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Philadelphia Rings In 2017 By Starting Early & Ending Late
Two Fireworks Shows & The Mummers Parade Are Among Philly's All-Ages Festivities
In Philadelphia, ringing in the New Year begins early and ends late. Daytime and early-evening bashes entertain children at the Please Touch Museum®, Franklin Square and Independence Seaport Museum. Fireworks displays over the Delaware River go off at 6 p.m. and midnight. On New Year’s Day, thousands of colorfully costumed merrymakers march in the Mummers Parade, the nation’s oldest folk parade.
The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package lets revelers enjoy every moment with free hotel parking, two tickets to The Franklin Institute’s Jurassic World: The Exhibition, admission and skate rentals for two at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, a $20 gift card good for use at any of Jose Garces’ 10 Philly restaurants and one free Uber ride valued at $10. For details and to book a stay, go to visitphilly.com/overnight.
Here’s a look at some of the New Year’s weekend highlights:
- Celebration Before Naptime – Please Touch Museum® opens at 9 a.m. and holds a midday countdowns with music and confetti at noon and 1 p.m. 4231 Avenue of the Republic, (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org
- Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown – Historic Franklin Square offers families a 6 p.m. “square” drop, an indoor kids’ dance party, the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show outside and great views of the early fireworks show at Penn’s Landing. 6th & Race Streets, (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org
- Family Fireworks Viewing Party – The Independence Seaport Museum throws a party at 5-7 p.m. on its second-floor balcony, offering sparkling cider toast and panoramic views of the 6 p.m. fireworks. 211 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-8655, phillyseaport.org
- New Year’s Eve Concert – Grammy-winning conductor Bramwell Tovey leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in a 7:30 p.m. concert of popular pieces by Bernstein, Gershwin and Strauss.Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad Street, (215) 893-1999, philorch.org
- SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront – Penn’s Landing offers two pyrotechnic displays in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, at 6 p.m. and another at midnight. Each show is synchronized to a custom soundtrack. visitphilly.com
- Holiday Parties on Ice – Along the Delaware River Waterfront, the Blue Cross RiverRink offers two parties to go with the two fireworks shows. Each offers live entertainment, party favors, comfort foods and ice-skating, along with cozy fire pits and an indoor Winterfest Lodge. Market Street & Columbus Boulevard, (215) 925-RINK, riverrink.com
- Mummers Parade – Philadelphia’s truly unusual New Year’s Day tradition dates back to 1901. Thousands of men, women and children wear feathers and sequins, making music and merriment at they head along Broad Street from City Hall to Washington Avenue. City Hall is the site of competition among the Comic, Comic Wench and String Band divisions. The Pennsylvania Convention Center hosts the Fancy Brigade Finale, a contest of Broadway-inspired dance routines. phillymummers.com. Tickets for bleacher seating at City Hall and for the Fancy Brigades are available at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets, (215) 965-7676, phlvisitorcenter.com; tickets for the competition at the Convention Center are also available at (800) 298-4200, spectratix.com
- Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts – Steps from the Mummers Parade is full day of free, all-ages entertainment: music by the Kendrah Butler Trio, a Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ demonstration, a hot chocolate bar—and the Resolution Wall, a spot to contribute private hopes for 2017. 300 S. Broad Street, (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org
- Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys – One of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries takes to the field and creates a regional buzz at watch parties at bars and clubs region-wide. Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Avenue, (267) 570-4150, philadelphiaeagles.com
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Holiday Highlights In Philadelphia
Holiday tradition runs deep in Philadelphia, home of the new Philly Holiday Festival, a seven-week citywide celebration, and the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, offering overnight guests at 38 hotels free parking, two tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute and more perks, bookable at visitphilly.com.
Here are some highlights of the winter holidays in Philadelphia:
- Christmas Village – Philadelphia City Hall transforms into holiday central, adding to its grounds a German-style market with live entertainment. In adjacent Dilworth Park, there’s a new setup for the live, 38-foot Christmas tree, Rothman Institute Ice
'Tis The Season: Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia
Twinkling lights, the echo of carols and a nip in the air all bring a sprinkle of seasonal magic to Philadelphia. This year the festivities get an extra touch of sparkle with the launch of the Philly Holiday Festival, the city’s colorful, seven-week holiday gift to locals and visitors, featuring a new spectacularly lit tree and America’s Garden Capital Maze in Dilworth Park, parades, light shows and two fireworks displays along the Delaware River. Beyond the festivals, revelers can enjoy all of their regional favorites, including the dazzling Longwood Gardens Christmas display and Washington’s annual Crossing of the Delaware River...
