In a news conference complete with confetti, the Nutcracker Rat King, and Mummers playing "Auld Lang Syne," Mayor Nutter on Thursday declared Dec. 26 through Jan. 2 "New Year's Week" in Philadelphia.

The designation is aimed at getting more people to dine and shop in the city. Events include New Year's Eve fireworks at 6 p.m. and midnight. For more information, go to www.vistiphilly.com or uwishunu.com.

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