Roundup: Top Picks For Celebrating New Year’s Day 2013 In Philadelphia

Get a great start to the new year with any of the fun New Year's Day 2013 festivities planned in Philadelphia, including the last day of the the Comcast Holiday Spectacular, ice skating at the Blue Cross RiverRink and, of course, the hotly anticipated Mummers Parade. (Top photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC, bottom left by G. Widman for GPTMC, bottom right: GPTMC)

After a New Year’s Eve packed with events ranging from family-friendly parties with riverfront views of the fireworks to live concerts with bottomless beer, you don’t want your New Year’s Day to disappoint.

Luckily, Philadelphia is keeping the celebration on high as we step into 2013. The famous Mummers Parade isn’t the only event happening on January 1. Many places around the city are offering full days of entertainment for all.

In addition, you can take New Year’s Day to squeeze in any last holiday events before they’re gone for the season.

Check out our roundup of our top picks for a fun and festive New Year’s Day 2013, below.

Mummers Parade: Start 2013 right with the 113th annual Mummers Parade. The Mummers Parade is one of Philadelphia’s great traditions, and is full of celebration, high energy and positive spirits for the beginning of the new year. The parade begins at 8:50 a.m. and runs all day until 6 p.m. It starts in South Philly and makes its way to City Hall where the performances by each group are judged. Check out the full route of the parade here (PDF) to make sure you snag yourself a great spot for viewing.

Kimmel Center: All day long on New Year’s Day, the Kimmel Center will be hosting events that will appeal to children and adults alike. Share your New Year’s resolution with the world on the Resolution Wall which will be open all day. Enjoy face painting, learn the art of origami from local professionals and learn the history of jazz at the “I Love a Parade” event where families will sing along to tunes and learn the job of each musician making up the band. The full schedule of the day’s events can be foundhere.

Commitment Day 5K: Philadelphia is one of 35 cities participating in Commitment Day 2013, a nationwide effort to encourage a healthy lifestyle in 2013. The run will begin on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive just northwest of the Art Museum. It follows a 5K course that participants are welcome to run or walk. The event begins at 11 a.m. and registration starts at 9 a.m. Guests can either register beforehand or on the day of the event. But those who register prior will receive a $10 discount with the code HOLIDAY. If you’re looking to do double the good on New Year’s Day, participants are also encouraged to fundraise for a charity of their choice. Talk about starting the New Year off right!

Philadelphia Museum of Art: New Year’s Day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be full of activity. At 2 p.m., The Philadelphia Chorus will be performing in the Great Stair Hall. Then, from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. indulge in a New Year’s brunch in the Granite Hill restaurant at the museum. The meal is $45 adults and $23 children, and reservations are required.

Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular: New Year’s Day marks the last day to check out the Comcast Center’s sensational Holiday Spectacular shown on the world’s most impressive 4mm LED screen.

Blue Cross RiverRink: The Penn’s Landing ice skating rink will be open for business on New Year’s Day. It will have three sessions throughout the day, first from 12:30-2:30 p.m., the next from 3-5:30 p.m. and the last from 6-9 p.m.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens: South Street’s famous Magic Gardens will be hosting a create-your-own Mummers Mask event from noon-5 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Celebrate the spirit of the Mummers while creating a mask fit to wear in the parade down Broad Street. The event is included in the price of regular admission.


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