Get the drop on New Year’s Eve celebrations in Lancaster County

By on December 26, 2018

In New York City’s Times Square, hundreds of thousands of people gather to watch the ball drop and welcome the new year.

In Lancaster County, you can watch a shoe drop, a jug drop, and more.

Here are six to check out:

Balloon Drop at Noon – Columbia

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The balloons drop at noon.

What: This free and kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration will have a dance party with Father Time, games and crafts.

Where: National Watch and Clock Museum

Details: or 717-684-8261

Barrel Drop Reamstown

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-midnight

What: The brewery and restaurant will have music by Adriano starting at 8 p.m. At midnight, the barrel will be dropped from the third floor of the brewpub.

Where: 6 N. Reamstown Road, Reamstown

Details: or 717-335-7837

Spectators watch as the star is raised to welcome 2018 during the New Year’s Eve family event at the Christ Lutheran Church on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.

Star Raising – Elizabethtown

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 3-7 p.m.

What: Christ Lutheran Church and the Winters Heritage House Museum will host free activities (bingo, balloon crafts) and a star will be raised at 7 p.m., which is midnight in sister city, Letterkenny, Ireland. Fireworks will follow.

Where: Christ Lutheran Church, 125 E. High Street, Elizabethtown

Details: or 717-367-2786

Haydn Zug’s Jug Drop – East Peterburg

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 10 p.m.-midnight

What: New Year’s Eve in the Square will have free entertainment (a chainsaw artist, live music and a magician) and the jug will be lowered at midnight.

Where: Fulton Bank, 1695 Main St., East Petersburg


Red Rose Drop – Lancaster

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 10 p.m.-midnight

What: Ring in the new year with the lowering of the Red Rose, plus a free show from One Too Many, hot chocolate, food and fireworks at midnight.

Where: Binns Park, 100 block of North Queen Street.


Akron Mayor John McBeth helps oversee the town’s New Year’s Eve “Shoe-In.”

Shoe-in – Akron

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 10 p.m. to midnight.

What: The night has free activities, including a DJ, a bonfire, a candy cannon and free hot dogs, hot chocolate and cookies. A lit shoe, representing the borough’s roots in the shoe-making industry, drops at midnight. Bring shoes to donate to those in need through Ephrata Area Social Services and Peter’s Porch, a program of Zion Lutheran Church in Akron.

Where: Broad Street Park, Akron

Details: 717-330-2023

Erin Negley is a features reporter for LNP. She can be reached at or 717-291-8690.


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