Thanksgiving might still be a week away, but many places are already getting in the Christmas spirit! Here are our picks for festive things to do in Montgomery County (plus, a screening of an 80s classic) for the weekend of November 16 through November 18. Plus, you can always check for more things to do by visiting our calendar here.

FEZtival of Trees and Lights

When: Friday, November 16 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Wednesday, November 21 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: LuLu Shrine Center, 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting

Take a walk through dozens of uniquely decorated trees, enjoy refreshments and live entertainment, and do a little shopping at the Marketplace. You can also take an antique sleigh ride and get your picture with Santa! Tickets are $5, and children under 12 are free. All proceeds benefit the LuLu Shrine.

KiDS! Series – The Dark Crystal at The Ambler Theater

When: Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: The Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Avenue, Ambler

The Ambler Theater is hosting a Kids Series on one Saturday a month, where they will screen family-friendly movies. November’s movie is The Dark Crystal. Children of the 80s will remember this Jim Henson classic, and now you can share it with your kids! Doors open at 10 a.m., and you can come make paper bag puppets and check out the vintage collection of The Dark Crystal memorabilia from local collector Chris Stulz before the movie. The movie will start at 10:30 a.m., and tickets are $5 or $3 for kids under 15. Admission is free for Members and their children.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

When: Friday, November 16 – Sunday, November 18 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (plus more dates throughout the season)

Where: 1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown

The Elmwood Park Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland with millions of lights illuminating the 16 acres. There will be animated installations, interactive elements and themed attractions. Follow the lighted path to visit Disco Ball Way and Candy Cane Lane, and be sure to stop by Santa’s Workshop for photos. You can zipline over bison wearing a glowing harness. Live reindeers will also be at the zoo for photos! Click here for ticket information.

Hatboro’s Annual Holiday Parade

When: Sunday, November 18 from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: York Road from Summit Avenue to Newington Drive, Hatboro

The theme for the 58th Annual Hatboro Holiday Parade is “Reindeer Games” and will feature Hatboro’s own WK Bray Lodge as Grand Marshall. The Phillie Phanatic will come down the street to lead the fun at 1:45 before the parade officially begins at 2 p.m. There will be floats, high school marching bands, string bands, military units, youth and dance groups, fire and rescue units, scouts and more. And Santa’s Helpers from UPS will be collecting letters to Santa! 

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