The Glitter City Gala is just one of the events happening in Philadelphia during New Year's Eve.
The Glitter City Gala is just one of the events happening in Philadelphia during New Year's Eve.

The time to ring in the new is right around the corner yet again! So you’re probably looking for the right place to welcome 2010 with good music and a glass of champagne. And fortunately their are plenty of places in Philadelphia offering up the best way to end 2009 with a bang. Here’s a look at some of the major events going on this New Year’s Eve.

The Glitter City Gala at the National Constitution Center

The Glitter City Gala is the most visible, well-attended, and fun New Year’s Eve event in Philadelphia. It has been a sold out event for the last SIX YEARS allowing over 1800 guests to “dress up, get down and ring in the New Year right” each year! The National Constitution Center provides the perfect backdrop for the night’s festivities. The space is beautiful, featuring specialty bars and gorgeous lighting. It also offers an outstanding view of the fireworks at midnight. One thing is for sure… if you wait to buy tickets, you will not get them.

IPs can party in a separate, private location inside the National Constitution Center so we can cater to you in style with your own super-star DJ & top-shelf bars.

Dress: Think Fancy, Funky, and a little Bit-O-Glitter. Black tie is optional, Dress to the Nines!

A sampling of what this incredible evening includes…

:: 5-hour open bar (extra hour for VIPs) with champagne available to toast with friends at midnight, specialty martini & margarita bars, and beer bars (TOP-SHELF brands for VIP’s, Premium-Name Brands for general admission).
:: Heavy hors d’oeuvres & pasta/food stations for both VIP & General Admission. Upgrade for better buffet & butlered foods with VIP tickets.
:: UPGRADE to VIP tickets and get special access to the exclusive VIP lounge with lounge couches/seating, superstar DJ Adam Bennett spinning top dance & club beats all night long, special VIP entrance opening 1 hour before General Admission, and top shelf EVERYTHING!
:: Live dance & party band music from the energetic CTO Heat and a professional DJ between sets. “The BEST CTO Bands for Philly’s BEST New Years Eve Parties!”
:: Ability to ride the Trollies between the party and our hotel partners and the official after party!
:: Admission to the official after party @ ONE in Rittenhouse Square – open until 6AM for our ticket holders!! details »
:: Admission to 5 FREE OPEN BAR Reunion Parties in 2010! (Yup, 10 additional hours of FREE open bar – it’s like another two new years eve parties – FREE!!!)
:: A professional Body Painter will be doing air-brushing all night long!
:: Complimentary coat check [seperate, private coat check for VIPs]
:: Parking right next door (parking fee applies)
:: A “to go” coffee/water/dessert area sponsored by TastyKake as you leave for the night
:: And MUCH more!!!
Glitter Gala

12Midnight at The Crystal Tea Room

This party starts at 8pm (VIPs only – 1 Hour Added & Private Extrance) or 9pm (Gen Adm) and lasts until 2am.

Sold out since it first started in 2006, 12Midnight is Philadelphia’s hottest New Year’s Eve Party for those looking for a more exciting way to ring in the new year than they have before. It all starts at the BEAUTIFUL Crystal Tea Room atop the late Wannamaker Building. If you’ve been to parties here before, it is no surprise to you that this is one of the hottest event & party spots in they city – and we have it. The Grand Ballroom with its hand-carved columns and intricate crystal chandeliers act as the backdrop for an evening to remember in style. Add in special lighting, a thousand new friends to meet, and a VIP area in the 50-foot glass ceiling atrium, and your adrenaline will start pumping as soon as you walk in. Join us for this one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration that will leave you with wonderful memories of 12Midnight.

If you are looking for a great New Years Eve party that is not too crowded, with no long lines, plenty easy-access bars, delicious food & carving stations, and a great crowd, look no further. Some seating will be provided so you can relax a bit and people-watch. You and your friends are sure to be impressed and more importantly, have one awesome time ringing in 2010.

New Area This Year! We are rolling out the RED CARPET – literally! Walk in to the event on the red carpet private VIP Line. Also, More Party-Areas Added for General Admission & VIP – Now VIPs can enjoy a separate, 50-foot glass-ceiling private area where we will cater to you in style with your own superstar DJ Ed Smooth of TheDjStudio (elevated above guests on a 10-foot stage) and upgraded top shelf bars & food. General Admission will be able to relax or party-it-up in one of 3 custom party rooms!! Of course you also have the opportunity to mingle with the rest of the general admission guests in the main ball room with the killer band, balloon drop, and more.

