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December 19, 2014

New Year’s Eve In Philadelphia 2015: The Best Places To Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks Over The Delaware River At 6 P.M. And Midnight

New Year's Eve Fireworks Philadelphia

Ready to start 2015 with a bang? There are tons of great vantage points from which to watch the fireworks in Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve, including from the skating rink at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. (Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC)

Where will you be for the final countdown to the New Year?

Ring in 2015 with either of two free fireworks shows on the Delaware River waterfront as SugarHouse Casino once again presents a double dose of New Year’s Eve pyrotechnics.

For those on the waterfront, listen for piped music in conjunction with the spectacle. The first show, at 6 p.m., is set to a family-friendly musical soundtrack, while the second show, at midnight, is set to pop favorites.

Begin your night with the 6 p.m. show, then hit the town for dinner, drinks and merry-making. Or enjoy a meal and other festivities earlier in the night and plan to conclude the final night of 2014 with the traditional midnight fireworks show.

Either way, it’s time to scope out the best spots for fireworks viewing.

Still need plans for dinner, hotel or more? Check out our complete New Year’s Guide.

• Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Market Street, $25-$40. Winter fun enthusiasts can celebrate the New Year at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest’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 and observers can catch one of two sparkling shows during the early (5-7 p.m.) or late (11 p.m.-1 a.m.) parties with tickets ranging from $25 to $40. Before the show, attendees can lace up a pair of skates and do a few laps on the regulation-size ice rink, grab a warm beverage in The Lodge or relax in front of a fire pit and enjoy gorgeous waterfront views. MORE INFO

Penn’s Landing

Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Market Street, free. For those who are only interested in catching the fireworks before heading indoors, The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing features incredible views of the fireworks on the Delaware River backed by a synchronized soundtrack during the spectacular show. MORE INFO

• La Peg at FringeArts

140 N. Columbus Boulevard, $15. One of the newest attractions on the Delaware River waterfront, FringeArts says goodbye to 2014 with a funky celebration featuring live music, a beer garden bonfire, balloons and more. Starting at 11 p.m., enjoy sparkling cocktails and à la carte late-night specials at La Peg before watching the midnight fireworks over the Delaware River. After the show, head back inside and dance the night away. MORE INFO

Race Street Pier

Columbus Boulevard and Race Street, free. Race Street Pier, located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, will be an amazing spot to view the New Year’s Eve fireworks, but we recommend you get there early as the space will most likely fill up fast. Also keep in mind that alcohol, barbecues nor glass containers are not permitted at the Pier. MORE INFO

Fireworks

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River will be brilliantly lit with two free fireworks shows on New Year’s Eve, and Penn’s Landing is a great place to take it all in. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

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December 19, 2014

The Academy Of Natural Sciences Of Drexel University Hosts All-Star Days With Special Demos, Hands-On Activities And More, December 27-30

ANSP

Head to the Academy of Natural Sciences for its post-holiday All-Star Days events, December 27-30.
(Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

If you need some family-friendly fun to fill your days off between Christmas and New Year’s, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has what you’re looking for: All-Star Days.

From Saturday, December 27 through Tuesday, December 30, the Center City science museum will showcase its most popular family programs with special programs and events.

Visitors will be able to participate in a variety of hands-on activities, view rare displays, watch live animal shows, and create crafts to that they can bring home as souvenirs.

Each day during All-Star Days, the museum will celebrate a different nature theme: Saturday, December 27 is Dino Day; Sunday, December 28 is Live Animal Day; Monday, December 29 is Bird and Bug Day; and Tuesday, December 30 is Weird-Thing-in-a-Jar Day.

Plus, in conjunction with ANSP’s popular exhibit Chocolate: The Exhibition, guests can warm up from the cold with a special create-your-own hot chocolate bar from noon until 2 p.m. each day.

All All-Star Days activities are free with regular museum admission ($15.95 for adults; $13.95 for kids ages 3-12, seniors and members of the military; free for kids under three and Drexel DragonCard holders).

