Ring In New Year’s Eve 2015/2016 In Philadelphia With Two Huge Fireworks Shows Over The Delaware River; Enter To Win Tickets To Party On Ice!

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The annual SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront will usher in 2016 with a bang! (Photo by Matt Stanley)

Let the countdown to 2016 begin!

The 2015 holiday season in Philadelphia will once again hit a crescendo with two huge fireworks shows over the Delaware River on New Year’s Eve at 6 p.m. and midnight with SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront.

Philadelphia’s pyrotechnic display on New Year’s Eve draws thousands of people to the Delaware River Waterfront year after year.

For the first time, this year the display will not only be visible in person and on television, but the fireworks will also be broadcast at midnight on large screens around town including at the Lit Brothers Building, Commerce Square and on the cube at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Awesome!

Though visible from these screens and many vantage points, witnessing the New Year’s Eve spectacle from the waterfront is an epic experience.

New Year’s Eve Parties on Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Winter in Philadelphia means the return of Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, the seasonal ice skating rink and waterfront park with food options from Garces Group and The Franklin Fountain, the mountain chalet-style Lodge, fire pits, arcade games and plenty of cozy seating indoors and out.

To spend New Year’s Eve right on the waterfront at Winterfest — with the best views of the fireworks! — score tickets for one of the two Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Parties on Ice from 5 to 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Each skating session is timed in conjunction with the fireworks and includes light refreshments, live entertainment and party favors. Both skater tickets ($40) and spectator tickets ($30) are available.

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Get ready to ring in 2016 with two fantastic fireworks shows at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River waterfront — both free! (Photo by Matt Stanley)

Win Tickets to New Year’s Eve Party on Ice

Each year, Winterfest’s New Year’s Eve skating parties sell out, so we’re offering up the chance to score two tickets to one of the Party on Ice skating sessions right here.

We’re giving away four pairs of skater tickets (valued at $40 per ticket) to each New Year’s Eve Party on Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Just fill out the form below to enter.

More on New Year’s in Philadelphia, below.

When entering, be sure to select a preferred skating session time — 5-8 p.m. or 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

The contest runs through December 21, 2015 and you may submit one entry per day per email address for the duration of the sweepstakes.

Click here for the official rules.

New Year’s Day and More

Of course, no celebration of the New Year would be complete without the annual New Year’s Day Mummers Parade on Broad Street — approaching its 115th anniversary of parading in honor of the New Year.

Stay tuned for more on New Year’s in Philadelphia as the week approaches, including a guide to best places to watch the fireworks, plus dinners, parties and more ways to celebrate the holidays.

And if you’re looking to stay over on New Year’s Eve, check out Visit Philly for deals on hotels and hotel packages on New Year’s Eve.

Make your plans now to be in Philadelphia to ring in 2016.

SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront

When: Two shows! Thursday, December 31, 6 p.m. AND midnight.
Where: Delaware River Waterfront
Cost: Free

New Year’s Eve Parties on Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When: Thursday, December 31, 5-8 p.m. or 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Two sessions!
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Skaters, $40; Spectators, $30; Enter below to win two tickets one session


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  1. Hi Ronnie,

    Thank you for the kind words! To enter to win tickets, just fill out the entry form in the post.


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