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Philly Events December 26 through January 1

Things to do over winter break: Mummers, Aretha Franklin, Disney on Ice Presents Frozen, New Year's Eve fireworks.

Mummers Fancy Brigade family performance
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'Disney on Ice: Frozen'

The whole story, skated. Hottest ticket in town.

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., times vary through Jan. 4, $30-$105, 800-298-4200,

'Mary Poppins'

Book turned Disney movie-musical turned Broadway hit has boomed on Walnut. Best times for tix: 7 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Monday.

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 2 & 8 p.m. today & tomorrow, 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Monday, 2 & 8 p.m. Tuesday & Wednesday (open through Jan. 4), $20-$75, 215-574-3550,

Dinosaur Day

Fossils, forensics, field testing, story time and hot chocolate.

Academy of Natural Sciences, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, $13.95-$15.95 (under 3 free), 215-299-1000,


Two days celebrate harvest and heritage with drums, crafts and discussion.

African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, $10-$14 (under 14 free), 215-574-0380,


Percussion made out of everyday objects. Dancing, too.

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., 8 tonight, 2 & 8 p.m. tomorrow, 1 & 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 & 8 p.m. Monday, 2 p.m. Tuesday, $39.50-$75, 215-893-1999,


Get your fix of construction, dancing and feathers at the Fancy Brigades' backstage setup. (No wonder the South Philly A.C. Moore is outta sequins.)

Pa. Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 5-9 p.m. Monday, 5-10 p.m. Tuesday, noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, $4,

Salute to Vienna

Andras Deak conducts the Philly Pops, the Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine and international champion ballroom dancers in their 14th annual visit. Soprano Sera Gosch and tenor Michael Heim bring their native Viennese lilt to those familiar anthems in three-quarter time.

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, $41-$111, 215-893-1999,

Aretha Franklin

For her first time at the Kimmel, the Queen of Soul does the diva songbook.

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 p.m. Monday, $79-$225, 215-893-1999,



View SugarHouse's skyward magic free from Penn's Landing. Or, for $25-$40, skate and snack at Waterfront Winterfest RiverRink.

Penn's Landing, 6 p.m. & midnight Wednesday, free ($25 to park),

Philadelphia Orchestra

Famed American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham joins the orchestra, under the baton of Yannick Nezet-Seguin, in arias by Mozart, Lehar, Offenbach and Messager. The orchestra offers Haydn's "Farewell" Symphony, plus familiar waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss Jr.

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, $90-$160, 215-893-1999,

Mummer's Parade

This year's parade route goes backward along Broad, City Hall to Washington Ave. Lasts all day.

Broad Street (family viewing at CAPA, 901 S. Broad St., and the Kimmel Center), 10 a.m. Thursday, free (grandstand seating at City Hall, $20 at Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market streets),

Fancy Brigade Shows

Brighter, louder, warmer than the outdoor option. Unbelievable stage performances come sans string bands or comics.

Pa. Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., noon & 5 p.m. Thursday, $20-$25, 800-298-4200,

-Compiled by Tom DiNardo,

Lauren McCutcheon