Your Guide to New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Philadelphia
From fireworks to kid-friendly countdowns to full-on glam, there are so many ways to ring in 2023.
It’s getting to be time to bid farewell to 2022 and ring 2023 in with style, sparkle … and maybe some skating? Princesses? Magic? However you’re looking to celebrate, there’s a party for that. From fireworks and full-on fanciness to family-friendly countdowns to noon, here are the best ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philly.
End 2022 with a bang! Fireworks light up the Delaware River waterfront at 6 p.m. and midnight, each synchronized to a unique soundtrack. If you can’t make it in person, you can watch the 6 p.m. show live on NBC 10 and Telemundo 62. You can watch for free at various spots along the waterfront, but there are also several parties that will give you prime viewing.
Parties on Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink
You can enjoy excellent views of the fireworks from Winterfest’s NYE shindig. Tickets include a Ferris wheel ride, assorted food, and one of the best (and most unique) spots to ring in the New Year. Get an ice-skating ticket or go for the “spectator” option if wearing little axes on your feet isn’t your thing. You’ll also have access to hot chocolate and snacks plus pay-as-you-go drinks (including cash bar) and food. There are two parties, each timed to the fireworks displays. The earlier one is family-friendly, with face-painting and balloon art. Advance tickets required; Winterfest will not be open to the public during these parties.
$50 for spectators, $60 for skaters; 5-8 p.m. & 10 p.m.-1 a.m., 101 South Columbus Boulevard.
Cherry Street Pier
Like Winterfest, there are both 5 p.m. family-friendly and till-midnight 21-plus options at this waterfront destination. Both include dance parties, cash bars, and fireworks views. Your first drink — hot chocolate at the 5 p.m., cocktail at the 10 p.m. — is free at both. But the family-friendly party also has fun activities with PopUpPlay, including making your own future-themed mini-golf course with recycled materials, collaborative mural making, and make-and-take crafts. Advantage: kids.
$35 for the adult party, $25 for the kid party (free for ages two and under); 5-7 p.m. & 10 p.m.-1 a.m., 121 North Columbus Boulevard.
Like Cherry Street Pier, there’s a kids’ party and an adults-only party, and the kids’ one sounds cooler … literally. That’s because the earlier party includes a live ice-sculpting demonstration, along with make-and-take crafts and dancing. Both parties include dancing, one free drink (alcoholic option for the grownups), pay-as-you-go food and drinks, and standing-room rotunda access to the fireworks show.
$25 (free for ages two and under); 5-7 p.m. & 10 p.m.-1 a.m., 211 South Columbus Boulevard.
Fireworks Boat Bash on the Moshulu
This floating party on the Delaware sounds like a top-shelf option for ringing in 2023. The party starts at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. for VIP tickets) and includes an open bar and four entertainment areas with music and dancing. (VIP guests also get a reserved table and food for an extra $100.) If you’re interested in seeing the earlier fireworks, book a $125 three-course prix-fixe meal from 3-6 p.m. aboard the boat instead.
$150-$250; 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 401 South Columbus Boulevard.
“Rewind Back to the ‘80s” at Rivers Casino
This throwback party includes an open bar, food, and live music by ‘80s tribute band The Spazmatics. End the night with a champagne toast on the balcony with a view of the fireworks. Note that this party is 21-and-up only.
$119-$149; 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Rivers Casino, 1001 North Delaware Avenue.
More Family-Friendly Parties
In addition to the 6 p.m. waterfront-fireworks-adjacent parties above, here are some more kid-friendly NYE celebrations around town.
Coundown2Noon at Please Touch Museum
The Please Touch Museum goes all out with their signature Countdown2Noon event, which features a full day of performances, crafts, dance parties and a ball drop (and confetti shower) at noon in Memorial Hall.
$25; 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic.
Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown at Franklin Square
New Year’s Eve craft-making starts at 5 p.m. Then, at 6 p.m. there’s a countdown to the “Square Drop” from atop SquareBurger, right before fireworks. (You can kind of see the waterfront fireworks if you stand at the corner … let’s just say they overstate this aspect of the party.) Afterwards, stick around until 8 p.m., when you can take in the final “Electrical Spectacle” light show of the year, play Chilly Philly Mini Golf, ride the carousel and more. Best of all, this party is free!
Free (attractions are pay-as-you-go); 5-8 p.m., Franklin Square, 200 North 6th Street.
Kith + Kin New Year’s Concert
Countdown to noon with a toddler-friendly concert by Music with Gina and some playtime before nap time. Tickets include two hours of play, concert and countdown, themed goodies, and a 2023 photo backdrop.
