New Year’s Events & Traditions in Lancaster

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If you have spent any amount of time in Lancaster, I’m sure you have heard about the New Year’s Day tradition of eating pork and sauerkraut. Most of the country eats black-eyed peas for good luck. When I moved here from New Jersey after getting married, I was a little puzzled about this tradition, but it’s one I’ve grown accustomed to and now love to feast on every January 1st. It stems from a German tradition which states that this meal brings good luck in the upcoming year … and hey, I will take anything that brings good luck!

Whether you will be spending your New Year’s Eve outside or huddled at home, here is a list of fun Lancaster County events and traditions that you might want to partake in!

You know how the infamous ball drops in NYC? Well, Lancaster doesn’t drop a ball, but towns in the county (and surrounding areas) do drop a few quirky things:

  • AKRON, PA: PURPLE-AND-GOLD SHOE, TO COMMEMORATE THE SHOE FACTORIES THAT ONCE STOOD HERE
PC: Lancaster Online
  • EAST PETERSBURG: A LARGE “HADYN’S JUG” IS DROPPED
  • ELIZABETHTOWN: A GIANT M&M, WHICH CHANGED TO A DOVE BAR IN 2012. BOTH DOVE AND M&MS ARE MANUFACTURED HERE
  • LANCASTER DOWNTOWN: A RED ROSE IS DROPPED
PC: PennLive
  • HARRISBURG: A STRAWBERRY
  • HERSHEY: A HERSHEY KISS
  • LEBANON: A 100 POUND STICK OF BOLOGNA
PC: Pinterest
  • LITITZ: A MORAVIAN STAR IS RAISED
  • MANHEIM: A BALL IS RAISED
  • YORK: A WHITE ROSE
  • STRASBURG: PING PONG BALLS

Did you know each city had these fun NYE traditions?! If you had to pick, which would you like to attend?


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Mary Sue Wolf

Mary Sue Wolf, real estate agent in the Lancaster and Lititz PA area. Mary Sue is a long time resident and knows the Lancaster area very well. #lancasterbestkeptsecrets are the insider tips to local dining, things to do and local information. #wolfdenrealtor

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