Additional details and a complete schedule of activities are available on the online.

All-Star Days at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
When: Saturday, December 27-Tuesday, December 30
Where: 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free with regular museum admission; $15.95, adults; $13.95, kids ages 3-12, seniors and members of the military; free for kids under three and Drexel DragonCard holders
More info: www.ansp.org

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December 19, 2014

Weekend Picks: Last-Minute Holiday Shopping, Manayunk Solstice Fire, RiverRink Winterfest, Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival, Christmas Village, The Nutcracker, Franklin Flea And More

holiday shopping in philadelphia

Look no further than Philadelphia to complete your holiday shopping. Visit pop-up shops, major downtown retailers and smaller boutiques in neighborhoods to check off your Christmas list. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

As the last weekend before Christmas merrily arrives, it’s the holiday shopping events we’re looking to for their one-of-a-kind finds and holiday sales.

This weekend, Franklin Flea takes to the historic Strawbridge’s building for one final pop-up shop of the season, and well-loved shopping destinations like Christmas Village, PHAIR at Franklin Square and Art Star at Winterfest continue to peddle holiday gifts.

And for those already counting the days until spring, this weekend marks the winter solstice, the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year, and Manayunk celebrates the solstice with the Manayunk Solstice Fire festival, which hits Canal View Park tonight.

Read on for our guide to this weekend.

Friday, December 19

Top Pick: 18 Festive Ways To Spend Your Holiday Nights (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Manayunk Solstice Fire at Canal View Park

Top Pick: Continental March-In at Valley Forge Park

Top Pick: Christmas Village at Love Park (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Ice Rink at Dilworth Park (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: A Guide To The Top Holiday Events And Happenings In Philadelphia’s Countryside This Season (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Festival of Lights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Hot Chocolate Bar at The Ritz-Carlton

This Is the Week That Is at the Play’s and Players Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Revolution House

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Movie Night at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Jerry’s Bar

A Brandywine Christmas (Fri, Sat, Sun)

AIA Bookstore and Design Center’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Costumes Of Downton Abbey at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Beauty and the Beast at the Arden Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Chocolate: The Exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Christmas Village

It’s the final weekend before Christmas! Head to shopping meccas like Christmas Village for last-minute holiday shopping.
(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, December 20

Top Pick: RiverRink Winterfest (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Franklin Flea at the Historic Strawbridge’s Building — Closing Day!

Top Pick: Franklin Square Holiday Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: 14 Places To Have A Picture Taken With Santa Claus In And Around Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Where To Celebrate Hanukkah 2014 at Restaurants and Attractions in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

FrostFest at Sister Cities Park

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December 19, 2014

Coming Attraction: Represent: 200 Years Of African American Art Opens At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art This Winter, January 10-April 5, 2015

Philadelphia Museum of Art

This work representing Martin Luther King, Jr. by John Woodrow Wilson is one of more than 75 works from the museum’s vast collection by African American artists which will be on display this winter. (Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art: 125th Anniversary Acquisition. ©John Wilson/Licensed by VAGA, New York)

Among the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s vast collections of fine works are remarkably impressive holdings by African American artists.

Starting in 1899 with Henry Ossawa Tanner’s landmark painting The Annunciation — the first work by an African American artist to be acquired by an American museum — the museum has consistently collected impressive pieces of African American art for more than a hundred years, and that reserve has particularly grown in the last three decades.

Soon, the breadth of this treasury will be highlighted in a new marquee exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, which makes its debut on Saturday, January 10, 2015.

Bringing together more than 75 works from the museum’s extensive collection of art by African Americans, Represent will display works by dozens of artists and explore a wide range of mediums and themes.

Featured works were created by more than 50 artists, including legends like the aforementioned Henry Ossawa Tanner and Horace Pippin as well as Jacob Lawrence, Alma Thomas, Martin Puryear and Carrie Mae Weems.

With the exhibition covering more than a century of collecting, the engaging works will range from pre-Civil War decorative pottery to 20th-century abstract paintings to politically motivated multimedia displays.

