New Year's Eve Drops and Celebrations

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 with four outdoor performance stages. 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. For the first time ever, this 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. 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 26th Annual New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop

Dillsburg’s Annual New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop is back for its 26th year! This event 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 Annual Midnight in the Square

Ring in the New Year at the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” Kennett Square. For the fifth 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 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.

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

Take us out to the ballgame this New Year’s as Harrisburg’s Annual Strawberry Drop is being hosted at FNB Fields. This sweet event hosts thousands and will feature their signature strawberry drop and fireworks at midnight. The evening includes free kids activities, live music, a beer garden, food, and a photo booth. Submit photos and a message to be featured on the jumbotron during the night of festivities!

5th Annual McClure Kettle Drop

The fifth annual 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.

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 2022. Enjoy a children’s countdown to the balloon drop from 5 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 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.

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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