Philadelphia is magical during the holiday season. The stores are filled with enticing merchandise, houses are adorned with festive greenery and lights, and holiday music spills out of seemingly every doorway. The “City of Brotherly Love” also knows how to celebrate the coming new year in style, as our list of the top ten New Year’s Eve events in Philadelphia proves:
Our Top Ten
1. Marvel at the SugarHouse Casino fireworks. The SugarHouse Casino sponsors the city’s two new year’s fireworks displays on the Delaware River waterfront. One is at 6:00 p.m. and the other is at midnight. Prime viewing locations include the casino’s waterfront deck and Penn’s Landing Park.
2. Enjoy dinner and dancing at Morris House Restaurant. The elegant and historic Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia’s City Center neighborhood is hosting a classy and romantic New Year’s Eve dinner at their award-winning M Restaurant. There’s a special celebration menu for the occasion and dinner guests can combine their meal with a stay at the Morris House for a safe and special holiday evening.
Morris House Hotel, 225 S. 8th St., Philadelphia; 215 922-2446
3. Take the family skating at the Blue Cross River Rink. The Blue Cross River Rink is hosting a family-friendly new year’s celebration, beginning at 5:00 p.m. You can skate while enjoying the city’s firework display or take in one of the two sparkling shows at the rink (from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.) Admission is $35 per person for skaters and $25 per person for spectators.
Blue Cross River Rink, 201 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia; 215 925-7465
4. Celebrate the new year at the Independence Seaport Museum. The Independence Seaport Museum is another place to take the whole family to enjoy the 6:00 p.m. fireworks over the Delaware River. The museum is staying open until 7:00 p.m. and offering hot cider, party hats and noisemakers to revelers. The second floor terrace will be open for unobstructed views of the river.
Independence Seaport Museum; 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia; 215 413-8655
5. New Year’s Eve at Ladder 15. Those looking for a more lively New Year’s Eve celebration won’t be disappointed by the party at Ladder 15 in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. This former firehouse will be pulsating with live music spun by a variety of local DJs. The $85 cover includes an open bar from 8:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m., party favors, a Champagne toast and all of the dancing you can handle.
Ladder 15; 1528 Sansom St. , Philadelphia; 215 964-9755
6. Cruise the river on the “Spirit of Philadelphia.” The dinner cruise vessel, “Spirit of Philadelphia” is offering two sailings on December 31st. There’s a family dinner cruise from 5:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a lavish buffet, live music and a chance to see the fireworks up close. The early cruise is $109.90 per adult and $69.95 per child age 3-12.
Later, the ship hosts an adults dinner/dance party from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with live music, a lavish dinner buffet, an open bar, a Champagne toast at midnight and an opportunity to enjoy the midnight fireworks on the river.
Spirit of Philadelphia; 401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia; 888 455-3866
7. Kick off the new year at the Field House. The Field House sports bar in Philadelphia’s Center City is celebrating the new year with a party that includes a five-hour open bar, live DJs for dance music, a midnight Champagne toast and party favors–all for a $85 cover.
The Field House; 1150 Filbert St., Philadelphia; 215 629-1520
8. Ring in the new year in a Celtic way at McFaddan’s. If you prefer your New Year’s Eve festivities to have an Irish flavor, then McFaddan’s is the place for you to celebrate. This year, the pub is hosting a Celtic party, complete with a six-hour open bar, a midnight toast, plenty of music and party favors for a $55 cover.
McFaddan’s; 461 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia; 215 928-0630
9. Dance the new year away at Lit UltraBar. Lit UltraBar, one of Philadelphia’s premier dance clubs, is ringing in the new year with plenty of energy. Their party includes live DJ performances, a five-hour open bar, a midnight Champagne toast and festive party favors for a cover charge of $65.
Lit UltraBar; 460 N. 2nd St.; Philadelphia; 215 238-0170
Last But Not At All Least
10. Party in the Piazza. One ticket gets you into five different dance parties in and around Philadelphia’s Piazza. The night’s celebration includes admission to PYT, Gunners Run, Max’s Brew Bar and Kings Oak as well as a 25,000-square foot tent at the Piazza with live music, a five-hour open bar and food from all of the participating restaurants.