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14 Places to Ring in 2017


From champagne toasts to classical music, the Main Line and surrounding area offers plenty of ways to ring in the New Year.

Absolut New Year’s Eve Party at Harrah’s

Dec. 31

For the fifth year, Harrah’s Philadelphia will ring in the New Year with its annual bash. Tickets include an open bar and plenty of entertainment, including rotating DJs and prizes. Attendees must be 21 and over. Festivities begin at 9 p.m.

777 Harrah’s Blvd., Chester.

The Count’s Countdown to New Year’s Celebration

Dec. 31

Sesame Place once again rings in the New Year in family-friendly fashion with this fun countdown. A celebratory meal completes the event.

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne.

Countdown 2 Noon at the Please Touch Museum

Dec. 31

For little ones who can’t quite make it to midnight but want to usher in a new year, the Please Touch Museum has the perfect solution: a countdown to noon. The museum will offer two different ball drops, at 12 p.m. and again at 1 p.m.

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia.


Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront

Dec. 31

The ultimate way to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another is with a fireworks display. Philadelphia presents its annual fireworks show along the Delaware River Waterfront at 6 p.m. and again at midnight.

101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia.

New Year’s Eve Countdown Party

Dec. 31

Parx Casino’s celebration is all about partying and music. With live entertainment from The Exceptions & Goodman Fiske and DJ Eric Vanderslice, guests are sure to be rocking around the clock.

2999 Street Road, Bensalem.

Making Time New Year’s Eve at Union Transfer

Dec. 31

Philadelphia’s Union Transfer is embracing the future with its Making Time celebration, which will feature futuristic music. The five-hour event includes an open bar.

1026 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia.

Midnight in the Square

Dec. 31

Skip the Times Square hassle and do something local at Kennett Square’s celebration, complete with a mushroom drop. As the clock strikes midnight, watch this festive fungi descend. Be sure to bring non-perishable goods for admission.

Downtown Kennett Square.

New Year’s Eve at Ardmore Music Hall

Dec. 31

This year Ardmore Music Hall is hosting two events to ring in 2017. The first will be held at 10:30 a.m. and is a family-friendly affair. The New Year’s Eve (Day) Family Jam includes live music from Alex and the Kaleidoscope and a ball drop at noon. Adults can return at 9:30 p.m. for a Talking Heads tribute by Start Making Sense.

23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore.

New Year’s Eve at Longwood Gardens

Dec. 31

Head to Longwood Gardens for a delightful addition to their annual Christmas display. Strolling musicians, a barbershop quartet and the historic organ are among the special musical celebrations on tap.

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square.

New Year’s Eve at The Vault

Dec. 31

Valley Forge Casino Resort will host a bash to ring in 2017 in style. Tickets include an open bar, buffet and live music. Attendees must be 21 and over.

1160 First Ave., King of Prussia.

New Year’s Eve Community Celebration & Ball Drop

Everybody’s hometown, Media, will host a celebratory ball drop to mark another year. Beginning at 11 p.m., there will be live entertainment by Philly Gumbo and at midnight, attendees can watch the ball descend.

State & Jackson streets, Media.

2017 New Year’s Eve Party at Sugar House Casino

Dec. 31

Sugar House Casino’s big bash includes an open bar and hors d’oeuvres, live music by Burnt Sienna Band, a champagne toast, and some festive accouterment. Plus, guests can get a prime view to the fireworks in Philadelphia. Attendees must be 21 or older.

1001 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Orchestra: New Year’s Eve

Dec. 31

If partying isn’t up your alley, a night of classical music just might be the ticket. Join the Philadelphia Orchestra for this festive show.

1500 Walnut St., Philadelphia.

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Mummers Parade

Jan. 1

An annual tradition, the Philadelphia Mummers Parade includes over 10,000 participants marching through the city in colorful, festive attire.

Downtown Philadelphia.