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Over 20 Great Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Brandywine Valley

From fireworks displays to afternoon kid-friendly celebrations, here are the best ways to ring in 2020.

By Editorial Staff |



The Arden Club

Crash Harris is performing at the Arden Gild Hall on New Year’s Eve. Ring in the new year with beer, wine, Champagne and hors d’oeurves. The event starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. Tickets are $35 for non-members and $30 for Arden Club members. 

2126 The Highway, Wilmington, Del.

Bellefonte Brewing Co.

Bellefonte Brewing Co. is hosting a Roaring 20’s-themed gala that F. Scott Fitzgerald would certainly approve of. 

3605 Old Capitol Trail, Wilmington, Del. 

Candlelight Theatre

This New Year’s Eve bash kicks off at 7 p.m. and includes dancing, a buffet, a tenderloin carving station and a Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $75 per person. 

2208 Millers Road, Wilmington, Del.

Brandywine Zoo

Spend the last day of 2019 at the zoo. This family-oriented event takes place at noon, so no need to miss bedtime. Games, crafts and a sparkling cider toast make things extra festive. Tickets are free for members and $5 for non-members.

1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, Del.

Catch 202

This North Wilmington restaurant and bar is hosting a New Year’s Masquerade Party for those 21 and over. The event will feature food, fun, music, drinks and giveaways, plus a Champagne toast at midnight.

4723 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Del.

Catherine Rooney’s

Catherine Rooney’s is throwing three parties in one night for New Year’s Eve. Enjoy three rooms of live entertaiment by Covert Pop, Sightline Events and DJ J Ski from 10 p.m.–1 a.m. Did we mention there’s no cover charge? 

1616 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, Del.

Delaware Children’s Museum

Ring in the new year without keeping the kids up past their bedtime. Enjoy live music, dance parties and a confetti countdown at this kid-friendly celebration.

550 Justison St., Wilmington, Del.

Delaware Saengerbund & Library Association

Spend your last night of the decade at the Delaware Saengerbund’s New Year’s Eve bash. For $70, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a four-course dinner, beer, wine and mixed drinks, plus Champagne, coffee and pastries at midnight.

49 Salem Church Road, Newark, Del.

Dew Point Brewing Co.

No need to party all night long when you can head to Dew Point Brewing Co. from 2-8 p.m. for a growler drop.

2878 Creek Road, Yorklyn, Del. 

Docklands Riverfront

Docklands Riverfront in Wilmington is hosting a New Year’s Eve, all-inclusive event on Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. The event package includes a premium open bar, full dinner buffet and live entertainment. Enjoy DJ Willoughby, DJ B-Lee, Under the Covers and It’s All Good. Tickets range from $70-$100.

110 S. West St., Wilmington, Del.

Ernest & Scott Taproom

Ernest & Scott Taproom is hosting a dance party to kick off 2020. Enjoy live music, a four-hour open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres from 9-11 p.m., a mini dessert bar from 11 p.m.-1 a.m., and a Champagne toast and midnight balloon drop. Prices are $55 per person if purchased before Dec. 26, or $65 at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m. for those 21 and older.

902 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. 

Hotel du Pont

Ring in the new year in style at the Hotel du Pont’s New Year’s Eve Party. Feast on a five course dinner with wine pairings in the Green Room at 8 p.m., followed by a live band, dancing, festive party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. Cost is $190 per person or $350 per couple. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. 

42 W. 11th St., Wilmington, Del.

Ole Tapas Lounge

Ole Tapas it hosting a Spanish-themed party from 9 p.m.–1 a.m. The $69 ticket includes both a tapas and Spanish-style buffet, midnight countdown and toast, select open bar, live music and dancing.

1126 Capitol Trail, Newark, Del.

Riverfront Wilmington

Start 2020 off with a bang at a fireworks show on the Riverfront. Ice skate at the Horizon Services Riverfront Rink or enjoy food and drinks from Constitution Yards Beer Garden. There will also be live music by WSTW. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

308 Justison St., Wilmington, Del. 


Countdown 2 Noon at the Please Touch Museum. Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.
Countdown 2 Noon at the Please Touch Museum. Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.



Ardmore Music Hall’s 5th Annual New Year’s Eve Family Jam

Alex and the Kaleidoscope will jam at this countdown to noon, complete with face painting, balloon art, a photo booth and a dance party.

23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, Pa.

Franklin Institute’s Noon Year’s Eve

Live science shows, magic milk experiments, noisemakers and a look at how fireworks function are among the festivities at the Franklin Institute’s kids-friendly afternoon celebration. At the strike of noon, there will be a ball pit explosion to celebrate the new year.

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, Pa.

Midnight in the Square

Celebrating in a uniquely Kennett Square fashion, the borough will gather for its annual giant lighted mushroom drop at midnight. Indoor festivities, including live music, will take place at the Garage Community and Youth Center. For those with little ones, head over for the 8:45 p.m. raising of the mushroom.

Downtown Kennett Square, Pa.

New Year’s Eve at Longwood Gardens

Enjoy the beautiful Christmas display at Longwood Gardens, plus strolling carolers, sing-alongs and more on New Year’s Eve.

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.

New Year’s Eve Community Celebration Ball Drop

Head to Media for its annual community celebration on New Year’s Eve and watch the ball drop at midnight. There will also be a live performance by Philly Gumbo at 11 p.m.

State and Jackson streets, Media, Pa.

Please Touch Museum’s Countdown 2 Noon

Little ones who can’t quite make it to midnight get to celebrate at the Please Touch Museum’s annual celebration, taking place from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Festivities include live music, arts and crafts, story time and a countdown to noon.

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront

Experience two grand fireworks shows on the Delaware River waterfront. Performances will take place at 6 p.m. and again at midnight.

121 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, Pa.

Spirit Cruises

Get a unique perspective on the fireworks display with Spirit Cruises, which is offering dinner cruises for both the 6 p.m. and midnight fireworks shows. Both include a DJ, dancing and buffet-style dinner.

401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, Pa.

Teca’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Teca in Newtown Square will ring in 2020 in two ways—with a disco dance party, complete with hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffet, open bar and DJ, or with a traditional dining experience feature an a la carte menu.

191 S. Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, Pa.