Happy New Year, Philly! It’s time to put on your finest party gear and get ready to ring in a brand new year.
Philadelphia is chock-full of New Year’s Eve events to properly ring in 2015. Head out to celebrate until the wee hours at fireworks viewing events, dance parties, prix-fixe dinners, concerts and much more.
For the younger set, plenty of family-friendly events fill the city on the earlier side, too. Think ice skating, a square drop at Franklin Square, a countdown to noon and more.
Tonight, the fireworks will illuminate the sky high above Penn’s Landing not once, but twice, as the New Year is celebrated with free fireworks shows at 6 p.m. and midnight.
Tomorrow, the annual Mummers Parade will bring more than 10,000 costumed Philadelphians to Broad Street (a new route!) for a full day of performances, celebration and revelry.
In celebration of the New Year, we will be heading out early to ring in 2015 — with fireworks, food, music and drinks — and we hope you are celebrating, too.
Read on for our guide to this holiday weekend.
Wednesday, December 31 — New Year’s Eve
The first five bullets are links to our New Year’s Eve roundups. Check them out for our complete guides to New Year’s Eve parties, fireworks, concerts, dinners and more. A number of other NYE happenings are highlighted below as well.
• New Year’s Eve Parties, Galas, Concerts and More MORE INFO
• New Year’s Eve Dinners And Toasts MORE INFO
• The Best Places to Watch The NYE Fireworks at 6 p.m. & Midnight MORE INFO
• A Guide To Parties With Prime Views Of The Fireworks MORE INFO
• A Guide To Family Friendly NYE Celebrations MORE INFO
• New Year’s Eve Hotel Packages MORE INFO
• Day-By-Day Guide To New Year’s Eve Weekend MORE INFO
Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad — Closing Day!
Macy’s Christmas Light Show — Closing Day!
Franklin Square Holiday Festival — Closing Day!
PHLASH Holiday Service — Closing Day!
A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place — Closing Day!
Thursday, January 1 — New Year’s Day
• A Guide To The 115th-Annual Mummers Parade MORE INFO
Top Pick: Holiday Week at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Wed, Thurs)
Top Pick: Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular (Wed, Thurs) — Closing Day!
Top Pick: New Year’s Day Brunch
• Jerry’s Bar; Rex 1516; Cafe Ynez; The Gaslight; Tashan; Alla Spina; Cuba Libre; Chhaya; Cantina los Caballitos; Cook and Shaker; Supper; Varga Bar; Local 44; Square 1682; High Street on Market, Kraftwork
Beauty and the Beast at the Arden Theatre (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Friday, January 2
Top Pick: First Friday in Old City
Top Pick: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: A Longwood Christmas (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Ice Rink at Dilworth Park
Brian Sanders’ JUNK Holiday Revue Special (Fri, Sat)
Yuletide at Winterthur (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Mary Poppins at the Walnut Street Theatre (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
William Glackens at The Barnes Foundation (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out at the Franklin Institute (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Sedgwick Theater (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Saturday, January 3
Top Pick: 18 Festive Ways to Spend Your Nights This Holiday Season (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Top 14 Things To Do With Kids This Holiday Season (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
A Brandywine Christmas at the Brandywine River Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Free Brewery Tours at Yards Brewing Company (Sat, Sun)
Gingerbread House Display at Peddler’s Village (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat) — Closing Day!
Chocolate: The Exhibition at The Academy Of Natural Sciences (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Sunday, January 4
Top Pick: Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Top Pick: Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Top Pick: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello at the National Constitution Center (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Disney on Ice Presents Frozen at the Wells Fargo Center (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Costumes Of Downton Abbey at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Mulled Wine Weekend at Penn’s Woods Winery (Sat, Sun)
Under the Tree: A Century of Holiday Trees and Toys at the Mercer Museum (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)