Weekend Picks, New Year’s Edition: Two Fireworks Shows, Parties, Concerts, Performances, Dining, Mummers, The 2012 NHL Winter Classic And More

New Year's Week in Philadelphia culminates with a long holiday weekend full of non-stop fun with fireworks, parties, concerts, performances, Mummers, the NHL Winter Classic and more. (Photo credits clockwise from top left: G. Widman for GPTMC, courtesy NHL, G. Widman for GPTMC, courtesy the Kimmel Center)

It’s here. New Year’s Eve is upon us, so make sure you enjoy the final weekend of the year by closing out 2011 with a bang and ringing in 2012 with a strut.

Good thing there’s plenty going on, from a special dance party edition of After After 5 tonight at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and two fireworks shows at Penn’s Landing on New Year’s Eve to the 112th Annual Mummers Parade and, of course, the 2012 NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.

Below, our top picks for New Year’s Eve weekend:

Friday, December 30

Art After 5: New Year’s Eve dance party at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Laughing All the Way at Act II Playhouse (Fri, Sat) — Closing Day!

Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker (Fri, Sat) — Closing Day!

Fancy Folks: Art And Mummery at City Hall

Roundup: Our Top 10 Picks For Holiday Dates In And Around Philadelphia

Gas & Electric Arts’ Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins (Fri, Sat) — Closing Day!

Jersey Boys at the Forrest Theatre (Fri, Sat)

Our Guide To Public Ice Skating In Philadelphia

Saturday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve

NHL Winter Classic Spectator Plaza (Sat, Sun, Mon)

Our Top Picks For New Year’s Eve Dining In Philadelphia

Our Top Picks For Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations

New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Philadelphia: Best Places To Watch

Our Top Picks For Alternative New Year’s Eve Celebrations

New Year’s Eve Ghost Tour

Lantern Theater Company’s Private Lives

National Constitution Center’s Winter Holiday Celebration

Kwanzaa Celebrations at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Check out the rest of our picks for New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and the long holiday weekend below…

Sunday, January 1 – Happy New Year!

112th Annual Mummers Parade

Kimmel Center New Year’s Day Celebration

Federal Donuts’ Chicken Wing Day

Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular — Closing Day!

New Year’s Day at Frankford Hall

Arden Theatre’s Charlotte’s Web (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Monday, January 2

Our Guide To Hot Drinks In Philadelphia To Help You Keep Warm This Season

Franklin Institute Holiday Activities (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

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

2012 NHL Winter Classic: Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers


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