25+ Brilliant Things To Do In Philadelphia This Week, December 26-January 1

New Year's Eve celebrations and more to ring in 2018...

The halls are still decked in Philadelphia and the holiday spirit remains in the air during the last week of 2017.

Make the most of the final days of the season by checking out festive attractions — like the new-this-year Deck the Hall Light Show at City Hall and the illuminating Franklin Square Holiday Festival — before they close this week.

Multiple venues throughout the city are also celebrating colorful Kwanzaa celebrations as well as gearing up for grand New Year’s Eve bashes to ring in 2018.

Meanwhile, both the Museum of the American Revolution and the National Constitution Center host a series of “winter break” programming and the lively STOMP troop makes its way to the Merriam Theater.

Plus, this week brings two major sports showdowns — fly, Eagles, fly! — and Sunday marks the return of the Mummers Parade.

Check out all of our picks for the final week of 2017 in Philly, below.

Dilworth Park Wintergarden & Holiday Attractions at City Hall

J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The holiday fun continues at City Hall this week, where the surrounding area has transformed into a true winter wonderland. On view: the 50-foot-tall Philly Holiday Tree, the brand-new (and free!) Deck the Hall Light Show (ending for the season on January 1), the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market (also concluding on January 1), America's Garden Capital Maze, the Rothman Institute Ice Rink and the Rothman Institute Cabin.

Dilworth Park Wintergarden & Holiday Attractions at City Hall

When:Dates vary by attraction
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Last Chance: Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Now in its final week, the annual Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring the Electrical Spectacle has been making this historic square shine with free light shows every 30 minutes between 4 and 8 p.m. on weeknights and 4 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Also on tap: the Kids' New Year's Eve Countdown on December 31, featuring craft-making activities, a "square" drop and a kids' dance party.

Last Chance: Franklin Square Holiday Festival

When:Through Sunday, December 31
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:Free

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Last Chance: Christmas Light Show at Macy's

J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

It's the last week of the season for the iconic Christmas Light Show at Macy's, which has hosted the show since 1956. The department store tradition features sugarplum fairies, dancing snowmen and more with a 100,000-light show narrated by Julie Andrews and accompanied by the famed Wanamaker Organ. Free performances take place every two hours during store hours. Between shows, visitors often tour the second floor’s vintage Dickens Village, setup of animated dolls retelling A Christmas Carol.

Last Chance: Christmas Light Show at Macy's

When:Through Sunday, December 31
Where:Macy's, 1300 Market Street
Cost:Free

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Last Chance: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music

Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet

The Pennsylvania Ballet delivers its last performances of the season of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker performances at the grand Academy of Music this week. Tchaikovsky's iconic score pairs with lavish sets, lavish costumes and enchanting performances by the dancers, members of the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and Philadelphia Boys Choir. On Wednesday, a special sensory-friendly performance will be conducted, inviting families with children who are on the autism spectrum or who may have sensory sensitivities to enjoy the show.

Last Chance: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music

When:Through Sunday, December 31 (select dates)
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Last Chance: Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Amid the evergreens at Morris Arboretum, the Holiday Garden Railway showcases a miniature winter wonderland complete with a quarter-mile of model-train track, seven loops and tunnels, 15 rail lines and model trains that cruise past scaled replicas of historic monuments and Philadelphia landmarks adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. This week marks the last chance to view the beautiful display.

Last Chance: Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

When:Through Sunday, December 31
Where:Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost:$10, member adults; $5, member child; $18, non-member adult; $9, non-member child

www.morrisarboretum.org

Last Chance: The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

One of Philly’s most popular traditions comes to a close this week. Before the New Year, make some time to visit The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a massive street-level, high-resolution LED display featuring 15-minute screenings showcasing dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet and a magical sleigh soaring through Philadelphia’s skyscape.

Last Chance: The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

When:Through Monday, January 1
Where:The Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

WinterfestPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

The popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest continues to bring the waterfront alive with a chalet-style Lodge Restaurant and Bar, hearty fare from Garces Group and Chickie's & Pete's, sweets from Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin and a regulation skating rink with a spectacular view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. On New Year’s Eve, the skating destination hosts two ticketed Parties on Ice, featuring an array of entertainment and offering a spectacular vantage point to catch the Sugarhouse Casino New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When:Through March 4, 2018
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Holiday Happenings in Philadelphia & The Countryside

A Longwood Christmas at Longwood GardensPhoto by Hank Davis for Longwood Gardens

All throughout the greater Philadelphia region, fun holiday activities await, allowing celebrations to continue through to 2018. Must-see attractions include the spectacular holiday decorations and lights at Peddler's Village and the 500,000-light bedecked Longwood Gardens.