$25 per child, $15 per adult; 10 a.m.-noon, Kith + Kin, 3060 West Jefferson Street.
Brunch with Cinderella at Figo
Cinderella knows a thing or two about watching for the clock to strike 12, so it’s only natural that she’d host her own countdown celebration! Come take photos with Cinderella and book an igloo (or table) for brunch at Figo before she counts down to noon. Reservations required.
Pay-as-you-go; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Figo, 1033 North 2nd Street.
Rutabaga’s NYE Bash
Head to this East Falls toy library for an “eco-celebration” to ring in 2023. Enjoy refreshments (including adult beverages), open play time, and special guests like storyteller Thembi Palmer, who will share her new book, This Book May Make You Do Things.
$5-$12; 3-6 p.m., Rutabaga Toy Library, 3452 Conrad Street.
New Year’s Eve (Day) Family Jam at Ardmore Music Hall
Kid-favorite band Alex & the Kaleidoscope host this NYE morning dance party, playing their signature “family funk.” The event also includes New Year’s-themed crafts, brunch, and a festive balloon drop at noon.
$20; 10 a.m.-noon, Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore.
The Best of the Rest
The enclosed WET Bar will host a ticketed poolside event with open bar to ring in the New Year. Tickets are $150 and include a two-hour open bar (from 9-11 p.m.; cash bar after 11 p.m.) with passed hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast to ring in the New Year, DJ and live entertainment poolside. Additionally, the W Philadelphia’s Living Room lobby space will host a 1970s-nightclub-inspired New Year’s Eve celebration offering bar and menu offerings, plus bottle service packages.
$150-$3,000; 9 p.m.-1 a.m., W Philadelphia, 1439 Chestnut Street.
Four Seasons Philadelphia
If you want to go full-on-fancy this NYE (and see fireworks from atop the city), this is the place to be. Ride 60 floors up to the Four Seasons’ Jean-Georges Philadelphia and JG SkyHigh, which will come together for an extravagant event featuring food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, entertainment and live musical performances. More on the food: It includes “a 15-foot ice sculpture that doubles as a raw bar for guests to sample decadent caviar, fresh shucked oysters and more.” Daaaamn. Entertainment includes classic black-and-white films projected on the hotel’s 40-foot windows, a tango performance, DJ Daniel Buckman, vocalists Elise LeGrow and Wade Brown, and violinist Sonia Lee. This is definitely the most extra party in town.
$995-$1495; 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Four Seasons Philadelphia, 1 North 19th Street.
“The Illusion of Time” NYE Party at the Insectarium
This one’s as unique as they come. Not only are you spending New Year’s surrounded by all types of creepy-crawlies, you’re also spending it surrounded by magic. The tagline for this party is “It’s not a club, it’s a quest,” which is intriguing and also confusing, since it’s actually a museum. Anyway, you arrive as a “commoner,” play games at the various gaming tables to win tokens and rank up and learn magic tricks of your own. “At each level, you’ll be able to order a wider variety of drinks and enjoy other special privileges.” (What is happening, you guys?) The goal seems to be to achieve the rank of “shopkeeper,” and also to celebrate New Year’s and drink and be fancy. Also there will be professional magicians roaming about, acrobatic performances, and ringing in 2023 with a giant liquid nitrogen explosion at midnight.
$30-$50; 8 p.m.-midnight, Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, 8046 Frankford Avenue.
All five Xfinity Live! bars will be celebrating a little differently, including a DJ in NBC Sports Arena, silent disco at 1100 Social, live music by Split Decision in Victory Beer Hall, and karaoke in Broad Street Bullies Pub. There’ll be confetti canons, bull riding, and all kinds of merriment. Tickets include open bar, champagne toast, and food from Geno’s, Chickie’s & Pete’s and Lorenzo and Sons Pizza.
$125-$150; Xfinity Live!, 1100 Pattison Avenue.
Chill AF NYE at Fat Lady Brewing
The show starts at 9 p.m. and will feature Americana, folk, country and chill music from the Rob Tait Band, Brittany Ann Tranbaugh, Joshua Chase Miller, and “a surprise act that will be announced closer to the show.” Doors open at 8 p.m. with both floors of the bar — each ticket comes with two drink tickets, and additional drinks can be bought. Tickets are only available online.
$40; 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Fat Lady Brewing, 4323 Main Street.
NYE Countdown to Climax with Snacktime
Tacos, caviar, champagne, margs, burlesque, and Philly-favorite Snacktime — what more could you want? Snacktime will be performing a live band strip tease burlesque dancer Goldi Fox — so be sure to bring some extra ones to tip! Tickets include passed hors d’oeuvres, three drink tickets, and the show. Additional menu items are available for purchase as well.
