NHL Winter Classic
The summer home of the Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park, will be turned into a full-size ice rink for the NHL's fifth annual Winter Classic. Start your New Year's Eve with the Winter Classic Alumni Game, where six hockey Hall-of-Famers will join in the game. Fans can then enjoy a game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers. Meanwhile, the outside of Citizens Bank Park will be transformed into Spectator Plaza, an outdoor hockey and entertainment festival. Enjoy hockey-themed activities, live music, food, prizes and giveaways.
The NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game starts at 1 p.m. Saturday on Dec. 31 at Citizens Bank Park, between Phillies Drive and Pattison Avenue. The 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic starts at 1 p.m. Jan. 2. Spectator Plaza will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 31 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Jan. 1 and 2. Call 800-537-7676 or go to visitphilly.com.
The Mummers Parade
Celebrate New Year's Day in Philadelphia with this annual parade that features 10,000 men and women dressed in lavish costumes. All four divisions, the Comics, Fancies, String Bands and Fancy Brigades, perform in the parade for a chance to win prizes. Enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere with family-friendly performances throughout the entire day.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 1 and marches north up Broad Street, to City Hall. Fancy Brigades hold two ticketed competitions at the Pennsylvania Convention Center — one at noon and another at 5 p.m. The group then moves to the Mummer's clubhouses along Second Street for a party that lasts until the early morning. Call 800-537-7676 or go to visitphilly.com for tickets information.
Atlantic City, N.J.
Pitbull at the Borgata
Celebrate your New Year's night in Atlantic City. Go to The Borgata casino for a night filled with partying and dancing with the rapper Pitbull. Then continue the party at the Borgata's nightclub, Mur Mur. Who said partying was just for New Year's Eve?
The concert starts at 9 p.m Jan. 1. Tickets are $55. Call 609-317-1000 or go to theborgata.com.
New York City
Times Square, etc.
The annual ball drop in Times Square isn't the only thing going on New Year's Eve. Why limit yourself? There are events and activities before midnight.
The New York Road Runners will host the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run, a 4-mile race in Central Park at midnight Saturday. There will also be fireworks, a laser light show, dancing and a costume parade at Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell. Call 212-348-9614 or go to nyrr.org.
A concert, "A New Yorker's New Year's Eve," starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Avery Fisher Hall, 65 Street and Columbus Avenue. The concert will feature music by two famous New Yorkers: Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, with Bernstein's Overture to "Candide" and music from "West Side Story" and Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F and "Rhapsody in Blue." Call 212-875-5656 or go to nyphil.org.
But if you still can't stay away from the spectacle of Times Square, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber will perform live before the ball drop for "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest."
Call 212-484-1200 or go to nycgo.com/holidays.
Celebrate your love for the marshmallow confection with fellow Peeps' lovers at this third annual free event for the entire family. There will be musicians, clowns, magicians, Kids Zumba, a children's drum circle and some animals from Lehigh Valley Zoo, video game competitions, a scavenger hunt and more. There will be Peeps-themed dishes and desserts and photos with the Peeps Chick, Peepster car and 20-foot-tall Peeps Tree. End your night at the Family Disco Lounge and start the next day with Peeps & Friends Breakfast.
The Peeps Fest runs from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 28 through Saturday Dec. 31 at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way in Bethlehem, Pa. The Family Disco Lounge is open from Wednesday Dec. 28 to Thursday Dec. 29. Admission is $5 for children 18 years and younger, but free for parents. Peeps & Friends Breakfast runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday Dec. 30. Tickets are $24.95 for adults and $10.95 for children. There will also be a fireworks display and Peeps drop at 5:15 p.m. Saturday Dec. 31. Call 610-332-1300 or go to artsquest.org/peepsfest.
First Night Alexandria
Families can enjoy some New Year's Eve fun in Old Town Alexandria. The town will host 100 live performances at 18 venues. Performances start at 7 p.m. New Year's Eve. The Third Annual Fun Hunt starts at 1 p.m. along with kid-friendly games and face painting. There will also be a multimedia finale at George Washington Masonic Memorial.
Call 703-746-3299 or go to firstnightalexandria.org.