Dress: Think Fancy, Funky, and to the nines! Black tie is optional.

A sampling of what this incredible evening includes…

:: 5 hour open bar (6-hour for VIPs) with champagne available to toast with friends at midnight, specialty martini & margarita bars, and beer & wine bars (Top-Shelf brands for VIP’s, Premium-Brands for general admission). Never a long line – tons of bars & bartenders!!!
:: NEW! The ability relax or party-it-up in one of 4 custom party rooms! Think Vodka Oyster Bars, Whiskey Rooms, and other specialty stations!
:: Butlered champagne & martinis and hors d’ voeurves as VIPs enter the AMAZING VIP area from 8-9pm – CLASSY! See above for more info on the VIP area.
:: Multiple buffet stations for both VIP & General Admission. Upgrade to gourmet buffets & carving stations for VIP guests.
:: Live music from the FABULOUS party & dance band Contagious playing all night long and fantastic DJ Music between sets.
:: Ability to ride the Trollies between the party and our hotel partners and the *official* after party!
:: Silent auction benefiting charity with amazing sports, music, and other memorabilia. 100% of proceeds to benefit charity (more info). If you want to donate an item (no cost to you to do so), please contact us.
:: Admission to the official after party @ ONE in Rittenhouse Square – open until 6AM! details »
:: Admission to 5 FREE OPEN BAR Reunion Parties in 2010! (Yup, 10 additional hours of FREE open bar – it’s like two additional new years eve party – FREE!!!)
:: A professional Body Painter will be doing air-brushing all night long!
:: Complimentary coat check (private VIP coat check right outside the VIP area for VIPs)
:: Close-By parking right in the building or in one of the many surrounding lots (fee applies, see directions link to right for more info)
:: A “to go” coffee/water/dessert area sponsored by TastyKake as you leave for the night
:: And MUCH more!!!
12 Midnight


Pace yourself on New Years Eve, because the real celebration is coming! and what better way to welcome in the new year than a return to a classic party of the past. Sex Dwarf, Philadelphia’s premiere 80’s New Wave Party, is ready to celebrate the music of Adam and The Ants with a kick ass Pirate Party!

New Wave for a New Decade! Antmusic for Sex people featuring the music of Adam & the Ants with DJ’s… Robert Drake and Marilyn Thomas spinning New Wave & 80’s

Doors open early @ 8pm! $25 from 8pm-10pm including a 2 hour open bar and; hor d’oeuvres provided by the Latest Dish!
Sex Dwarf
Fluid Nightclub

Fireworks at Penn’s Landing

**New for 2009: Two Fireworks Shows!**

First show: 6 p.m.
Second show: 12 midnight

This year offers two fireworks displays: an evening show at 6 p.m., and the traditional display at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve (which technically is 12 a.m. on New Year’s Day).

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Philadelphia’s main attraction on New Year’s Eve draws thousands of people to the Delaware River Waterfront each year. Conveniently located within a short walk of Old City, Society Hill and South Street, Penn’s Landing becomes a festive party with revelers of all ages delighting in a breathtaking fireworks display.

Viewing Tips

For the midnight show, a good plan of action would be to go out to dinner with your party of family and friends and try to finish around 11 p.m. The 6 p.m. show offers the perfect chance to enjoy dinner before or after the show, still leaving time to head to any parties you may be attending later that night.

No matter which show you’re attending, if you’re not already in the neighborhood, take a cab or SEPTA’s Blue Line to Old City, at which point you’ll have just a five minute walk to Penn’s Landing.

You should arrive with just enough time before the show to secure a great fireworks-watching location. Timing is also important because if it’s especially cold outside (as December in Philadelphia is known to be), you don’t want to arrive too early.

The show, which is about 15 minutes in length, has a beautiful backdrop — an illuminated Benjamin Franklin Bridge and, if viewed from Camden, the Philadelphia Skyline.

After the show, make your way back to Old City, where you can choose from countless places to continue the celebration.

Places To Watch

As the clock approaches midnight, there are a few places besides the Delaware River Waterfront where you can go to watch the fireworks at both 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

You can get a great view from Old City, where restaurant and bar patrons file out to the streets to watch the show.

You could also celebrate the New Year aboard the Battleship New Jersey on the Camden Waterfront, where you can watch from the ship’s main deck as the fireworks go off over the Delaware River.

