New Year's Eve is a happening night all around the Delaware Valley. Many towns and neighborhoods boast numerous Dec. 31 offerings. Below is a large, but hardly comprehensive, list of festivities in parts of Northwest Philadelphia, the Main Line, and suburban Montgomery and Delaware counties. Please add other options in the comments.
Location: . 8335 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill)
Summary: This toy store hosts an annual kids New Year's party in the afternoon Dec. 31. Free family fun.
Valley Green Inn Special Menu
Location: . 7 Valley Green Road, Philadelphia
Time: Seatings from 5 to 10 p.m.
Summary: Enjoy a quiet, four-course meal at this bucolic eatery along the Wissahickon Creek near Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy.
Location: . 500 West Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Time: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Summary: Offering dance lessons all year, the Peppermint Dance Club closes 2011 with a dance party for pros and beginners alike.
Location: . 2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $18 residents/$22 nonresidents
Summary: Enjoy a party made just for your little one filled with crafts, music, snack and an unofficial ball drop at noon.
Location: . 139 East Lancaster Ave., Wayne
Time: 5 p.m.
Summary: A five-course meal with choices like grilled Maine lobster or pan-roasted beef tenderloin. Wine pairing is available for an additional $50 per person.
Location: Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen, 555 East Lancaster Avenue, Radnor
Time: A la Carte Menu 4 to 7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m. to 1 a.m. for a dinner and dancing and a champagne toast at midnight with a 5 course menu. Cost: $75.00 per person. Tax and gratuity are not included.
When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Summary: Ring in the New Year with LG & The Road Dogs. Celebrate with dinner, a champagne toast and party favors.
Location: . 591 East Lancaster Ave., Radnor
Cost: $299 for two
Summary: A packaged deal, this overnight at the hotel includes a four-course dinner with glass of Champagne, a bottle of Domaine Chandon Brut Champagne and, yes, more Champagne—at a Sunday brunch.
Location: YogaLife Institute. 111 Lancaster Ave., Devon
Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $15 or use class card
Summary: Start those fitness resolutions a little early with a yoga class geared to a variety of experience levels.
Location: , 300 West Lancaster Ave., Devon
Time: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Cost: $129.99 per lane (up to six people) or $24.99 a person
Summary: This event offers a four-hour bowling party to ring in 2012, which includes shoe rental, party favors and prizes.
Location: , 715 Paxon Hollow Road, Broomall
Time: 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Summary: Boasting elegance without extravagance, this event offers dancing, appetizers, dinner and Champagne at midnight for a low price. Black-tie optional.
Location: . 191 South Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square
Time: 7 p.m.
Summary: This Italian steakhouse and grill promises dancing and plenty of special food for New Year's Eve 2011.
Location: . 64 Rose Valley Road, Media
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Summary: Take in a show to end 2011. The theater presents Sister Robert Anne's Cabaret Class, a comedy cabaret, featuring Micki Sharpe. At intermission there will be a Champagne toast.
Location: West State and South Jackson Streets, Media
Time: 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Summary: Snow or shine, downtown Media presents live, outdoor music and a ball drop at midnight. Philly Gumbo performs.
Location: . 31 East Eagle Road, Havertown
Time: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Summary: Singer/songwriter Chris Huff will perform at this Havertown pub to usher in 2012.
Location: . 818 West Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr
Time: 10 p.m.
Summary: Try some 2012 Luna Nueva Tequila, as this Mexican restaurant offers $5 margaritas and $2 pork and beef tacos. And, of course, there will be a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight.
Location: . 789 East Lancaster Ave., Villanova
Time: 9 p.m.
Summary: Live music and Champagne from this Villanova bar. Check out the Angel Blue Band starting at 9 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Countdown to Noon
Location: 80 Windsor Ave., NarberthTime: 11 a.m.
Summary: Midnight too late for the kids? This local library takes the New Year's fun and brings it to the afternoon. Crafts, games and a countdown to noon are promised.
Location: . 2228 Haverford Road, Ardmore
Time: 7 to 10 p.m.
Cost: $25 per person ($20 off if you book an entire lane)
Summary: This three-hour all-you-can-bowl event includes shoes, pizza, snacks, desserts, soft drinks, lights, music, fog, and New Year's countdown with party favors. Also, there's a grand prize of an iPad2.
Location: . 17 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Time: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Summary: This bar's event includes an open, top-shelf bar for four hours, with a DJ and midnight Champagne toast.
Main Street Manayunk Celebrations
Location: Main Street, Philadelphia
Summary: Numerous bars on Main Street in Manayunk are offering New Year's parties of various packages, including: , , , , and .