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York County ready to celebrate 2017
Pennsylvania is known for having the most New Year’s Eve ball drops, and York County will do its part Saturday night to defend that title.
York City: York City will host two countdown ceremonies, with children in the city invited to participate in an early-evening balloon drop before the white rose is brought down to signal the start of 2017, said Mary Yeaple, a planner with York City Special Events.
The children’s countdown ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in Central Market. Kids will receive complimentary hats and noisemakers, with face painters and glitter-tattoo artists on hand to make sure they are ready for the New Year’s balloon drop at 8 p.m. The ceremony also will feature a magician and a kids’ dance party, Yeaple said.
Several Central Market vendors will be open for business on Saturday night, Yeaple said, including All About Brownies, JR’s Fries, Little Sisters Confections, Mezzogiorno, Take Five Expresso Bar and Simply Soup.
For those looking for one last night out on the town in 2016, revelers can stop by one of the many downtown restaurants that will be open Saturday while waiting for the midnight ceremony in Continental Square.
The square usually starts to get busy around 11 p.m., Yeaple said. The white-rose drop will be followed by a fireworks display sponsored by Republic Services.
York City Police will close roads and restrict parking downtown Saturday for the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations in Continental Square.
Market Street will be closed from Beaver Street to Duke Street, while George Street will be closed from Philadelphia Street to King Street, according to a release from York City Police. The closures will go into effect at 11 p.m., and the roads will re-open after the New Year’s event is over.
Parking in those areas will be restricted beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, according to police.
Other downtown festivities: York City residents can pick up tickets to ring in the new year with a showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St.
General admission tickets for the show are $25, which includes an “action grab bag,” while VIP tickets are available for $50, giving ticketholders premium theater seating, an action grab bag and access to a pre-show party catered by Tutoni’s with complimentary champagne to toast 2017.
The Flute and Friends Duo — flutist Ed Norton and keyboardist Fran Norton — will give two performances Saturday night at the York Friends Meetinghouse, 135 W. Philadelphia St. The free concerts will showcase “baroque and light classical music intertwined with anecdotes and humor,” according to a news release.
Just up the road, Escape Games Live, 147 W. Philadelphia St., will be holding “escape room” games until the clock strikes midnight Saturday, while Sunrise Soap Co., 29 N. Beaver St., will help patrons create their own glycerin soaps for the new year.
Dillsburg: The Pickle Drop will return to the Dillsburg Square for its 21st year on Saturday night, after a day of festivities.
The celebrations will kick off at 4:30 p.m. at the Citizens Hose Fire Co.’s Community Memorial Hall with children’s games, a pickle parlor with face and fingernail painting and an interactive magic show, according to a news release.
A baby gherkin, “Lil’ Dill,” will be dropped at 7 p.m., in conjunction with midnight in Ireland, to honor Dillsburg’s Irish founders, according to the release.
Starting at 9 p.m., residents are invited to “dance in the streets to the diverse beats of Rhythm on Main” along South Baltimore Street, followed by the Pickle Drop ceremony, hosted by DJ Brad Milbrand, and a fireworks display.
The full Dillsburg New Year’s Eve schedule can be found here: www.dillsburg.com/Flyers/pickle_drop_flyer.pdf.
Hanover: A bigger-than-life Pac-Man will be dropped at midnight from the roof of the TimeLine Arcade at midnight Saturday in Hanover.
Music will be provided by 3PM, with unlimited arcade gaming until the stroke of midnight, according to an arcade flier.
The Pac-Man drop will be followed by a fireworks display.
Red Lion: The Red Lion cigar will be raised at midnight Saturday at the Red Lion Municipal building, 11 E. Broadway, with a fireworks display to follow.
Entertainment at the ceremony will be provided by DJ Erik Shaffer starting about 8 p.m.
The Red Lion Fire Department is hosting a bash Saturday for people over 21 years old, with live music by the Whiskey River Band from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. to rock in the new year.
Tickets to the party cost $25 in advance. A wing buffet is available from 8 to 10 p.m., with Yuengling and Miller Lite on tap, according to a party flier.
Residents, or those in town for the party, can stop by a number of establishments to see live music, with bluegrass bands playing at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Grace Lutheran Church and the Masonic Lodge on West High Street. Anstine’s Candy will host Crawdaw Stew, playing “upbeat blues that groove,” while Josh Leik and Blaine Weissner will play originals and classic rock covers at the Relaxing Note Massage.
A full schedule of Red Lion’s New Year’s Eve events can be found at www.redlionpa.org/files/Recreation-Forms&Publications/2016_NYE_Schedule_of_Events.pdf.