And if you’re in the mood for ice skating, visit the Blue Cross RiverRink on Penn’s Landing for a New Year’s party on ice while the fireworks light the night.

Davy Knowles will be playing World Cafe Live with Back Door Slam
Davy Knowles will be playing World Cafe Live with Back Door Slam

Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam at World Cafe Live

At the age of 11. “I was in the car with my dad, and he put on a cassette of Dire Straits’ ‘Sultans of Swing,'” explains the 21-year-old guitarist, singer and songwriter. “I just fell in love with the music then and there. That track changed my life, and I realized, ‘I really want to be able to do that.'”

Hailing from the Isle of Man, the tiny kingdom in the middle of the Irish Sea, might have posed a challenge to that childhood epiphany for a lesser talent. Instead, Davy just borrowed his father’s acoustic guitar and painstakingly learned to play the blues rock sounds that influenced him. Two albums later, and after logging thousands of miles on the road – Davy’s anxious to get back out there to play. “You should play music because you love doing it,” he says, “If you can hang in for the long haul, you’re doing what most people can’t, and you’re incredibly lucky.”

And for Davy Knowles, the next stop is the world.

Mezzanine (Reserved Seating): $75.00
($60 + $15 premium service*/processing fee)
*Mezzanine tickets include complimentary appetizers and champagne toast!
Show Listing
Davy Knowles

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia

Enjoy Philly’s most entertaining New Year’s Eve Party with a blast and a splash aboard the warm and cozy interior decks of the Spirit of Philadelphia. This New Year’s Eve is already special. With a blue full moon making an illuminating appearance in the night sky, it will be a sight etched in memory for years to come.

You’ll get a complete celebration package that includes:

* Premium Bar Package
* Grande Dinner Buffet
* Rockin’ DJ for Dancing the Night Away
* Champagne Toast at Midnight
* Festive Holiday Decor & Party Favors
New Year’s Eve Cruise
Buffet Menu

Brothers Past with Orchard Lounge at Theatre of Living Arts

Since early 2000, Philadelphia’s BROTHERS PAST have managed to stand out from the crowd by merging bits of electronic exploration with indie-rock flavored anthems. The band’s sound is new and energetic, big yet introspective, a merger of rock anthems and electronic exploration. Their 2005 release, This Feeling’s Called Goodbye, on Sci-Fidelity Records, saw the the band receive national praise, from critics, bloggers, hippies, hipsters, and regular joes just like you! Many festival appearance followed, including a slot at Bonnaroo in June 2006. Band members are currently working on material for a new record, and dabbling in various side projects, like Tom Hamilton’s American Babies and Biodiesel.

Downtempo, space disco, house, tech, b-boy era electro, hip hop, soul, and funk – if you can move, Orchard Lounge will back you up. Formed in Chicago in 2000, OL is the collective of Ben Silver, Spencer Lokken and Bethany Lokken. This versatile trio has enlightened dance floors nationwide with their eclectic mixes, from sunset chill-out to bass-dropping tech house, and an array of other futuristic sounds. Theirs is a democratic mission: to expose as many people as possible to the artists they admire and respect. What sets Orchard Lounge apart from other club DJs is, well, you won’t always find them in the club. In recent years they’ve built a reputation as a hard-touring festival act and set-break crowd favorite, frequently supporting The Disco Biscuits, Sound Tribe Sector 9, The New Deal and Future Rock. They’ve also played alongside heavyweights like Bonobo, Lindstrøm, DJ T, Jamie Jones, Booka Shade, Metro Area, and Kevin Yost. As The Disco Biscuits’ de facto hype men (and woman), they’ve had the rare pleasure of performing for thousands at world famous venues like Red Rocks and the Hammerstein Ballroom, constantly keeping the crowd engaged with a unique mix of turntable and live-band improvisation. Outside the booth, the members of Orchard Lounge continue making music: Spencer is a classically-trained violinist and regularly plays with a chamber ensemble in Chicago; Ben has studied guitar for more than ten years, and continues to write and produce. Bethany quit the clarinet in college and has never looked back. Despite their affinity for live music, OL’s focus hasn’t shifted since the group’s inception almost a decade ago: to provide sophisticated and stylish DJ sets that are appropriate in a variety of settings, from the dance floor to the couch.
Brothers Past
Orchard Lounge

PEX: Playloop presents Lotus and MSTRKRFT

From CultureMob’s Upcoming Philadelphia Concert Watch for December 2009.

