Harrisburg, PA – Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the traditional City of Harrisburg New Year’s Eve Celebration will be modified to a virtual celebration. 

“While New Year’s Eve may be different this year, there are still plenty of fun virtual activities planned for a safe celebration at home,” said Mayor Papenfuse. 

Families can sign up to reserve a free balloon drop kit to enjoy a “Countdown to Kid-Night” celebration at home. A virtual countdown featuring local favorite mascot, Rascal of the Harrisburg Senators, will be available for families to ring in the New Year. Balloon-drop kits are limited and must be reserved in advance for a socially distanced, limited contact pick-up. Please visit Harrisburgpa.gov/NYE to reserve a kit and schedule a pick-up time. The deadline to reserve a balloon drop kit is Monday, December 14, or while supplies last. 

A virtual countdown at midnight will feature iconic Harrisburg locations and businesses followed by a fireworks compilation from previous years. Local businesses and residents are invited to share photos and messages to be shown alongside the fireworks. Photos and messages can be submitted online at Harrisburgpa.gov/NYE by Wednesday, December 16th. 

The community can also kick off the New Year by supporting local small businesses. Restaurants and business offering dining, takeout specials or other sales happening on New Year’s Eve can be found online at explorehbg.com/NYE. This webpage will be updated as details are received so check back frequently. Businesses that want to promote their NYE dining special or activity on this webpage should submit their information online by Friday, December 18 at Harrisburgpa.gov/NYE.