In conjunction with the Represent, the PMA will offer a variety of gallery talks, family-friendly programs, live performances, an artists’ roundtable and special tours.

For a sneak peek now, check out the exhibit’s video preview below.

Stay tuned fore more on this landmark winter exhibition.

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
When: January 10-April 5, 2015
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Included with museum admission ($20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $14 for students and kids 13-18, free for children and museum members)
More info: www.philamuseum.org
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December 19, 2014

Head To Old City For Free Hot Chocolate And Live Music During The First Old City Holiday Music Choctacular, Saturdays, December 20 And 27

Old City

Old City celebrates the holidays with its first Holiday Music Choctacular throughout the neighborhood. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Warm both belly and soul this holiday season with a sweet new event in Old City.

This Saturday, December 20 and next Saturday, December 27, the first-ever Old City Holiday Music Choctacular hits the cobblestones of one of Philadelphia’s oldest neighborhoods.

From 1 to 5 p.m., live holiday music and jazz will fill the air around three street corners in the ’hood: 2nd and Market streets, 2nd and Arch streets and 3rd and Arch streets.

Plus, eight coffee shops in Old City are handing out free hot chocolate during the afternoon event, too. Participating local business include: Ben & Betsy’s Coffee & Gifts, Cafe Square One, Capofitto, Happily Ever After, Menagerie Coffee, Old City Coffee, and United By Blue.

To score a cup, just pick up a postcard at any of the three live music sites noted above and redeem at one of the participating shops.

See below for the complete lineup, and note that the special is good for one small hot chocolate at any of these participating locations.

How sweet!

Old City Holiday Music Choctacular
When: Saturdays, December 20 and 27, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Old City, 2nd and Market streets, 2nd and Arch streets, 3rd and Arch streets
Cost: Free
More info: www.oldcitydistrict.org
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December 18, 2014

Tonight Picks: RiverRink Winterfest, Franklin Square Holiday Festival, Opening Night For Palladino’s, Reindeer Romp Bar Crawl In Fairmount And More

Franklin Square

Tonight, Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival plays host to a light show, Christmas music, a beer garden, holiday shopping and more. (Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia)

Kick that holiday spirit into high gear, folks! Christmas is exactly one week away.

Make your way to super-popular holiday attractions like the Franklin Square Holiday Festival, RiverRink Winterfest, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Christmas Village and more.

The Fairmount neighborhood welcomes crowds for its annual Reindeer Romp Bar Crawl, which brings drink deals to bars like Alla Spina, London Grill, La Calaca Feliz, The Belgian Cafe and more.

For non-holiday fun, head to Palladino’s, Eat Passyunk Avenue’s newest restaurant, which officially opens today with Italian fare, seafood and wood-fired steak.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Roundup: How To Spend Your Holiday Nights in Philly

Holiday nights are full of twinkling lights, festive tunes and Christmas cheer, so we’ve rounded up 18 ways to celebrate the season after the sun sets. The nights are full of happenings — from hanging out at RiverRink Winterfest and ice skating at Dilworth Park to gingerbread workshops and enjoying holiday tunes at The Kimmel Center. Click here to check out the full roundup.

When: Thursday, December 18
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Varies

Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival

Visit Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival for a spectacular holiday light display (set to holiday music, of course). The free show runs every half hour from 4:30 to 8 p.m. While you’re there, do some Christmas shopping at the Franklin Square holiday gift shop, which will be open until 8 p.m. and sip craft beer inside of the heated beer garden.

When: Thursday, December 18, 4:30-8 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Blue Cross RiverRink Wintefest

With Christmas just a week away, take in the sights, sounds, food and drinks of the season at RiverRink Winterfest. Check out our brand new photo tour of the top reasons you need to visit.

