Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia for 2016/2017
Countdown to 2017 with fireworks, dancing, toasts and more
Get out your party hats and chill the champagne — it’s time to party like it’s 2017.
Before the explosive SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront, join fellow revelers at one of the many New Year’s Eve celebrations taking place on December 31.
Dance the night away at FringeArts, get an ice rink-side view of the fireworks at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest or watch the Square Drop during the family-centric celebration at Franklin Square.
Browse more places to count down to a brand-new year in Philly, below.
SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront
Philadelphia will ring in 2017 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront. (Photo courtesy Matt Stanley for DRWC)
Philadelphia will ring in 2017 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront. With shows at 6 p.m. and midnight, revelers of all ages will have a chance to celebrate the New Year. Best of all, there are plenty of great places to watch the spectacular show.
New Year’s Eve Parties on Ice 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. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest offers one of the best views of the fireworks on New Year's Eve. Folks can lace up their ice skates for the New Year's Eve Parties on Ice at the waterfront rink, which will fill with music, food, drinks and other entertainment. Outdoor seating is in abundance to watch the show and the festivities inside the Winterfest tent add a cozy touch to the holiday celebration.
New Year's Eve at SugarHouse Casino
SugarHouse Casino has a rocking party of its own on New Year's Eve. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
In addition to presenting both New Year's Eve fireworks shows, SugarHouse Casino is a destination of its own for explosive fun on December 31. SugarHouse hosts a grand celebration with an open bar, live music from Burnt Sienna, a complimentary champagne toast, a private viewing area for the midnight fireworks display over the Delaware River and more.
New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Loews Philadelphia
Party the night away at the Loews Philadelphia as part of its City Rhythm Orchestra New Year’s Eve Party Celebration, which includes a hors d’oeuvres reception, a four-course dinner and a midnight champagne toast. The City Rhythm Orchestra will be there to play some live tunes and get the dancing going!
New Year’s Eve Fireworks at the Independence Seaport Museum
The Independence Seaport Museum stays open late on New Year's Eve for the annual fireworks viewing party. (Photo courtesy 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 (5-7 p.m.) on its second-floor balcony. Offering a sparkling cider toast and panoramic views of the 6 p.m. fireworks, the event brings the perfect bash for the whole family.
Kurt Vile at The Fillmore Philadelphia
Kurt Vile invites you to ring in 2017 in one of the most musically driven, Philly-centric ways possible. The locally bred indie rock musician will headline a night of live music at The Fillmore Philadelphia.
New Year’s Eve on the Moshulu
Enjoy a sumptuous New Year's feast aboard the historic Moshulu. (Photo courtesy Moshulu)
Have a sweet celebration aboard the Moshulu as you prepare to ring in the New Year. Head to the deck for great views of the fireworks as well as a dessert buffet, a cash bar and live music. For a more extravagant celebration, enjoy a four-course feast before the fireworks. A jazz trio will perform onboard, piano will be played in the dining room and a DJ will spin on the mid-deck, allowing you to pick the ambiance you want for ringing in 2017!
New Year’s Funkin’ Eve at FringeArts
FringeArts is saying goodbye to 2016 with a funky celebration featuring live music, beer garden fire pits, balloons and more. Starting at 11 p.m. (doors open at 10:30 p.m.), celebrate at La Peg before watching the midnight fireworks over the Delaware River. After the show, head back inside and dance the night away – funk and R&B ensemble Red 40 & The Last Groovement will be playing electrifying tunes.
Philadelphia Orchestra New Year’s Eve Concert
Ring in the New Year with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Grammy-winning guest conductor Bramwell Tovey. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Orchestra)
Ring in the New Year with The Philadelphia Orchestra and special, Grammy-winning guest conductor Bramwell Tovey. The concert ends before midnight, so after relishing in a stylish and spectacular pre-party celebration, you'll still be able to catch the SugarHouse New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront!
