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New Year’s Eve Drops and Celebrations

Count down to the New Year at one of Pennsylvania’s iconic (and unique) celebrations!

New Year's Eve Celebrations at York
New Year's Eve Celebrations, York.

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh drops the Future of Pittsburgh Ball after a six-hour celebration sprawls downtown’s renowned 14-block Cultural District—inside theaters, galleries and unique spaces, and along city streets on outdoor performance stages. This art-focused family-friendly New Year’s Eve party features 150 events at nearly 50 indoor and outdoor locations. Pittsburgh’s vibrant arts community ring in the New Year with live music, dance, theater, visual arts, comedy, magic, kids’ activities, and a signature parade along with two Zambelli Fireworks displays at 6 p.m. and midnight.

First Night® Bethlehem

For a truly one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration, First Night® Bethlehem “peeps” with pride. Held at the iconic SteelStacks, the celebration features a wide variety of music and art before a signature Marshmallow Peep® travels down toward the excited crowd, to ring in the New Year.

Lebanon's Annual New Year's Eve Bologna Drop

It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve in Central Pennsylvania without the famous Pennsylvania Dutch bologna descending from the sky in its namesake county. Join the excitement in Lebanon as crowds count down the seconds with the famous 16-foot Lebanon Bologna coming to a stop at the stroke of midnight.

Dillsburg’s 24th Annual New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop

Dillsburg’s 24th Annual New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop offers activities for all ages on New Year’s Eve, culminating with the famous pickle drop at midnight on the square, followed by fireworks. Enjoy entertainment from a magician, a caricaturist, and balloon artists as you wait for the pickle to fall. A Baby Pickle Drop at 7 p.m. ensures that even the little ones with early bed times can take part in the fun!

Kennett Square’s 5th Annual Midnight in the Square

Bring in the New Year at the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” Kennett Square. For the fifth time ever, a 700-pound stainless steel mushroom will be lowered to count down the New Year as a nod to the town’s acres of fungus fields. The Midnight in the Square event will feature music, food and entertainment and will culminate with the mushroom drop at midnight. 

Hershey’s Annual Hershey’s Kiss Raise

Begin the New Year at the “Sweetest Place on Earth!®” The Hershey’s Kiss Raise is ranked second by USA Today Travel for great places for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve. This well-known chocolate town pulls out all the stops for its New Year’s Eve in Hershey event. At 11:59 p.m., a Hershey’s Kiss is raised amongst a sweet-toothed crowd, and a midnight fireworks display completes a family-friendly night in beautiful downtown Hershey.

Carlisle’s First Night in CARlisle, Celebrating 20 Years

Carlisle celebrates New Year’s Eve by encouraging youth visitors and residents to design a button that will be dropped at the annual First Night Carlisle event. The final result is a 50-pound, aluminum-framed button that is accented with LED lights. The theme for this year’s button drop is “First Night in CARlisle, Celebrating 20 Years.” Beginning at 6 p.m., the First Night Carlisle celebration will include live music performances and art exhibits, and it will close with a fantastic fireworks display.

Pottsville’s Yuengling© Beer Bottle

New Year's Eve in Pottsville is marked by the raising of the Yuengling© beer bottle to the top of the flagpole at Garfield Square. Ring in the New Year with a toast to the oldest brewery in America.

Harrisburg’s Annual Strawberry Drop

The New Year’s Eve celebration in Harrisburg hosts a crowd of thousands in the state’s capital. At 60 seconds before midnight, a giant, lit strawberry starts its descent from the top of the downtown Hilton Harrisburg to ring in the New Year. The evening includes live entertainment, dancing, children’s arts and crafts and fireworks.

Beavertown’s Beaver Drop

Watch Bucky the Beaver descend from the sky this New Year in Beavertown in the Susquehanna River Valley. This life-size beaver got his name from a community contest that was held before the event’s second year. He is held in the air by a 75-foot ladder and slowly lowered to the ground, landing at midnight.

5th Annual McClure Kettle Drop

The fifth McClure Kettle Drop New Year’s Eve Celebration at the McClure Fire Hall is sure to be an entertaining community event for the whole family. Ring in the New Year with food, dancing and activities for the kids, and watch the lowering of the cast-iron kettle at midnight in honor of the historic McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair Celebration.

Lancaster’s Annual Red Rose Drop

Lancaster starts the New Year when its signature red rose ascends at Binns Park. Symbolic of the War of Roses between Lancaster and York, the red rose celebration starts early and lasts through the evening. With more than 20 indoor performances, Countdown Lancaster is a family-oriented event filled with visual and performing entertainment ending in a midnight fireworks display.

York’s Annual White Rose Drop

Attendees of York’s New Year’s Eve celebration are sure to have a blast bringing in 2018. Enjoy a children’s countdown to the balloon drop from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., with complimentary hats and noisemakers, perfect for the youngsters. Join the crowd in smelling roses all the way until midnight as a white rose descends from the sky in Continental Square, symbolic of the War of Roses between Lancaster and York.

Mechanicsburg’s Wrench Drop

The town celebrates the New Year from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with the annual dropping of a wrench on Main Street. The tradition commemorates the borough’s founders — mechanics who settled in the area to make and repair wagons in the early 19th century.

Duncannon’s Annual Sled Drop

Named by Travel & Leisure as one of the Wackiest New Year’s Eve Ball Drops, Duncannon Borough brings in the New Year with its annual Sled Drop at midnight, during a fireworks display. The 10-foot sled used is a model of the famous Lightning Guider sled manufactured at the Standard Sled Factory in Duncannon from 1904 until 1990. Festivities are from 10 p.m. to midnight.

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