January 2012 Philadelphia Events – Mummers, Jersey Boys and More

Once the calendar turns to a new year, and we bid a fond farewell to the Philadelphia experience in 2011-

There certainly remains no shortage of January 2012 Philadelphia Events. January 2012 Events kick off, with the uniquely Philadelphian tradition of the 2012 Mummers Parade, on New Year’s Day. And January 2012 is the last chance to visit some of the blockbuster exhibits, at some of the most popular Philadelphia museums. Here’s a partial list of what to do.

Of course, this page will be continually updated, throughout January 2012, as we come across more events and things to do. So please check back often, for more content… and thank you for your patience, as this page grows and expands with more events and things to do in Philadelphia…

Jersey Boys Launches a New Second National Tour at the Forrest Theatre, from Dec. 6 – Jan. 14


Tickets for JERSEY BOYS begin at $52.50, and are now available by calling 800.447.7400 or online at www.telecharge.com/jbphilly or at the Forrest Theatre box office (1114 Walnut St). VIP Ticket Packages are also available for all performances. Groups of 20 or more call 866.276.2947 or 215.790.5883.

For more information, please visit www.forrest-theatre.com or www.JerseyBoysTour.com.

The performance schedule is:

Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm;

Friday & Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm;

Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm;

matinees Saturdays at 2:00 pm & Sundays at 1:00 pm,

and weekday matinees on Dec. 21, Dec. 28 and Jan. 11 at 2:00 pm.

Additional evening performances are scheduled for Dec. 19, Dec. 26 and Jan. 9 at 7:30 pm.

There will be no performances on Saturday, Dec. 24, Sunday, Dec. 25 and Sunday, Jan 1.

Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

Friday, January 6, 2011 – 5 PM – 9 PM - Old City Philadelphia First Friday Event – Art Galleries Thrust Open Their Doors, For Open Houses Each First Friday

Every month like clockwork, the art galleries in Old City Philadelphia fling open their doors to all comers, on the first Friday. And with a new year – 2012 - comes a continuance of the tradition, which now goes back two decades, to 1991. While you’re there, take a look at some of the Old City Philadelphia bars and restaurants, which have a particularly lively scene on First Friday, as well.

All Fridays in January 2012 – January 6, January 13, January 20, January 27 – The Philadelphia Museum of Art Hosts “Art After 5”, From 5 PM – 8:45 PM – Live Entertainment, Which Is Free With Your Museum Admission For That Day

Each Friday in January, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be hosting its weekly Art After 5 programming. These events, which are free with your admission for that day, take place in the Great Stair, between 5 PM and 8:45 PM.

And of course, just outside the Art Museum, there are always the world-famous Rocky Steps and Rocky Statue, which you can enjoy, 24/7.

Saturday, January 14, Through Sunday, January 22, 2012 - The 2012 Philadelphia Home Show

The 2012 Philadelphia Home Show will be hosted at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 12th and Arch Streets.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 – The National Constitution Center Invites All To Its “State of the Union Party” – This Free Event Features Constitutional Quizzo, State of the Union Bingo, A Cash Bar, Light Refreshments, And A Chance to Win An Annual Membership to the Center

The National Constitution Center hosts a unique event on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - its ”State of the Union Party, beginning at 7:30 PM.

This evening offers plenty of entertainment, in the runup to the State of the Union address by President Barack Obama, usually given at 9:00 PM EST. But the party starts early, at 7:30 PM. Constitutional Quizzo will be played, and winners of the popular bar trivia game can win a free one-year membership to the Constitution Center. There will also be a cash bar, light refreshments, State of the Union Bingo, and most atypically, a ”Lurid Lives of the Founding Fathers Tour” on the second floor, in Signers’ Hall. And the entire event is free and open to the public.

January 2012 Things to Do in Philadelphia - Ongoing Events

These events can be enjoyed throughout January 2012, and in some cases, beyond..

You Can Go Ice Skating at Penn’s Landing RiverRink For A Small Fee (And You Can Rent Skates), Every Day, But New Year’s Day, in 2011

At Penn's Landing, you can enjoy ice skating at the Penn's Landing RiverRink. Just click the preceding link, for our complete guide to the Penn’s Landing RiverRink, which includes prices, skate rentals, session dates and hours, how to get there via SEPTA, and parking information.