$150; 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Mission Taqueria, 1516 Sansom Street.
NYE Dinner and Jazz at SOUTH
Enjoy a four-course Southern-style meal and two jazz sets featuring the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble with vocalists Sherry Wilson Butler and Warren Cooper to take you into midnight with a countdown. Your prepaid ticket reserves a table and dinner in the Jazz Club; beverages are extra. If you’re interested in dinner and a jazz set but not staying till midnight, earlier packages are also available (and slightly cheaper).
$150; 9:45 p.m.-midnight, SOUTH Restaurant and Jazz Club, 600 North Broad Street.
“Burlesque & Blues” at the Twisted Tail
Starting at 9 p.m., Mikey Junior Band kicks off the Burlesque & Blues NYE Masquerade Party during which burlesque shows will keep you entertained with two shows. At midnight, enjoy a complimentary champagne toast. If you want to dine at the Twisted Tail to start the night, the $75 NYE four-course dinner menu includes a ticket to the second show. The theme for this year’s party is “Masquerade,” so feel free to wear festive carnival masks to get in the spirit. For ticket packages and more information, click here.
$30-$150; 9 p.m.-1 a.m., The Twisted Tail, 509 South 2nd Street.
NYE-A-Go Go! A Disco Dance Party
Take it back to the days of disco with a dance party featuring DJ Billa on vinyl & Go Go by the Trestle Specials. Tickets include the show, midnight champagne toast, and cash bar. There’s also a VIP couple’s package that includes snacks, cocktails, and reserved seating.
$50-$250; 8 p.m.-2 a.m., The Trestle Inn, 339 North 11th Street.
“New Year’s Emo” at Kung Fu Necktie
This one promises “New Years, New Tears.” So, if you want to bid a dramatic, scream-singing farewell to 2022, get on your (waterproof) eyeliner and head to this emo-filled dance party at KFN. It’s giving angsty 2004 MySpace profile, in the best way.
$20-$25; 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 North Front Street.
St. Paul & the Broken Bones at Brooklyn Bowl
Described as “a fever dream in sonic form,” this concert seems like an adventurous way to ring in the New Year. Plus, you can add a private bowling lane, and if you time it right (11:20 p.m. to 2 a.m. time slot), they’ll even throw in a bubbly midnight toast. Private lanes are good for up to eight people ($546) and include a dedicated server, a food-and-beverage credit (or open bar, if you spring for the $910 VIP package), unlimited bowling, feather boas, noise makers, bowling shoes, and seating.
$49.50; 9 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, 1009 Canal Street.
Jet Wine Bar’s 2023 NYE Bash
This one just sounds low-key and delicious. Celebrate NYE with a three-hour open bar including 23 different wines, plus caviar, local cheeses and more snacks. And, of course, you’ll get even more wine in the form of a champagne toast at midnight.
$120; 9 p.m.-midnight, Jet Wine Bar, 1525 South Street.
Stratus Rooftop Lounge
Hotel Monaco’s chic rooftop is bringing back its New Year’s Eve party hosted by DJ Hollywood. Bid farewell to 2022 under the stars with entertainment, celebratory cocktails, premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a dessert station and more.
$129-$159; 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Stratus Rooftop Lounge, 433 Chestnut Street.
Bootleggers Ball and Drag Show
Come dressed to the nines for a speakeasy-themed party featuring food, open bar, and a drag show featuring Fanci and her Dolls. Stick around after the show for a dance party and midnight champagne toast.
$125-$200; Maximalist Studios, 501 West Washington Street, Norristown.
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia
With four different celebrations and dining experiences taking place across Live! Casino, there is no shortage of ways to party. From fancy dinners at Prime Rib and Luk Fu to circus acts and live music at Sports & Social, there’s something for every type of night owl. Click here for more information, reservations and tickets.
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, 900 Packer Avenue.
Riot Nerd Philly Presents: Y2K New Year’s Eve Dance Party
Riot Nerd will be taking over the Loft at City Winery to ring in the New Year Y2K style. Dance to early-2000s pop and club hits all night; plus, enjoy themed drink specials and a free champagne toast at midnight.
$15-$20; 9 p.m.-midnight, City Winery, 990 Filbert Street.
KPOD Karaoke Party
Come to KPOD dressed as your favorite musical icon and “sing your face off” (their request, not mine) to ring in 2023. Best of all: Admission is free! Food and drink are pay-as-you-go, and online reservations are required.
Pay-as-you-go; 9:30 p.m.-midnight, KPOD, 3636 Sansom Street.