When: Thursday, December 18, until 10:30 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go

The Reindeer Romp Bar Crawl in Fairmount

Drink up as the Reindeer Romp bar crawl fills bars throughout Fairmount with drink specials in the spirit of Christmas. For an admission fee of $10 and an unwrapped toy to be donated to kids at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, bar crawlers will receive $3 deals on Sam Adams and Jolly Traveler brews. Participants will also receive antler headbands to wear throughout the bar crawl.

When: Thursday, December 18, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Participating Bars
Cost: $10; Pay as you go drinks

Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Show off your ice skating moves at the ice rink at Dilworth Park, which is open tonight until 9 p.m. Take in the Center City sights while making the most of the holiday season.

When: Thursday, December 18, until 9 p.m.
Where: Dilworth Park, Broad and Market streets
Cost: $4, adults; $3, children 10 and under; $8, skate rental

Winterfest

This evening, cozy up with friends and roast s’mores at RiverRink Winterfest. (Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC)

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December 18, 2014

Now Open: Chef Luke Palladino Debuts His First Philadelphia Restaurant On East Passyunk Avenue Today, Thursday, December 18

Palladino's

Palladino’s is now open on East Passyunk Avenue, serving as a gateway from Broad Street to the ever-developing neighborhood.
(Photo by Nick Valinote)

For years, diners have flocked to the South Philadelphia neighborhood of East Passyunk for its restaurants, particularly its red-gravy Italian joints.

In recent years, though, a neighborhood renaissance has brought a wave of contemporary eateries that’s enticed folks to head south for not only great Italian, but also superlative contemporary cuisine.

Now, a new neighbor has joined the ever-developing ’hood: Palladino’s is now open on East Passyunk Avenue, and this first Philadelphia restaurant from chef Luke Palladino is a great marrying of the old guard and new.

Read on for more on what to expect at Palladino’s.

The Layout

Situated just off of Broad Street on East Passyunk Avenue, Palladino’s makes a great visible gateway to South Philly’s restaurant row with its large marquee and striped facade.

Inside, the long-dormant space has seen a complete overhaul, and the extensive renovations have given way to a modern dining room and bar with seating for 80, an open kitchen and lovely sophisticated touches like original Fornasetti plates and a large chandelier.

Come springtime, an exterior veranda will add another 40 seats and the kitchen will roll out lunch and brunch, too.

Palladino’s is now open for dinner and late-night bites from 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Palladino's

Palladino’s serves up seasonal Italian fare, including this zucca agro dolce. (Photo courtesy Luke Palladino Hospitality Group)

The Food and Drink

With his extensive experience working in Italy — cooking in Venice, Rome, Piemonte, Puglia, Fruili, Sicily and Tuscany — Chef Palladino has crafted an appealing menu of seasonal Italian fare.

A few menu items diners can look forward to are a 16-ounce veal chop with wild mushroom, prosciutto and sage crema; a whole-roasted fish with Ligurian olives, grape tomatoes, fingerling potatoes and Calabrese chiles; octopus with garlic, capers and parsley; and Sicilian-style butternut squash with toasted garlic, vinegar and mint.

The new restaurant is also set to pour drinks from a full bar complete with speciality cocktails, beer and wine — nearly 50 Italian reds, whites, sparkling and dessert wines are on the deep list.

Chef Luke Palladino currently owns restaurants throughout New Jersey including Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian in Linwood, New Jersey, Luke’s Kitchen & Marketplace in Atlantic City and LP Steak in Northfield, NJ.

Ready to get a taste of Palladino’s in Philadelphia? The coming-soon spot is already accepting online reservations, so click here to secure a table.

Make plans now for a new taste of South Philly.

Now Open: Palladino’s
When: Sunday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight, Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Palladino’s, 1934 E. Passyunk Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.lukepalladino.com

Palladino's

The interior at Palladino’s seats up to 80 diners in the dining room and at the bar. Come spring, the patio will seat another 40, but don’t wait to check out this addition to East Passyunk! (Photo by Nick Valinote)

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December 18, 2014

New Year’s Eve In Philadelphia 2015: Complete Guide To New Year’s Eve Parties, Galas, Concerts, Events And More

New Year's Eve

Let’s celebrate. There are parties to suit every taste in Philadelphia this New Year’s Eve — from ice skating overlooking the Delaware River to a huge bash with more than 2,000 people at Lincoln Financial Field. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

If you’re looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve by raising a glass of champagne and dancing until the wee hours, we’ve got you covered.