Holiday Happenings in Philadelphia & The Countryside

When:Dates vary by attraction
Where:Various locations including Peddler's Village, 41 Peddlers Village Road, Lahaska
Cost:Varies

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Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The free, outdoor Winter Fountains exhibition illuminates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this winter with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes. The dazzling works — inspired by the Parkway's grand fountains — are a centerpiece exhibition of Parkway 100, the city's 14-month celebration commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the avenue's groundbreaking.

Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

When:Through Sunday, March 18
Where:Four points along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway including outside the Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

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STOMP at the Merriam Theater

Stomp at the Merriam TheaterPhoto by Junichi Takahashi

A cast of talented percussionists and dancers bring brooms, lids, hammers and more for a heart-thumping show at the Merriam Theater. Eight lively performances take place throughout the week. Click the button below for ticketing information.

STOMP at the Merriam Theater

When:December 26-31
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street

www.kimmelcenter.org

Pay-What-You-Wish Admission at the Philadelphia History Museum

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Experience the city’s past at the Philadelphia History Museum, offering pay-what-you-wish admission through New Year’s Day as a gift to the city it represents. The historic building, built circa 1826 and located just around the corner from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, has served its current mission to promote Philadelphia history for nearly 70 years.

Pay-What-You-Wish Admission at the Philadelphia History Museum

When:December 26-31
Where:Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 7th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.philadelphiahistory.org

Krampus at the Trocadero Theatre

On account of the Christmas holiday, the Trocadero Theatre shifts its weekly Movie Monday to Tuesday this week to screen comedy-horror film Krampus at 8 p.m. Arrive dressed as a character from the movie (or before 7 p.m.) to score a free beer. Tickets are just $3 a pop.

Krampus at the Trocadero Theatre

When:Tuesday, December 26
Where:Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street
Cost:$3

www.thetroc.com

Winter Break at the National Constitution Center

Free with general admission, the National Constitution Center hosts a slew of programming this week as part of its Winter Break series. Visitors are invited to meet Continental Army soldiers, explore a Revolutionary-era “campsite,” play dress up in colonial clothing, participate in interactive shows and more.

Winter Break at the National Constitution Center

When:December 26-30
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost:Free with general museum admission

www.constitution.org

Winter Break at the Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of American RevolutionPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Take advantage of special programming at the Museum of the American Revolution during its Winter Break this week. Each day, visitors can participate in Revolutionary-era activities — think dancing and fencing — and other interactive learning opportunities.

Winter Break at the Museum of the American Revolution

When:December 26-31
Where:Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Free with general museum admission

www.amrevmuseum.org

Kwanzaa Celebrations in Philadelphia

Kwanzaa at the Please Touch Museum | Photo courtesy Please Touch Museum

Venues citywide host lively Kwanzaa celebrations this week in Philadelphia, including Boathouse Row, where the lights will shine in shades of red, green and black in honor of the holiday. Click the button below to learn about more Kwanzaa happenings in Philadelphia.

Kwanzaa Celebrations in Philadelphia

Where:Various locations including The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street

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Dino-mite Winter at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Dinosaur Hall at the Academy of Natural SciencesPhoto by Mike Servedio for The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Warm up inside the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and explore the museum’s special exhibition Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies. Programming includes a bug show on a big screen, interactions with live furry friends and dino-related crafting sessions.

Dino-mite Winter at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

When:December 27-30
Where:The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free with general museum admission

www.ansp.org

Kwanzaa Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

The African American Museum of Philadelphia hosts four days of programming in celebration of Kwanzaa. Visitors should look for a variety of workshops, including those centered around drumming, yoga, African dance and storytelling, and a Kinara Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 30.

Kwanzaa Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

When:December 27-30
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free with general museum admission

www.aampmuseum.org

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

Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Holidays in PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Go at your own pace and pay what you wish on Wednesday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Admire the beautiful collections, sign up for a yoga class, have a snack and a drink at the Balcony Café (which stays open late) or visit the DIY Card-Making Station to create a holiday card for a loved one or a friend (it’s never too late!).

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

When:Wednesday, December 27
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Cost:Pay as you go

www.philamuseum.org

Last Chance: Tippler’s Tour Yuletide Cheers and Beers

Tippler's Tour in PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

There are still a few days left to enjoy the libation- and history-filled Tippler’s Tour Yuletide Cheers and Beers. Sip cider at the Betsy Ross House and enjoy an ale at the historic City Tavern, all while getting schooled on Philadelphia’s beer-loving history.

