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.
Join fellow revelers at one of the many New Year’s Eve celebrations taking place on December 31, including the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks at both 6 p.m. and midnight on the Delaware River Waterfront.
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 the New Year in Philly, below.
Fireworks Views and Events
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 M. 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. (Photo courtesy DRWC)
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
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 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 (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.
New Year’s Eve on the 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!
First Night on the Battleship New Jersey
Spend the last night of 2016 onboard the Battleship New Jersey. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Climb aboard the historic Battleship New Jersey for unparalleled views of the fireworks from the battleship's deck. The ship invites families to spend the night on the ship for an outing that includes a full tour, sleeping accommodations in the bunks once occupied by the former USS New Jersey crew and a celebratory morning breakfast.
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. Celebrate before watching the midnight fireworks over the Delaware River, and after the show, head back inside and dance the night away with funk and R&B ensemble Red 40 & The Last Groovement.
Spirit of Philadelphia's New Year's Cruises
Cruise into the New Year aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. Get up close to the fireworks shows with one of two festive dinner cruises. Both early evening and late-night options include delicious food, live entertainment, dancing, toasts and more. Advanced reservations are required, and the later dinner is for the 21-plus crowd only.
Adventure Aquarium's New Year's Eve Splash
Just across the Delaware River in Camden, N.J., Adventure Aquarium is kicking off the New Year with its annual New Year's Eve Splash. The celebration is included with general admission to the aquarium, which will be open through 6 p.m. on December 31 — making the 6 p.m. fireworks show the perfect ending to a fun-filled outing.
NYE 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 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.
Dave & Buster’s Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party 2017
Game your way into 2017 at Dave & Busters on the Delaware River Waterfront. Bring the family for a fun night of games, entertainment and a buffet before taking advantage of a front-row seat (indoors!) for the early fireworks show at 6 p.m.
Kids New Year's 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 and great views of the early fireworks show at Penn’s Landing.
New Year's Eve at One Liberty Observation Deck
Watch the 6 p.m. fireworks show from 57 stories in the air at One Liberty Observation Deck. Open until 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve, One Liberty Observation Deck offers the chance to catch the fireworks from inside Philly's tallest attraction. Get $5 off advance tickets purchased online or get a free kid's admission when accompanied by one paid adult.
New Year’s Eve Haus Party at Brauhaus Schmitz
Those who want to party German-style should purchase tickets for the New Year’s Eve Haus party at Brauhaus Schmitz. Starting at 9 p.m., the bar/restaurant bids farewell to 2016 with an open bar, a buffet featuring German fare (and a prime rib carving station!), music, a champagne toast and more. Another perk? Guests of the party get to head up to a private roof deck to watch the midnight fireworks over the water. Tickets are $95 per person.
SkyGarten's Countdown in the Sky
Catch the fireworks from 51 floors up at SkyGarten, offering open-air panoramic views of the fireworks show on the Delaware River. Tickets also include a complimentary Champagne toast, a cup of spiked hot cocoa, charcuterie, desserts and DJ-spun tunes all night long.
"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.
Philadelphia Orchestra New Year’s Eve Concert
Ring in the New Year with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Grammy Award-winning guest conductor Bramwell Tovey. (J. Griffin for Visit Philadelphia)
Ring in the New Year with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Grammy Award-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.
Kurt Vile at The Fillmore Philadelphia
Rock out with Kurt Vile this New Year's Eve at The Fillmore. (Photo courtesy The Fillmore)
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.
West Philadelphia Orchestra and Johnny Showcase at Underground Arts
For $35 a pop, you can have full access to a concert featuring some of Philadelphia’s best local bands — West Philadelphia Orchestra, Johnny Showcase, Minka and more. Underground Arts is ringing in the new year with a 21-plus concert that will be complete with plenty of dancing and drink specials.
