New Year's Eve celebrations across greater Philadelphia region

Mark Abrams
December 30, 2019 - 4:30 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — We have fireworks in Philadelphia to mark the arrival of the new year. New York has the ball drop on Times Square.

But there are some ways a few nearby communities celebrate the start of the new year. So, if you're looking to make a road trip, here are a few suggestions for your New Year's Eve celebration.

Not too far from Center City is Kennett Square, which proclaims itself the "mushroom capital of the world." 

Kennett Square is staging its 7th annual mushroom drop, featuring a steel-framed mushroom decorated with white lights.

The festivities attract a big crowd every year to State and Union streets in the community at midnight.

Media, Delaware County also stages a community party and a ball drop of its own at midnight at State and Jackson streets.

There's a sweet deal in nearby Hershey, PA where a large replica of a Hersheys Kiss will be raised at midnight at ChocolateTown Square, Chocolate and Park avenues. There's music and food and fireworks at the magic hour.

And, for something a little more exotic, you can really make a road trip of it and head for Lebanon County for the 23rd annual lowering of a real Lebanon bologna. Festivities are centered on South 8th Street, between Chestnut and Cumberland streets. 

Sorry, no free samples. The bologna is being donated to two shelters for the homeless. But there will be food and drink available for New Year's Eve revelers. 

There's also the town of Dillsburg in York County, which drops a pickle at midnight. Well, not a real pickle but a mock-up of a character pickle.

You'll also find a variety of foods at the community senior center, including fried pickles and pickle soup.

Or, you can head to downtown Harrisburg for the midnight drop of the steel-framed strawberry with lights.

A special countdown for kids night starts at 9 at the MLK Government Center with party hats, a big balloon drop, a dance party and a milk and cookies toast.

Finally, they're marking the start of the new year in Pottsville, Schuylkill County — the home of the Yuengling Brewery — with the raising of a six-foot-tall mock-up of a bottle of lager at midnight at Garfield Square.

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