3 Last Minute Options to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philly!
NYE on the Waterfront
In a year full of uncertainty, visitors can still look forward to a favorite Wintertime tradition by celebrating New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day safely at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Though there will be no fireworks on the Waterfront this year at 6 pm or midnight, a limited number of special NYE ice skating sessions still remain. Entry into Winterfest includes fun favors, music, and hourly countdowns. Tasty treats from Chickie’s & Pete’s, carnival eats, and seasonal cocktails and draft beers will be available via contactless ordering. Visitors must present proof of an ice skating reservation, cabin or firepit rental or dinner reservation at Chickie’s & Pete’s to enter Winterfest on NYE. The fun continues on New Year’s Day as guests are invited to ring in 2021 with a variety of
fresh air activities that will kick the year off on a high note. Winterfest is open 7 days a week – including holidays – through March 7, 2021.
NYE at the Sofitel
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square, part of AccorHotels, will ring in the new year with exciting and delicious options for those looking to make last minute plans. For New Year’s Eve 2021, Sofitel will offer a special elegant three course dinner for two (or more) to-go with choices including high-end dishes such as Duck and Mushroom Gnocchi, Crab Salad, Butter Poached Lobster, Grilled Filet Mignon, Chocolate Pot De Creme and Pear Frangipane Tart. Dinner to-go is $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Additionally, for those looking to not travel far, but get away for the night and leave 2020 behind them, Sofitel Philadelphia presents special packages that include Dinner for Two, Luxury Hotel Night Stay, 20% off Valet and Complimentary Breakfast for Two for only $325 for a Luxury Room and $375 for a Luxury One Bedroom Suite. Sofitel Philadelphia is located in the heart of Center City and Rittenhouse, at 120 S. 17th Street. For information and ordering, visit https://www.sofitel-
For New Year’s Eve 2021, Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square presents a special New Year’s Eve fixed price dinner for only $60.00 per person (plus tax/gratuity). Executive Chef Edward Hancock and the award-winning culinary team serve up a true feast with three courses including dessert. The gourmet dinner is available for pick-up and to-go for those looking for a gourmet option at an affordable price point. The full menu is below:
Gnocchi – Duck, Mushroom, Greens, Reggiano
Crab Salad – Pepitas, Pomegranates, Charred Broccoli, Champagne Vinaigrette
Butter Poached Lobster – Creamed Kale, Smoked Butternut Squash
Grilled Filet Mignon – Parsnip Puree, Foie Gras, Pearl OnionCOURSE 3
Dinner for two is available for ordering until New Year’s Eve itself – for those needing last minute plans and who didn’t already place their order.
Winter in Frankin Park
For those in the mood to ride the carousel, play Chilly Philly Mini Golf, or see the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO in person on New Year’s Eve, the Square will operate as normal from 5 – 9 p.m.
Winter in Franklin Square presented by Citizens Virtual New Year’s Eve Family Celebration will be shown on Franklin Square’s Facebook page at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, concluding with a virtual Square Drop at 6 p.m.
During the 5 p.m. broadcast, families can create crafts with items from home, watch a showing of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO, and participate in fun dance lessons. Crafts include noisemakers, confetti poppers, party hats, and print-at-home coloring pages.