Philadelphia region rings in the new year

PHILADELPHIA - December 31, 2013

They bundled up at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia and across the Delaware River at Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ.

The annual show was produced by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and featured two tons of high powered fireworks, choreographed to music played through speakers on both sides of the river.

It was also a festive atmosphere at the Blue Cross River Rink as many families made it a night on the ice to celebrate the New Year.

Several blocks to the north, the Piazza at Schmidt's opened up for thousands of people who partied the night away.

It was a busy night in the city and across the region as everyone said hello to 2014.

Many got an early start Tuesday. They packed restaurants for prix fixe menus, those with an appetite paid anywhere from $50 to $200 per person with drinks not included.

At Le Virtu on East Passyunk in South Philadelphia it was all smiles with dishes like roasted goose being served up for dinner.

Down the block, restaurant Noir said it was a good night for business.

Of course, the bars and the clubs were the hotspots.

Nightclubs like Vanity at 21st and Market spent the evening getting ready for a crowd of revelers. The cost of admission with an open bar was $80 per person before the stroke of midnight.

Same price to get into Rumor at 15th and Sansom. Festive hats were already on the counters and servers getting prepared for the rush.

And for the third year, a 20,000 square foot heated tent is covering the Piazza in Northern Liberties where more than 3,000 people were expected to pay $85 to $125 to ring in 2014 surrounded by bars, restaurants and a few close friends.

This was a general consensus among party goers in Philadelphia – nothing like being in the city when the clock strikes midnight.

But of course others said the best way to ring in the New Year is celebrating in the warmth of home.

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