New Year's Eve Celebration in downtown Lancaster

The red rose dropped at midnight at the New Year's Eve Celebration at Binn's Park in Lancaster on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.

What does COVID-19 mean for New Year’s Eve in Lancaster County? 

Earlier this month,  Gov. Tom Wolf ordered restrictions that prohibit indoor dining at bars and restaurants for three weeks. The restrictions, which were ordered in an effort to curb spiking cases, hospitalizations and deaths across Pennsylvania, are in effect until January 4. Indoor dining is prohibited, and gyms, theaters and other facilities also have to close during that time. Indoor gatherings and events of more than 10 people are prohibited. 

Several of the county’s annual New Year’s celebrations had been canceled even before the governor’s latest round of restrictions were announced. Others have gone virtual.  

Here’s a look at where the Lancaster County drops stand.



New Year’s Eve in Lancaster city: No rose countdown, no concert 

  • What: The night will feature multiple fireworks displays, starting at 8 p.m. Firework locations are the former Hand Middle School in Southeast Lancaster and Thomas Armstrong Boulevard in Northwest Lancaster. Due to COVID, there will be no live concert this year, though there will be two mobile DJs (DJ Pritty and DJ Watts) in Southwest Lancaster from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be no live concert or Red Rose countdown in Binns Park this year. Details: 

  • When: New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31  

National Watch and Clock Museum balloon drop in Columbia: Not happening 

  • What: In past years, the museum has hosted a noon balloon drop, with a kid-friendly dance party with Father Time, games and crafts. The museum is not planning a New Years at Noon in 2020.  

Elizabethtown star raising: It’s happening, with changes  

  • What: Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church on East High Street and the Winters Heritage House Museum will host a star raising and fireworks. Both will be held at the church on East High Street at 7 p.m., which is midnight in the town’s sister city of Letterkenny, Ireland. Due to COVID, other activities will not be held.  

Barrel drop in Reamstown: Not happening 

  • What: In previous years, Union Barrel Works Brewery hosted a night of music and food, with a barrel dropped from the third floor of the building at midnight. Due to COVID, the festivities won’t happen this year.  

Haydn Zug's jug drop in East Petersburg: It's happening virtually

  • What: In previous years, New Year’s Eve in the Square has offered free entertainment and the jug dropping at midnight. This year, the East Petersburg website calendar shows this year's celebration will be held virtually. The jug will drop at 9 p.m. and will be livestreamed. Fireworks will follow. For more information, visit the East Petersburg Borough's website here.

Shoe-in in Akron: Not happening 

  • What:  A lit shoe, representing the borough's roots in the shoe-making industry, traditionally drops at midnight. The event has been canceled, according to the borough. 

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