Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philly
A festive night like New Year’s Eve calls for a festive celebration — and Philadelphia hosts many of them to welcome the new year each year. We’ve included a few parties in the surrounding counties as well, in case you’re outside of the city for the holidays.
If you have children, Franklin Square is the perfect New Year’s destination in the city. There is a New Year’s event on December 31st specifically for kids. With plenty of treats and crafts, you’ll be able to keep them entertained before grabbing dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Center City.
While you’re on the block, check out the Museum of the American Revolution. One of Philly’s newest museums, they have an impressive collection of revolutionary-era weapons, items, and more.
New Year’s Fireworks in Philadelphia
If fireworks are your preferred activity to ring in the new year, check out Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront/. This is a free event, with a show at 6 pm and at midnight. This elaborate show on the waterfront is the perfect spot to watch the New Year’s fireworks! In addition to the midnight show, there’s one at 6 pm if you’re not looking to stay out late.
Cherry Street Pier
This pier on the Delaware is prime real estate for fireworks, and this year you have two events to choose from. The first is for kids at 5 pm with face-painting, hot chocolate, and more. There is also one and one for at 10 pm with music, drinks, and food!
NYE Live at Xfinity Live!
If you’re still celebrating the Eagles (hopeful) NFC East title, head down to Xfinity Live! In South Philly for their New Year’s party that starts at 9 pm.
Tickets give you access to the bar package, food, live music, bull riding, and dancing. Partiers also get a champagne toast at midnight.
This annual New Year’s Day parade has been going strong for 120 years! The annual parade features music, extravagant costumes, and floats, and is about as Philly as you can get. The parade will begin at 9 am at City Hall and end at about 6 pm.
Longwood Gardens Light Show
If you’re looking for something outside of the city, New Year’s Eve at Longwood Gardens may be the perfect spot to celebrate. If you’ve never been to Longwood Gardens, it’s a massive public garden with horticulture, tons of walking paths, and intricate fountains. At the end of December, you’ll find it delicately dressed in lights and other decorations for the holiday season. Click here for a complete list of start times, activities, and ticket prices!
For more New Year’s ideas in Philly and the surrounding areas, check out Google’s event calendar.