Schedule of Events


The New Year’s Eve celebration, planned and staffed by community volunteers, will be held at the square in the heart of downtown Hershey and is free to the public. Click here for a parking map.

The evening will culminate in the raising of a giant Hershey’s Kiss replica followed by a fireworks display at midnight. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available by various vendors throughout the evening.

11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.


The Hershey Story - The Museum on Chocolate Avenue
63 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey

Hershey New Year’s Eve offers fun for the entire family, beginning this year at 11:00 AM at The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue. Celebrate the New Year throughout the day at The Hershey Story!

Kids can make some noise with the Hershey product characters and "bubble-wrap stomps" at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. Activities take place on the patio (weather permitting). Bubble-wrap stomps are free.

Before the main stage lights up, Jim Rule will perform kids programming on the Hershey Story’s front patio from 8:00 – 9:30PM.  He will be joined by the Hershey’s candy characters at 9:00 PM and will conclude his program with a bubble wrap stomp. 


9:00 p.m. to Midnight

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Gemma's Angels Reverse Food Truck
On the Square in front of Houlihan's

Rather than serving food, our food truck does the opposite. It accepts food donations. Think of it as a food shelf on wheels. The Reverse Food Truck furthers our mission to put hunger, so to speak, in the rear view mirror. We accept donations of fresh produce - oranges, potatoes, onions, apples, etc. for area homeless shelters, soup kitchens + food pantries. Cash is okay, too. Find out more about us at

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Hershey First United Methodist Church
64 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey














The First United Methodist Church of Hershey, located at 64 West Chocolate Ave., will host food and fun for the whole family, including games courtesy of Funland in Rehoboth Beach.

Outdoor kids games will take place outside the church from 7 – 10 PM.

The church will also be hosting a free concert featuring singer/songwriter Steve Courtney in the church sanctuary at 7 PM, 8 PM and 9 PM and hot beverages and homemade cookies will be available from 7 - 10 PM in the church social hall. All are welcome.

Church website:

Courtney's website:

Steve Augeri - JOURNEY former lead singer
Headliner Act

10:30 p.m. to 11:55 p.m.


Steve Augeri, former front man for the band “Journey,” will be taking the main stage. Steve Augeri will rock the stage with hits like “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Faithfully.” Organizers are also excited to announce that singer/songwriter/guitarist Billy Burnette, former guitarist for Fleetwood Mac, will be opening up the show on New Year’s Eve.

Drawing on a range of diverse musical influences to deliver a unique take on the genre of melodic rock, Steve Augeri is an American rock singer best known as the lead vocalist for the rock group Journey from 1998 to 2006. Steve debuts with the seven times Platinum "Armageddon" sound track then on to record three albums during a successful eight-year tenure that brought one of the worlds most accomplished melodic rock groups back to the stage for multiple world tours to millions of adorning fans.

“In its 14th year, Hershey New Year’s Eve has become a premier event in the mid-Atlantic region, and a celebration our town takes great pride in,” said Jessica Callahan, PR and Marketing Chair for Hershey New Year’s Eve. “This year, we are really looking forward to continuing the family-friendly vibe with Steve Augeri, who promises to rock the stage with so many of the Journey songs we know and love. Where will you be ‘When the lights go down in the city’ and the fireworks go up in 2019? Hopefully with all of us here in Hershey!”

At present, Steve is releasing new music, "The Singles" and touring internationally showcasing these exciting new songs as well as material from his career and introducing "The Steve Augeri Band" in what promises to be a highlight for his many fans around the world. 

The Countdown Begins!

  11:55 p.m.

The Hershey Kiss goes up!

Be there with us to bring in the New Year! Watch the giant Hershey's Kiss replica rise in the night sky!


 11:59 p.m.

Fireworks! When the Hershey's Kiss goes up, the big bangs start! Among the best New Years fireworks displays in the nation!

 12:00 Midnight








  • Except where otherwise noted, all events take place in the square of Hershey PA at Chocolate & Park Avenues

  • Admission is FREE to all events

  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available by various vendors throughout the venue.

  • Entertainment is subject to change without notice.

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