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 8th 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 débutantes and dignitaries, of the famous and infamous, whose ghosts return to dance and party the night away!
$22 per person (ages 13 and up only). Tickets are limited and advance purchase is required.
Call 215-413-1997 or click "select" in the menu below to purchase tickets. Tour lasts approximately one hour.
When you purchase tickets, your name will be on the reservation list. Just arrive 10 minutes early to the Powel House, and the guide will check you in. A portion of proceeds benefits PhilaLandmarks, the nonprofit that maintains the Powel House.
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 2017 and celebrate the arrival of 2018!
- "A unique and nontraditional New Year's Eve Event" - NBC 10
- Recommended as a top New Year's Eve event 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.
Tours have sold out in the past, so we recommend booking early to ensure your spot! Book now >
For any other questions, please call 215-413-1997.