Kids New Years’ Eve Countdown at Franklin Square
Enjoy a square drop, dance party and more to ring in 2017 at Franklin Square. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Historic Franklin Square offers families a 6 p.m. “square” drop, an indoor kids’ dance party, the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show outside and great views of the early fireworks show at Penn’s Landing.
"Celebrity Style" New Year’s Eve Fireworks Gala at Pyramid Club
Get spruced up 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 midnight champagne toast. Formal attire is required.
NYE Live! at Xfinity Live!
Head to Xfinity LIVE! for five New Year's Eve parties in one. (T. Scheid for Visit Philadelphia)
The multiple venues at Xfinity Live team up to host five parties under one roof for one huge bash. General admission tickets include a drink package, food buffets, live performances by Split Decision and other artists, dancing and a midnight ball drop celebration complete with a champagne toast.
Countdown to Noon at the Please Touch Museum
The Please Touch Museum hosts a New Year's Eve Countdown for the whole family. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Bring out the whole family for a midday countdown at the Please Touch Museum, filled with music and confetti at both noon and 1 p.m. Tickets to the Countdown to Noon celebration include museum entry, so show up early to explore, starting at 9 a.m.
Ghost Tour at Powell House
Have a very spooky holiday with the seventh annual New Year’s Eve Ghost Tour at the Powel House, and hear haunting tales of its revelers from the past.
Midwinter’s Night Dream at Stratus Lounge
Stratus Lounge at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is set to host a festive New Year’s Eve celebration on Independence Mall. Drink and dance the night away during A Midwinter Night’s Dream where one ticket gets you access to a full five-hour open bar. Tickets can be purchased online.
New Year’s Eve at Howl at the Moon
It’s the ultimate cover band New Year’s Eve at Howl at the Moon. Choose from the Champagne Supernova (reserved seating, premium open bar, dinner buffet, a champagne bottle per table) or the standing room Just Dance option (open bar, champagne toast).
NYE at Milkboy
It’s goodbye 2016, hello 2017 at Milkboy when Weird Science plays music upstairs for no cover charge. And for something a little different, a special whiskey toast is set to ring in 2017 at midnight.
New Year’s Eve at World Cafe Live
World Cafe Live hosts two different concerts on New Years Eve, inviting guests to celebrate the holiday with a dose of live music. (K. Ciappa for Visit Philadelphia)
Ring in the New Year with one of two live music options at World Cafe Live. The upstairs brings the bluesy David Bromber Quintet while the downstairs hosts the Philly-based, eight-piece progressive funk group Darla and Grammy winning producer Phil Nicolo.
Dark Star Orchestra at Electric Factory
Have a "very Jerr"y New Year’s Eve with Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra. The cosmic New Year's showdown will have you counting down with those around you in a music-filled celebration.
New Year’s Eve with David Wax Museum at Johnny Brenda's
Head to the bilevel, bar-meets-concert-venue Johnny Brenda's for a music-filled New Year's Eve celebration featuring the acclaimed folksy, rock band David Wax Museum.
Cabinet at the TLA
Head to one of Philadelphia’s premier small concert venues for a tuneful New Year's Eve celebration featuring Bluegrass-inspired Cabinet.
NYE All Access Party Pass
No need to limit the partying to a single venue with the All Access NYE Party Pass, which includes the Recess Lounge, Rumor and many other venues, as well as a five-hour open bar and DJs all along the way.
NYE at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
The Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing hosts two New Year's Eve celebrations this year. Join the family celebration in the Columbus Ballroom at 4 p.m. for an all ages affair, featuring a dinner buffet to be followed by the 6 p.m. fireworks show. Keatings Rope and Anchor, Bar + Kitchen, the Hilton Philadelphia's restaurant, will also host a dinner followed by the 6 p.m. fireworks show, and a late night dinner reception at 9:30 p.m., leading into a dance party complete with a midnight champagne toast.