The decade is coming to an end, and York is bringing in the new year with a number of festive celebrations.

Mary Yeaple, the coordinator for York City special events, said there are two events on Dec. 31, both free and open to the public. 

The Children’s Countdown is from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Voni Grimes Gym, 125 E. College Ave., according to Yeaple. 

The event will offer family-friendly activities such as a dance party with a DJ, inflatables, face painting, glitter tattoos, stilt walkers, balloon artists, spin art, a petting zoo and photo backgrounds with props, Yeaple said. 

“We’re honored to have a countdown for the kids,” Yeaple said. “It’s really rewarding when parents ask how much, and we can say it's free.”

The countdown will take place at 8 p.m., with party hats being handed out on the way in and noisemakers provided on the way out, according to Yeaple. 

The Midnight Countdown starts at 10 p.m. at Continental Square  with a DJ playing a variety of music, Yeaple said. 

Participants are invited to watch the traditional white rose drop followed by fireworks. Party hats and noisemakers will be available, according to Yeaple. 

“People come and go all night,” Yeaple said. “We just hope they have a good time.”

There are other celebrations happening in the area on New Year's Eve.

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., will present the Rocky Horror Picture Show New Year’s Eve Spectacular starting at 8:30 p.m., according to the website. 

Tickets are on sale and include the film screening, drag and burlesque performances, prop bags, photo opportunities, a costume contest, complimentary first drink and midnight champagne toast, and passed hors d’oeurves catered by Tutoni’s restaurant. Tickets for the event start at $50. More information is available at

Dillsburg’s 27th annual New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop has activities scheduled from 4:30 p.m. until midnight.

Games and food — including pickles — will be available from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. There’s a blood drive planned from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Citizens Hose Fire Co., 109 S. Baltimore St. Bingo will be hosted 7:30-11:30 p.m. at the Dillsburg Elementary School, 202 S. Chestnut St. 

At 7 p.m., there’s a “baby” pickle drop correlating with Ireland’s midnight to celebrate Dillsburg’s Irish founders and provide a New Year’s Eve experience for kids.

The Pickle Drop is at midnight and is followed by fireworks.

Red Lion is having its 23rd annual New Year’s Eve celebration starting at 7 p.m., according to the borough website.

There are a series of planned festivities, including live music throughout the evening at various locations and fireworks at midnight in the square. Red Lion Alesmiths at Shadesville Hub, 157 E. Broadway, will be open until midnight.

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