From blowout parties with sweet views of the fireworks to open-bar events at neighborhood bars, we’ve rounded up a slew of New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations for the 21-and-over crowd all taking place on Wednesday, December 31.

To ring in the new year, there will once again be two sets of spectacular free fireworks at 6 p.m. and midnight. Leading up to the pyrotechnics, celebrate with open bars, live music, buffet snacking and much, much more.

Seeking information on sumptuous dinners, awesome hotel deals and more? Check out our complete Guide to New Year’s in Philadelphia.

Happy New Year!

WATERFRONT CELEBRATIONS

• New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Philadelphia 2015

Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Walnut Street, 6 p.m. and midnight, free. Philadelphia will ring in 2015 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront. With shows at 6 p.m. and midnight, revelers of all ages will have a chance to celebrate the New Year. Best of all, there are plenty of great places to watch the spectacular free show. MORE INFO

• Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Market Street, 5 p.m. or 10 p.m. sessions, $25-$40. Expanded and better than ever, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest offers one of the best views of the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Before the show, lace up a pair of skates and do a few laps on the regulation-size ice rink, grab a warm beverage in the Lodge or relax in front of a fire pit and enjoy gorgeous waterfront views. MORE INFO

• New Year’s Eve Dance Fever at SugarHouse Casino

SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue, 10 p.m., $75. In addition to presenting both New Year’s fireworks shows, SugarHouse Casino is also a destination for explosive fun on December 31. SugarHouse’s New Year’s Eve Dance Fever features an open bar, live music, champagne toast at midnight and private viewing area for the fireworks extravaganza over the Delaware River. MORE INFO

• New Year’s Funkin’ Eve at FringeArts

FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, 11 p.m., $15. One of the newest attractions on the Delaware River Waterfront, FringeArts says goodbye to 2014 with a funky celebration featuring live music, a beer garden bonfire, balloons and more. Starting at 11 p.m., enjoy sparkling cocktails and à la carte late-night specials at La Peg before watching the midnight fireworks over the Delaware River. After the show, head back inside and dance the night away. MORE INFO

Winterfest

Winterfest at Penn’s Landing is one of the many outstanding options for celebrating New Year’s Eve on the Delaware River waterfront. (Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC)

• Countdown to 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia

Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, 201 S. Columbus Boulevard, 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. seatings, $110-$169. The Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing is ringing in 2015 with not one, but two fantastic parties. With prime views of both fireworks shows at 6 p.m. and midnight on the Delaware River, the Hyatt is a sought after destination for families and late-night revelers. Celebrate with a family-friendly buffet and dessert “explosion” before the early fireworks or enjoy a VIP party in the Columbus Ballroom before counting down to midnight. MORE INFO

• Family New Year’s Eve at Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard, 4 p.m., $10-$13.50. The Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing is staying open late for a family-friendly celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Ring in the New Year early with noise makers, party hats and a sparkling cider “toast” before the early New Year’s Eve Fireworks show at 6 p.m. The all-ages party is included with regular museum admission. MORE INFO

• New Year’s Eve Splash at Adventure Aquarium

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, 5 p.m., $18-$25, free for children under 2. Across the Delaware River in Camden, Adventure Aquarium is kicking off the New Year with their 3rd annual New Year’s Eve Splash. The family-friendly celebration from 5 to 8:30 p.m. features a “countdown” dance party, special animal guests and fantastic views of the early fireworks at 6 p.m. Tickets are limited and include a special New Year’s gift (limit one per family). MORE INFO

