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Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia for 2017/2018

Countdown to 2018 with fireworks, dancing, toasts and more

Get out your party hats and chill the champagne — it’s time to party like it’s 2018.

Join fellow revelers at one of the many New Year’s Eve celebrations taking place on December 31, including the SugarHouse Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront at both 6 p.m. and midnight on the Delaware River Waterfront.

Top spots to watch the grand shows include Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest (hosting two parties on the ice), the Moshulu (where you can catch views from the ship’s deck) and SkyGarten (a 51-floor-high, open-bar destination).

Other celebratory events include dance parties at places like FringeArts and The Trestle Inn, early afternoon and evening events oriented for families with kiddos and live concerts at a handful of area music venues.

Read on to learn about all of the top New Year’s Eve events in Philly.

Fireworks Views and Events | Live Music | Dance Parties |
Open Bars | New Year's Eve With Kids | New Year's Eve Dinner



Fireworks Views and Events

SugarHouse Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront

new year's eve fireworks over the delaware river

Philadelphia will ring in 2018 not once but two times during the SugarHouse Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

The SugarHouse Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront delivers two major shows to close out the year with a (double) bang. Fireworks fans can catch the colorful pyrotechnics displays over the Delaware River at 6 p.m. (perfect for the kiddos) and again at midnight to ring in 2018.

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New Year’s Eve Parties on Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

new year's eve at blue cross riverrink Winterfest

Lace up your ice skates for the New Year's Eve Parties on Ice at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, featuring entertainment, party favors and great views. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Philly’s magical waterfront ice skating rink and winter oasis hosts two New Year’s Eve parties coinciding with the SugarHouse Casino fireworks shows. Come out to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at 5 p.m. (for the 6 p.m. fireworks) or 10 p.m. (for the midnight fireworks) and enjoy a three-hour party full of food from Garces Group and Chickie’s and Pete’s, live entertainment, special holiday favors and one of the best firework views in the city. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the button below.

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2018 New Year's Eve Bash at SugarHouse Casino

Head to the Sugarhouse Casino to enjoy a three-hour open bar, live performances by The Rockets, DJ-spun tunes and light bites to eat. A champagne toast will be conducted at midnight as attendees look outside to the Delaware River and take in the magical waterfront fireworks display.

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks at the Independence Seaport Museum

Maritime merriment abounds on New Year’s Eve when the Independence Seaport Museum stays open late for the annual family fireworks viewing party kicking off at 5 p.m. on its second-floor balcony. Little ones are invited to embark on a holiday-themed scavenger hunt adventure that winds its way throughout the museum before heading up to the balcony to catch the 6 p.m. fireworks show.

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New Year's Eve 2018 at One Liberty Observation Deck

Get a stellar view of the fireworks from 57 floors up at One Liberty Observation Deck. (Photo courtesy One Liberty Observation Deck)

Philly's tallest attraction is offering two chances to catch the New Year's Eve fireworks this year. Starting at 4 p.m., residents and visitors can enjoy $2 off admission at One Liberty Observation Deck, just in time to catch the 6 p.m. fireworks show from a stunning vantage point. Then, starting at 9 p.m. (and running until 2 a.m.!), a 21-plus black tie event, presented in partnership with Craft Concepts Group (Bru Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn, Uptown Beer Garden, Cinder), features an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and all-night DJ tunes.

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New Year’s Eve Dinner & Fireworks on the Moshulu

All aboard the Moshulu, where a four-course menu awaits in preface to the fireworks. A jazz trio will also perform live tunes while a DJ spins danceable beats on the mid-deck. At 6 p.m. and midnight, guests will be encouraged to head outside on the deck for spectacular views of the fireworks.

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New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruises on the Spirit of Philadelphia

Cruise into the New Year aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. Choose from two festive dinner options — one from 4:30-6:30 p.m. that's ideal for families and one from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for attendees who are 21 and over (that also includes an open bar). Look forward to delicious food, dancing and incredible waterfront views of the fireworks.

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New Year's Eve on the Battleship New Jersey

Spend the last night of 2017 onboard the Battleship New Jersey. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

The historic Battleship New Jersey offers unparalleled views of the fireworks from the battleship's deckthis New Year's Eve. Visitors are welcome aboard the ship two hours in advance of each fireworks show for just $10 per person, which serves as a donation toward the ongoing restoration of the battleship.

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SkyGarten's Countdown in the Sky

Open-air panoramic views of the fireworks await for attendees celebrating New Year’s Eve from 51 floors up at SkyGarten. Tickets to the event include a three-hour open bar, charcuterie station, dessert station, party favors and a celebratory champagne toast at midnight.

