A Very Philly New Year

Ring in 2006 in Philadelphia and Its Countryside(TM)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Nobody does New Year’s like Philadelphia. Just ask the thousands of people watching the Mummers strut up Broad Street on the first day of every year. Add the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks on Penn’s Landing, a first-rate meal, a dose of rock and roll and a luxurious hotel package for a New Year’s weekend to remember. The following are just a few of the many options for revelers:

Weekend Hotel Packages:
— Celebrate 2006 in high style with the Four Seasons Hotel’s “New
Year’s Eve for Two on Logan Square.” Overnight packages include
admission to the hotel’s annual black-tie gala, which includes dinner
and dancing. Executive chef Martin Hamann will serve seven courses,
while a live band plays the music that aims to get diners away from
their tables and onto the dance floor. Packages start at $800.
December 31, 2005-January 1, 2006. 1 Logan Square,
(215) 963-1500, http://www.fourseasons.com/philadelphia.

— The prices are right at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, offering
three overnight packages starting at $249 per couple. “JW’s Ultimate
New Year’s Eve Package” includes deluxe accommodations, parking and a
four-course dinner at JW’s restaurant. Martini upgrades are available
for $35 per person. (215) 409-4099,

New Year’s Eve:
— The bespangled merriment begins at Mummerfest, an annual event at the
Pennsylvania Convention Center, where fans can try on costumes, watch
brigades rehearse and learn the famous Mummers’ Strut. December 28-
31, 2005. 12th & Arch Streets, (215) 467-0281,

— Children with early bedtimes don’t have to miss out on the New Year’s
celebration at Please Touch Museum. Countdown to Noon rings in 2006
with Mummers, confetti and a ball drop. 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. 210 N.
21st Street, (215) 963-0667, http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/.

— Explore local history at the New Year’s Eve Family Overnight
Encampment on the Battleship New Jersey. The historic ship is hosting
an overnight party with a tour, a ride in the 4D flight simulator and
midnight fireworks, plus dinner and breakfast. Camden Waterfront,
Camden, NJ, (866) 877-6262 ext. 203,

— Families can explore flora and fauna at Longwood Gardens’ New Year’s
Eve celebration, which also features face painting, crafts and
strolling performances, followed by a short evening fireworks
display. Route 1, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000,

— The Blue Cross RiverRink welcomes 2006 with its New Year’s Eve Party
on Ice, complete with live music, family activities, food and a
fantastic view of the Penn’s Landing fireworks display. Columbus
Boulevard & Market Street, (215) 925-7465, http://www.riverrink.com/.

— A rockin’ New Year begins at World Cafe Live with an exclusive
holiday show starring singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke. Tickets
include champagne and party favors, and the cafe is also offering a
New Year’s menu. 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 3025 Walnut Street, (215)
222-1400, http://www.worldcafelive.com/.

New Year’s Day:
— New Year’s wouldn’t be the same without the Mummers Parade, a daylong
affair in which 15,000 clowns, musicians and dancers strut up Broad
Street, leaving a trail of glitter, feathers and fun. Starts at 9:00
a.m. http://www.phillymummers.com/.

— Mummer skill and execution is put to the test at the Mummers Fancy
Brigade Finale, where judges reward the best performances. 12:00 noon
and 5:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets,
(215) 893-1962, http://www.mummersstrut.com/.

— Even The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts gets into the Mummers
spirit on New Year’s Day. Parade spectators can warm up and enjoy
refreshments in the stunning Commonwealth Plaza lobby or stop in for
a New Year’s brunch at Cadence restaurant, which overlooks the Broad
Street action. 260 S. Broad Street. (215) 790-5800,

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) builds the region’s economy and image through destination marketing to increase the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county region. For more information about travel to Philadelphia, visit http://www.gophila.com/ or call the Independence Visitor Center, located in Independence National Historical Park, at (800) 537-7676.

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