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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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December 18, 2014

New Year’s Eve Hotel Packages In Philadelphia For 2015: Our Top Picks For NYE Hotel Packages In Philly This Year

Marriott Downtown

In celebration of the New Year’s Eve holiday, hotels across the city are offering special deals and the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package is continuing to offer up sweet sleepover deals. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown)

Ring in the New Year by treating yourself to a stay at a hotel after a night of dining, drinking and dancing 2014 away.

With two fireworks shows above the Delaware River — the first at 6 p.m. and the second at midnight — parties are in high supply all over town. Avoid the hassle of getting home by booking a room in one of Philadelphia’s great hotels.

Luckily, a number of hotels are celebrating the New Year with special holiday discounts for those looking to spend the night.

Read on for our guide to hotel packages and deals in Philadelphia this New Year’s Eve.

1. Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

Available all-year-long, the new and improved Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package is available for one or two nights, FREE hotel parking (up to a $100 value for two nights) and a welcome gift at check-in. MORE INFO

2. Golden Slipper Package at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia

Have your own fairy tale stay at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia with the Golden Slipper Package on New Year’s Eve. If you discover a pair of Golden Slippers in your room upon arrival, your stay is free! One in every ten packages will be a winner. The package includes Package includes an overnight stay at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia, a bottle of champagne, two tickets to the Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on New Year’s Day, late check-out and complimentary valet parking at the hotel. MORE INFO

3. A Midwinter Night’s Dream at Hotel Monaco

Dance the night away this New Year’s Eve at Hotel Monaco with the A Midwinter Night’s Dream Package. Reservations can be made by calling 855-295-2355 or online. The package includes an overnight stay at the Hotel Monaco, general admission to the A Midwinter Night’s Dream New Year’s Eve 2015 party and 2 p.m. late checkout. MORE INFO

4. The Omni Hotel at Independence Park

Ring in 2015 at Omni Hotel at Independence Park and watch the midnight fire works on the Delaware Waterfront. Enjoy deluxe accommodations overlooking Independence Park, complimentary valet parking and much more. The package promises luxury accommodations at the Omni Hotel, one bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, brunch for two, complimentary valet parking (one car per room) and late check-out at 3 p.m. MORE INFO

5. The Latham Hotel

Celebrate the new year at The Latham Hotel with a delicious New Year’s Eve dinner and overnight accommodations. The hotel package comes with an overnight accommodations at The Latham Hotel and a three-course dinner for two at Urban Enoteca. MORE INFO

6. The DoubleTree

Stay at the DoubleTree Hotel on New Year’s Eve for prime views of the Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day. The hotel sits right on Broad Street where the Mummers Parade will take place. will The hotel package includes a guaranteed view of the Mummers Parade on January 1. MORE INFO

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December 17, 2014

Tonight Picks: After-Dark Holiday Happenings, Christmas Bar Crawl On South Street, Last Stag And Doe Night In Chestnut Hill, BYOB Screening Of Love Actually And More

South Street Christmas

Tonight, the South Street neighborhood hosts a Santa-centric bar crawl to 12 bars throughout the neighborhood.
(Photo courtesy South Street Headhouse District)

With Christmas Eve just one week (!) away, the city is buzzing with holiday happenings and tons of holiday cheer.

The South Street neighborhood hosts the Santa’s South Street Stumble Bar Crawl, which will hit 12 bars in the neighborhood and provide revelers with drink discounts for some post-work fun.

It’s the final Wednesday for Chestnut Hill’s Stag and Doe shopping night, which adds tons of merry fun to the holiday shopping process as it promises Christmas carols, refreshments, sales, visits from Santa and more.

Popular holiday attractions continue this evening, too. Make plans to visit popular spots like the the Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Franklin Square Holiday Festival or the holiday lights in South Philly before the season ends.

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: Wednesday, December 17
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Varies

Stag and Doe Night in Chestnut Hill

It’s the final Stag and Doe shopping night in Chestnut Hill — so head out to finish your Christmas shopping! Head to Germantown Avenue in for sales paired with Christmas carolers, festive food and drink, holiday tunes and visits from Santa Claus. Participating stores include shops from the 7900 to 8700 blocks of Germantown Avenue.

