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. 


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

Hershey First United Methodist Church
64 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey

Steve Courtney














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:

Steve Courtney website:


All Jacked Up

A Central Pennsylvania rock and roll cover band that formed in 2006, All Jacked Up will perform at 9:00 PM. The band plays covers for the entire family, from Katy Perry to the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi to Journey. For more information about All Jacked Up, click here to visit their Facebook page.

9:00 p.m. to 10:10 p.m.









Jacob Whitesides:
Headliner Act

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

Jacob Whitesides has built an artist identity and brand as his own singer/songwriter and thought leader, alongside his ever-growing worldwide fan base. From being his own CEO (Double U Records, partnered with BMG) to creating unique fan interactions, live experiences & contests - Jacob, at 18, is challenging the music business as we know it.

Jacob and his younger sister were raised in humble upbringings by his strong, selfless mother in the smoky mountains outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. After learning guitar at a young age and honing his vocal skills, Jacob started winning over fans with cover videos and, soon after, his original songs. Jacob's undeniable talent, entrepreneurial skills, along with a genuinely devoted dialogue with his zealous fan base (aka Whitesiders), have led him to unprecedented independent success, including writing and recording two chart-topping EPs. Jacob's impressive social media numbers are not solely from one platform, but all of them and they continue to grow organically around the globe (2 million Twitter followers, 1.6 million Facebook likes, 1.3 million Instagram followers, 888K Vine followers, and 366K YouTube subscribers with over 15 million views). His international fan base spans beyond North America to everywhere from the Philippines to Portugal, Scandinavia to South America, UK to Lebanon, Europe to Australasia, and more. Jacob's first ever European tour (Copenhagen, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris, Antwerp, and London) sold out all dates, with London and Paris declared SOLD OUT in only 8 minutes.

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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