Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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    New Year’s Eve on the Waterfront: Philly’s biggest New Year’s Eve party takes place at the SugarHouse Casino on Dec. 31. There are two fireworks shows: at 6 p.m. and midnight. The 6 p.m. show is great for families, but the real show begins at 12. The 15 minute fireworks show is sure to delight. Penn’s Landing is only a 5 minute walk from Old City. Taking a cab or SEPTA’s Blue Line to Old City is recommended. While on the riverfront, check out the Blue Cross RiverRiver Winterfest for ice skating, food and drinks.

    Countdown 2 Noon: The Please Touch Museum is throwing a lunchtime celebration on Dec. 31. Get the festivities out of the way before nap time. The day features live music, a theatrical countdown performance and a New Year’s Eve ball drop. The ball drops at noon and 1 p.m. with tons of confetti to throw. Advance tickets are $20 (parents and children) and $25 on the day. Members get in for $5. Visit to purchase advance tickets.

    New Year’s Eve with the Philadelphia Orchestra: Celebrate the new year at Verizon Hall on Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Grammy-winning conductor Branwell Tovey leads the orchestra with humor in a special program. The program includes Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Gershwin’s “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and Strauss’ “Champagne” Polka. Tickets start at $60. Visit to purchase.

    Brauhauss Schmitz Haus Party: Party from 9 PM – 1 AM at Brauhauss Schmitz. The evening includes an open bar, Prime Rib carving station, German holiday biers and gluwein. Also, enjoy music from a DJ and champagne “prost” at midnight. Guests can also go on the private roof to watch the fireworks set off from Penns Landing. Tickets are $95, including tax and gratuity. Visit to see the full menu.

    Mummers Parade 2017: The Mummers Parade is a grand tradition in Philadelphia. The 116-year-old tradition, features thousands of people parading down the city’s streets in colorful costumes. More than 40 clubs march in the parade which begins at City Hall and heads south on Broad Street to Washington Avenue. The Fancy Brigades put on two elaborate performances in the afternoon at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The parade begins at 9 a.m. Later, the Fancy Brigades’ competitions are at noon and 5 p.m. Visit to learn more.