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New Year's Eve Celebration 2018 at Dave & Buster's Philly

Want to end 2017 (and kick off 2018) with unlimited video game play? The New Year's Eve Celebration at Dave & Buster's (for those 21 and older) features an expansive buffet, a four-hour open bar and indoor, heated views of the SugarHouse Casino New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront.

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New Year's Eve on the Waterfront at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

Head to the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing this New Year's Eve for two parties, a buffet and more. (Photo courtesy the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing)

The Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing hosts four New Year's Eve celebrations this year. At 4 p.m., the family celebration kicks off in the ballroom, featuring a dinner buffet and views of the 6 p.m. fireworks show. Also at 4 p.m., Keatings Rope and Anchor, Bar + Kitchen —the Hilton Philadelphia's restaurant — will host a dinner followed by opportunities to view the 6 p.m. fireworks show. Then restaurant will host another dinner buffet with live entertainment from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Last but not least, a late-night dinner reception goes down in the ballroom starting at 9 p.m., leading into a dance party and views of the midnight fireworks show.

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Adventure Aquarium's "After Dark" New Year's Eve

The Adventure Aquarium is where a five-hour open bar and swimming fish of all sorts combine for a one-of-a-kind countdown celebration. The experience promises cocktails, dinner and a live DJ as well as amazing views of the midnight fireworks show.

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13th Annual "Celebrity Style" New Year's Eve Fireworks Gala at Pyramid Club

Dress to impress and come out to watch the fireworks from the 52nd floor of the BNY Mellon Center. Here, enjoy an all-inclusive gala with an open bar, buffet stations, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Semi-formal attire is required.

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Live Music

New Year’s Eve with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Ring in the New Year with The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Stéphane Denève. (J. Griffin for Visit Philadelphia)

Conductor Stéphane Denève and The Philadelphia Orchestra ring in the New Year with musical selections from around the world. From Japan to India to Buenos Aires to New York, a wide array of musical treats await to close out the year in style.

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West Philadelphia Orchestra and Johnny Showcase at Underground Arts

Some of Philadelphia's best local bands — including headliners West Philadelphia Orchestra, Johnny Showcase and The Mystic Ticket and more — take the stage at Underground Arts this New Year's Eve, promising a night of non-stop dancing to close out the year.

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Dark Star Orchestra at Electric Factory

Dark Star Orchestra brings Grateful Dead tunes to life this New Year’s Eve at the Electric Factory. As the year closes, the band celebrates 20 years of performances.

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NYE at MilkBoy!

A rarity when it comes to New Year’s Eve, MilkBoy is throwing a no-cover bash complete with live music all night long. New York-based band Weird Science will deliver high-energy tunes and a whiskey toast will ring in the New Year.

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New Year's Eve Bash with PhillyBloco! at World Cafe Live

World Cafe Live brings 20-member band PhillyBloco to the stage for a New Year’s Eve full of live music inspired by samba, reggae and funk.

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New Year's Eve Celebration with the Paula Johns Quartet at SOUTH

SOUTH Jazz Kitchen

Head to SOUTH Jazz Kitchen for live music, a delicious dinner and more this New Year's Eve. (A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)

Come out to SOUTH on New Year’s Eve for a multi-course, pre-fixe menu accompanied by the smooth vocals of cabaret singer and jazz vocalist Paula Johns. Two dinner seatings will be held, with the latter including two musical sets.

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The Get Up Kids at The Trocadero Theatre

If you’re not quite ready to move into 2018, throw it back instead with '90s pop-punk band The Get Up Kids at The Trocadero Theatre.

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Start Making Sense (Talking Heads Tribute) at the Ardmore Music Hall

Ardmore Music Hall welcomes the New Year with a live performance from Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense preceded by local funk band Swift Technique. The David-Byrne-inspired night promises plenty of danceable '80s beats.

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Dance Parties

New Year’s Funkin’ Eve at FringeArts

New Year's Eve at FringeArts

Every year, FringeArts throws a super-cool New Year's Eve celebration with live music, dancing and more. (Photo by Johanna Austin)

FringeArts is saying goodbye to 2017 with a funky celebration featuring live music, beer garden fire pits, balloons and more. Attendees can pop outside at midnight to catch the fireworks over the Delaware River, then head back inside to continue dancing the night away.

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NYE-A-Go Go! A Disco Dance Party at The Trestle Inn

The Trestle Inn will be spinning disco on vinyl all night long for a celebratory event featuring go-go dancing by the Trestle Specials and a champagne toast at midnight.

