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More Unique New Year's Eve Celebrations in Central Pennsylvania

Nov 17, 2017 01:23PM ● By Melanie Heisinger


East Pennsboro Twp.

What's being dropped: nail

The New Year's Eve party and the "dropping of the nail" offers music by DJ Steve, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. The nail drop is the kickoff to West Fairview's 200th anniversary year. A nail was chosen since the town was once home to the Harrisburg Nail Works factory. A seven-foot, 50-pound nail will be lowered at midnight from a fire truck. Children ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by a parent.

Details: 8 p.m.-12:15 a.m. at the East Pennsboro Twp. Annex Building, 440 Chestnut St., West Fairview. Tickets are $3.
Info: 717-903-7399.

Lower Allen Township

What's being dropped: yellow breeches

Festivities at this family-oriented event, held in the Village of Lisburn, include the dropping of the "yellow breeches," or as one the organizers, Linda Kilmore jokingly says "Yes, we will drop our pants at midnight." The yellow breeches is a playful reference to the Yellow Breeches Creek that flows through the park. There will be fun activities, with music provided by DJ Tim Delp of Callypso Entertainment. A children's countdown and drop will be held at 10 p.m. with baby breeches.

Souvenir pictures with the five foot tall breeches will be taken from 8-10 p.m. for a dollar. All proceeds will benefit the park's Fun Fort and children's equipment and activities at Lower Allen Community Park. The event is an alcohol-free, family-fun event.

Details: 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. at Lower Allen Township Park Bark, 4075 Lisburn Road. Event is free, but monetary donations will be accepted to benefit the Fun Fort. Participants may also bring donations of nonperishable food items to benefit New Hope Ministries.


What's being dropped: anchor

The Drop the Anchor celebration is a family-friendly community event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shippensburg. The event includes entertainment by Phantom Shadow, inflatable games and carriage rides. Live music will be performed from 9:45-11:45 p.m. At midnight, the Anchor will be lowered from a fire truck.
Details: 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. around the center of town, King and Earl streets, Shippensburg. Everything is free with the exception items offered from food vendors.



What's being dropped: candy

Events include music by DJ Big John, a bonfire, a s'mores pit and other food. Candy is dropped at midnight, with noisemakers and hats available for all the revelers.
Details: 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. at Highspire Memorial Field, Second and Lumber streets. Free.
Info: Highspire Borough office, 717-939-3303.


Linglestown Area Civic Association's annual Jingle Lingle will include music, including The Cotolos and Lauren Creznic. Local personality Tim Burns will be the master of ceremonies. Those attending are encouraged to bring small bells to ring at the stroke of midnight, or better yet, purchase a commemorative Linglestown 250th anniversary bell.

Details: 10 p.m. Dec. 31 at Linglestown Square, Linglestown Road. Free admission.
Info:, 717-545-9574.



What's being dropped: giant shoe

The shoe will drop with style this year, as it has been refurbished. Free hats and noisemakers will be available. Music will be performed by Palm City Ramblers Band and refreshments will be provided by Dudes with Dogs.

Details: 9 p.m.-midnight at Fireman's Park, Grant Street.


New Bloomfield

What's being dropped: huckleberry

The Huckleberry Drop event will once again include free hot dogs, soup, baked goods and beverages, until gone. The New Bloomfield Fire Company will benefit from the annual 50/50 raffle. A disc jockey will supply music and a crazy hat contest will be held with prizes -- all leading up to the huckleberry dropping from the Courthouse clock tower at midnight.

Details: 10 p.m.-midnight, on the square, Main and Carlisle streets, New Bloomfield. Free.


What's being dropped: hard hat

The Hard Hat Drop will be held outside of Turnbaugh's Place. The hat, approximately three feet by six feet, is dropped from the top of the bar/restaurant. Music by a disc jockey will take place inside, leading up to midnight.

Details: 9 p.m. at Turnbaugh's Place, 100 Market St., Newport. Free.
Info: 717-567-3609.



The borough of Elizabethtown is taking a year off to reorganize, rebrand and rename its annual New Year's Eve celebration.




What's being dropped: Pac-Man

TimeLine Arcade will lower an eight-foot, lit Pac-Man at midnight. The outdoor drop will take place from the top of the arcade which is located in the Hanover Heritage Conference Center.
Details: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. at TimeLine Arcade, 22 Carlisle St. Unlimited game play, refreshments and music is available inside the arcade for $15.
Info:, 717-634-2600.

Red Lion

What's being raised: cigar
Red Lion's New Year's Eve Celebration includes music, food available for purchase, several events for the kids, and the raising of the Red Lion Cigar at midnight at the Red Lion Municipal Office building, 11 E. Broadway, followed by fireworks from the Red Lion Area Historical Society, located across the street.

Activities include: a model train layout from 7-11:30 p.m. in the old Red Lion Train Station, 73 N. Main St.; free pork and sauerkraut supper from 5-7 p.m., and concert by Summit Hill Bluegrass Band from 7:45-11:30 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 45 First Ave. (food tickets required by calling the church at 717-244-2355); free food, crafts and entertainment by Delta Spring Band from 5-9 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 220 N. Charles St.; balloons, face painting and other kids' activities from 6-9 p.m. at Bethany House, 131 W. Broadway; and kids' crafts, 7-9 p.m. at Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 S. Charles St.

Details: 7 p.m.-midnight. Downtown Red Lion. Free. Free parking with bus shuttle beginning at 6 p.m. at Red Lion Area Senior High School, Horace Mann Avenue.



What's being dropped: potato chip bag (pictured in main photo)

The Great Chip Drop -- potato chip that is -- began seven years ago in recognition of Hartley's Potato Chips being a part of Mifflin County since 1935. A 200 pound replica of a Hartley's Potato Chip bag, measuring six feet by nine feet, will be hoisted high on a ladder truck and when the bag touches the ground at midnight, the fireworks commence. There will be live music in the Historic Courthouse.

Details: 9 p.m. at Monument Square and the Historic Courthouse, 1 W. Market St. The event is free, as is parking.

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