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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