BLOG: Don’t ‘Drop The Ball’ This New Year’s Eve

By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretary

December 27, 2015

As we say farewell to 2015, why not ring in 2016 at one of Pennsylvania’s unique “drops” — and we’re not talking about a lit-up disco ball!

From bologna, to pickles, to candy, to a life-sized beaver — here’s a quick list of family-friendly New Year’s Eve events being held right in your own backyard:

– Hershey — “The Hershey Kiss Raise” is ranked second by USA Today Travel for great places with a family-friendly New Year’s Eve, wowing crowds as a giant Kiss is hoisted up above downtown Hershey.

New Years Eve in Pennsylvania

– Lebanon — “New Year’s Eve Bologna Drop” is a staple of the Central Pennsylvania community, featuring the famous 16-foot Pennsylvania Dutch treat descending from the sky.

– Bethlehem — “First Night Bethlehem” offers an array of music and art, and will culminate with the dropping of the signature “Marshmallow Peep®.”

– Kennett Square — “Midnight in the Square” features a 700-pound stainless steel mushroom being lowered as a nod to the town’s reputation as “Mushroom Capital of the World.”

– Pottsville — “New Year’s Eve in Downtown” is marked by the raising of Yuengling beer bottle to the top of a flagpole in Pottsville, the home of America’s oldest brewery.

– Beavertown — “New Year’s Eve Beaver Drop” celebrates “Bucky” the life-sized beaver, who is held in the air by a 75-foot ladder and slowly lowered to the ground at midnight.

– Dillsburg — “New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop” is centered around a dill pickle dropped at the stroke of midnight — although the town is not officially associated with the food, it sure has fun with the name!

New Years Eve in Pennsylvania
For a full list of New Year’s Eve “drop” (and/or “raise”) events from Visit PA, click here. Happy New Year everyone!

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