York Weekend Extras 12-31

York Dispatch

New Year's Eve celebrations around York County include:

York City: Children's countdown, 6-8 p.m. at Central Market, followed by the dropping of the white rose at midnight on Continental Square. Information: www.yorkcity.org/NYE.

Dillsburg: Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m., with the Baby Pickle Drop at 7 p.m. and the Pickle Drop at midnight on the square. Information: www.dillsburg.com.

Red Lion: The New Year's Eve bash runs 5 p.m. to midnight at locations around the borough, with the lion and cigar rising at midnight on Center Square. Information: www.redlionpa.org.

West York: Bulldog Drop at 9:30 p.m. and the Oyster Drop at midnight at Market Street and Highland Avenue.

Dillsburg Area Pickle Committee member Deana Weaver poses with the Pickle family -- Mr. and Mrs. Pickle and Lil' Dill, top, at the Citizen's Hose Fire Co. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. During the New Year's Eve Pickle Drop, Lil' Dill stars in the Baby Pickle Drop at 7 p.m. and Mr. Pickle takes the plunge at midnight. The committee is in charge of the New Year's festivities and the PickleFest celebration in May. (Bill Kalina - The York Dispatch)

Kick off the new year with a hike, 1 p.m. Friday at Gifford Pinchot State Park. The 1.5-mile easy to moderate hike in the Conewago Day Use Area will be led by the park naturalist and Friends of Pinchot volunteers. Free, pre-registration encouraged. Meet the group at the main building in the Conewago Day Use area, off Alpine Road. Be sure to dress for the weather, with layers for comfort, warmth and to stay dry. Hot apple cider and snacks will be available after the hike. Bring your own water bottle and/or snacks as desired. Questions: (717) 432-5011.

Mount Wolf Community Church, 98 South Sixth St. in Mount Wolf, is hosting a movie event, 7 p.m. New Year's Day and 2 p.m. Saturday. The church will show a collection of Disney cartoons featuring Goofy — that's right, just a whole bunch of Goofy cartoons. Free, and refreshments will be provided or you can bring your own.

See how animals are handling winter with a wildlife in the woods hike, 1 p.m. Sunday at Nixon County Park. Are woodpeckers leaving holes in bark as they search for insects?  Have the raccoons left prints by the stream? Park Naturalist Mary Ronan will help participants search on and off trail to learn about what wildlife large and small is doing for the winter. Free. Information: http://yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation