Making plans for New Year’s Eve? Ring in 2023 on State Street in Media

New Year celebrations happen all weekend long in Delco

Singing sensation Audra McLaughlin will heat up the Delco River Rink as she performs a special Country Christmas Acoustic Show, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at the Ice Bar at Harrah’s Casino in Chester.
Singing sensation Audra McLaughlin will heat up the Delco River Rink as she performs a special Country Christmas Acoustic Show, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at the Ice Bar at Harrah’s Casino in Chester.

Posted on The Delaware County Daily Times By PEG DEGRASSA |

December 29, 2022 at 5:39 a.m.

MEDIA — The Media Business Authority will host the annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop.

Everyone is invited to celebrate the arrival of 2023 in the heart of “Everybody’s Hometown.” Festivities are planned for two hours from Dec. 31 at 10:30 p.m. to Jan. 1 at 12:30 a.m.

Attendees can book a reservation at any one of the State Street District’s popular taverns or restaurants and make a night of it in downtown Media. For more information, go to http://www.VistMediaPA.com to view a comprehensive list of dining options, featuring cuisines from around the world.

The excitement kicks off when a DJ starts spinning party tunes at 10:30 p.m. on the steps of Spasso Italian Grill at State and Jackson streets.

Just before midnight, the countdown begins, and Delco’s own fabulous glowing orb descends from more than 100 feet above the buildings, thanks to the crane sponsored by Pro Tree Services.

Parking is free in the Baltimore Avenue Garage. The event is hosted by The Media Business Authority, which provides advocacy, resources and support to businesses located in the borough of Media.

The weather looks pretty favorable for the event. AccuWeather is showing mild conditions with the temperature in the mid-40s, though there might be drizzle and showers at that time.

Singer Audra McLaughlin performs Friday night at Harrah’s

Nashville artist Audra McLaughlin, a native of Delaware County, will perform her Country Christmas Acoustic Show, Friday, Dec. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. inside the heated indoor Ice Garden Bar at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, 777 Harrahs Blvd., Chester.

The country soul singer-songwriter gained international recognition as a member of Team Blake on Season 6 of NBC’s, “The Voice,” and then went on to receive blockbuster reviews after selling out concerts and high-profile venues across the U.S. and England.

The ice bar is at Harrah’s newest award-winning attraction, the Flight on Ice skating rink.

Recently opened, the 6,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink is located underneath the main valet porte cochere right out front of the casino’s main entrance.

The Delco River Rink is a winter wonderland in a well-lit, secure environment. filled with fun for the whole family, including affordable skate rentals, free surface lot and garage parking right on site, festive music, lighting, food and beverages and more.

The dedication ceremonies for the rink on Nov. 29. (COURTESY OF DELAWARE COUNTY)
The dedication ceremonies for the rink on Nov. 29. (COURTESY OF DELAWARE COUNTY)

Cost is only $5 to skate.

For more information on McLaughlin, visit https://audramclaughlin.com/. For more information about Harrah’s rink, visit https://www.flightonice.com/locations/harrahs-delcoriverink.

Flight On Ice Delco River Rink will also present a New Year’s Eve Rockin’ Glow Skate, on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 7 to 10 p.m.

A special New Year’s Eve $29.99 skate package will include open skating session from 7 to 10, which includes skate rental, an 8:30 p.m. Happy New Year Countdown video on the big Screen, a DJ, complimentary glow items, a mocktail toast and more.

To purchase the package, visit http://www.flightonice.com/harrahs-delcoriverink

Norwood American Legion holds New Year’s Eve party

The Norwood American Legion Post 507, 20 W. Cleveland Ave., Norwood, will host a New Year’s Eve party, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 until 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1.

Cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple, which includes beer, rail drinks, food and music. For information, call the post at 610-586-0158.

White Dog Café welcomes new year with 34th annual Pajama Day Brunch

The New Year will welcome the 34th anniversary of White Dog Cafe and three-decades plus of their annual New Year’s Day brunch that invites guests to come to brunch in what they wore to bed.

Even the team members at the White Dog Cafe locations will be donning their pajamas as they serve patrons their first meal of the new year. New Year’s Day Brunch will be offered at all four White Dog Cafe locations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including the Delaware County locations in Concord and Haverford Townships and Wayne.

“This is a tradition is over three decades old and one that people really enjoy. Where else can you go to brunch on New Year’s Day in your pajamas and have it be, not only acceptable, but encouraged,” White Dog and Fearless Restaurants Owner Marty Grims said.

The White Dog Cafe features a seasonal menu that is based on sustainability and uses ingredients from local farms, no more than 50 miles from the restaurants.

Reservations are encouraged for brunch by calling 610-896-4556, Haverford; 610-225-3700, Wayne; 610-822-2100, Glen Mills; and 215-386-9224, the original in University City, Philadelphia.

Countdown to Noon at Rocky Run YMCA

The Rocky Run YMCA, 1299 W. Baltimore Pike, Middletown Township, will host a family-friendly Countdown to Noon event Saturday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to noon.

The free daytime celebration on New Year’s Eve will include fun for all ages, including family group fitness classes, arts and crafts and more, plus a ball drop at noon.

No registration is required and everyone is welcome.

Jamey’s House of Music presents New Year’s Eve celebration with Minas

Jamey’s House of Music in Lansdowne will present Minas, one of the top Latin jazz quartets in the nation, at its annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Saturday, Dec. 31.

Doors and kitchen open at 10:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 11:30 p.m.

Admission is $40 in advance and $45 at the door and includes complimentary champagne.

The Minas Quartet returns to Jamey’s for the annual samba into the new year.

The quartet plays rousing upbeat originals and traditionals, leading up to an exciting countdown to midnight with everyone playing percussion and noisemakers brought from home. This party always sells out, so people are encouraged to buy tickets in advance.

The full bar, powered by Conshohocken Brewing Co., will be open all night serving a dozen ice-cold small batch brewed craft beers, hard cider, assorted wines and cocktails. The kitchen will be open all night with the full ala carte menu available.

Minas Quartet takes Brazilian and American roots to create a sound that is fresh and innovative, from ballads tinged with melancholic traits of blues and choro, to folk coasting on the subtle coolness of a bossa nova pulse. With recordings of original music and a collection of over 100 songs, Orlando and Patricia’s compositions have been compared to classics by Cole Porter and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

For more information on Minas, visit http://www.minasmusic.com. For more information on New Year’s Eve at Jamey’s House of Music, 32 S. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, or any other upcoming events at the venue, call 215-477-9985 or visit http://www.jameyshouseofmusic.com.

Tom N Jerry’s has New Year’s Eve party for $25

Tom N Jerry’s Sports Pub, 1006 MacDade Blvd., Folsom, will present one of the cheapest New Year’s Eve parties in town for only $25.

The event, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1 includes a hot buffet of roast beef, meatballs, penne alfredo and Caesar salad, a champagne toast at midnight, drink specials, dancing with live band, party favors and more.

There is plenty of free parking. For more information, call the pub at 610-586-1008.

Tickets available for Springfield Country Club New Year’s Eve

People are invited to ring in the New Year at Springfield Country Club from 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 to12:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1.

Tickets are $110 include a premium dinner buffet, dancing in the Grand Ballroom, premium open bar, DJ entertainment by Schaffer Sound Productions, a midnight champagne toast, party favors, a Time Square ball drop screening on multiple large screens, and more. Must be 21 to attend.

For tickets: https://bit.ly/3joLO5Y For more information, call Springfield Country Club at 610-690-7600.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve ’80s style

The Fainting Goat, 105 S. MacDade Blvd., Glenolden, will celebrate New Year’s Eve, ’80s style, beginning 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Everyone is invited to come on out to the Fainting Goat and ring in the new year with a favorite ’80s band: The Class of ’84.

Everyone’s favorite ’80s hits will be performed and cold drinks and hot food will be available all night long, in 2022 and 2023.

For more information, call 484-497-8609.

Flight on Ice Edgmont hosts NYE Rockin’ Glow Skate

The Flight On Ice Energy Transfer Veterans Memorial Rink, 4894 West Chester Pike, Edgmont Township, will host a New Year’s Eve Rockin’ Glow Skate celebration, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.

A $29.99 skate package includes open skating with skate rental, a Happy New Year countdown video on the big screen, complimentary glow items, mocktail toast, festive party favors and more.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.flightonice.com/locations/edgmont/

Our Community Cup Coffeehouse offers New Year’s fun for all abilities

Our Community Cup Coffeehouse at Tree of Life Church, 933 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, will have a mini New Year’s Eve party 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, with holiday karaoke all night long.

On Friday, Jan. 6, the New Year’s celebration will continue with a crazy hat night competition, from 6-9 p.m.. People can wear their craziest hat or make one at the coffeehouse.

This “different kind of coffeehouse” is a joint project of the Tree of Life Church and New Avenue Foundation. It primarily serves as a gathering space for the community and safe place for young and old people with disabilities, including autism and Asperger’s, and their friends and families, to listen to live music and enjoy social interaction.

For more information, call 610-543-9533 or email Kate McShane at treeoflifeddm@gmail.com

Local church offers New Year’s Eve paint party for children

The Noon Year’s Eve Paint Party for children, hosted by Michelle’s Art Pad, will be held Saturday, Dec. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Church of Christ, 1530 Fourth Ave., Folsom.

Cost is $35 and includes snacks, drinks, New Year’s hats, and a sparkling cider toast at noon. Children will paint an 11-inch by 14-inch canvas to help welcome 2023.

Everyone must be 5 years old or above to attend. For information or tickets, visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event.