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New Year's Eve Ghost Tour

Ring in the New Year in a most unusual way with a candlelight Ghost Tour of a haunted Society Hill mansion! Discover the enchantment of a bygone era with ghostly tales of mystery, merriment, and resolutions gone awry!


The 7th annual New Year's Eve Ghost Tour takes place at the magnificent Powel House, the site of many high-society holiday parties of yesteryear. Here you'll find haunting tales of the wealthy and famous, of débutantes and dignitaries, whose ghosts return to dance and party the night away!


The Powel House is located at 244 S. 3rd St. Philadelphia, PA 19106, on 3rd St. between Walnut and Spruce Sts.

Tickets & Reservations

$22 per person (ages 13 & up only)

Tickets are limited and advanced ticket purchase is required.

Call 215-413-1997 or purchase tickets now >

When you purchase tickets, your name will automatically be added to the tour reservation list. Just show up to the Powel House with ID, and the tour guide will check you in.


A portion of proceeds benefits PhilaLandmarks, the non-profit that maintains the site.


Saturday, December 31, 2016


Tours run every hour from 7:00 pm to midnight. Tours last approximately one hour. Additional tour times will be added as needed.


View available tour times and purchase tickets >


Or call 215-413-1997 to inquire by phone



More about the Tour

Useful Information

The New Year’s Eve Ghost Tour takes its inspiration from the old-time holiday tradition of ushering out the ghosts of the past with the start of the New Year. The one hour tour begins with a look back at the mystical aspect of New Year’s Eve celebrations and continues through two floors of the house. It includes the second floor ballroom where George and Martha Washington celebrated their anniversary and where disembodied dancing footsteps are still heard, the drawing room haunted by the ghost of Benedict Arnold’s bewitched wife, the dining room where spirits of long-ago revelers still gather, and more. A costumed storyteller will share the stories behind the ghostly appearances and the unexplained mysteries that haunt the site to this day. Join us for a unique and memorable event to mark the passing of 2016 and celebrate the arrival of 2017!


- "A unique and nontraditional New Year's Eve Event" - NBC 10

- Recommended as a top New Year's Eve party in Philly - CBS

- A top pick for alternative New Year's Eve celebrations: "The entertaining evening comes complete with a mysterious tour [and] spooky ghost stories!" - visitphilly.com's uwishunu


Fireworks at Penn's Landing typically begin at 6:00 pm and midnight. The Powel House is about three blocks from Penn's Landing.


In addition to street parking, Septa, and Patco, there are a number of parking garages nearby: 125 S. 2nd St., 36 S. 2nd St., 21 S. 3rd St., 400 Ranstead St.