Last Chance: Tippler’s Tour Yuletide Cheers and Beers

When:Thursday, December 28
Where:Various locations including City Tavern, 138 S. 2nd Street
Cost:$50, Adults; $45, Student/Military/Senior

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Last Chance: Historic Holiday Nights

This Thursday night, take in the recurring Historic Holiday Nights event, when Old City retailers welcome holiday shoppers until 8 p.m., restaurants offer holiday specials and the courtyard of the historic Betsy Ross House features live entertainment, snacks and more.

Last Chance: Historic Holiday Nights

When:Thursday, December 28
Where:Various locations including the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Temple Men’s Basketball vs. Tulane

Temple takes on Tulane for the American Athletic Conference Game this Thursday. Get tickets and head on over to the Liacouras Center for a courtside view of what's sure to be a heated showdown.

Temple Men’s Basketball vs. Tulane

When:Thursday, December 28
Where:The Liacouras Center, The Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street
Cost:$15-$35

www.liacourascenter.com

SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront

New Year's Eve fireworks over Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest in PhiladelphiaPhoto by M. Stanley for DRWC

The SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront feature two major pyrotechnics displays over the Delaware River — one at 6 p.m. and another at midnight. Where to watch? For front-row views, head to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. For more prime viewing locations, check out our where-to-watch the New Year's Eve fireworks guide.

SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront

When:Sunday, December 31, 6 p.m. and midnight
Where:Along the Delaware River, including Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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New Year’s Eve Parties in Philadelphia

Photo by Paul Csi for Xfinity Live!

Get out your party hats and chill the champagne — it’s time to party like it’s 2018. Top spots to watch the grand fireworks shows include Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest (hosting two parties on the ice), the Moshulu (where you can catch views from the ship’s deck) and SkyGarten (a 51-floor-high, open-bar destination). Meanwhile, dance parties, live concerts, family-oriented events and more take over restaurants and venues all around town. Click the button below to learn more and plan your night.

New Year’s Eve Parties in Philadelphia

When:Sunday, December 31
Where:Various locations including SkyGarten, 1717 Arch Street
Cost:Varies by event

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New Year's Eve Dinners in Philadelphia

ChampagnePhoto courtesy Garces Group

Philadelphia’s restaurants welcome 2018 with sumptuous meals, festive live entertainment and plenty of bubbly. Whether it’s a dinner with a fireworks view, a cozy meal at a BYOB or a night of hors d’oeuvres and dancing, there are lots of fantastic options for the last night of the year.

New Year's Eve Dinners in Philadelphia

When:Sunday, December 31
Where:Various locations including Mission Taqueria, 1516 Sansom Street
Cost:Varies by restaurant

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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Philadelphia Eagles playing at Lincoln Financial Field in South PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Eagles

Will QB Nick Foles lead the Eagles to another win? Find out on New Year’s Eve when the team takes on the Dallas Cowboys at the Lincoln Financial Field. Fly, Eagles, fly!

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

When:Sunday, December 31
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost:$119 and up

www.philadelphiaeagles.com

SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade

Mummers ParadePhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This only-in-Philadelphia New Year’s Day tradition dates back to 1901 and today includes thousands of men, women and children wearing feathers and sequins while dancing to music and parading along Broad Street from Philadelphia City Hall to Washington Avenue. The indoor Fancy Brigade Finale competition at the Pennsylvania Convention Center consists of Broadway-inspired music-and-dance routines for prizes and bragging rights. Tickets for bleacher seating at City Hall and for the Fancy Brigades are available in-person at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets, 215-965-7676. Tickets for the competition at the Pennsylvania Convention Center are available by phone at 800-298-4200 or online. Click here for the 2018 parade route.

SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade

When:Sunday, December 31
Where:Along Broad Street
Cost:Free

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Last Chance: A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

Photo courtesy Sesame Place®

Elmo, Abby, Oscar and friends — including the new-this-year Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Clarice and Bumble — are part of the ultimate little-kid theme park’s A Very Furry Christmas, now in its final week of the season. Wee ones tour the Twiddlebugs’ Gingerbread Cookie Factory, meet Lightning the reindeer from Elmo Saves Christmas, take in holiday productions such as the 1-2-3 Christmas Tree Show and snag spots for the Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade.

Last Chance: A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

When:Through January 1
Where:Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
Cost:$32

www.sesameplace.com

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