Making Time New Year's Eve at Union Transfer
Making Time, an unofficial New Year’s Eve tradition in Philly, returns to Union Transfer to celebrate 2017 with a five-hour open bar and high-energy music to keep revelers dancing well into the new year. Tickets are $50 per person and are available online.
New Queer's Eve at the Foundry at The Fillmore
The Foundry at The Fillmore Philadelphia is set to turn into one big dance club for a special New Queer's Eve event, featuring hot jams, a free Champagne toast and more.
New Year’s Eve with David Wax Museum at Johnny Brenda's
Jam with David Wax Museum at Johnny Brenda's this New Year's Eve. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Head to the bilevel, bar-meets-concert-venue Johnny Brenda's for a music-filled New Year's Eve celebration featuring acclaimed folksy rock band David Wax Museum.
New Year’s Eve with TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb at Boot and Saddle
Cozy South Philly bar and music venue Boot and Saddle brings TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb to its stage for a night of super danceable jams and live music fun.
Dark Star Orchestra at Electric Factory
Have a "very Jerry" New Year’s Eve with Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra at the Electric Factory. The cosmic New Year's showdown will have you counting down with those around you in a music-filled celebration.
Free New Year's Eve at MilkBoy
There's no cover at MilkBoy, where you can celebrate with a complimentary whiskey toast and live tunes from Weird Science, playing up popular covers from the '80s through to today.
NYE at Frankford Hall
A night of Philly-centric tunes await at Stephen Starr's biergarten Frankford Hall, where local bands Vacationer, Cruisr and Suburban Living will all perform. Come out to enjoy some live music alongside a massive mug of suds and an over-sized, German-style pretzel.
NYE at Ortlieb's
Nothing screams New Year's at Ortlieb's like an hour of complimentary PBR (8-9 p.m.) to be followed with live music by a slew of local bands. In between the tunes, a Champagne toast will officially ring in 2017 at midnight.
New Year’s Eve at World Cafe Live
World Cafe Live hosts two different concerts on New Year's Eve, inviting guests to celebrate the holiday with a dose of live music. (K. Ciappa for Visit Philadelphia)
Celebrate 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 Award-winning producer Phil Nicolo.
New Year's Eve Bash at Ardmore Music Hall
Ardmore Music Hall is welcome the New Year with a live performance from Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense preceded by David Bowie tribute group Band From Mars. For an earlier event fit for the whole family, come out for the New Year's Eve Family Jam featuring Alex & The Kaleidoscope. A countdown and ball drop will go down at noon, and face painting, crafting and other activities will fill the morning hours.
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 Matinee at Kung Fu Necktie
Get the New Year's festivities started early at Kung Fu Necktie, hosting a matinee show featuring Dysentery, Iron Price, Ether, Eaten Alive and more.
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).
New Year’s Eve Countdown Party at Yakitori Boy
You can sing your way into the New Year by visiting Yakitori Boy, Chinatown’s resident karaoke bar. Admission packages range in price, but start at $20 for entry to the bar, a Champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight and party favors. Other packages include access to an open bar and private karaoke room.
Silent Philly Party at 2300 Arena
Sing and dance to the tunes of your choice at Silent Philly's NYE Party at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Hosting disco parties throughout the year, Silent Philly invites you to put on a pair of headphones and choose from three different DJs spinning beats in a heated battle between all three. The New Year's Eve edition offers several tiered ticketed options, with two including an open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
NYE in Havana at Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre celebrates the New Year with Latin and reggaeton music all night. (S. Goldenberg for Visit Philadelphia)
Transport to Havana this New Year’s Eve without stepping foot outside of Philadelphia as Cuba Libre hosts an all-night dance party with Latin music and reggaeton hits. General admission ($30) includes access to the party and fun party favors. VIP admission ($60) includes a two-hour open bar.
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.
New Year’s Eve A-Go-Go at the Trestle Inn
Shake your way into the New Year at the Trestle Inn, which is hosting a special night of disco, go-go performances and more. A whiskey cocktail will welcome you into the doors and a Champagne toast goes down at midnight. Tickets are $30.
