New Year’s Eve in Pennsylvania

Three, two, one…Happy New Year! People all over the world celebrate New Year’s Eve, but no one drops more unusual items than Pennsylvania. From a marshmallow peep in Bethlehem to a pickle in Dillsburg, come celebrate Dec. 31 in Pennsylvania and experience all the unique drops in the best place to ring in the New Year.

 

Mushroom - Philadelphia and the Countryside

Kennett Square
www.brandywinevalley.com/events-calendar
Ring in the New Year at the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” Kennett Square. For the second  year in a row, 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.

 

Marshmallow Peep® - Lehigh Valley

Bethlehem
www.steelstacks.org/festivals/peepsfest/
For a truly one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration, First Night® Bethlehem “peeps” with pride. Start the evening by experiencing the celebration spanning downtown and offering artistic and cultural entertainment for young and old sponsored by the non-profit ArtsQuest. Enjoy a wide variety of music and art before watching the signature Marshmallow Peep travel down towards the excited crowd, ringing in the New Year as only Bethlehem can.

 

Hershey - Dutch Country Roads

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

 

First Night 2015 - Pittsburgh and its Countryside

Pittsburgh
www.firstnightpgh.org
Join the city of Pittsburgh in ushering in the New Year with their ball raise minutes before midnight, followed by a spectacular fireworks show. The “Future of Pittsburgh” ball is a 1,000-pound illuminated orb made entirely of recycled materials, symbolizing Pittsburgh’s continuous efforts to be a “green” city. A kickoff celebration for the New Year’s festivities begins at 6 p.m., followed by the Highmark First Night Parade at 8 p.m. and accompanied by ongoing comedic, musical and theatre performances throughout the evening.

 

Bologna - Dutch Country Roads

Lebanon
www.lebanonpa.org/Pages/UpcomingEvents.aspx
It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve in central Pennsylvania without a famous Pennsylvania Dutch treat descending from the sky. 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. Start off the year right by being amazed, amused and maybe even hungry.

 

Pickle - Dutch Country Roads

Dillsburg
www.dillsburg.com/events.html
Although Dillsburg has nothing to do with pickles, the town sure does know how to have fun with its name. Get into a real “pickle” as Dillsburg celebrates its annual Pickle Drop at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Once the delicious dill has descended into the barrel, the party continues with a fireworks display lasting until 12:30 a.m.

 

Strawberry - Dutch Country Roads

Harrisburg
www.visithersheyharrisburg.org/event/details?eventid=9762&eventday=12/31/2014 
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, arts and crafts for children, and fireworks.

 

Beaver - Valleys of the Susquehanna

Beavertown
www.visitcentralpa.org
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. Bucky is held in the air by a 75-foot ladder and slowly lowered to the ground, landing at midnight.

 

Red Rose - Dutch Country Roads

Lancaster
www.lancastercityevents.com
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. Festivities include a concert beginning at 10 p.m.

 

White Rose - Dutch Country Roads

York
www.yorkcity.org/NYE
Attendees of York’s New Year’s Eve celebration are sure to have a blast bringing in 2015. 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.

 

Button - Dutch Country Roads

Carlisle
www.firstnightcarlisle.org
Carlisle has changed the way they’ve celebrated New Year’s by allowing 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 frame button that is accented with LED lights. Beginning at 6 p.m., the First Night Carlisle celebration will include live music performances and art exhibits and close with a fantastic fireworks display.

 

Yuengling Beer Bottle - Upstate PA

Pottsville
www.city.pottsville.pa.us/html/ccoe.htm
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.

 

Anchor - Dutch Country Roads

Shippensburg
www.shippensburgrotary.org
Bring the whole family out to Shippensburg for the annual Drop the Anchor event. Activities include carriage rides, live music, and inflatable games. As the anchor, a traditional town symbol, drops to the countdown to midnight, expect to get covered in confetti!

 

Kettle - Valleys of the Susquehanna

McClure
https://sites.google.com/site/kettledrop/home
The third 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. Celebrate the New Year with food, dancing and activities for the kids, and the lowering of the cast iron kettle at midnight in honor of the historic McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair celebration.

 

Giant Shoe - Dutch Country Roads

Palmyra
www.palmyraheritage.org/index.html
Bring in the New Year in Palmyra’s town square with the giant shoe drop at midnight in recognition of the borough’s once-booming shoe manufacturing industry. The celebration also features entertainment and family-friendly activities.

 

Sled - Dutch Country Roads

Duncannon
www.facebook.com/ThisIsDuncannon
Duncannon Borough brings in the New Year with its annual Sled Drop at midnight during a fireworks display. The 10-foot sled 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.

 

Wrench - Dutch Country Roads

Mechanicsburg
www.mechanicsburgchamber.org/
The town celebrates the New Year from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with the annual drop 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.