When: Wednesdays, December 17, 6-9 p.m.
Where: 7900-8700 Blocks of Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill
Cost: Pay as you go

Macy’s Christmas Light Show

Open until 8 p.m., the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City illuminates a large wall inside the historic Wanamaker building with nearly 100,000 LED lights that all dance to the sounds of carols pumped out of the Wanamaker Organ. Families gather in the Great Court atrium to watch the show at the top of the hour, every two hours, from 10 a.m to 8 p.m.

When: Wednesday, December 17, 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m.
Where: Macy’s Center City, 1300 Market Street
Cost: Free

Santa’s South Street Stumble Bar Crawl

Sip beer, wine or cocktails along South Street this evening as Santa’s South Street Stumble brings bar crawl fun to 12 bars throughout the South Street Headhouse District. For an admission fee of $5, enjoy $3 craft beer, $4 wine and $5 holiday cocktails. Guests will also receive a Santa hat. Check in will take place at Cavanaugh’s Headhouse where revelers will receive a passport to have stamped throughout the bar crawl. Passport have to be turned in to Brauhaus Schmitz by 9:30 p.m.

When: Wednesday, December 17, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Starts at Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, 421 S. 2nd Street
Cost: $5 admission; $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Spend your Wednesday evening at the museum as the Philadelphia Museum of Art swings open its doors for whatever admission price you’d like to pay — in addition to after-hours art. Tonight, celebrate the holidays with a card making craft or take advantage of the regular offerings like yoga and themed tours.

When: Wednesdays, December 17, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish

Blue Cross RiverRink Wintefest

Add some spice to your midweek and hit up RiverRink Winterfest for winter fun aplenty. Grab your friends and enjoy everything from s’more roasting and craft beer to arcade games and ice skating. Check out our brand new photo tour of the top reasons you need to visit.

When: Wednesday, December 17, until 10:30 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go

Chestnut Hill

Tonight marks the final Stag and Doe shopping night in Chestnut Hill. Head out for sales, gift-giving advice, refreshments, carols and more. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill Philadelphia)

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December 17, 2014

Little Baby’s Ice Cream Community Supported Ice Cream Program 2015 Sign-Ups Are Open Through Wednesday, December 24

Little Baby's

Little Baby’s Ice Cream has become a Philadelphia phenomenon since its inception in 2011 when three local musicians decided to create a hand-made, small-batch ice cream company. Now, sign-ups for the Deep Winter CSIC 2015 are open. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Who doesn’t need a little extra sweetness to get through the doldrums of winter?

Thankfully, as we hit peak darkness, there is a solution: Little Baby’s Ice Cream offers what very well may be the world’s first and only Community Supported Ice Cream program. That’s CSIC for short.

Declaring it a strike against the enemy in the “war on bore without end,” Little Baby’s offers its members three months of delicious frozen confections, with two pints each month, for the palatable price of $45.

Which flavors, you ask? They’re not saying. Only that they will be rare “seasonals, one-off special flavors,” and as always, seriously and intricately crafted recipes that even the most diehard artisans out of Brooklyn aren’t even attempting.

The official sign-up period runs from today through the very last minute of Wednesday, December 24 (sounds like a great holiday gift!).

How to join: Sign up online or in person at either Little Baby’s shop, in Kensington or West Philly.

Then you choose a pick-up location (either LB store, Green Aisle Passyunk, Green Aisle Grays Ferry, or Metropolitan Bakery Rittenhouse). Et voila.

Ice cream will magically arrive at said location on the first Saturdays of January, February and March with pickup times between noon and 6 p.m.

It practically feels like spring already.

Little Baby’s Deep Winter CSIC 2015
When: Sign up now through Wednesday, December 24
Where: Online or at Little Baby’s locations (2311 Frankford Avenue; 4903 Catharine Street)
Cost: $45
More info: www.littlebabysicecream.com

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December 17, 2014

New Year’s Eve In Philadelphia: A Guide To New Year’s Eve Dinners And Toasts At Restaurants In Neighborhoods Throughout Philadelphia

Moshulu

There are plenty of places to have dinner and champagne on New Year’s Eve, many of which even promise a prime spot to catch the fireworks shows over the Delaware River. (Photo courtesy Moshulu)

Revelers can ring in 2015 with a tasty dinner and a glass of champagne at one of more than 50 restaurants serving up special New Year’s Eve dinners.

Once again, the fireworks over the Delaware River return for two displays this year — at 6 p.m. and midnight — allowing for ample time to feast either after (the 6 p.m.) or before (the midnight) show.

We have a ton of picks for special New Year’s Eve dinners below, categorized by neighborhood from University City to Northern Liberties and beyond.

