Four Days, Two Fireworks Shows and Hundreds of Mummers Add Up to One Fun New Year’s Celebration In Philly
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Philadelphia is going all out for the New Year’s four-day weekend, making it the perfect destination for families who want a kid-friendly celebration and for adults ready to party into the wee hours of 2010. After New Year’s Eve kicks off with Countdown to Noon at Please Touch MuseumÂ®, “Happy New Year!” will echo throughout the city twice when two colorful fireworks shows dazzle onlookers on both sides of the Delaware River. On New Year’s Day, the Mummers strut their stuff for cheering crowds along Broad Street, while the Fancy Brigade entertains inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center. And with tons of other fun happenings in Philadelphia, including extra late hours for Diana: A Celebration, on view at the National Constitution Center, visitors can stay for the rest of the holiday weekend. Find all the details at gophila.com/newyears.
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- Happy New Year! Happy New Year! This year, partiers along the Delaware River in Philadelphia and Camden ring in 2010 with twice the fireworks and twice the fun. Dazzling shows will illuminate the night sky at 6:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. Along Columbus Boulevard, (215) 928-8801, delawareriverevents.com
- For a Philadelphia experience that’s as traditional as cheesesteaks, a pilgrimage to the world-famous Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day is a must. Dating back to 1901, the only-in-Philly celebration is a lively and colorful parade of costumed men, women and children who practice all year to strut, dance and play music up Broad Street. The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. at the intersection of Broad Street and Snyder Avenue and proceeds to City Hall, followed by a ticketed competition at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Spectators should purchase tickets ahead of time to sit in the judging stand or get there early to find a spot along the parade route. The parade day ends with an unofficial party along 2nd Street–”Two Street” to locals. Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets, mummers.com; tickets for bleacher seating outside City Hall available at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets, (215) 965-7676, independencevisitorcenter.com; tickets for the competition at the Convention Center available at (215) 893-1999, ticketphiladelphia.org
- With its prime location on Broad Street, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the perfect place to warm up during the day-long Mummers Parade. Visitors can enjoy free entertainment in the Plaza, feast on brunch in the upper-level Cadence restaurant and purchase discounted tickets to select show for just $20.10. Broad & Spruce Streets, (215) 790-5800, kimmelcenter.org
- Please Touch MuseumÂ® rings in 2010 early with Countdown to Noon on December 31. The museum opens at 9:00 a.m. and holds “Noon Year” party activities with music and confetti. Countdowns take place at 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. 4231 Avenue of the Republic, (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org
- Winter sports enthusiasts celebrate at the Blue Cross RiverRink’s New Year’s Eve Party on Ice, a family-friendly affair that boasts one of the best views of the city’s breathtaking fireworks displays over the Delaware River. Skaters can catch one of two sparkling shows during the early (5:00-7:00 p.m.) and late (11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.) parties. Tickets are $30 for skaters and $20 for spectators. Columbus Boulevard & Market Street, (215) 925-RINK, riverrink.com
- A maritime New Year’s Eve celebration is on deck at the Independence Seaport Museum along the Philadelphia waterfront. Those who arrive early can explore the museum, but just before 6:00 p.m., everyone will head outside to the second-floor terrace with their noisemakers, party hats and sparkling apple cider to watch the fireworks spectacular over the Delaware River. Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Walnut Street, (215) 413-8655, phillyseaport.org
- Over on the other side of the river, revelers test their sea legs on the Battleship New Jersey, docked on the Camden waterfront. After dinner in the crew’s mess, a ride in the flight simulator, a tour of the ship and a non-alcoholic toast during the midnight fireworks, guests can head down to the bunks for a navy-style sleepover. Those looking for just a great viewing spot without dinner and accommodations can pay for a low-cost ticket that includes prizes, music and bar service. 62 Battleship Place, (856) 1652, battleshipnewjersey.org
- The Philadelphia Movie Sites Tour gets in on the theme of “two” with two New Year’s Eve tour runs. As they watch clips from In Her Shoes, The Sixth Sense, Rocky, 12 Monkeys and more than 20 other films, participants will see the actual sites where the scenes were filmed. Both tours, 3:00-5:30 p.m. and 8:30-11:00 p.m., end at Penn’s Landing in time for the two fireworks shows. (215) 625-7980, toursignup.com/movie
- Parents raising aspiring Mummers can reserve their seats now for New Year’s Eve at the Chart House Restaurant. During the all-ages event, taking place from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., families will meet a member of the Fancy Brigades, feast on a lavish buffet dinner and enjoy a great view of the 6:00 p.m. fireworks show. 555 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 625-8383, chart-house.com
