you know and love along with some of the band’s biggest hits, like “Wizards in Winter.” (Dec. 18, 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., 3601 S. Broad St., wellsfargocenterphilly.com)

Chanukah on the Avenue

(Seasonal) Head to East Passyunk for a Chanukah celebration with live music, kids’ activities, candle lightings, and more. Kids can make their own lanterns and enjoy a holiday story time. The evening will end with a candle lighting and live music performances. (Dec. 18, 5 p.m., 1538 S. 11th St., facebook.com)

Old City Menorah Lighting

(Seasonal) Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at the Betsy Ross House. The community menorah will be lit once the sun sets, and then attendees can enjoy traditional Hanukkah treats, like latke and doughnuts. (Dec. 18, 4:30 p.m., 239 Arch St., historicphiladelphia.org)

Winter Solstice Bird Walk

(Outdoors) Welcome winter with time in nature. On this bird walk, you may catch glimpses of year-round bird residents as well as species who only visit for winter. You’ll also learn about invasive species, like the winter finch. (Dec. 20, 3:30-5 p.m., 4000 Woodland Ave., woodlandsphila.org)

Voices in Power: The Poet’s Pit

(Community) Lovers of poetry, mark your calendar for this intimate open mic night, hosted by Mic Phillips. Food and drink will be available on site so you can feed your stomach while the poets feed your soul. ($15-20, Dec. 20, 7-10 p.m., 6139 Ridge Ave., eventbrite.com)

A Longwood Christmas

(Seasonal) The beauty and power of plants inspire in this illuminated winter wonderland. Take in a dazzling display of floating floral designs, stunning trees, bold blooms, and more to add botanical flair to your holiday season. A walk outside in the garden might be chilly, but the cold will be worth it thanks to the surprises designed throughout. (Through Jan. 8, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., longwoodgardens.org)