Downtown Hershey is celebrating New Year’s Eve all day long! The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue features a variety of activities throughout the day including Chocolate Tastings and Little Elves Workshop. Kids can make noise with Hershey product characters at bubble-wrap stomps on the patio, scheduled for 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m.
Several Hershey area attractions are also open throughout the day on New Year’s Eve. Zoo America is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is openfrom noon to 5:00 p.m. Chocolate World starts the countdown to 2020 at 4:00 p.m. and Sweet Lights will stay lit from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Starting at 7:00 p.m., the First United Methodist Church will host outdoor games in the courtyard and cookies and hot beverages in the social hall. Ventriloquist Marian and Friends performs at 8:00 p.m., followed by children’s singer and songwriter, Jim Rule, at 9:00 p.m.
Marking its 15th anniversary, New Year’s Eve in Hershey presents “Rocking Through the Ages” with music from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Live entertainment on the main stage kicks off at 9:00 p.m. with The Mahoney Brothers present “Jukebox Heroes Live,” and continues with Pentagon from 10:30 – 11:55 p.m. The countdown to the new decade begins at 11:55 p.m. as the iconic Kiss is raised three stories above Hershey from the historic Press Building. At midnight, stunning fireworks welcome 2020! New Year’s Eve in Hershey is free and open to the public, with food and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to arrive in attire from your favorite decade.
In keeping with the theme, Primanti Bros. will be hosting a Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve party! A DJ will spin your favorite tunes from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and the restaurant will offer $3 specialty cocktails and free pizza slices after midnight. Show up in style for a chance to win a $100 cash prize for the best 20s era costume!
On the main stage, Pentagon, a mainstay at Hersheypark Amphitheater, is best known for its six-part vocal harmonies and unique brand of humor, and plays Rock & Roll and R&B favorites from Buddy Holly to Bruno Mars. Juke Box Heroes, known for its impersonations of legendary musical acts of the last five decades, includes tributes in its shows to The Beatles, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, and Billy Joel. “As we ring in a new decade, we’re excited to switch things up a bit this year,” said Jessica Callahan, Co-Marketing Chair for Hershey New Year’s Eve. “The energy downtown is always at its height when the crowd can really get into the music, so this year we’re keeping our focus on songs known and loved by all.”
Need a little help staying up until midnight? Starbucks in Downtown Hershey will be open until 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Looking to start the New Year off in a healthy way? Power Train Gym is offering a free community yoga class. Participants can come to the gym at 10:00 a.m. to take part in a memorable and powerful experience, and completing 108 sun salutations.