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New Year’s Eve Events & Parties in Philadelphia

All the best New Year’s Eve events going on in the city.

The end of another year is always a cause for celebration, especially after making it through a year like 2021. After all, some of us are still processing 2020. No matter how you feel about the year coming to an end, you should definitely be looking to party on New Year’s Eve one way or the other. 

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If you’re in Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve, you’re already off to a great start because no one knows how to party like Philly. Come December 31st, there’s going to be a party pretty much on every corner of Center City and it’s almost impossible to stop by every single one in a night. That’s why it’s important to have a game plan and find the best New Year’s Eve parties in the city ahead of time, and I can help with that. 

I spent a lot of time recently scouring the city for fun places to go on New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia, and I certainly did not come back empty-handed. Down below, you’ll find a list I’ve put together containing all the most fun and exciting events and parties across the city. If you’re not sure where to start your night of debauchery on New Year’s Eve, then you need to keep on reading and you’ll know exactly where to go for a good time. 


Best Philadelphia NYE Events

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

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For 28 seasons, Winterfest has been Philadelphia’s favorite Winter tradition on the Philly Waterfront, inviting visitors for a chance to indulge in flights of fancy under the sparkling lights at a Winter wonderland with spectacular views of the Delaware River, complete with comforting warming cabins, physically-distanced fire pit stations, games for the young and young-at-heart, delicious food and refreshing drinks, the signature holiday tree and — of course — ice skating. Winterfest is a top destination for anyone looking for safe, family fun.


Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Bash

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As the grand finale of Philadelphia’s holiday season, ring in 2022 at the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the area! Rivers Casino Philadelphia is once again making the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration possible by sponsoring the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront with two shows at 6 pm and midnight.


Bert Kreischer stand up comedy at The Met Philadelphia

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Head down to Philly’s historic Metropolitan Opera House and see the hilarious stand-up comedian Bert Kreischer, also known as The Machine, perform shirtless to ring in 2022 with nonstop laughter.


NYE 2022 at Howl At The Moon

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Are you ready to have the best New Year’s Eve Party to date? Then book a New Year’s Eve package with Howl at the Moon Philadelphia! Our fabulous NYE party packages offer you and your friends everything you need to kiss 2021 goodbye and start the New Year having a blast. 2022 will not know what hit it. Come to Philadelphia’s best New Year’s Eve Party!


NYE Party at the Independence Seaport Museum

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Enjoy the best spot at the official Fireworks Bash at The Independence Seaport Museum located in Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia with a waterfront view. Ring in 2019 at the best party in the city with an amazing view of the Penn’s Landing Fireworks at Midnight!

Enjoy a spectacular night at one of Philadelphia’s “most unique” venues and be closest to the fabulous Philadelphia Fireworks Display  – so close you will feel like you can touch them!


Spirit of Philadelphia fireworks dinner cruise.

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Ring in the new year and countdown to midnight with a Signature Dinner Cruise on the Delaware River. 2022 is already off to a bright start with a unique celebration, a festive atmosphere, and the best views of Philadelphia.


NYE 2022 at Down Philadelphia

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Are you ready to have the best New Year’s Eve Party to date? Then book a New Year’s Eve package with Down Philly! There are limited $100 General Admission tickets available for the night, so do not wait!


NOTO Philadelphia’s New Year’s Eve Party 2022

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This New Year’s Eve, Philadelphia’s NOTO Nightclub to bring you one super fresh NYE party. A luxurious mega-club and nightlife it-spot favored by Philly’s trendsetters and entertainment A-list, NOTO is set to deliver the ultimate New Year’s event with a potent infusion of Philly’s velvet-rope nightlife.


Philadelphia Mummers Parade

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The New Year’s Day parade is a 118 year, unique Philadelphia tradition that is pure fun, enjoyment, and folk art has withstood the test of time because of the strength of the diverse communities the mummers represent.


The Philadelphia Orchestra NYE Celebration at Kimmel Center: Verizon Hall

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Join us for a “joyful” welcome to 2022 as Yannick and the Orchestra ring in the New Year with Beethoven’s iconic Ninth Symphony. Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank draws inspiration from Beethoven and her Peruvian culture in Pachamama Meets an Ode, challenging us to look at gifts from the past with new and searching eyes.


New Year’s Eve at the Crystal Tea Room

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Spend this New Year’s Eve in the heart of Philadelphia at the most jaw-dropping site the city has to offer, The Crystal Tea Room. Its annual 12Midnight Celebration is nothing short of legendary, selling out each year since its inauguration in 2006.  This stunning ballroom in the penthouse of the historic Wannamaker Building is preparing to celebrate the most important night of the year with an impressive level of grandeur.


NYE FAQs

Will parking be available?

Depending on the venue, yes. Some places even offer a valet service!

Is there a dress code?

Some restaurants and bars require pants or a jacket, but it’s best to check ahead with any establishment you plan to visit. 

Will there be hotel accommodations? 

Yes! Several hotels around the city will be hosting events for the holiday.

Will there be food at the NYE parties?

Depending on the venue, yes. Many restaurants and bars will be offering limited NYE menus. 

Do I need a ticket?

Many events will require a pre-purchased ticket, but some, like the Outback Bowl Parade and various fireworks shows, are free to the public. 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, New Year’s Eve in a metropolis like Philadelphia is on a whole other level. There are so many places to party and watch fireworks around the city that it’s almost impossible to have a bad time on NYE in Philly, especially if you head to any of the venues I listed above. 

Just remember to stay safe and drink responsibly! Cheers to 2022!

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Written by Ryan F.

Ryan is a Philadelphia local who enjoys checking out Philly's restaurant scene every chance he can. He grew up in South Jersey and now lives in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood. Ryan also enjoys traveling and checking out local eateries in every city he visits.