Ring in the new year in the heart of Gettysburg with lots of fun, music, activities, and fireworks. Thanks to the Adams County Arts Council in partnership with the Borough of Gettysburg, ACNB Bank, Destination Gettysburg, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles 1562, families come out to the town of Gettysburg each year for this sweet send off to the past year and welcoming celebration to the new one to come.
Town-wide events will be taking place throughout New Year’s Eve. Some of the fun events slated for the evening will begin as early as 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31. The Majestic Theater, on nearby Carlisle Street, will even play a free screening of the movie Mouse Hunt starring Nathan Lane and Lee Evans. Admission is free, but to ensure a reserved space, call 717-337-8200. Also taking place at 7 p.m., the Arts Education Center on Washington Street will have free arts and crafts activities for children ages 4 to 12 up until 9 p.m.
Christ Lutheran Church, on Chambersburg Street, also has a night of family fun. Starting at 7:30 p.m., come out and see Magician Joe “The Professor” Kerrigan, performing a Civil War-era magic show until 8:30 p.m. From 8:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., join in for a sing-a-long of seasonal, traditional songs, and then stick around between 9:45 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. for Cormorant’s Fancy—performances in folk, Celtic, and seasonal tunes. Then, prior to the midnight arrival of the new year, a community worship service will be held between 11:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. The church’s social room downstairs will be offering up free refreshments throughout the evening, between 7:30 p.m. and midnight.
In the heart of Lincoln Square, you can enjoy a countdown to midnight, right in front of the Gettysburg Hotel. DJ Denny White will arrive on the scene at 9 p.m. and remain onsite until 12:30 a.m. Enjoy rock music by Audacity from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. If you need to step out of the cold for a bit, the Gettysburg Hotel lobby will have a wonderful display of Simply Shonna’s Balloon Art to check out between 10 p.m. to midnight. At 11:30 p.m., the official countdown to midnight will begin on the hotel porch with Denny White emceeing and leading a Funny Hat Contest. Mayor William Troxell and guest soloist Margaret “Meg” Folkemer will be there too. Then, at the stroke of midnight, you will enjoy a dazzling display of fireworks to welcome in the 2015 year.
Old acquaintances are never forgotten in America’s biggest small town, rich in history. The timelessness of Gettysburg continues to ring on with each brand new year, creating a lasting legacy for the old and young alike. With that said, there is no other place quite like Gettysburg to spend New Year’s Eve.