Get out the party hats and chill the champagne — it’s time to party like it’s 2022. Bring on the bubbly! We're toasting to the New Year!
Glitzy parties, a PEEPS marshmallow drop, live music, and fine food and drink - what more could you ask for to ring in the new year? Let’s raise a glass with Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and the surrounding communities as we countdown to 2022 with fireworks, dancing, champagne toasts, live music, and more.
Two main events bookend the Valley on December 31, one in Allentown and the other on the SouthSide of Bethlehem. In Allentown, you can ring in the New Year with a Fireworks Celebration in downtown Allentown. Made possible by the partnership of the City of Allentown and the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance, the event begins at 9 p.m. at the southeast corner of 7th and Hamilton Streets in front of the Lehigh County Government Center. Musical performances by The Audio Files and dance performances by Ely Dance Studio will kick the evening off and continue leading up to the countdown to 2022. This event will coincide with evening specials and events at downtown restaurants including but not limited to Fegley's Allentown Brew Works, Bru Daddy’s, Bell Hall, Chickie’s & Pete’s, The Dime, Blended by Bru Daddy’s, and Tacos Y Tequila. Enjoy the evening at one or more of these great restaurants, then make your way to the center of Allentown to usher in the start of 2022 with music, fun, fireworks, and a ball drop!
Without a doubt, Bethlehem’s PEEPSFEST® is one of the most unique events around. This two-day festival located at SteelStacks (101 Founders Way, Bethlehem) welcomes the new year with live music, magicians, balloon animals, and plenty of kid-friendly entertainment. On December 31, the day culminates as the PEEPS® Chick Drop. Rather than using a disco ball at midnight, this beginning of the new year is celebrated at 5:30 p.m. with the descent of a 400-pound, 4-foot, 9-inch tall lit PEEPS®.
Read on for more suggestions on where to party around Lehigh Valley as you wave goodbye to 2021. And be sure to check out a nearby hotel so you can extend the celebration!
Geared to the Family
Jazzberry Jammin’ New Year’s Event at Crayola Experience™
30 Centre Sq., Easton
Rock out in color this New Year’s Eve. This day-long event includes live music, faux midnight countdown celebrations, carnival games, and themed crafts. The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. Fun is included in general admission.
New Year’s Eve Day - Ring the Bell with Pip The Mouse
622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown
Ring in the New Year with Pip the Mouse! Grab your party hats, noisemakers, and streamers to celebrate the New Year at the Liberty Bell Museum. Join Pip the Mouse on New Year’s Eve Day. Bring your kids and grandkids to catch one of the last showings of “Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas”, and see Pip ring the bell at noon to signal the start of another year of fun at Liberty Bell Museum. Juice and cookies will be provided. The doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Just the Adults
Brü Daddy's New Years Eve Bash
732 Hamilton St., Allentown
Join the fun in downtown Allentown as the Executive Chef & Head Brewer have teamed up to create a very special four-course Brewer's Dinner with beer pairings. Seatings at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. A $10 cover charge after 8:30 p.m. for The Ball Drop Party with The Peter Johan Band. The Bash is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and includes a champagne toast at midnight and a special late night menu available until 11 p.m.
The Sofa Kings’ New Year’s Eve Party
101 Founders Way, Bethlehem
The Sofa Kings, a beloved local band, hosts the party of the year at Musikfest Cafe, covering everything from classic rock to current pop hits. Tickets range from $15-$20 in advance or $20-$25 the day of the show. VIP tickets include buffet as well as beverage services for $80 in advance; $90 at the door. Party begins at 9:30 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Celebration on the Colebrookdale Railroad
Third & Washington Sts., Boyertown
Enjoy an evening of merriment in the Secret Valley celebrating the turning of the year. Commemorate the occasion with a complimentary glass of champagne and light hors-d’oeuvres with the 146 of your newest friends. Train departs at the Boyertown Station at 10:30 p.m. Adult tickets start at $75 each; senior tickets also start at $75. Limited number of tickets are available.
New Year’s Eve at Blue Mountain Resort
1660 Blue Mountain Dr., Palmerton
Looking to kick it up a notch as you send 2021 out and ring in 2022? The festivities at Blue Mountain begin in the Slopeside Pub & Grill with a special menu curated for the occasion and then transitions into a dance party with a DJ beginning at 9 p.m. in the Last Run Lounge. Dance the night away to the balloon drop with noisemakers, hats, champagne toast, and continental breakfast after midnight. Cash bar available. Tickets are $25.
Looking for more of a dinner setting? We've rounded up a list of restaurants and businesses that offering something extra special on New Year's Eve, yet not quite the midnight bash. However you decide to celebrate, be sure to do so responsibly and stay overnight in Lehigh Valley! Wishing you a safe & happy New Year!
85 W. Broad St., Bethlehem
Venture to this restaurant in the heart of Historic Downtown Bethlehem from 1 - 10 p.m. for a New Year’s Eve meal you’ll want again in 2022. Last reservation is 9:45 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Dinner at Folino Estate
340 Old Rt. 22, Kutztown
This private event features a memorable 5-course dinner to ring in 2022. At $99 per person, the staff will welcome you with a glass of their Frizzante Bianco and a gourmet tasting plate followed by the menu featuring an endive salad, pork ragu over homemade tagliatelle slow cooked in homemade tomato sauce, grapefruit sorbet, a citrus-grilled garlic branzino, and finishes with a butterscotch panna cotta.
Youell’s Oyster House
2249 Walnut St., Allentown
Seafood done right. New Year’s Eve celebration - made. Youell’s will be open from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. with a four-course menu, with choices for each course, at $89 a person.
2301 W Liberty St., Allentown
Good vibes and great food is to be enjoyed at Jay’s Local. Cap off 2021 with a warm coffee or pastry at Jay’s between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. A New Year’s weekend special will be available.
74 West Broad St., Bethlehem
Treat yourself to a French-Asian inspired menu created by Executive Chef Timothy Widrick. Edge is open from 3 - 10 p.m. and will be offering a three-course a la carte menu. Stick around to watch the ball drop at midnight and receive a complimentary glass of champagne.
The Townley House Hotel
130 N 3rd St., Easton
Stay at the Townley House Hotel this New Year’s Eve and watch the ball drop from Bar Bix, open from 5 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Are you open on New Year's Eve with a special menu or event and want to be added to our list? Simply email social@DiscoverLehighValley.com, and let us know the details.