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December 27, 2013

Weekend Picks, Countdown To 2014: MummersFest At The Convention Center, Kwanzaa Celebration At The African American Museum, Final Weekend Of Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular, Christmas Village, Holiday Lights At Franklin Square And More

The final weekend of 2013 brings tons of high-spirited events, and the closing of a few loved holiday events, to all parts of the Philadelphia region. (Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)

The end of the hustle and bustle of Christmas brings the beginning of the hustle and bustle of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Spend the final weekend of 2013 enjoying favorite holiday traditions that are set to close their doors in the next couple of days — Christmas Village in Love Park, Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular, Macy’s Christmas Light Show and Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square.

It’s also another festive weekend for Waterfont Winterfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink. Visit the winter attraction for ice skating, fire pits and s’mores, craft beer, inspired eats and more.

Also, get ready for the annual New Year’s Day tradition, The Mummers Parade, with MummerFest at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a full weekend of behind-the-scenes tours, chances to learn Mummers struts and opportunities to try on costumes.

Celebrate Kwanzaa at the African American Museum in Philadelphia’s annual celebration which includes discussions, storytelling, music, dancing and more all weekend long.

Our top picks for this weekend, below.

Friday, December 27

Top Pick: Waterfront Winterfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Friday Night Lights at Morris Arboretum

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

Top Pick: Top Holiday theater, music and dance performances in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Art After 5: Mistletoe Hop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Top Pick: Extended Hours at The Barnes Foundation (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Friday Night at The Barnes Foundation

Macy’s Christmas Light Show (Fri, Sat, Sun)

All Star Week at The Academy of Natural Sciences (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Jersey Boys at The Forrest Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Winter Adventure Tours at Eastern State Penitentiary (Fri, Sat, Sun)

KAWS at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Fri, Sat, Sun)

A Longwood Gardens Christmas (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

Capture The Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs at The National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Kwanzaa Family Celebration at the Johnson House

Skate at The Piazza (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Dinosaurs Unearthed At The Academy Of Natural Sciences (Fri, Sat, Sun)

From Philadelphia To Monaco: Grace Kelly Beyond The Icon at the Michener Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

CFEVA Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Victorian Christmas at Pennypacker Mills (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Saturday, December 28

Top Pick: Christmas Village in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Bottomless coffee, yes please — Our Top Picks for Brunch

Kwanzaa Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Our guide to must-see holiday attractions in the region (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: MummersFest at The Pennsylvania Convention Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Our Top Picks for Ice Skating in the Philadelphia area (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Léger: Modern Art And The Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Malcolm X Steles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

A Child’s Christmas in Wales at the St. Stephen’s Theater

Food Trucks at Skate at The Piazza

More weekend happenings, below.

Haute Winter Nights at the Four Seasons Philadelphia (Fri, Sat)

Clark Park Farmers’ Market

Peanut Butter and Jams Welcomes: Sing-A-Long Sound of Music at World Cafe Live

The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Seafarin’ Saturday at The Independence Seaport Museum

Holiday Open House at The Brandywine Valley Wine Train Vineyards (Sat, Sun)

The Philadelphia Theatre Company Presents N3RDS (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Festival of Trees at 10 Arts at The Ritz-Carlton — Closing Day!

Ghost Tours of Philadelphia (Fri, Sat)

Sunday, December 29

Top Pick: Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Our picks for festive holiday lights in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Extended Hours at The Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Elf at the Walnut Street Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Ice Pop 2013 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Duke & Winston Main Line Pop-Up (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Afternoon Holiday Tea at XIX at the Hyatt at The Bellevue (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Wild Flowers: Paintings and Drawings by Peter Paone at the Woodmere Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Through the Looking Lens and Drawing Room at the American Philosophical Society Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Blue Claw Co. Pop-Up Shop (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Holidays at the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

James Turrell’s Skyspace

Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Display at Peddler’s Village (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Touch Me Philly Benefit Show at L’Etage

Teddy Bear Tea at The Rittenhouse Hotel (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Way of Chopsticks at The Philadelphia Art Alliance (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

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