New Year's Eve Drops and Celebrations

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh raises the Future of Pittsburgh Ball in the culmination of the six-hour celebration throughout the downtown’s renowned 14-block Cultural District—inside theaters, galleries and unique spaces, and along city streets with four outdoor performance stages. Acclaimed national artists and 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 PyrotechnicoFireworks displays at 6 p.m. and midnight. The event is free and open to everyone! lndoor galleries and select performance venues will require free tickets for entry.

First Night® Bethlehem

For a truly one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration, First Night® Bethlehem “peeps” with pride. To celebrate Just Born Quality Confection’s 100th anniversary, attendees will get a sneak peep of the tasty new flavor offerings that are hitting store shelves for the 2023 spring season! Held at the iconic SteelStacks, the celebration features a wide variety of music and art before the signature Marshmallow PEEPS® Chick travels down toward the excited crowd, to ring in the New Year at 5:35 p.m. on both Dec. 30 and 31 followed by a stunning display of fireworks. Note: Tickets, which are required and cost $5 per person, can be purchased online.

Lebanon's Annual New Year's Eve Bologna Drop

It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve in southcentral 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 Drop coming to a stop at the stroke of midnight.

Crayola’s Jazzberry Jammin' New Year's Eve

Crayola Experience in Easton is ringing in the New Year with lots of fun family activities all throughout the day and the perfect way for little ones to join in the New Year’s celebration! There will be a streamer launch complete with a countdown to ring in the New Year at noon and 2:00 p.m., along with a Silent Disco dance party with Silent Fun. And, of course, there will be loads of colorful activities throughout the day! Festivities end at 6:00 p.m., giving adults plenty of time to get the little ones tucked in before toasting the New Year themselves at midnight!

Kennett Square’s Annual Midnight in the Square

Ring in the New Year at the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” Kennett Square. For the tenth time, 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 has been 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 downtown revelers will enjoy an immersive display that everyone will see – even if it’s foggy!

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

Returning to North 2nd Street, Harrisburg’s the New Year’s Eve festivities and signature Strawberry Drop kicks off at 9 p.m. with Countdown to Kid-Night featuring a 1,000+ balloon drop, a milk and cookies toast, and lots more family fun, followed by the strawberry drop and fireworks at midnight. Be sure to check for a list of New Year’s Eve dining specials, parties, and more happening throughout the City.

Shippensburg’s Drop the Anchor New Year's Celebration

Welcome 2023 in style at Shippensburg’s Drop the Anchor New Year’s Celebration. Festivities begin 8 p.m. with bounce houses, a 128-foot obstacle course and GIANT slide from Strouse Entertainment, and DJ Wheelz keeping you entertained spinning the classics to the latest hits. At midnight, you can watch the Times Square ball drop on an inflatable movie screen. Be sure to stop by the photo booth to capture your final moments of 2022 and welcome your first moments of 2023 at this free and fun family event.

Lower Allen Township Pants Drop

We bet you haven’t heard of a pants drop before! As the clock strikes midnight, the town’s signature yellow trousers – a shout-out to nearby Yellow Breeches Creek – are dropped to ring in the new year. Baby Breeches, the children’s countdown and drop, will be at 10 p.m. for the whole family to enjoy.

York’s Annual White Rose Drop

Attendees of York’s New Year’s Eve celebration are sure to have a blast bringing in 2023. 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 the Roses between Lancaster and York.

Mechanicsburg’s Wrench Drop

The town celebrates the New Year from 9 p.m. to 12:20 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.

Lancaster’s Red Rose Drop

Not to be outdone by York’s White Rose Drop, Lancaster’s New Year’s Eve celebration includes the return of the Red Rose Drop. Join fellow revelers to welcome 2023 at the newly opened and beautiful Ewell Plaza in Binn’s Park with live music and the city’s iconic Red Rose Drop.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great ideas and places to visit around our state.

share or pin this article

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use our website, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies (and milk!) from Learn more about cookie data in our Privacy Policy