• New Year’s Eve on the Battleship New Jersey

Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton Street, Camden, 6 p.m. and midnight, $10. Climb aboard the historic Battleship New Jersey for deck-side views of the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River. Open for both shows at 6 p.m. and midnight, the Battleship New Jersey will celebrate with music, food and drinks and a firing of the 5-inch portside gun after the fireworks. Looking for an extended celebration? Grab a bunk and spend the night with a special New Year’s Overnight Encampment including dinner, breakfast and experience the start of 2015 like a crew member aboard the famous battleship. MORE INFO

Battleship New Jersey

Across the Delaware River, Battleship New Jersey hosts a party with amazing views of the fireworks. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

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December 18, 2014

MummersFest Offers A Behind-The-Scenes Peek Into The Mummers Parade With Tours And Hands-On Fun, December 28-31

MummersFest

Get behind the scenes access to Mummers’ floats, dances and more at MummersFest at the Convention Center. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Every January 1, while most of the country is recovering from their New Year’s Eve celebrations, the party in Philly is just hitting its stride as the Mummers march down Broad Street.

But thanks to MummersFest, you don’t have to wait until New Year’s Day (or stand in the cold!) to marvel at the amazing performers, costumers and routines that go into this spectacular annual event.

From Sunday, December 28 through Wednesday, December 31, MummersFest returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

This sneak peek offers visitors a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the famous Philadelphia New Year’s Day parade. As the Mummers put the finishing touches on their costumes and performances, guests can take a guided tour of the action, talk to a Mummers designer and participate in family-friendly activities.

The floor will be open on December 28 from noon until 6 p.m., December 29 from 5 to 9 p.m., December 30 from 5 to 10 p.m., and December 31 from noon until 6 p.m.

Tickets go for $4 each. Kids three-years-old and under get in free.

MummersFest
When: Sunday, December 28, noon-6 p.m.; Monday, December 29, 5-9 p.m.; Tuesday, December 30, 5-10 p.m.; Wednesday, December 31, noon-6 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost: $4 per person, free for kids three and under
More info: www.visitphilly.com

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December 18, 2014

Last Chance: The Franklin Flea Holiday Market Hosts Its Final Shopping Day Of The Season This Saturday, December 20

Franklin Flea

This weekend, the Franklin Flea hosts its final sale of the 2014 season. Get shopping! (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Heads up: there’s just one more shopping day left on the calendar to scoop up sweet gifts at the Franklin Flea Holiday Market, which hosts its final market day this Saturday, December 20.

Housed in a beautiful historic Center City Philadelphia building at 8th and Market streets, the holiday market popped up this season in the former home of long-shuttered department store Strawbridge & Clothier, currently managed by Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT).

For the past six weeks, each Saturday has brought out a finely tuned selection of local vendors set up beneath the antique chandeliers of the historic space.

With hand-picked vendors peddling everything from fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and gourmet street food, the wintertime market has thrived.

Now, on its final day, the largest selection of vendors of the entire season will set up shop for the last Saturday market.

Be on the look out for great gifts like screen prints by Yardsale Press, vintage prints from The Grand Review, candles by Olliver, handcrafted jewelry by Old Blood Jewelry, animal portraits by Andrew Pinkham Photography, chapbooks by Head & The Hand Press, holiday ephemera from Stuff 2 Day and so much more.

Of course, epicurean goods and snacks are peddled, too. Pick up tropical-inspired eats from Poi Dog, cupcakes from Milk & Sugar, kombucha from Inspired Brews or cookies from Frieda.

Plus, Poseybooth will be on hand with a holiday photo booth ready to print or share pictures.

Adding to the festival-feeling market, a lineup of live music will keep shoppers in a merry vibe all day. Curated by the experts from Bridgeset Sound, this week’s musical guests include Bison’s Big Bang (by Brian Blaker), Cory Wade & Eric Jaffe and Buster.

For more on the market, check right here.

Don’t miss this last chance to get in on the holiday pop-up shopping action.

Franklin Flea Holiday Market
When: Saturday, December 20, noon-5 p.m.
Where: 801 Market Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.franklinflea.com

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