New Year's Eve parties aren't in short supply around northcentral Pennsylvania. Wander down to your local club or tavern, and it's far more likely you'll find a DJ or a band playing that night than on any other night of the year.
That said, we know its sometimes hard to find events for families and for those who don't enjoy that scene or want to wake up hungover on New Year's Day. So here's a roundup of family-friendly and clean fun events around the region this New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
We've also included as a bonus a few suggestions for New Year's Eve for the adventurer who wants to see odd things drop down poles in other parts of Pennsylvania.
For families with kids
“Countdown to Noon” family celebration of New Year’s at Bloomsburg Children's Museum, 2 W. 7th St. Crafts, games, and music with Kerry Kenny.
Event goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission cost may apply ($6.50 for adults and children over 12 months). Email email@example.com with questions.
Big Ben-themed “Rockin New Year’s Eve” party at Lewisburg Children’s Museum, 815 Market St.
Party starts at 5 p.m., with Big Ben ringing at 7 p.m. (Midnight by London time). Food, make your own musical instruments, and more. $20 tickets.
Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (570) 768-4914
Fun for teens
Sunbury Ice Skating Rink hosts a New Year’s Eve celebration.
5 to 9 p.m. at the Sunbury Ice Rink, 249 Memorial Dr. Free snacks. Music from DJ Kyle Alexander.
"Ignite the Underground" free party for teens at Towanda High School gym. 1 High School Dr. 7 – 10 p.m. Inflatables, can jam, other games, pizza & soda pop. Hosted by Independent Baptist Church and Fellowship Bible Church.
Gamers’ New Year’s Eve bash at The White Knight Game Room, from 6 p.m. until midnight. Food, football, and games all night. Please leave alcohol at home. Bring a dish for the potluck if you’d like. Located at Pajama Factory, 637 Rose St., Williamsport.
Bloomsburg YMCA New Year’s Eve 5K 2019 takes off at 3 p.m. at the Bloomsburg Area YMCA, 30 E. 7th St. Registration is $25.
Contact email@example.com or (570)784-0188 for more information.
Williamsport Area NA hosts a New Year’s Eve party at Old Lycoming Township Fire Co., 1600 Dewey Ave. Music, dancing, and hors d’oeuvres.
$15 tickets. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ventriloquest “Ryan & Friends” with Gordon Mote, a gospel and country Christian singer-songwriter. At The Country Cupboard, 101 Hafer Rd., Lewisburg. Show tickets are $49, ($69 with dinner buffet) Tickets available at Guest Services, by phone (570-523-3211), and online.
Hamilton-Gibson presents "Murder at the Juice Joint," a Roaring '20s themed mystery dinner party where you are the characters. No lines to memorize -- just fun, food, and murder. Tickets available here.
Located at Gallery of the Warehouse Theatre, 3 Central Avenue, Wellsboro.
Joe, Scott, and Jocelyn from True Heart Music play a free show of Christian country music at Stonington Baptist, 2113 Hosta Rd., Paxinos at 7 p.m. There will be hot dogs and sauerkraut following the concert.
Dana Daisley plays acoustic music at the Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro, 4 E. 2nd St, Coudersport. Show begins at 9 p.m.
Ski Sawmill New Year's Eve party, 383 Oregon Hill Rd., Morris, Pa. The mountain opens Dec. 31 at 9 a.m., lifts run until Jan. 1, 1 a.m. Ski deals start from 5 p.m. till 1 AM and include $20 lift tickets, $15 ski rentals, $17 snowboard rentals. WLIH The Voice radio will be play contemporary Christian music and doing prize giveaways. Midnight torchlight parade down the mountain.
“Pie or Plunge,” benefiting United Way of Columbia and Montour counties.
12 p.m., Bloomsburg Municipal Airport. 301 E. 2nd St.
Take a dive into the Susquehanna or pie someone in the face. Pies $5 – suggested donation of $20 for divers, though any donation helps. Visit website.
Hot New Year's Eve spots for drops
Visit Bethlehem, where a 400-pound "Peep" chick is dropped as part of the corporate-sponsored PEEPSfest at the Steel Stacks casino complex, where Bethlehem Steel once stood.
In Lebanon, they've been dropping bologna from the sky for 20-plus years now, when residents started writing into the paper comparing themselves to Lancaster and York's rose drops and Harrisburg's strawberry drop. Since there's a type of bologna named after the town, it seemed a natural choice.
In Dillsburg, they drop a pickle. Makes sense.
Finally, in McClure, a borough on Route 522 between Beaver Springs and Lewistown, they drop a kettle at the fire company every year.