Avoid the hassle of getting home after your New Year’s Eve dinner by staying over on New Year’s Eve. Click here to check out Visit Philly for great deals on hotels and hotel packages on New Year’s Eve.

Read on for our guide to New Year’s Eve dinners in Philadelphia.

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Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel

Rittenhouse, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215-790-2533. Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel is celebrating the New Year with two special tasting menus including a four-course meal for $79 per person and an extravagant eight-course feast for $125 per person. Celebrate at midnight with a champagne toast. MORE INFO

10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton

Rittenhouse, 10 Avenue of the Arts, (215) 523-8000. Get into the festive spirit at 10 Arts Lounge on New Year’s Eve with a special dinner tasting menu ($175 per person), live music from the band Amsterdam and a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight ($65 per person). Stay overnight at the Ritz Carlton and get complimentary admission to the festivities. MORE INFO

Volver

Rittenhouse, 300 S. Broad Street, 215-670-2303. Chef Jose Garces’ Volver at the Kimmel Center is offering three different ways to celebrate the New Year. Those attending the Philadelphia Orchestra New Year’s performance can partake in the tasting menu from 5 to 6 p.m. before the show. Starting at 8 p.m., Chef Garces will be preparing a special tasting menu in the dining room then party until 1 a.m. with drinks, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight for $250 per person. Bar Volver will also host an evening soiree with light bites, an open bar, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight for $150 per person. Advance reservations are required. MORE INFO

a.kitchen at AKA Rittenhouse

Rittenhouse, 18th and Walnut Streets, 215-825-7035. Enjoy a family-style dinner with grill-centric cuisine from Chef Eli Kulp at a.kitchen in Rittenhouse on New Year’s Eve for $85 per person. MORE INFO

Tinto

Rittenhouse, 114 S. 20th Street, 215-665-9150. Tapas are on the menu at Tinto this New Year’s Eve. Choose from two tasting menus featuring delicious options including pork belly, wagyu beef, short ribs and more starting at $75 per person. An optional Spanish wine pairing is also available starting at $40 per person. MORE INFO

R2L

R2L, pictured above, serves up multi-course New Year’s Eve dinners, in addition to offering sky-high views of the city. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

R2L

Rittenhouse, 50 S. 16th Street, 215-564-5337. Dine 37 floors above street level at R2L’s New Year’s Eve dinner. For those looking for an earlier dinner, a three-course meal will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. for $75. From 7:30 to 10 p.m., enjoy a four-course meal, party favors and a champagne toast for $145 per person. MORE INFO

XIX at the Hyatt at the Bellevue

Rittenhouse, 200 S. Broad Street, Floor 19, 215-790-1919. Take in sweeping city views while dining at XIX at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, which is located 19 stories above street level. Fill up on a $95 four-course dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. MORE INFO

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December 17, 2014

The Moo Shu Jew Show Returns To Philadelphia’s Chinatown With Big Laughs On Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24

Chinatown

The Moo Shu Jew Show returns to Chinatown’s Ocean Harbor restaurant on Christmas Eve 2014. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, December 24 and Chinese food go together like latkes and applesauce.

In this vein, comedienne Cory Kahaney presents the Moo Shu Jew Show, an evening of stand-up comedy and a sit-down Chinese meal, which returns to Chinatown’s Ocean Harbor restaurant on Christmas Eve.

This year’s roster of Jewish comedians includes Stewie Stone (opening act for Frankie Valli), Jon Fisch (NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” Audience Favorite), Dave Konig (Emmy award-winning TV host) and Robin Fox (Nick Jr.’s “Mom’s Night Out” Standup Series).

While taking in the show, attendees can chow down on lo mein, vegetarian spring rolls, orange beef and other delicious Chinese fare.

Tickets are available online now for $69 each, or you can buy them at the door for $80 (subject to availability).

Admission includes an evening of hilarious comedy, a (non-kosher) family-style Chinese feast, tax and gratuity. If you plan to tipple, bring extra money for alcohol.

Doors open at 5:30 and the festivities begin at 6 p.m. The show will run roughly 90 minutes.

Note: The Moo Shu Jew Show is recommended for audiences 16 years old and up.

Moo Shu Jew Show
When: Wednesday, December 24, 6 p.m.
Where: Ocean Harbor, 1023 Race Street
Cost: $69 in advance, $80 at the door; alcohol is pay-as-you-go
More info: www.mooshujewshow.com