How and where to ring in the New Year

by Staff
Posted 12/27/23

Center City and its surrounding neighborhoods are where most of the action is on New Year’s Eve.

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How and where to ring in the New Year


If you’re looking to stay in the neighborhood this New Year’s Eve, you can head over to Mt. Airy’s Bar Lizette, where DJ Slowpoqué and DJ Vinyl Chic-y will be spinning records from 9 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Expect lots of Euro-pop, Latin Dance music and American soul and funk from the 1960s to 1980s. There’s no entry fee, but be sure to order from the bar and tip your bartender. For more information visit Bar Lizette’s Instagram page, @bar.lizette. 

You could also head to Jacob’s Northwest, also in Mt. Airy, for a New Orleans-themed New Year’s Party called Philly Gumbo. For a $75 entry fee, you can ring in the new year with a New Orleans flavor to Philly Gumbo’s unique “gumbo mix” of New Orleans R&B, blues, funk, reggae and soul. The party at Jacob’s will last from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information visit

But let’s face it: Chestnut Hill may provide a bucolic escape from the concrete jungle of downtown, but Center City and its surrounding neighborhoods are where most of the action is on New Year’s Eve. So if you’re looking to hop on the train and head down for a piece of that action, you have more options. The Local rounded a couple of them up for you so you can make sure you can send off 2023 in style.

‘24 Karat New Year’s Eve

For $99.99, you can buy a ticket to the ‘24 Karat New Year’s Eve at Rivers Casino in Fishtown, which will last from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and feature an open bar, fun photo opportunities, live entertainment featuring Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band Let's Groove Tonight, plus an all-you-can-eat menu. And, of course, you can gamble. What more could you want? For more information visit

Center City ‘staycation’

Feel like being a tourist but don’t have anywhere to go? Just pretend to be one in your own city. That’s the point of the Visit Philly Overnight Package, which includes a hotel stay and tickets to participating museums around Center City. For rates that range from $143 to $650, you can book a night in one of 35 participating hotels in the area. The package has three options: there’s the science option, which includes tickets to the Franklin Institute. There’s also the arts and culture option, which includes tickets to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum. Lastly, there’s the history option, which includes tickets to the National Constitution Center and the Museum of the American Revolution. For more information visit

BlueCross RiverRink

The Blue Cross RiverRink, located smack dab in the middle of Penn’s Landing, provides the perfect festive scenery to ring in the new year. Hosted by the Delaware River Waterfront, the River Rink will host two parties on New Year’s Eve – one that goes from 5 to 8 p.m. and another that goes from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets will run you $63, but that will include admission, skate rental, a complimentary ride on the Ferris wheel, spectacular views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks and an assortment of food from vendors like Chickie’s & Pete’s, Skelly’s Pizza and Black Iron BBQ. Craft Hall, located onsite, will also be selling soft drinks and water. For more information visit