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New Year's Traditions: Mummers Parade, Fireworks and More Make Philly More Fun for the New Year - MarketWatch

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PHILADELPHIA, Dec 03, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- New Year's Eve And Day Filled With Special Events, Parades, Parties And Fireworks The breathtaking New Year's Eve fireworks show at Penn's Landing and the wacky and colorful Mummers Parade along Broad Street on New Year's Day distinguish Philadelphia's New Year celebration from all others.

With some insider tips on where to get the best views, how to stay warm and what else is going on during the long weekend, visitors can usher in the New Year in memorable fashion. Hotel Tips: Rooms fill up early, so the best plan is to book as soon as possible.

Giving travelers even more incentive to book rooms now, the two-night Philly Overnight(R) Hotel Package, available on, comes with free hotel parking (up to a $75 value), a Philly's More Fun(TM) teddy bear and a Macy's Savings Pass. Many hotels still have available rooms for New Year's Eve, including The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia; the Sofitel Philadelphia; The Westin Philadelphia; the Sheraton Philadelphia Center City; and the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing.

New Year's Eve: By Day: -- The bespangled New Year's merriment begins at MummersFest, an annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where fans can try on costumes, watch brigades rehearse and learn the famous Mummers' Strut. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

December 27-31, 2008. Times vary. 12th & Arch Streets, (215) 418-4700, -- Children with early bedtimes don't have to miss out on the New Year's celebration at Please Touch Museum(R).

Countdown to Noon rings in 2009 with Mummers, confetti and a ball drop at the museum's expansive new home in Fairmount Park. 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. 4231 Avenue of the Republic, (215) 581-3181, --

The Pennsylvania Ballet puts a new spin on this timeless tale of The Nutcracker with colorful costumes and spectacular sets at the Academy of Music. 12:00 noon. 240 S. Broad Street, (215) 893-1999,

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