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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
The historic Battleship New Jersey offers unparalleled views of the fireworks from the battleship’s deck this New Year’s Eve. Visitors are welcome aboard the ship two hours in advance of each fireworks show. The event costs $10 per person, which serves as a donation toward the ongoing restoration of the battleship.
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.
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.
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. The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frankford Hall transforms into an open-air music venue for New Year’s Eve where headliner Vacationer rocks out along with openers Commonwealth Choir and Mo Lowda & The Humble. DJ-spun tunes will keep the night going, as will a slew of traditional German brew options and popular Bavarian eats like the Riesenpretzel (giant pretzel) or Weisswurst (veal and pork sausage).
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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.
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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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.
Northern Liberties jazz spot Heritage hosts Ryan Tennis to serenade the restaurant with some live New Year’s Eve tunes. The restaurant’s celebration will also include a special food menu and complimentary champagne toast for the ball drop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a heated tent on 13th Street between Locust and Walnut streets, Maison 208 hosts its first annual block party to ring in the New Year. The party kicks off at 10 p.m. with a three-hour open bar available for $99. From 1 a.m. to 2 a.m., the celebration continues with a cash bar. Live entertainment will unfold throughout the night.
Spend the first few moments of 2018 from 11 stories high above the historic treasure of Independence Hall at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge. The spot’s New Year’s Eve party includes a five-hour open bar with additional upgrade options to pamper yourself with VIP bottle service.
At the chic Continental Midtown, spend New Year’s Eve swinging in a basket chair while enjoying fresh-made tapas from the kitchen and a glass of complimentary bubbles once the balloon drop unfolds at midnight. A DJ will kick off the dance party starting at 9 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bellevue Hotel 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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 Countdown 2 Noon celebration include museum entry, so show up early (starting at 9 a.m.!) to explore.
A number of area institutions and venues are hosting family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebrations to close out 2017. From a game-filled party at Dave and Buster’s to a family jam at the Ardmore Music Hall, plenty of places are hosting events fit for the whole fam. For our full guide on what to do with the kiddos this New Year’s Eve, click the button below.
Cuba Libre is creating a “night in Havana” for its New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring a five-course, prix-fixe dinner. Dancing will also unfold all night long as well as a champagne toast once the clock strikes twelve. The restaurant runs out of seating every year, so make a reservation soon if you wish to attend!
Spring Garden’s Alla Spina invites you to celebrate the New Year with good food, festive libations and loved ones. Bring your friends and enjoy a variety of eats from Alla Spina as well as Osteria, Terrain Garden Cafe, Amis, Bar Amis and Pizzeria Vetri. Also look forward to an open bar featuring local brewers and a DJ spinning beats all night long.
Dozens of restaurants and bars in Philadelphia are offering delicious and fun dinners to send out 2017 on a delicious note. Click the button below for our full guide to NYE dinners in the area.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit.