A rising star, a falling car (and a giant beer can), parties, festivals: New Year’s Eve celebrations in Lancaster County | Entertainment

After the year we’ve had, many people are more than ready to see the end of 2021 and ring in 2022 with a fresh start.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter some traditional New Year’s plans for organizations and municipalities, there’s still a lot going on on Friday evening, December 31 – with plenty of chances to see interesting objects drop or rise to signal a reboot of the year. Here’s a sampling of what’s happening — and not happening — around Lancaster County.

What will fall, what will not fall

— Mini dance parties around city ​​of Lancaster, courtesy of roving DJs, plus two fireworks will replace the traditional Red Rose drop on Friday night. DJ Ramsay, a manager with the mayor’s office for neighborhood engagement, said the rose drop won’t happen due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 as well as ongoing construction around Ewell Plaza. , where people used to gather to watch fireworks in the past. Instead of this event, the city hosts three traveling DJs making 10-15 minute stops in various neighborhoods from 6-8 p.m. Lancaster Promotional Office staff will be handing out noisemakers and glow sticks.

At 9 p.m., fireworks will be launched from two locations: Hazel Jackson Middle School, in the 400 block of South Ann Street; and on Thomas Armstrong Boulevard near Clipper Magazine Stadium.

Learn more about the festivities at lanc.news/LancNYE2021. For DJ routes around the city, visit visitlancastercity.com.

— Elizabethtown will ring in the New Year with its “Welcome 2022!” event from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Christ, 125 E. High St. The event includes the raising of a star similar to that of Bethlehem and a fireworks display.

The star-raising takes place early – at 7 p.m. – to match the New Year celebration in Letterkenny, Ireland, the sister city of Elizabethtown.

There will be activities such as a juggling show, bingo and organ recital, and free food at the church; the only thing that requires purchase is food from a barbecue stand. Proceeds will be used to fund the event.

Other family activities, including crafts, fire-cooked meals and demonstrations, will take place beginning at 3 p.m. at the Winters Heritage House Museum down the street at 47 E. High St.

For more information, visit christlutheran-etown.com.

– Buck Motorsports Park, 900 Lancaster Pike, near Quarryville, will host a car drop off as part of its New Years Eve Eve of Destruction event. ‘artifice.

Earlier in the evening, the celebration will include monster truck and mechanical bull rides, food vendors and other activities starting at 5 p.m. A demolition derby is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

All-night admission tickets are $15 for adults and teens, $8 for kids 3-12, and free for kids 2 and under.

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve celebration only, starting at 10:30 p.m., which includes car drop-off and fireworks, are $5 for all ages. For more information, visit buckmotorsports.com.

– Dutch Wonderland in East Lampeter Township will host a New Year’s Eve event called Duke’s Diamond New Year. The amusement park will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., with snacks, giveaways and a dance party with Duke the Dragon at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Aqua-stadium. The diamond falls at 4 p.m. Participants are invited to make a toast with their juice boxes. The event is included with admission to the park, which is $29.99 for general admission (if tickets are purchased online), $19.99 for military and first responders, and $24.99 per person for a four-pack family package. For more information, visit dutchwonderland.com.

Rural City Beer Co. in Reamstown will drop a giant can of beer at midnight on New Year’s Eve. The “box”, a 55-gallon keg, will be painted to look like the brewer’s Tailgate Meeting IPA.

– A giant can of beer will drop at midnight to usher in 2022 outside the newly opened Rural City Beer Co., 6 N. Reamstown Road, Reamstown. The brewery will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight, with Zack DeSantis providing live music.

At midnight, everyone will gather outside to count down and watch a 55-gallon drum — printed to look like the label for the misty India Pale Ale session at Rural City’s Tailgate Meeting — drop to usher in 2022. .

For more information, visit ruralcitybeer.com or the company’s Facebook page.

– Hershey’s New Year’s Eve celebration, including the raising of a giant Hershey’s Kiss at midnight, will take place in Chocolatetown Square. At 8 p.m., a variety of vendors will be selling food and drink. Live music will be provided by instrumental jazz-funk band Very Fine Gentlemen at 9 p.m. and six-person cover band Fully Stocked at 10:30 a.m.

At midnight, the crowd will cheer the raising of the Kiss, followed by fireworks. For more information, visit hersheypa.com.

Event canceled

— The annual New Year’s Eve in the St. Petersburg district park was canceled this year.

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A member of the crowd prepares for a New Year’s Eve celebration at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Christ, Elzabethtown, in this file photo from 2014.

Other New Year’s Eve Events

– Downtown Elizabethtown will host the Winter Promise Festival, with music, ice sculptures and activities for adults and children, including writing promises for the new year as a community. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is free to the public. For more information, visit the LIV_Etown Facebook page.

– Tellus360, 24 E. King St., Lancaster, will host a New Year’s Eve party with decade-themed rooms ranging from 1970s to 2000s music. Some of the bands performing include No Bad Days, the Nielsen Family Band, Y2Kids and more. Admission is $15 and the event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, visit tellus360.com.

– High Fever will hold its monthly dance party at Village Night Club, 205 N. Christian St., Lancaster, on New Years Eve with DJ Major Vibes, go-go dancers and a drag show. The event is for ages 21 and older and admission is $10. For more information, visit facebook.com/Highfeverparties.

– Rock band Emily’s Toy Box will perform at Ephrata American Legion’s New Year’s Eve Party, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets, which include a buffet and champagne toast, are $49 per person and can be purchased at the bar the night of the event or in advance by calling 717-733-2576. The event is open to the public. For more information, visit the American Legion Post 429 Facebook page.

— Mary Ellen Wright contributed to this story.

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