Special Events

Philadelphia

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The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

15-minute show, full of stunning original holiday imagery, music & more, shown on The Comcast Experience video wall. Closes 1/1. Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.; 610-648-1700.

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy

Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-339-7600.

» READ MORE: www.disneyonice.com

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$13-$80. 12/26-12/27 11 am, 3 & 7 pm. 12/29-12/30 11 am, 3 & 7 pm. 12/31 11 am & 3 pm. 1/1 1 pm.

Family Fun Brunch

Brunch w/children's activities & parade viewing. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; RSVP required: 215-670-2388.

» READ MORE: www.kimmelcenter.org

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$50; $35 children 11 & under. 1/1 11 am, 1 & 3 pm.

Kwanzaa Program With Dr. Maulana Karenga

Talk by the founder of Kwanzaa, African market & performance by the Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble. William Penn High School, 1333 N. Broad St.; 215-769-7324. $10; $7 seniors & children. 12/27 5-8 pm.

MummersFest

Crafts, try on costumes, watch rehearsals, 30-minute backstage tours. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. $3. 12/27-12/31.

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Mummers New Year's Day Parade

Thousands of costumed men & women dance & perform their way down Broad Street. 215-965-7676.

» READ MORE: www.mummers.com

. 1/1 9 am-7 pm.

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New Year's Day Celebration

Face painting & performances by Yosi, Steve Pullara & the Cool Beans Band & the Hardly Able String Band. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.kimmelcenter.org

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1/1 8 am-6 pm.

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Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad

Model trains run through dozens of festive holiday scenes. Closes 1/4. Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St.; 215-922-2317.

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Pennsylvania suburbs

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Bucks County Holiday TreeFest

Display of themed holiday trees. Closes 1/10. Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, 3207 Street Rd., Bensalem; 215-639-0300.

» READ MORE: www.buckscountycvb.org

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Chanukah Celebration: Light the Candles, Warm a Soul

Music, holiday food, games & more. Temple Brith Achim, 481 S. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia; 610-337-2222.

» READ MORE: www.brithachim.com

. Donation suggested: new winter clothing items. 12/26 6:30 pm.

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Gingerbread House Competition & Display

A visual delight of entries are displayed throughout the holiday season in the Village Gazebo. Closes 1/3. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000.

» READ MORE: www.peddlersvillage.com

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Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Rides begin at State Street at the Genesis walkway. Historic Kennett Square, 106 W. State St., Kennett Square; 610-444-8188.

. 12/28 noon-3 pm.

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Kwanzaa Festival

Candlelighting, explanation of the 7 Kwanzaa principles, performances & vendors. Cheltenham Square Mall, 2385 Cheltenham Ave., Cheltenham; 215-887-7091.

» READ MORE: www.cheltenhamsquare.com

. 12/26-12/28 3-6 pm.

St. Alban's Railroad Fellowship Open House

Largest HO scale model railroad layout in Delaware County. St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 3625 Chapel Rd., Newtown Square; 610-995-0922. home.comcast.net/~stalbansrr. Donations accepted. 12/27-12/28 1-4 pm.

New Jersey

Chaverim New Year's Eve Party & Game Night

Social group for families with school-age children. Congregation M'Kor Shalom, 850 E. Evesham Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-4220.

» READ MORE: www.mkorshalom.org

. 12/31 7:30-11:30 pm.

Christmas Train

Train ride to see the Village's holiday decor. Towne of Historic Smithville, 1 N. New York Rd., Smithville; 609-652-7777. historicsmithvillenj.com. $2. 12/27-12/28 10 am.

First Night Haddonfield

Family-friendly performances & fireworks at midnight to welcome the new year. Downtown Haddonfield, Kings Hwy. East, Haddonfield; 856-429-4700 x300.

. $10-$12 for button. 12/31 6 pm.

First Night Opening Ceremony

Ribbon cutting, greeting by City officials, entertainment by Harmony Show choir, face painters & trinket give away. The Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn & the Boardwalk, Ocean City; 609-525-9300.

» READ MORE: www.firstnightocnj.com

. $14 first night adm. button; $3 Gary U.S. Bonds show. 12/31 4 pm.

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Read in the New Year

New Year's Eve program with crafts, stories & early countdown. Camden County Library, 35 E. Browning Rd., Bellmawr; 856-931-1400. bellmawr.camden.lib.nj.us. 12/31 11 am. Township Branch, 15 S. Black Horse Pike, Blackwood; 856-228-0022.

. 12/31 11:15 am. Haddon Township Branch, 15 MacArthur Blvd., Westmont; 856-854-2752.