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Silent Philly Presents Silent New Year's Eve at the Theatre of Living Arts

Silent Philly Party

Jam to music of your choice at Silent Philly's New Year's Eve party at the TLA. (Photo courtesy Silent Philly)

Sing and dance to the tunes of your choice from one of three different DJs at Silent Philly Presents Silent New Year's Eve at the Theatre of Living Arts. Two ticketing options are available, with one including an open bar from 9 to 11 p.m.

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Give-No-Effs Rock Band Cosplay New Years Eve Party at PhilaMoca

For cosplay fans, PhilaMoca hosts a BYOB party this New Year’s Eve, featuring live music from Super Thrash Bros as well as DJ’d rock tunes set to spin into the first couple hours of 2018.

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New Year's Eve at The Dolphin Tavern

South Philly’s popular club The Dolphin Tavern keeps the party going this New Year’s Eve with a DJ-spun dance night ticketed at just $5. Drinks will be sold for $1 until 10 p.m. and at midnight, attendees can join in a free champagne toast.

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NYEmo 2018 at Kung Fu Necktie

Party into 2018 with songs from Panic! At The Disco, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Taking Back Sunday and more during the two-floor NYEmo event at Kung Fu Necktie.

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PEX NYE 2018 at Front Street Cafe

PEX (The Philadelphia Experiment) throws down once again, this time in Fishtown for New Year’s Eve. Known for drumming together huge dance parties, PEX will take over the entirety of Front Street Cafe for an all-night, festive affair.

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Open Bar Parties

The Glitter City Gala at the Hyatt at the Bellevue

The Hyatt at the Bellevue invites you to get dressed up and come out for a multi-floor party featuring the dropping of a Liberty Bell at midnight. Look forward to confetti galore, multiple dance floors, a huge stage and more.

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Union Trust New Years Eve Party 2018

The grand and historic Union Trust hosts a six-hour open bar party complete with an early evening mini-buffet of food and danceable DJ beats spinning all night long.

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NYE at The Crystal Tea Room

The Crystal Tea Room hosts an opulent New Year’s Eve party this year with special entertainers including body painters and hoop dancers. A five-hour open bar, complimentary party favors and food and carving stations are all included with admission.

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NYE Live! at XFINITY Live!

Head to XFINITY LIVE! for five New Year's Eve parties in one. (Photo courtesy P. Csi for XFINITY Live!)

Get access to five different bars and clubs, all under one roof, at NYE Live! at Xfinity LIVE! A ticket includes an all-inclusive food and beverage package, live entertainment, dancing and a midnight ball drop celebration paired with a champagne toast.

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Yakitori Boy Presents: The Ultimate New Year's Eve Countdown Party 2018

Sing your way into 2018 at Yakitori Boy’s Ultimate New Year's Eve Countdown Party, where you can both karaoke all night long and boogie to DJ-spun beats. Open bar options are available for those who plan to party with a group and want to reserve a private karaoke room.

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Manayunk New Year's Eve 2018 NYE Passport Party

Manayunk New Year's Eve 2018 Passport gets you access to two different popular Main Street spots (Bayou Bar and Cactus Cantina), which hold five different bar areas between them. The passport includes a five-hour open bar and menu samplings at each place along with a champagne toast at midnight.

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New Year's Eve at Lucky Strike

Does bowling strike your fancy? Head to Lucky Strike, offering several open bar options this New Year’s Eve ranging from three hours to four hours to VIP bottle service. Two floors of entertainment and plenty of hats, horns and other party favors will keep the night both festive and fun, along with onsite billiards and bowling.

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Philly All Access NYE Party Pass

The NYE All Access Pass grants you admission to not just one but five (!) open bars throughout the city. The venues include 1925 Lounge, Bru Craft & Wurst, Finn McCool’s, Mad River Bar & Grille and Recess Lounge, all of which will host individual parties to enjoy.

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New Year's Eve With Kids

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at Franklin Square

Enjoy a square drop, dance party and more to ring in 2018 at Franklin Square. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Historic Franklin Square kicks off New Year’s Eve celebrations at 3 p.m. with craft-making activities for those of all ages. At 6 p.m., the “square” drop unfolds, and after, the pavilion will host an indoor kids’ dance party until 8 p.m. In between all of the festivities, families can watch the free Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show.

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Countdown2Noon at the Please Touch Musuem

The Please Touch Museum hosts a New Year's Eve countdown for the whole family. (Photo courtesy Please Touch Museum)

Bring out the whole family for a midday countdown — featuring music and confetti at both noon and 1 p.m. — at the Please Touch Museum. Tickets to the Countdown2Noon celebration include museum entry, so show up early (starting at 9 a.m.!) to explore.

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