Philly Region Festivals Celebrate Art, Music, Mushrooms & More
With just the turn of the ignition key and within less than an hour, visitors to Philadelphia can explore the region’s quaint towns and charming settings. And what better way to discover them than with the homegrown festivals and events that celebrate their distinct personalities. Some festivities are quirky—think tens of thousands of folks coming together to pay tribute to the mushroom. Others honor the culinary talents of their hometown chefs or the creative handiwork of local artisans. While still others harken back to the town’s proud role in American history. Whatever the topic or the time of year, local...
The Towns Of The Philadelphia Countryside Celebrate The Holiday Season In Style
The Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside sparkle with seasonal events and activities—from the glittering lights at Longwood Gardens to North Pole-themed rides on the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad. Add in elegantly decorated historic houses, winter festivals and seasonal performances for a memory-filled holiday season.
Find top holiday events, a holiday lights roundup, New Year’s Eve and Day guides and more at visitphilly.com/holidays.
Lovely Lights & Dazzling Displays:
- While holiday shopping at Peddler’s Village, visitors can check out the Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Display. Participants compete in a variety of categories, including traditional and authentic reproduction of
Festivals Keep Philly Neighborhoods Hopping All Year Long
Philadelphians can always find a reason to get festive. It could be a gathering of artists and artisans in Manayunk, a traditional Yoruba-style street fair or zombies taking over South Street, a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue or a weekend celebrating all things Harry Potter in Chestnut Hill. Throughout the year, Philly’s neighborhoods make merry with special events and activities that reflect their distinctive personalities. Here’s a look at some of the mark-the-calendar happenings for 2014:
Benjamin Franklin Parkway:
- For the fourth year running, the Philadelphia Science Festival unleashes nine days of exploratory exhibitions, lectures,
Quirky Events In Philadelphia
In the 19th and 20th centuries, Philadelphia gained an international reputation for being a pretty quirky place, thanks to an underdog championship boxer movie character, dueling cheesesteak purveyors, the Mummers and, well, a cracked Bell. It seems the 21st century will continue to propagate that fun-loving mystique with strange and wonderful annual events held every month of the year. Here’s a look at the city’s quirky side:
- The perpetually sold-out SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Wing Bowl 21 pits amateur speed eaters against one another in a race to see who can gobble the most chicken wings
Story Starters: Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia
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Nation’s First Thanksgiving Parade Gears Up For Its 94th Annual Run In Philadelphia
There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Philadelphia is home to one of the nation’s favorite holiday traditions: the Thanksgiving Day Parade, taking place this year on November 28 beginning at 8:15 a.m. Almost a century after Philadelphian Ellis Gimbel created the Thanksgiving Day parade as a marketing tool to kick off the Christmas shopping season, the city that first introduced the turkey-day festivities will again celebrate the start of the season in grand style
29 Days In February Means 29 Nights Of Dates In Philly
Romance abounds in February, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is making it possible for couples to celebrate their love in style thanks to the month-long 29 Nights of Dates promotion. A component of GPTMC’s popular With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign, which is heavily focused on couples this winter, the facebook.com/visitphilly sweepstakes features nearly 70 prizes, including a Vespa—all valued at more than $13,000.
From February 1-29 (yes, it’s a leap year), fans of facebook.com/visitphilly will have a chance to win one of 29 fun, romantic and inspired Philly dates. Fans are encouraged to check facebook.com/visitphilly each day...
Mummers 101: Celebrate New Year's Day Like A Local
New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to fete than at Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade, a tradition dating back to 1901 in which 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets.
Over the past few years, tweaks to the traditional route now take the Mummers from north to south with judging at the start of the parade instead of at the end and performances along the length of the route rather than in specific locations.
While a carnival-like atmosphere welcomes anyone who decides...