. 12/31 11 am. Voorhees Regional Branch, 203 Laurel Rd., Voorhees; 856-772-1636.

. 12/31 12:15 pm.

WWE Raw

Sovereign Bank Arena, 550 S. Broad St., Trenton; 800-298-4200,

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. $21-$61. 12/27 7:30 pm.

Delaware

Noon Year's Eve Celebration

Games, crafts & apple cider toast at noon. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington; 302-571-7747.

» READ MORE: www.brandywinezoo.org

. $3. 12/31 10:30 am-12:30 pm.

Sports Card, Comic Book, NASCAR & Collectible Show

Presented by A2Z Promotions. Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Rd., Newark; 302-559-7962.

» READ MORE: www.a2zshows1.com

. $2; free for children under 12. 12/28 10 am-3 pm.

Kids' Stuff

Children's performances

Hip Hop Harry: The Live Show

Dancing bear performs educational, positive songs. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400;

» READ MORE: www.hiphopharry.com

. $17; $14 children 1-12. 12/28 11:30 am & 2 pm.

Jonathan Sprout

Award-winning children's songwriter & performer. The Mercer Museum, 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-345-0210.

» READ MORE: www.mercermuseum.org

. $15. 12/27 1:30-3 pm.

Yosi & The Superdads

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400.

» READ MORE: www.worldcafelive.com

. $10; $7 children 1-12. 12/27 11:30 am.

Children's events

The Bugs of Blackwood: A Story of Adventure Told With Science Experiments

Interactive program that uses science experiments to tell stories. Croft Farm Arts Center, 100 Borton's Mill Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-488-7868.

» READ MORE: www.piccirillo.org

. $5 advance; $7 day of event. 12/30 10:30-11:15 am.

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Doggone Good Story Time

Storytime with Karen Udell & Mitzi, a certified therapy dog. Abington Free Library, 1030 Old York Rd., Abington; 215-885-5180 x28. abg.mclinc.org. 12/29 10:30 am.

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Family Fun Night

Thu. 6-8 pm. Prize drawings & balloon entertainers. Coastline, 1240 Brace Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-795-1773.

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Fantasy With Lights

Outdoor holiday light display. Closes 12/30. Storybook Land, 6415 Black Horse Pike, Cardiff; 609-641-7847.

» READ MORE: www.storybookland.com

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Kids & Nature

Kids can explore the trails, make a craft & meet some live animals. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd., Bristol; RSVP required.

. $15. 12/27 10 am-noon.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733.

. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. Holiday Festival of Lights - Model trains, holiday lights, Santa Claus & more. $4. 12/26-12/27 5:30-8 pm. $6; $4 ages 3-11; free for children 2 & under Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum

2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233.

» READ MORE: www.discoverymuseum.com

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Kwanzaa With Queen Nur - Traditional storytelling in honor of this African holiday. 12/26 1 pm. 12/28 1 pm. New Year's at Noon - Holiday-themed family activities, including a countdown. 12/31 10 am, noon & 2 pm. $9.95; $8.95 seniors; free for children under 1. Sun.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sat. 9:30 am-8:30 pm.

Insectarium

8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500.

» READ MORE: www.insectarium.com

. Thousands of mounted & live specimens, interactive exhibits, movie room, children's activities & more. $7; free for children under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground

9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140.

» READ MORE: www.kixandgiggles.com

. Attractions include a wrap-around gym, a rock wall, soft-play section for babies & toddlers, an outside seating area & more. Mondays 10 am-3 pm are reserved for children with special needs & their families. See website for more info. $6.95. Tue.-Thu. 10 am-8 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-9 pm; Sun. 10 am-8 pm.

Please Touch Museum

Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic; 215-581-3181.

. Hands-on museum featuring 6 interactive exhibit zones: Roadside Attractions, Flight Fantasy, City Capers, Wonderland, River Adventures & Centennial Exploration. Enchanted Colonial Village - 3/4 life-size display depicting scenes of workshops in a small colonial hamlet preparing for the holidays. Closes 12/30. Countdown to Noon Celebration - Ball drop, confetti, parade, magic tricks, crafts & more. Ball drop at noon & 1 pm. 12/31 9 am-3 pm. Please Touch Playhouse: How the Sun Was Returned to the Sky - Playhouse uses rare pieces from the collection in this production. Thru 1/27. $15; free for children under 1. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm.

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Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

Intersection of 33rd & Oxford Sts. in E. Fairmount Park; 215-765-4325.

» READ MORE: www.smithplayhouse.org

. Three-story "play mansion" for children 0-5 yrs. Playground closed until April. Children must be accompanied by adult. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.