Friday, December 30—
Pre-New Year's Eve Singles Dance Party, Ramblewood Country Club, 200 Country Club Pkwy., Mount Laurel
With 2012 rapidly approaching, champagne is being bought and plans are being made for New Year’s Eve. But why confine your celebration to just one night? Since New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, take the opportunity to start partying early. At 8 p.m. this Friday night, dancing, networking, and a cash bar will be featured at the Ramblewood Country Club New Year's Eve Singles Dance Party. Tickets cost $15 per person; or $12 per person for those who present a valid New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Delaware driver's license. Who knows? Maybe you’ll secure a potential kiss before the ball drops! For more information, visit http://www.pbsninfo.com/.
Little Feat, , 315 White Horse Pke., Collingswood
This Friday night at 8 p.m., get out of the house and enjoy live music. Billed as rock band, Little Feat band members actually incorporate a variety of different musical influences—from jazz, folk, blues, and gospel, to fusion—into their performances. Frontman Lowell George performed with legendary musical icon Frank Zappa for years before he was fired, for reportedly being, “Too talented.” (Hey, no one ever noted Frank Zappa as a good decision-maker). For more information, visit http://www.littlefeat.net/.
Saturday, December 31—
, , 678 Haddon Ave., Collingswood
Before your nighttime New Year's Eve party, use the day to prepare in style. At 11 a.m. this Saturday morning, will sponsor a , featuring live music, champagne toasts, and delicious hors d'oeuvres. Get your beauty on with a new haircut, makeover, manicure and pedicure, or a relaxing massage. If that doesn't scream 'Ringing in 2012 in style,' loudly enough, 's pricing will. Guests will receive special discounted package rates for select services during the event. For more information, call 856-858-0911, or visit www.verdesalon.com. To read Patch's interview with Owner Kevin Gatto about the event, click .
Hogmanay, , 146 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield
If there's a kilt that’s been burning a hole in your closet, now is the time to let it breathe. At 11 a.m. this Saturday—and continuing past midnight, into 2012— is hosting a customary Scottish celebration, featuring an outdoor tent loaded with delicious traditional foods. Inside the restaurant, a special holiday menu will be available. But don’t forget to link arms with your partner when midnight hits, as the entire party breaks out into song, with a hearty rendition of Auld Lang Syne. For more information, visit www.thebritishchipshop.com.
First Night Haddonfield, 2 Kings Ct., Haddonfield
At 6 p.m. Saturday evening, opt for a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration. Borough officials work year-round to create this alcohol-free, art-inspired bash, held in downtown Haddonfield every New Year's Eve. And this year's fourteenth-annual First Night Haddonfield will be better than ever. The celebration has grown, and plenty of entertainment will be on-hand to help you ring in 2012. Among headliners is Tommy Cash—brother to musical legend Johnny Cash. A special KidZone will keep the children occupied, featuring storyteller Steve Knoble, Dec Swan, Tucker's Tales Puppet Theater, and more. For more information, visit www.shophaddonfieldnj.org.
Sunday, January 1—
Philadelphia Mummers Parade, Along Broad St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Starting at 10 a.m, the annual Philadelphia Mummer's Parade will begin its route at the intersection of Broad St. and Washington St. In age-old tradition, string bands, floats, fancy brigades—and lots of sparkles—will keep thousands of spectators on their toes. With the masses of people in attendance each year and the certainty of bumper-to-bumper traffic, parade officials recommend taking the PATCO public rail system to the Locust St. stop, and walking up to Broad St. The best part of the parade? It’s free and open to all! For more information, visit http://mummers.com/.