Get out the party hats and chill the champagne — it’s time to party like it’s 2019.
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 2019 with fireworks, dancing, toasts 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 City Center and Downtown Allentown, the event begins at 10 p.m. at the southeast corner of 7th and Hamilton Streets in front of the Lehigh County Government Center. Musical performances by The Groove Merchants will kick the evening off and continue leading up to the countdown to 2019. This event will coincide with evening specials and events at downtown restaurants including but not limited to 99 Bottles, Fegley's Allentown Brew Works, Bay Leaf, Bell Hall, Chickie’s & Pete’s, The Dime, The Hamilton Kitchen, Macho's, Queen City BBQ, 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 2019 with music, fun, and fireworks!
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 5:15 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 2018. 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 performed by downtown Easton’s School of Rock, faux midnight countdown celebrations, carnival games, and 2019 themed crafts. The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. Tickets are $20.99 per person at the door or $16.99 online.
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.
New Year’s Eve Laser Tag Party
874 Marcon Blvd., Allentown
Ring in 2019 by having fun at Lehigh Valley Laser Tag! Play unlimited laser tag from 9 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 per person and includes unlimited laser tag, party hats, and noisemakers. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Check in and registration begins at 8:45 p.m. Reservations are limited to a maximum of 72 people so reserve your spot today by calling 610-443-2230.
KidsQuest at Sands Bethlehem
77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem
Drift in for a little fun this New Year’s Eve. Besides the great fun you expect to find at Cyber Quest, there will be a Club Card Raffle that features 15,000 tickets and $125 in CQ Club Cards! There will four chances to win at 9, 10, 11 p.m., and midnight! Stay and play late—you might just be a winner!
New Year’s at Noon Skate Party
4500 Easton Ave., Bethlehem
No need to wait until midnight to celebrate. From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., celebrate the new year at Bethlehem Skateaway with your family for $15 per person at the door or $12 per person in advance. Admission includes skate rental, balloon drop at noon, door prizes, DJ games with prizes, and party favors.
Just the Adults
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Historic Hotel Bethlehem
437 Main St., Bethlehem
Ring in 2019 in your best Masquerade mask and attire at Hotel Bethlehem! Celebrate from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. and indulge in a cocktail hour, four-course dinner with an open bar, a midnight champagne toast, and balloon drop. Dance the night away to the music of Philadelphia Funk Authority. Tickets are limited, make your reservation today by calling 610-625-2234. Masks are not required, but encouraged. Special overnight room rates of $349.99 per couple (plus tax & gratuity) available for those attending this event.
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 Ball at Folino Estate
340 Old Rt. 22, Kutztown
Ring in the New Year from 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. with a night of drinks, dancing, food, and more. For $150 per person, you can enjoy music with SoundFactor Entertainment, a four-course dinner, open bar, signature cocktails, and late night snacks. Accommodations and transportation can be made available at an additional cost.
New Year’s Eve at Blue Mountain Resort
1660 Blue Mountain Dr., Palmerton
Looking to kick it up a notch as you send 2018 out and ring in 2019? 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 Alpine Ballroom. Dance the night away to the balloon drop with noisemakers, hats, champagne toast, and continental breakfast after midnight. Cash bar available. Tickets are $20.
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 are $75 each; senior tickets are $70. Limited number of tickets are available.
If you are looking to hit the club or bar scene in Lehigh Valley on New Year’s Eve, these are some of the hotspots hosting dance parties.
- Club Gravity (1179 Airport Road, Allentown) Party with DJs Gemini & Bri Love for $10 cover. Includes party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 9 p.m. For reservations, text 484-347-1333.
- Godfrey Daniels Homegrown (7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem) Singer-songwriters trio perform in-the-round concert at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.50 in advance; $15.50 at the door.
- Maingate Nightclub Moet Masquerade (448 N. 17th St., Allentown) New Year’s Eve "Decades Party”. Music from 80s, 90s, 2000s, to now by DJ BoogNasty and hosted by AC Sativa. Admission is $10 and includes appetizer buffet 9 - 10:30 p.m., glass of rose champagne, and party favors to include hats, noise-makers, and more.
- Molten Lounge at Sands Bethlehem (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem) It’s a Pop Rock Party with live music by Joyous, Jumper with DJs Tom Taylor and Wim Dewitt. Party from 5:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
- Salmon Pants Brewery (100 E. Susquehanna St., Allentown) It’s a fun night of food, drinks, champagne toast, live music, games, and much more from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. for a cover fee of $40 at the door.
- Wisecrackers Comedy Club (1500 Macarthur Rd., Whitehall) Ring in the new year with a Three Act Comedy Show and Party at Wisecrackers Comedy Club, Ramada by Wyndham. Evening includes party favors, champagne toast, 12:30 a.m. appetizer buffet, and full cash bar and food. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 10 p.m.
- Vision (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem) Ring in the New Year with Vision Nightclub with DJ Code Red! Doors open at 9 p.m. with a $20 entry fee.