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Dec. 27-Jan. 2: Fun things to do, see and hear

Now in its sixth year, and having just marked its millionth visitor, Comcast's high-def video wall displays pro ice skaters and Walnut Street Theatre singers in its 15-minute, on-the-hour show.

New Year’s Eve fireworks (over Penn’s Landing’s RiverRink) take place at 6 p.m. and midnight.
New Year’s Eve fireworks (over Penn’s Landing’s RiverRink) take place at 6 p.m. and midnight.Read more



Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Now in its sixth year, and having just marked its millionth visitor, Comcast's high-def video wall displays pro ice skaters and Walnut Street Theatre singers in its 15-minute, on-the-hour show. Open though Wednesday.

17th Street and JFK Boulevard, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today-Sunday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, free.

Christmas Light Show

John Wanamaker's 57 year-old display lumbers on still. Show times diminish after the 25th, so make like Santa and check twice, lest you miss the 10-minute, every-two-hours, often packed-to-the-gills spectacle. Ends Tuesday.

Macy's, 13th and Market streets, show times: 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. today-Saturday; noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; free, 215-241-9000,

Christmas Village

Still time to snatch up the nesting dolls, custom photo ornament or hand-carved music box that you wished for but didn't get this year at this cozy, Old World-style shopping center in LOVE Park. Open through Wednesday.

1500 Arch St., today-tomorrow 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Monday-Tuesday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 215-820-5149,


The dude from "Anchorman 2" won't be onstage playing an oversized Santa's helper, but Ferrell's charmingly goofy replacement does just fine in this popular local rendition of the Broadway hit.

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., through Jan. 5, $10-$75, 215-574-3550,

Sesame Place

"Elmo's Christmas Wish," plus more holidays-ed versions of warmer-weather traditions continue through New Year's Eve, when "C is for Celebrate" ends the lower-priced wintertime fun via an early-evening fireworks display and Count-led countdown.

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, 1-8 p.m. through Monday; 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, $21.99-$24.99, 866-GO-4-ELMO,

'The Nutcracker'

George Balanchine's fast-moving, easy-to-understand (but nonetheless ever impressive) choreography keeps making its magic via the Pennsylvania Ballet at the Academy, sugarplums, mice soldiers, Boys' Choir and all, through this weekend.

Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, 2 p.m. today, 2 and 7 p.m. tomorrow, noon and 5 p.m. Sunday, $25-$135, 215-893-1999,


Disney on Ice

Mickey, Minnie, Tiana, Lilo and more Magic Kingdom faves skate-a-brate a bunch of holidays in their wintertime visit. Valentine's, Halloween, an "unbirthday" party, a luau - it's all in there, and for much less cash than a plane ticket to Orlando.

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. today-Sunday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Thursday, more times through Jan. 5, $23-$95, 800-298-4200,

Trout Fishing in America

Does Junior tune in to WXPN's "Kids' Corner"? Then he's already a fan of this folksy duo, performing in town and in Wilmington, where they'll countdown to noon.

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 11:30 a.m. Sunday, $15, 215-222-1400; World Cafe Live Wilmington, 500 N. Market St., 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, $17, 302-994-1400,

Yo Gabba Gabba!

Philly hosts the finale stop of this funky-fly tour aimed at the preschool set and their rock-'n'-roll 'rents. This is the first holiday-style show for DJ Lance Rock and hip-hop infused monster/robot friends.

Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, $26-$46, 800-745-3000,


African American Museum

Philly's best-known celebration of the Fruits of the Harvest takes place over two days of dance, dedications, storytelling and crafts.

African American Museum, 701 Arch St., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, $10-$14 (under 4 free), 215-574-0380,


New this year: Kenny Gamble and Odunde CEO Oshunbumi Fernandez's free day for families to celebrate and honor heritage and health.