Throughout January 2012, Eastern State Penitentiary Offers Its “Winter Adventure Tours” – See the Gothic Fortress In the Bleak Mid-Winter – Reservations Strongly Recommended For Weekend Tours - For More Information, Call 215.236.3300

During the cold winter, it would be understandable to believe that Eastern State Penitentiary has decided to close itself down for the season and await the arrival of spring. The prison, outside of the ticketing area and center surveillance hub, isn’t heated at all! (And even those places are heated only to 60 degrees!)

But Eastern State Penitentiary – part of the generation of Gothic Revival buildings that sprang up during the Romantic movement of the 19th century – can be breathtakingly beautiful, covered in snow, which belies its grim history. Try to imagine it – as Eastern State Penitentiary suggests – a “Winter Wonderland”.

The Eastern State Penitentiary “Winter Wonderland Tour” lasts for one hour, and tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students and children (7-12). You can even see photos of the Christmas celebrations, that at least temporarily, brought some holiday cheer to the involuntary inhabitants, during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Note that much of the normal tour isn’t available to you, due to the fact that it’s winter, and you need to bundle up, as there is - we emphasize - no heat in most of the property. But you can still have a good time, there. So much of one, in fact, that reservations are strongly recommended for the weekends.

The guided tour runs on weekdays, at 10:00 AM, noon, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:00 PM. On weekends, it is every half hour on the half hour, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Visitor Center is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Odds are, you’re going to be pretty cold, afterward. But since Eastern State Penitentiary is located in the trendy Fairmount neighborhood, you’ll have plenty of restaurant and bar options, conveniently located on or around Fairmount Avenue. Eastern State Penitentiary, itself, is located at 20th Street and Fairmount Avenue.

January 2012 Things to Do in Philadelphia - Events That Have Already Taken Place

January 2012 Things to Do in Philadelphia – The Mummers Parade On New Year’s Day, January 1, 2012

There are many ways to enjoy the Mummers Parade – we outline the three main options, below… For our most comprehensive information on how to do so, we’d recommend that you take a look at our 2011 Mummers Parade Guide

You Can Watch the Mummers Parade From the Bleachers in front of City Hall, With a Ticket

If you purchase a $19.00 ticket, you can obtain a seat on the bleachers, right next to the main judging area in front of Philadelphia City Hall. This is the most important part of the parade – the performance for the judges, with the glory of winning prizes at stake, for the Mummers – and is the part that you see televised.

You can buy a bleachers Mummers Parade ticket at two locations. The first is Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets. The second is the Fairmount Park Welcome Center, located at 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, directly across the street from Suburban Station, the closest SEPTA Regional Rail station to the outdoor Mummers Parade.

You Can Watch the Mummers Parade From Somewhere On Broad Street, From City Hall, Deep Into South Philadelphia – For Free!

You can do this for free, although you won’t be able to sit down, most likely, and you won’t see the drama of the big finale. The Mummers Parade begins deep in South Philadelphia, and the Mummers will stop and perform at intermediate stops along the parade route, eventually concluding at City Hall.

Why Brave the Wind and Chill? You Can Watch the Mummers Fancy Brigades Perform Indoors, In Complete Comfort, At the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 12th and Arch Streets, With A Ticket

Our most highly recommended option, is to enjoy the Mummers Parade indoors, with a guaranteed seat, no hassles, no cold, no wind, and without freezing to death. You can buy a $20.00 ticket, and see just the Fancy Brigades perform, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Plus, the Fancy Brigades don’t perform outside, at all – the glory for winning their division all takes place indoors, where they’re judged.

There are two performances, in fact, on New Year’s Day, 2012. The first is the Family Show, at 12 noon, which isn’t for the judges, and the big one at 5:00 PM, which is the competition itself, which will be judged, and a winner declared.

But either way, whether you attend the 12 noon show, or the 5:00 PM show, you end up with a great day of entertainment, a 2 ½ hour show – and you can do it in complete, climate-controlled comfort.

You can buy tickets for the indoor Mummers Parade shows, by visiting comcasttix.com, or calling, toll-free, 1.800.298.4200.

As noted, you can obtain more information by going to our comprehensive 2011 Mummers Parade Guide… which, like this January 2012 Events Guide, will constantly be expanded with more content…

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