Ring in the New Year in Central PA

It happens every year. In fact, it’s pretty much the reason we are able to make such statements as “every year.” ‘Cause, you know, when one year ends, another begins. We digress…

Bottom line is: don’t let the holiday season tucker you out too much. New Year’s Eve is a sure bet when it comes to having a good time with friends and family – popping a couple bottles of champagne, belting out the few words you actually know from “Auld Lang Syne,” taking comfort in the fact (most of) you have January 1 off from work.

But what NYE celebration is complete without a proper countdown? Here’s a quick overview of some of the region’s community celebrations, complete with live music, food and a variety of things that will … drop.


Downtown Lancaster

Binns Park (100 block of North Queen Street)
Ring in 2016 in downtown Lancaster with a concert by Sweet Ember, the lowering of the Red Rose and fireworks at midnight.


Downtown York

Continental Square
A children’s drop takes place in Central Market from 6-8pm, after which the attention turns to the White Rose drop and fireworks display on Continental Square.


Downtown Harrisburg

Strawberry Square
Head to downtown Harrisburg for the Capital City’s annual Strawberry Drop, complete with live music and fireworks.



53 East Main Street
Ring in the new year with the annual Wrench Drop.



The Square in Hershey
Disney star Olivia Holt takes center stage just before the dropping of the giant Hershey Kiss.


Timeline Arcade (22 Carlisle St.)
7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Enjoy unlimited video games for $20, live music featuring Macy K and the Oven Fresh Hot Delicious, snacks, beer tasting, pizza and the Pac Man drop at midnight.


Dillsburg Square (109 South Baltimore Street)
4:30 p.m. – midnight
The evening begins at 4:30pm with activities for all ages, all of which leads into the main event – the Pickle Drop at midnight – which is followed by fireworks.


Town wide
5 p.m. -.midnight
The visual and performing arts come together for First Night in Carlisle, featuring a variety of live music, theater and arts events across town. The evening culminates with the dropping of the First Night Button and fireworks at the corner of West and High streets.


Ninth and Cumberland streets
10:30 p.m. – midnight
The annual dropping of the Lebanon Bologna.

Where will you be on New Year’s Eve?




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