Wildest New Year's Celebrations in Philadelphia



New Year's celebrations are considered to be the biggest and best parties of the year. Philadelphia plays host to some of the craziest celebrations of the year including one that is unique to the entire country. Be prepared to put your party hats on and strut your stuff for 24 hours as the city celebrates a brand new year.

The Mummers Parade
Possibly one of the oldest and largest New Year's traditions next to fireworks is the Mummers Parade which dates back to 1901 in Philadelphia. It is an insane, wild, crazy, fancy, freaky, funny and full of feathers and spectacular colors – and that's just the performance brigades strutting their stuff for miles. There are over top floats with all kinds of music. The affair begins with revelers setting up chairs along Broad Street about midnight New Year's morning and by midnight New Year's the party will have moved to south 2nd Street. This huge event boasts awards ceremonies, block parties, and street vendors for the younger kids and mellower crowd. Never fear, it is just as much of a tradition for the adults to drink copious amounts of beer and cocktails as well. More information about the event and seating can be found here.

Fringe Arts New Year's Funkin' Eve
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FringeArts is the leading experimental performance space in the city. It takes risks like no other theater and their holiday parties are no exception. This year it is all about the funk with a performances by Red 40 & the Last Groovement and DJ Dame Luz. There are beer garden fire pits, crazy amount of balloons and revelers can catch the Delaware River fireworks from the Race Street Pier with free re-entry. Costumes are normal as is the risqué. There will be late night food and a cash bar after midnight at restaurant Le Peg. This is a 21+ ticketed event.

Haus Party at Brauhaus Schmitz
Looking to spend your New Year's with a German flair? Brauhaus it is. The party will have an open bar including a huge Prime Rib carving station (in case the chicken liver mousse with cherry compote on toast is too rich) and many more buffet choices. Drinks and German holiday biers and gluwein, along with a DJ and Champagne "Prost" at midnight. Guests are invited to go up to the private roof deck to watch the Philadelphia fireworks set off from Penn's Landing. Party the year away from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

Making Time at Union Transfer
This transcendental underground party is an offbeat tradition for those in the know. There is an open bar all night long, a New Year Warehouse Project lasting until the daylight hours and more music and dancing than any other place in the city. This is the New Year's party for the hip and trendy nightclub crowd. The theme is -- you really want 2016 to end! This event has tiered pricing and gets more expensive as New Year's Eve draws near. Tickets and more information can be found here.

New Queer's Eve at the Foundry at the Fillmore
This is one of the hottest events for the LGBT crowd in Philly. This year's theme is you made it through 2016, and you deserve it all! Referred to as 'next level nightlife', this high octane event will be full of dancing, champagne, sexy entertainment and as they say "wall to wall QUEERS". Tickets are hot items for this event, so hurry up and grab them here.


Stasia DeMarco is a Philadelphia native. She is a content writer, journalist and culture critic.