It’s time to ring in yet another year and Philadelphia is one of the best places in the country to do it!  It can be quite difficult to describe exactly how awesome our New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day festivities are to an outsider so our best advise is to bring them along for the fun!  Here is your guide to New Year’s 2016/2017, we hope it is a great one for you!


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New Year’s Eve Festivities

2017 New Year’s Eve Party at Sugar House Casino
December 31st 10pm – Sugar House Casino

How does 2 hours of open bar, appetizers, live music, a champagne toast, and a private viewing area for fireworks at midnight sound as a way to ring in 2017?  That’s what you’ll get at Sugar House Casino this year.  Tickets are $80 and you can buy them by clicking here.

Fireworks on the Waterfront
1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

What’s better than counting down to the new year? Counting down twice! Philadelphia will ring in 2016 two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront. Shows at 6 p.m. and midnight will allow for little ones as well as adults to celebrate the New Year.

New Year’s Eve at the Crystal Tea Room
December 31st, 2016 8pm – 2am  – 100 Penn Square East

Boasting multiple rooms & DJs, live performance from Philly favorite 39 Mariner, body painters, hoop dancers, silent charity auction, plenty of easy-access bars, savory food & carving stations (for VIP ticket holders) and the city’s chicest crowd, the amenities and good times are boundless at Crystal Tea Room’s 12Midnight New Year’s Eve soiree. 5 Hour Open Bar 9pm – 2am. 21+

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Hit the ice at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest from 5pm to 8pm for entertainment, party favors and great views of the fireworks.

Spirit of Philadelphia Fireworks Viewing Party
December 30th and 31st – 401 S. Columbus Blvd

Watch the fireworks aboard the festive Spirit of Philadelphia. The ship will cruise for a dinner and fireworks viewing party for both sets of fireworks displays.  For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

New Year’s Eve with the Philadelphia Orchestra
December 31st 7:30pm – 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Conductor Bramwell Tovey, Soprano Tracy Dahl, and The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m., so you’ll still be able to catch the 6 p.m. fireworks show.

The Piazza at Schmidts
December 31st 8pm – 2am – 1050 N Hancock St , Philadelphia PA 19123

This multi-purpose outdoor event space will be converted into a tent city of epic proportions featuring countless acts, amenities and a live performance from the Manufactured Superstars. 5 Hour Premium Open Bar 9pm – 2am.  For more information and to buy tickets click here.

Countdown 2 Noon at the Please Touch Museum
December 31st 9am-3pm – 4231 Avenue of the Republic

Countdowns will take place at Noon and again at 1 p.m. to accommodate all of the little party animals and their families. Countdown 2 Noon®, is a holiday tradition and the perfect party for children to ring in the New Year. The Countdown 2 Noon celebration will include music, activities, and a special appearance by King Countdown, the Museum’s official Marshal of the New Year!

New Year’s Eve at Union Trust
December 31st  8pm – 2am – 717 Chestnut Street

Guests will be pampered with a 6 hour premium open bar, where the finest libations fuels the night’s wild festivities. As you take in Union Trust’s striking interior, feast your palate with an early evening mini-buffet and splatter on some holiday spirit with festive NYE party favors, both compliments of the house. 6 Hour Premium Open Bar 8pm – 2am.

New Year’s Eve All Access Pass to Philadelphia
December 31st 9pm – 2am – Registration Point @ Finn McCool 118 S 12th Street 

An evening of NYE party-hopping with cover-free admission and first-class amenities through Philadelphia’s coveted nightlife destinations, including 1925 Lounge, Bru Craft & Wurst, Field House, Finn McCool’s, Mad River Bar & Grille, and Recess Lounge. 5 Hour Premium Open Bar 9pm – 2am.

Franklin Square’s Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown
December 31st  3 – 8 pm – Franklin Square

Close out Franklin Square’s 10th Birthday Season with the most family-friendly New Year’s celebration in town! Enjoy music and crafts beginning before the Square Drop from atop SquareBurger at 6 pm and Sugar House New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, viewable from the Square. The indoor Franklin Square Pavilion will host a Kids’ Dance Party until 8 pm for the final Electrical Spectacle of 2016. This event is FREE!

Independence Seaport Museum New Year’s Eve Party
December 31st 5pm-7pm – 211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard

The Independence Seaport Museum is staying open late for the Annual Family Fireworks Viewing Party from 5 to 7 p.m. on the museum’s second-floor balcony.  Families can enjoy party hats, noise makers, and a sparkling cider toast for the 6pm fireworks show!

The Uptown String Band performing "Stop, Drop and Drum Roll" during the 2016 New Year's Day Parade

The Uptown String Band performing “Stop, Drop and Drum Roll” during the 2016 New Year’s Day Parade

New Year’s Day Festivities

2017 Mummers Day Parade
January 1st – Center City Philadelphia

The 2017 Philadelphia Mummers Parade, America’s oldest continuous folk festival, will take place New Year’s Day in the heart of Philadelphia. Adults and children of all ages are invited to come watch this colorful, family-friendly spectacle of elaborate String Bands, glamorous Fancy Brigades, entertaining Comics, and the traditional Wench Brigades. In addition to the outdoor Parade, spectators can enjoy the indoor spectacle of the Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale, where more than 2,500 performers, divided among 12 Fancy Brigade groups, will compete head-to-head in colorful, high-energy, masterfully choreographed routines.

New Year’s Day Brunch Cruise 
January 1st 12:30pm-3pm – Spirit of Philadelphia 401 S. Columbus Blvd

Party a little too hard on New Year’s eve and need to just relax? Enjoy brunch and a cruise down the Delaware to start off the New Year!  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Party on 2nd Street in South Philly
January 1st – South 2nd Street

After the parade winds down all the mummers need to celebrate right?  They do it in South Philadelphia on the famous 2nd street.  Come ready to party as the city rings in 2017 all through the day and night!


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