Celebrate New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day 2022
From classic traditions to brand new events, here's how you can kick 2022 off in the city.
Happy New Year! It’s time to say goodbye to 2021 and celebrate a new year and new possibilities. While celebrations slowed down last year, Philly is back in full force to kick off 2022.
Your favorite classic traditions have returned – and they’re joined by some brand new events that we hope will stay for years to come. Whether you want to go all out in celebration, or have a more relaxed New Year with your family, there is an option for everyone. Winter break is over soon, so make the most of December 31 and January 1 before the kids go back to school! Be sure to check our Family Events Calendar for fun things to do every day!
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New Year’s Eve
4231 Avenue of the Republic
9 am – 3 pm
If you want to celebrate the new year with your little ones without staying up late, The Please Touch Museum is the perfect place to do it! This year, they’ve reimagined their New Year’s Eve event, Dancing Into the New Year, for a smaller in-person gathering with limited capacity. You can choose from the 9am or 11am ticketed sessions, which include two-and-a-half hours of play at the Museum, art workshops, New Year’s Eve party souvenirs, a visit from Squiggles, and a dance party in Hamilton Hall.
211 S Christopher Columbus Boulevard
10 am – 7 pm
Ring in the New Year with Independence Seaport Museum! From 10am – 6pm, you can stop by to do some holiday crafting and visit the Cruiser Olympia. When the fireworks start at 6pm, head to the new viewing area on the 2nd floor terrace, for the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the waterfront.
239 Arch Street
10 am – 4 pm
Celebrate the 270th anniversary of Betsy Ross’ birth at The Betsy Ross House! Starting at 10am, there will be special events for you to enjoy with your little ones. The price of admission includes storytelling, party games, and goodie bags. It’s the perfect morning activity before you head over to Franklin Square for the Kids’ Countdown!
1033 N 2nd Street
11 am – 4pm
Visit Figo Italian in Northern Liberties from 11am – 4pm to reserve your New Year’s Eve brunch with Cinderella. You can eat inside or at an outdoor heated table or heated igloo. Along with your table, you will receive a private visit from Cinderella and a souvenir. Don’t forget to dress up as your favorite princess!
11586 Roosevelt Boulevard
11 am – 3 pm
In the Northeast, you can head over to the Philly SkatePlex for a fun-filled afternoon New Year’s Eve celebration. Grab your skates and your family and head over for some roller skating fun and music. You can even skate with the SkatePlex characters! Tickets can be purchased online and at the door.
1210 Frankford Avenue
At 2pm, visit Frankford Hall for a family-friendly toast to the new year! Kids will receive sparkling juice for their toast so they can join in on raising a glass to send off the New Year. Reservations are not required and the event is walk-in for all.
200 N 6th Street
4 pm – 8 pm
Can’t stay up late enough to watch the ball drop? Check out the square drop! At 4pm, head over to Franklin Square for the most family-friendly New Year’s celebration in town. Enjoy music and crafts, then watch the square drop from atop SquareBurger at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
121 N Christopher Columbus Boulevard
5 pm – 7 pm
At 5pm, you can visit the Cherry Street Pier for their New Year’s Eve Kids Countdown! The event will feature make-and-take crafts, warming rooms, photo-ops, and even a Jumbo-tron – all to the tune of a fun kids’ music playlist. The Pier will be filled with holiday decor and lights and you can grab your New Year’s Eve party favors while supplies last. Your ticket includes a complimentary hot chocolate and at 6pm, you’ll have a special view of the fireworks! Tickets are available to purchase online.
101 S Christopher Columbus Boulevard
6 pm & 12 am
New Year’s Eve fireworks are back! At 6pm and 12am, you can watch the fireworks along the Delaware River waterfront. Each show will have synchronized music with the display. Find the best spots at Race Street Pier, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, and the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing!
New Year’s Day
1400 John F Kennedy Boulevard
9 am — 6 pm
After a year off in 2021, the highlight of Philly’s New Year’s Day celebration is back! The Mummers Parade will kick off at 9am, resuming one of Philly’s favorite traditions. The iconic show of music, colors, and elaborate costumes is always a fun time for the entire family.
The Mummers will start at City Hall and strut south down Broad Street all day long, so you are sure to see a great show no matter what time you arrive. The parade is free to attend, but if you prefer bleacher seating, you can purchase tickets and pick them up at the Independence Visitor Center before the show.
In addition to the outdoor parade, the Fancy Brigades will put on two Broadway-style performances at the Independence Visitor Center for ticket holders. The indoor shows are at 11:30am and 5:00pm, so you can choose what works best for your family!
11 am, 3 pm, and 7 pm
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Disney on Ice will be in Philadelphia for the new year with Let’s Celebrate! Join Mickey and the gang, the princesses, and characters from Toy Story 4, Frozen, and more for this unforgettable celebration on ice. What better way is there to kick off the new year with your little ones than with their favorite characters? Don’t forget to grab your Mickey ears and princess dress when you purchase your tickets.
901 N Delaware Avenue
11 am – 3 pm
How about a brunch buffet to start the new year? Your two hour reservation at Craft Hall includes a brunch buffet, bottomless mimosas, house mixed drinks, beer, and wine. Party members under 21 are discounted and kids under five are free!
Ice Skating at the RiverRink and Dilworth Park
101 S Christopher Columbus Boulevard and 1 S 15th Street
11am – 1am
Before the fireworks, you can visit one of Philly’s two outdoor ice rinks to get some movement in with the whole family. The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink, located in Dilworth Park outside City Hall, offers 90-minute skating slots. The Blue Cross RiverRink, located on the Delaware River waterfront, has reservations available for New Year’s Day specials.
After you’ve skated your heart out, both rinks have lounges where you can grab a bite to eat and some hot chocolate to warm up before your next activity.
11 W Mt Airy Avenue
1 pm – 2 pm
In Mt. Airy, you can kick off the New Year by breaking a board with Action Karate! Whether you’re experienced or a beginner, you can check out this free event. Kids and families of all ages are welcome – and adults even get to break their own board, too!
100 Station Ave, Oaks
4:30 pm — 9 pm
If your little ones aren’t fans of fireworks, Tinseltown is a great place to see beautiful lights without the loud noise! It’s a newer tradition in the Philadelphia area, but you won’t be disappointed by the ornate walk-through display of light sculptures which include reconstructions of local Philly landmarks. On New Year’s Even their tickets are 50% off AND they’re having dance parties, and hourly “ball drops”, fortune telling, and more!
101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Didn’t get your fill of fireworks on New Year’s Eve? For the first time ever, you can check out the New Year’s Day Fireworks Spectacular on the Delaware River waterfront – brand new this year!
The theme for the show is Love + Grit, and the soundtrack will feature inspirational and uplifting anthems centering powerful female voices. You can watch the show along the Waterfront at Race Street Pier, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, and the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. No matter how you choose to celebrate, we hope you kick off 2022 with lots of love and joy. Happy New Year from Philly Family!
Lead Photo by K. Kelly for VISIT PHILADELPHIA