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New Year’s Eve Planning Guide: Delaware River Waterfront in Philly and South Jersey

December 26, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Happy New Year! Happy New Year! It’s twice the fireworks, twice the fun as Philadelphia rings in 2010 with two dazzling pyrotechnic displays along the Delaware River waterfront at 6:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. Restaurants, hotels and attractions in Philly and South Jersey are ensuring that revelers have a clear view of the colorful displays by hosting lavish celebrations for adults and kid-friendly fetes for pint-sized partiers — the details of which are below. And for those who want a great view of the fireworks and clear access to the musical soundtracks that accompany them, Camden’s Wiggins Waterfront Park is a best bet.

To see what’s going on in the region throughout the four-day holiday weekend and to book a hotel stay, visit gophila.com/newyears.

Thursday, December 31, 2009:


    10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
                             Visitors touring the Independence Seaport
                             Museum head outside to the second-floor
                             terrace at 6:00 p.m. with their
                             noisemakers, party hats and sparkling apple
                             cider to watch the fireworks over the
                             Delaware River.

    3:00 p.m.
                             During the Philadelphia Movie Sites Tour,
                             participants watch clips from In Her Shoes,
                             The Sixth Sense, Rocky, 12 Monkeys and more
                             than 20 other films and see the actual
                             sites where the scenes were filmed. The
                             tour ends at Penn's Landing in time for the
                             6:00 p.m. fireworks show.

    4:00 p.m.
                             The family-friendly party at the Hyatt
                             Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing wows
                             revelers with a buffet dinner, a carnival-
                             themed dessert reception, a hot chocolate
                             and smores bar, children's movies, face
                             painting and, of course, the 6:00 p.m.
                             fireworks viewing.

    4:00-6:30 p.m.
                             Along with sweeping views of the fireworks
                             and the city skyline, the Spirit of
                             Philadelphia's dinner cruise includes a
                             dinner buffet, hors d'oeuvres, premium open
                             bar, a DJ, party favors and a champagne
                             toast.

    4:00-7:00 p.m.
                             Those looking for just an unbeatable viewing
                             spot for the 6:00 p.m. fireworks show will
                             find just that on the Battleship New
                             Jersey, where a low-cost ticket includes
                             music, bar service and a chance to win
                             prizes.

    5:00 p.m.
                             The overnight party on the Battleship New
                             Jersey includes dinner in the crew's mess,
                             a ride in the flight simulator, a tour of
                             the ship and a non-alcoholic toast during
                             the midnight fireworks.

    5:00-7:00 p.m.
                             Winter sports enthusiasts celebrate at the
                             Blue Cross RiverRink's New Year's Eve Party
                             on Ice, one of two family-friendly affairs
                             taking place at the rink and offering one
                             of the best views of the city's fireworks.

    5:00-8:00 p.m.
                             The all-ages party at the Chart House
                             Restaurant dazzles guests with a lavish
                             buffet dinner, a meet-and-greet with a
                             member of the Fancy Brigades and an
                             unbeatable view of the 6:00 p.m. fireworks
                             show.

    6:00 p.m.
                             Themed "An Orchestral New Year," the first
                             of two New Year's Eve fireworks displays --
                             this one 12-minutes long and perfect for
                             families --lights up the sky above the
                             Delaware River in Philadelphia and Camden.

    8:30 p.m.
                             During the Philadelphia Movie Sites Tour,
                             participants watch clips from In Her Shoes,
                             The Sixth Sense, Rocky, 12 Monkeys and more
                             than 20 other films and see the actual
                             sites where the scenes were filmed. The
                             tour ends at Penn's Landing in time for the
                             12:00 midnight fireworks.

    8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
                             Along with sweeping views of the fireworks
                             and skyline, the Spirit of Philadelphia's
                             dinner cruise includes a dinner buffet,
                             hors d'oeuvres, premium open bar, a DJ,
                             party favors and a toast.

    9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
                             The Chart House Restaurant's second, adults-
                             only party features appetizers, an
                             elaborate buffet, a champagne toast at
                             midnight, party favors and a wonderful view
                             of the fireworks.

    9:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
                             Chio from Wired 96.5's Chio in the Morning
                             hosts the Deep Sea Splash at the Adventure
                             Aquarium, complete with open bar, champagne
                             toast, hors d'oeuvres, music and a great
                             view of the fireworks.

    10:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
                             Those looking for just an unbeatable viewing
                             spot for the late-night fireworks show
                             will find just that on the Battleship New
                             Jersey, where a low-cost ticket includes
                             music, bar service and a chance to win
                             prizes.

    11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
                             Winter sports enthusiasts celebrate at the
                             Blue Cross RiverRink's New Year's Eve Party
                             on Ice, one of two family-friendly affairs
                             taking place at the rink and offering one
                             of the best views of the city's
                             breathtaking fireworks displays.

    12:00 midnight
                             Themed "21st-century Rewind," the second of
                             two New Year's Eve fireworks displays --
                             this one 16-minutes long -- lights up
                             the sky above the Delaware River in
                             Philadelphia and Camden.

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) makes Philadelphia and The Countryside(®) a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases business and promotes the region’s vitality.

For more information about travel to Philadelphia, visit gophila.com or uwishunu.com, where you can build itineraries; search event calendars; see photos and videos; view interactive maps; sign up for newsletters; listen to Hear Philly, an online radio station about what to see and do in the region; book hotel reservations and more. Or, call the Independence Visitor Center, located in Historic Philadelphia, at (800) 537-7676.

SOURCE Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation


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