MSTRKRFT (pronounced “Master-craft”) is an electronic music group from Toronto (The Beaches), Ontario, Canada who are signed to Last Gang Records. The group was started in 2005 by Jesse F. Keeler formerly of Death from Above 1979 and Al-P (Alex Puodziukas) formerly of the Mississauga electropop group Girlsareshort. Al-P was also the producer for Death from Above 1979s album You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine as well as several of (Jesse’s former band) Black Cat #13’s records. The duo has been close friends, as well as work partners, for a long time. MSTRKRFT also produced Die Mannequin’s first EP, How to Kill, and Magneta Lane’s second LP, Dancing With Daggers.

Lotus is known for concerts in which a complex light set up is used and their use of varying set lists that employ frequent group improvisation. The concerts are often recorded by amateur engineers (tapers) and posted online for others to listen to. The band has undertaken a number of tours and have performed at festivals including Jam on the River (Philadelphia, PA 2007 and 2008), Wakarusa (KS 2005, 2006, 2007), and the Rothbury Music Festival in July 2008 and 2009.

The band has performed several themed shows. On October 31, 2008 at the TLA in Philadelphia the show was billed as “Live Fast Die Young: the 27 Conspiracy”. Each of the 5 members dressed as a rock star who died at the age of 27 (Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Pigpen, and Jim Morrison) and the show featured covers by each of the respective bands. On Dec. 31, 2008 the band performed a show that included robot themed covers including Styx – “Mr. Roboto”, Alan Parson’s Project – “I Robot”, Flaming Lips – “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots: Part I”, Radiohead – “Paranoid Android”, and Daft Punk – “Robot Rock”. On Oct. 31, 2009 at Sonar in Baltimore the Halloween show was presented as “Protein Pills in the Labyrinth”. The band members dressed as different David Bowie characters (including Ziggy Stardust, Thin White Duke, and Jareth) and played “Under Pressure”, “Fame”, “I’m Afriad of Americans”, “Space Oddity”, “Let’s Dance”, “Rebel, Rebel”, “Suffragette City” along with original Lotus material.

To kick off 2010, Lotus is planning a New Year’s run beginning on December 29 at Mr. Small’s Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA. The band will be ringing in the new year with fans and friends the The Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA!

FREE The Sounds of Kaleidoscope Show at Kung Fu Necktie

what started out as a basement 4track operation involving vacuum cleaners as rhythm sections has slowly grown into a solid body of work (now available digitally through and seen the band sharing stages along the east coast with the Fall, Luna, the Electric Prunes, Lilys, Damo Suzuki, Swirlies, Velocity Girl, Weird War, The Oranges Band, J. Mascis and the Fog, Indian Jewelry, Lason Lowenstein, Boyracer, Relay, the Mantras, Sky Drops, Asteroid 4, The Evens, French Toast, Mazarin, Rogue Wave, the Extraordinaires, Company Corvette, Dead Meadow, Dog and Pony, Suns of Guns, Neil Hamburger, Appletown Gun Shop, Capitol Years, Eyes of the Killer Robot, Comets on Fire, The Grey Daturas, Kohoutek, Miminokoto, Cotton Casino and Billawtm Doppleganger, the Black Lips, the Carlsonics, and some people screamed at them “YOU ARE GOOD!”. The band started out in DC and moved up the road to Philly in 2007. The album “All This Heaven” is out on cd and vinyl, a new mini album is in its final stages, and the band is gearing up for more road time in throughout the winter.

They’ll be joined by another up and coming Philadelphia Band The Company Corvette.

Free champagne toast at midnight
The Sounds of Kaleidoscope
The Company Corvette
Kung Fu Necktie

But there are still Plenty of other events scheduled. The Raven Lounge has an open bar party from 9pm-2am with 2 floors and 3 bars worth of DJs, dancing, hor’orderves, giveaways, and a champagne toast at midnight for just $85($150 per couple). The Barbary is scheduled to host the HUGE annual Making Time New Year’s Eve event, but no lineup has been announced as of yet. And places like Johnny Brenda’s, The Trocadero Theatre, and The Piazza at Schimdts; among a few others, have yet to announce a big New Year’s Eve event. In fact there are so many listings out there, that it took a whole other guide to cover the bulk of them. To check out part #2, click here.

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