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What are you doing for New Year's Eve? We've got some ideas

PeepsFest fireworks
Olivia Marble
Fireworks light the sky last year after the chick drop at Peepsfest 2022 in Bethlehem.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The forecast for Sunday is clear and chilly — a perfect night to go out on the town and ring in 2024.

If you want to celebrate the new year without venturing too far from home, we have some ideas.

In no particular order:

1. New Year's Eve in Center City Allentown

Ring in the new year in the heart of Allentown. Hosted by the city and the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance, this free event begins at 9 p.m. at Seventh and Hamilton streets and will feature live music, fireworks and appearances from MeLVin, the mascot of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. At midnight, the world's biggest hockey puck will be "dropped" in the city square. Throughout the night, local businesses such as The Dime, Sport & Social, and Fegley's Brew Works will be featuring discounts and other NYE specials.

2. Peepsfest at Steelstacks

This one's a complete sellout. Tickets that remained Thursday sold out by the end of the day, meaning if you don't have tickets now, you won't be admitted by just showing up at the gate. All Lehigh Valley locals know that the beloved marshmallow treats are manufactured right here in Bethlehem. This year, Just Born Quality Confections and ArtsQuest are putting on the 15th annual Peepsfest from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 31, complete with a chick drop, fireworks and ice skating.

Peeps Chick
Olivia Marble
The Peeps Chick after it dropped.

3. Jazzberry Jammin' New Year's Eve at The Crayola Experience

For those with little ones, The Crayola Experience in Downtown Easton is holding a daytime, kid-friendly New Year's Eve celebration. Kids (and parents, too) can participate in a dance party hosted by DJ Buttaball-Ed, color, assemble crafts, and much more. There will be two confetti countdowns at noon and 2 p.m. You can learn more below.

4. Dery House NYE Exotic Masquerade Ball

Located in Catasauqua, the Dery House once belonged to silk connoisseur George Dery and now serves as a go-to event space and banquet hall. And on New Years Eve, the mansion is opening its doors for its one-of-a-kind masquerade ball, featuring unlimited appetizers, soft drinks and live music. Wear a mask, (No, not that kind. Unless you want to!) bring your own adult beverage, and head over to theEventBrite listing to snag your tickets. They start at $58 for Catty residents and $78 for non-residents.

More local New Year's Eve events can be found by accessing our community calendar.