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
Bring in the New Year at the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” Kennett Square. For the first 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.
Marshmallow Peep - Lehigh Valley
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 Kiss - Dutch Country Roads
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. At 11:59 p.m., a Hershey Kiss is raised amongst a sweet-toothed crowd. A midnight fireworks display completes a family friendly night in beautiful downtown Hershey.
Bologna - Dutch Country Roads
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
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
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
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.
Red Rose - Dutch Country Roads
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 warm 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
Attendees of York’s New Year’s Eve celebration are sure to have a blast bringing in 2014. 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.
Indy Car - Dutch Country Roads
As a destination for car shows, sprint car racing and its antique car museum, it’s no surprise that at the stroke of midnight Carlisle will celebrate the New Year by dropping its iconic Indy Car. The theme for the 16th annual downtown celebration is “First Night 2014: Lite up the Nite.” 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.
Dove Promise - Dutch Country Roads
Last year’s Let E-Town Ring celebration featured the first ever dropping of a Dove Promise chocolate bar instead of the traditional M&M candy. In honor of Elizabethtown’s sister city in Letterkenny, Ireland, the New Year’s Eve drop occurs every year at 7 p.m., aligning with the time Letterkenny will be celebrating the New Year. Throughout the evening, the whole family can enjoy community events including live music, a children’s area, a bouncy castle, arts and crafts and plenty of delicious food. After midnight, enjoy watching Elizabethtown’s dazzling fireworks display.
Ball of Recycled Materials - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Future of Pittsburgh Ball
Join the city of Pittsburgh in ushering in the New Year with their “Future of Pittsburgh” 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., accompanied by ongoing comedic, musical and theatre performances throughout the evening.
Crayola Crayon - Lehigh Valley
Have a colorful New Year’s celebration at the Crayola Factory in Easton’s Center Square. Crayola has called Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, its home since the turn of the century. The event’s family-friendly festivities include art activities, live entertainment and a fireworks display following the giant crayon drop at 8 p.m.
Yuengling Beer Bottle - Upstate PA
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!
Lollipop - Dutch Country Roads
Join the family fun and bring in the New Year with live music, outdoor entertainers, and food vendors starting at 9 p.m. Inspired by the old Gladstone Candy Company, the nine-foot lollipop drops in the Hummelstown square at midnight and is followed by a fireworks display.
Kettle - Valleys of the Susquehanna
After its successful grand inauguration last year, the second 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 the lowering of the cast iron kettle at midnight in honor of the historic McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair Celebration.
Bag of Hartley's Potato Chips - The Alleghenies
Celebrate the New Year with the Great Chip Drop in the Lewistown Square. Hartley's supplies the ceremonial 6-by-9 foot bag that is dropped at the stroke of midnight and also donates bags of chips every year to give away during the event.
Anchor - Dutch Country Roads
Bring the whole family out to Shippensburg for the annual Drop the Anchor event. Activities include carriage rides, live music, and various games. As the anchor, a traditional town symbol, drops to the countdown to midnight, expect to get covered in confetti!
Giant Shoe - Dutch Country Roads
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 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.
Wrench - Dutch Country Roads
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.