Audenried High School, 33rd and Tasker streets, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, free, 267-320-4364,

RING IN 2014


Unless you've got a friend with a roof deck, best to catch Dec. 31st's river-top pyrotechnic shows on the balcony of the Independence Seaport Museum (family viewing party 4-7 p.m. Tuesday for the 6 p.m. show only) or from the ice of the RiverRink, with its new fire pits and cocoa stations (5-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-1 a.m.).

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., $10-$13.50 (kids under 2 free) 215-413-8655, Penn's Landing RiverRink, Market Street and South Columbus Boulevard, $3-$35, 215-925-RINK,

Franklin Square

This city park's Electrical Spectacle has been illuminating the streets above Independence Mall all month. The bright lights make their last appearance the 31st, with an afternoon countdown, dance party and crafts.

6th and Race streets, 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, free, 215-629-4026,

National Constitution Center

Through Tuesday at 3 p.m. (when it closes for New Year's Eve), the NCC puts on special programs about Washington crossing the Delaware (noon and 2 p.m.), being a kid throughout U.S. history (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; 1 p.m. only Sunday), the backstory of the celebration of the New Year (12:30 and 2:30 p.m.), plus costumed characters and crafts.

525 Arch St., $8-$14.50 (active military and 3 and under free), 215-409-6600,

Please Touch Museum

The classic spot for wee ones to party amid midday confetti, Please Touch's "Countdown 2 Noon" happens twice while it's still light out.

4231 Ave. of the Republic, noon and 1 p.m. Tuesday, $16 (under one free), 215-581-3181,

ComedySportz Philadelphia

The venerable sketch-comedy troupe presents "New Year's Improvisin' Eve," its annual year-end celebration featuring the group's signature comedy competitions. The festivities include party favors, pizza and a midnight sparkling-cider toast.

Playground at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St., 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, $30-$35,

DJ Pauly D

The money-making-est (and most follicularly gravity-defiant) of the "Jersey Shore" crew earns it the hard way by spinning tunes over the holidays. Party into next year with two-time Teen Choice award-winner, "fresh to death" Paul DelVecchio and fellow DJs Schwayze and Hyper Crush.

Sands Bethlehem, 77 Sands Blvd., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $65, 800-745-3000,


Gov't Mule

Allman Bros. alums stay a coupla nights on the edge of West Philly. Expect plenty of Southern-infused rock jams. Buy tix for both shows and get a discount.

Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby, 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night, $25-$35 ($40-$60 both shows), 800-745-3000,

Smokey Robinson

The Motown giant is still going strong, singing the jukebox-full of hits that have made him one of the most popular - and important - artists of the past half-century.

Sands Bethlehem, 77 Sands Blvd., 8 tonight, $49.50-$69.50, 800-736-1420,


Our superb Renaissance wind band offers "Drive the Cold Winter Away," a program from their latest CD with French noels, Sephardic songs, pavanes and masque dances. Along with soprano Laura Heimes and Kiri Tollaksen on cornetto, their juicy sounds and bouncy rhythms are an ideal counterpoint to the season.

Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce streets, 8 tonight; Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $35-$40, 215-235-8469,

Jill Scott

Philadelphia's own neo soul siren does it up down the Shore. Though she's working an album of lullabies, Scott will do anything but make a listener drowsy. Live, her dulcet to downright soprano might be the best imaginable way to end one year and start another.

Caesars, Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., 9 p.m. Sunday, $65-$126, 800-745-3000,

Philadelphia Orchestra

Annual New Year's Eve concert, led by Bramwell Tovey, with soprano Tracy Dahl and Dance Affiliates. Classics by waltz king Johann Strauss Jr. and Franz Lehar, plus Waldteufel's "Skater's Waltz" will send patrons into revelry in three-four time.

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, $65-$155, 215-893-1999,


'I Love Lucy'

Those of us who've yearned to watch Ball and Arnaz as members of their studio audience can get a taste of what it was like. This reenacted compilation of some of the sitcom's best episodes comes complete with jingled-up commercial breaks.

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., 2 and 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, $25-$75, 215-893-1999,

- Compiled by Chuck Darrow,

Tom Di Nardo, Lauren McCutcheon