Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around Philadelphia, PA

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Philadelphia. This proudly unique and historic city has been a centre of activity since the beginnings of the nation, and continues this role into the present. From our foundations, through countless episodes of discovery, invention, sport, expression and chapters of American culture, the common spirit of this city is evident in its happenings year round. Make the city of brotherly love your destination this holiday season, and tour these storied streets with some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve. 

Blue Cross Riverrink Winterfest

Step into Philly’s own Winter Wonderland, an evening complete with cosy cabins, fire pits, games, food, drink, lights, skating and fireworks over the river at the Blue Cross Riverrink Winterfest! This getaway is a great option for groups, families, couples and solo travelers alike with something for everyone, rich in all the comforts and indulgences of the holiday season. Ice Skate on an actual NHL regulation size rink, enjoy hot cider, rent your own cute cabin for groups and enjoy the many memorable experiences here by the river. 

Franklin Square Countdown

For those travelers with a sweet side, and those who are drafting travel itineraries to account for an earlier curfew, the New Year’s Eve Countdown at Franklin Square is a great option. This celebration occurs earlier in the day, perfect for families and those traveling with younger parties to enjoy the thrills of counting down to the New Year. Aside from the ‘ early ‘ count, there is also a massive dance floor with music, crafts, activities, a winter beer garden, fire pits, a light show and of course, plenty of delightful food and drink options by the many vendors on site. This is a great way to embrace New Year’s Eve festivities while passing the day in this historic area of Philadelphia, and with so many things to see and do, (photo opportunities galore!) Franklin Square is a solid addition to any traveller’s list of to-dos here around Philadelphia.

New Year’s Fireworks

Bring the whole party out to the Delaware River Waterfront and watch the fireworks grace the skies, ringing in a New Year. This classic activity can’t be left out on our recommendations of New Year’s Eve activities here around Philadelphia, and is a great way to end (or start!) any long New Year’s Eve nights, at the many riverside / pier nightlife areas of the city. 

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