- Starting at 4:00 p.m., kids and adults dive in during the buffet dinner at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. Even the pickiest eater in the crew can find a dish they’ll love, and the carnival-themed dessert reception and the hot chocolate and smores bar are sure to get rave reviews. Children’s movies, face painting and, of course, the 6:00 p.m. fireworks viewing make for a New Year’s the whole family will remember. 201 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 521-6503, hyattregencyphiladelphia.com
- After the kids have their party, the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing gears up for the 21-and-over festivities, starting at 9:00 p.m. Following the delicious four-course dinner, the bash moves to Keating’s River Grill inside the hotel for a “dessert explosion” and cocktail and dance party. The DJ stops only for the 12:00 midnight fireworks and a champagne toast. 201 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 521-6503, hyattregencyphiladelphia.com
- Those looking to take New Year’s to the next level should plan to party at R2L, a super-swanky spot that won’t even open to the public until January 2010. A DJ, a top-shelf open bar, hors d’oeuvres, sweets, party favors and panoramic views from 500 feet above the city make this a great place to toast the New Year. Two Liberty Place, 16th Street between Market & Chestnut Streets, 37th floor, (215) 564-5337, r2lrestaurant.com
- At Nineteen (XIX) at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, the Rose Garden Celebration combines the elegance of the historic hotel with the fun and excitement of New Year’s Eve. From 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., guests will enjoy musical entertainment and a midnight celebration. Admission to the party is included with a hotel or dinner package, or revelers can purchase party tickets only at ticketleap.com. Broad & Walnut Streets, (215) 893-1234, parkphiladelphia.hyatt.com
- Located right on the waterfront, the Chart House Restaurant serves up a second, adults-only party from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Guests ring in the New Year right with appetizers, an elaborate buffet, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and a wonderful view of the fireworks. 555 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 625-8383, chart-house.com
- The 9:00 p.m. party at the sleek but cozy Sopra Lounge at Positano Coast includes a reserved couch, DJ, party favors, one champagne cocktail per guest and a champagne toast at midnight. Guests who want to make an entrance can stop in after 10:30 p.m. and pay no cover at the bar. 212 Walnut Street, 2nd floor, (215) 238-0499, positanocoast.net
- Those in the mood for a holiday cruise can set sail on the Spirit of Philadelphia for one of two dinner cruises, 4:00-6:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Along with sweeping views of the fireworks and the city skyline, the night includes a dinner buffet, hors d’oeuvres, premium open bar, DJ music, dancing, party favors and a champagne toast. 401 S. Columbus Boulevard, (866) 455-3866, spiritofphiladelphia.com
- Broadway star Audra McDonald joins the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts for its annual New Year’s Eve Concert. A holiday favorite, this tradition gives culture vultures the chance to ring in the New Year their way. Broad & Spruce Streets, (215) 893-1999, philorch.org
Make It A Four-Day Weekend:
- A fan favorite, Longwood Gardens’ A Longwood Gardens Christmas runs through January 10. Hundreds of thousands of lights, strolling carolers, daily concerts, sing-alongs and ice skating performances brighten the gardens’ vast grounds and conservatory. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org
- A miniature winter wonderland amid the evergreens awaits visitors to Morris Arboretum, through January 3. The Holiday Garden Railway display is a quarter mile of model-train track featuring seven loops, 15 different rail lines, two cable cars, nine bridges and bustling trains that cruise past scaled replicas of historic monuments and Philadelphia-area landmarks made from all-natural materials. 100 Northwestern Avenue, (215) 247-5777, ext. 121, morrisarboretum.org
- Even night owls can enjoy Diana: A Celebration at the National Constitution Center. For the last three days of the exhibition’s run, January 1-3, visitors can take advantage of special extended hours, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 midnight, and explore Diana’s childhood, her engagement to Prince Charles, her lavish royal wedding and her works as a global humanitarian. 525 Arch Street, (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org
- Barkley Hendricks’ strong and powerful images created a whole new level of cool. Through January 3, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool, which includes 57 stunning works by the trendsetting Civil Rights-era artist who set the standard for hip, in-your-face images that celebrate the beauty and complexity of black identity. 118-128 N. Broad Street, (215) 972-7600, pafa.org
- Visitors to The Franklin Institute uncover the incredible intricacies of human anatomy during Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds 2 & The Brain, on view through February 21. More than 200 specimens, including 20 whole bodies, healthy and unhealthy organs and body sections, provide an unprecedented view inside the human body. 222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200, fi.edu
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