Easy New Year's Eve at the Dolphin
The Dolphin Tavern, known for wild nights of hipster-style dancing, hosts a DJ-spun NYE party kicking off at 9 p.m. Come early for $1 drinks, available until 10 p.m. A $5 admission will be charged at the door, and the evening culminated with a free Champagne toast at midnight.
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 an 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!
Open Bar Parties
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!)
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.
New Year’s Eve at the Schmidt’s Commons
The Schmidt's Commons goes indoors for a tented New Year's Eve bash, featuring festival-style sound lighting and DJ performances. Partygoers can look forward to a nightclub feel and five-hour open bar.
A Midwinter Night's Dream at Stratus Lounge
Dance into the New Year at Stratus Lounge's New Year's Eve Bash. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Stratus Lounge at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is set to host a festive New Year’s Eve celebration on Independence Mall in Philadelphia's Historic District. 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 Lucky Strike
Choose between a three-hour or four-hour bar or go all out with the bottle service option at Lucky Strike, ringing in the New Year with bowling, billiards and a bunch of live DJ-spun tunes. Tickets start at $40.
The Glitter City Gala at the Bellevue
Get dressed up and ring in the New Year at the Bellevue, hosting a six-hour, top-shelf open bar and a night full of dancing, people watching and more. Come dressed to impress — professional photographers will be onsite to snap your final glam shot of 2016.
12 Midnight at the Crystal Tea Room
The Crystal Tea Room hosts an opulent New Year’s Eve party that comes complete with an evening-long open bar, buffet-style dining, body painters, a DJ, a balloon drop and more. General admission tickets start at $129.
Open bars at spots across town
Many of Philly's bars and venues are hosting open bars for New Year's Eve. These include National Mechanics, Lucha Cartel, McGillan's Olde Ale House, Cavanaugh's Headhouse, Monarch Philly, 1925 Lounge, Paddy Whacks Pub, Fire and Ice Lounge, Field House, B-Side Complex and Finn McCools Ale House. Click the button below to see details on a few of the options, including Bru Craft & Wurst, Ladder 15 and more.
New Year's Eve With Kids
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.
New Year's Eve Family Bash at North Bowl
How many strikes can you land before the clock strikes midnight? Bowl your way out of 2016 at North Bowl's New Year's Eve Family Bash. The ticketed, three-hour celebration (5-8 p.m.) includes food, face painting, balloon art, games, bowling and more.
New Year’s Eve at Lo Spiedo
Lo Spiedo in the Philadelphia Navy Yard is crafting the ultimate New Year's Eve party with the little ones in mind, featuring a kid's "mocktail bar," alongside a buffet designed for those of all ages. Games and other special activities will unfold throughout the evening (beginning at 6 p.m.) and a ball drop will go down at 8 p.m.
Ghost Tour at Powell House
Hear spooky tales along the New Year's Eve Ghost Tour at the Powel House this year. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
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.
More Things to Do with Kids on NYE in Philly
Philadelphia is the perfect destination for families seeking all-ages New Year’s Eve celebrations. In addition to the options above, check out our guide to all of the awesome kid-centric events going on in the City of Brotherly Love as we gear up to ring in 2017.
New Year's Eve Dinners
Vetri Family New Year’s Eve at Alla Spina
All-night dance party? Check! Vetri Family restaurants band together for an end-of-2016 party at Alla Spina on Saturday, December 31. Starting at 8 p.m., revelers can enjoy food from all Vetri Family restaurants (Amis, Osteria, Lo Spiedo, Pizzeria Vetri and Alla Spina), a top-shelf open bar, dancing, a photo booth and more.
More New Year's Eve Dinners
Dozens of restaurants and bars in Philadelphia are offering delicious and fun dinners to send out 2016 and welcome 2017. Click the button below for our full guide to NYE dinners.