Philly's nearby counties offer unique alternatives to Times Square ball drop

Mark Abrams
December 30, 2018 - 1:01 pm
Times square has the ball drop, Philadelphia has fireworks to mark the New Year, but there are some other communities in the region that have some unique New Year's Eve traditions.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Times square has the ball drop, Philadelphia has fireworks to mark the new year, but there are some other communities in the region that have some unique New Year's Eve traditions. 

This is the sixth year for the "mushroom drop" in Kennett Square, Chester County, which bills itself as the "Mushroom Capital of the World."

It features a steel-framed mushroom decorated with white lights that will be lowered 100 feet onto the center of State and Union streets in Kennett Square at midnight.

In Media, Delaware County, the community welcomes the new year with its own ball drop at State and Jackson streets at midnight.

In the nearby Lebanon County, the city of Lebanon will have a papier-mache version of its mascot, the Bologna Ranger, carrying Lebanon bologna, slowly dropped from a crane onto South Eighth Street between Cumberland and Chestnut streets.

In Hershey, Pennsylvania, they celebrate the arrival of the new year by raising, not lowering, a large, seven-foot high, nearly 300-pound aluminum replica of a Hershey kiss in the town square at Chocolate and Park avenues at midnight.

In the southern York County town of Dillsburg, they'll lower a large plastic Mr. Dill pickle into a large barrel to mark the arrival of 2019.

In Lancaster, the community celebrates with the midnight lowering of a rose, shaped and composed of colored lights at Binn's Park, followed by fireworks.

In nearby York County, it's the drop of a rose formed by white lights that will be the highlight of events on Continental Square.
 
In the Christmas City, Bethlehem, they'll lower a nearly five-foot tall, 400 pound plastic, lighted replica of the popular Peeps chick candy at 5:15 p.m. at the Steel Stacks. It's the 10th year in a row for the family event.

And, for those looking for a really unusual way to mark the new year, it might be worth the trip to Pottsville in Schuylkill County, the home of Yuengling Brewery, where they'll raise a six-foot tall mock-up of a bottle of Yuengling lager beer at midnight at Garfield Square.