Top New Year’s Eve Parties and Celebrations in Philly

Philadelphia may be one of the nation’s oldest and most legendary cities, but the people there, old and young alike, all know how to ring in the New Year. Before you firm up plans for this year’s New Year’s Eve, check out some of these events for the best that Philadelphia has to offer for the entire city.

City of Philadelphia Fireworks

If you’ll be bringing your family along, the city’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks is just the place to go. Head out to the Delaware River waterfront and watch the first show beginning at 6pm. Children should be able to enjoy that show without having to stay up too late to see it. If you plan to use public transportation, get on SEPTA.

Take the blue line to Old City and then walk over to Penn’s Landing to see the show. The fireworks show lasts only about 15 minutes, but it fills the skyline with brilliant colors to celebrate the ending of one year and beginning of the next. Older revelers may want to stay up for the second show at midnight.

When: 6pm; Midnight
Where: Delaware River waterfront
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New Year’s Eve Splash

Another awesome place for families to spend New Year’s Eve in Philly is at The Adventure Aquarium. From 5:00- 8:30pm, the aquarium will open its doors for a New Year’s Eve party. Visitors to this event will be able to sit outdoors on the aquarium’s promenade to watch the spectacular fireworks over the Delaware River. In addition, guests who go to the aquarium for New Year’s Eve will be able to see the animals up close, spend time in the aquarium when it is not busy, and enjoy music, gifts, and other fun events. Adventure Aquarium New Year’s Eve Splash is a limited ticket event, so buy your tickets now if you want to make sure to get in.

When: 5:00-8:30pm
Where: Adventure Aquarium
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New Year’s Eve at the Piazza

If you aren’t looking for a family event, New Year’s Eve at the Piazza is one party you don’t want to miss. When you purchase a ticket, you’ll have access to open bar and food from a variety of restaurants in the downtown area. You also will be able to see musical at and other forms of entertainment in the comfort of a heated tent.

When: 9:00pm – 2:00am
Where: Second Street & Germantown Avenue
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Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing Party Package

For people who want to go somewhere, but not leave for the night, the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing also has a stunning New Year’s Eve celebration planned. For visitors to the city with children, a family buffet begins at 4pm, and the hotel is offering games, face painting, and a beautiful place to watch the city fireworks. Adults can ring in the New Year at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing with the Keating New Year’s Eve dinner, which is a 4-course meal requiring reservations ahead of time. Later, the hotel will be sponsoring a reception, a buffet, and drinks with dancing. Pay one price to stay at the hotel and go to a great party on New Year’s Eve.

When: 4:00 PM – 1:30 AM
Where: Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing
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Regardless of what your interests are, there are plenty of different things to do on New Year’s Eve in Philly. After all, this city really knows how to keep residents having fun long into the night.

Happy Holidays Friends and Happy New Year!

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