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Celebrate the new year: New route for Mummers Parade and much more

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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN 
bbingaman@thereporteronline.com
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MummersFest/Mummers Parade: MummersFest runs noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 28 and 31, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 29, and 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia. Catch a sneak peek into the making of the Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale. The interactive event offers families opportunities to try on costumes, watch the clubs rehearse, go on a backstage tour, participate in crafts and even learn to strut. Get tickets at www.comcasttix.com.
The 2015 parade features more than 10,000 glittering and colorful mummers on Jan. 1. There’s a new route on Broad Street, stepping off from City Hall at 10 a.m., featuring three special performance zones, and continuing to Washington Avenue. The Philadelphia Mummers Parade features five divisions, each with its own artistry, sound and customs. They’re followed by the String Bands playing string, reed and percussion instruments. Interspersed among the String Bands will be the Fancy Brigades. Recommended viewing areas are the Union League at Broad and Sansom streets, Broad and Carpenter streets and the ticketed bleacher seats by Dilworth Plaza at 15th and Market streets. There’s also indoor entertainment with the Fancy Brigade shows at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. During the Fancy Brigade Family Show at noon and the Fancy Bridge Finale at 5 p.m., more than 2,500 mummers will perform. Tickets for the Mummers Parade Grand Stand bleacher seats are $20. The Fancy Brigade Family Show is $28. The Fancy Brigade Finale is $23 and MummersFest tickets are $5. They’re all available by calling (800) 537-7676.
Happy New Year
Lansdale Public Library: Noon Year’s Eve on Dec. 31 starts at 11 a.m., with games, crafts, songs and more. Then a few minutes before noon, the countdown for kids begins. Snacks and noise makers will be provided. The library is at 301 Vine St., Lansdale. Call (215) 855-3228.
Please Touch Museum: “Countdown 2 Noon” at noon and 1 p.m. Dec. 31 is a New Year’s Eve party for children too young to stay up till midnight. Tickets are $20. Get tickets and more information at www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. The museum is in Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia.
Fireworks: Ring in 2015 with free fireworks shows on the Delaware River waterfront at 6 p.m. and midnight Dec. 31. The first show will be set to a family-friendly musical soundtrack, while the second show will be to pop hits. Locations that will he hosting festive events leading up to the fireworks include: Blue Cross RiverRink, Columbus Boulevard and Market Street; La Peg at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.; Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, 201 S. Columbus Blvd.; Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave.; Franklin Square, Sixth and Race streets; Penn’s View Hotel, Front and Market streets; Spirit of Philadelphia, 401 S. Columbus Blvd.; Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Blvd.; and Revolution House, 200 Market St., all in Philadelphia. On the Camden, N.J. side there’s: Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive; and Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton St.
Kimmel Center: A New Year’s Day Celebration Jan. 1 gets underway at 9 a.m. and continues through 6 p.m. at 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Sign the Resolution Wall in Commonwealth Plaza and take in free family-friendly activities and a series of concerts on the Kimmel Center’s Plaza stage. The PECO Bar will be serving soups, salads, sandwiches and more. Garces Events will be providing a complementary Hot Chocolate Lounge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’s also the option of a VIP Experience by Chef Jose Garces (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) featuring all-you-can-eat and open bar. Check www.kimmelcenter.org for complete information.
Bethlehem: Peepsfest, the annual two-day New Year’s Eve festival at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, happens 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 30 and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 31, with family-friendly activities and the drop of an 85-pound, lit Peeps Chick at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 31. Attractions include live music by We Kids Rock, a Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey shootout, appearances by Bethlehem Mounted Police horses, Dutch Springs’ kids activities, the Peepsmobile, Peeps Chick ice sculpture, a scavenger hunt, Lehigh Valley Zoo animals and more. Admission is free, but some activities require a fee. Visit www.peepsfest.org.

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