Unique New Year’s Celebrations in PA

Hershey New Year’s Eve Facebook photo

Three, two, one … Happy New Year!

People all over the world celebrate New Year’s Eve, but the Happy Traveler knows no one drops more unusual items than Pennsylvanians.

From a Marshmallow Peep in Bethlehem to a pickle in Dillsburg, Pennsylvanians celebrate the New Year in style are among the unique New Year’s Eve drops across the state.

Mushroom – Philadelphia and the Countryside

Kennett Square

You can bring in the New Year at the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” Kennett Square.

For the sixth 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


Here is a truly one-of-a-kind New Year’s celebration.

PEEPFEST® is an annual two-day New Year’s Eve event that incorporates New Year’s Eve traditions and the love of PEEPS® brand.

Fans travel from all over the country to partake in the family-friendly activities and of course, a 4-feet, 9-inches tall, 400-pound PEEPS® Chick Drop that descends at 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 31 to commemorate the beginning of a sweet new year.

Hershey’s Kiss – Dutch Country Roads


You can 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.

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.

You can 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.

You will start off the year 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.

You can 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.

If the kiddos have a bedtime, you can get an early start with their very own Baby Pickle Drop at Dillsburg Elementary School at 7 p.m., plus an ice sculpture live on Dillsburg Square 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. You can ring in the New Year with a toast to the oldest brewery in America.

Strawberry – Dutch Country Roads


The New Year’s Eve celebration in Harrisburg will begin at 11:45 p.m. outside the Hilton Hotel in downtown Harrisburg.

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, children’s arts and crafts and fireworks.

Recycled Ball – Pittsburgh And Its Countryside


You can join the city of Pittsburgh for its signature New Year’s Eve Parade, celebrating Highmark First Night Pittsburgh’s 26th anniversary with a 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 New Year’s Eve Parade at 8 p.m., accompanied by ongoing comedic, musical and theater performances throughout the evening, sprawling downtown’s renowned 14-block Cultural District.

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 indoor performances, enjoy a family-oriented event filled with visual and performing entertainment ending in a midnight fireworks display.

White Rose – Dutch Country Roads


Attendees of York’s New Year’s Eve celebration are sure to have a blast bringing in 2020.

You can 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.

Also, you can 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.

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.

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