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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 with the raising of the 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.

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Denny LoganWINK 104Denny Logan 
Event Emcee
Host of The WINK Wake Up Show on WINK 104, will serve as this year’s emcee. Denny can be heard
weekday mornings from 5:30 am to10 am and

Saturdays from 6 a.m. to10 a.m.



  11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Hershey Story
The Museum on Chocolate Avenue

The Hershey Story

The Hershey New Year’s Eve Celebration begins at 10 AM as The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue will count down the New Year in countries around the globe.

Rock Around the Clock on New Year’s Eve will celebrate midnight in the Philippines at 11 AM, midnight in Russia at 2 PM and midnight in Madagascar at 4 PM. Each midnight will be marked with a celebratory Bubble Wrap Stomp on the outdoor patio.

From 10 AM to 4 PM, make a zany hat to wear for our celebration or for your own New Year’s Eve. With museum admission, guests can also search for signs of the New Year on a fun-filled scavenger hunt.

The Hershey Story will close at 5:00 PM but the patio will reopen as children’s musician “Mr. Music” performs live from 8:30 – 9:30 PM, followed by a Stomp at 9:30 PM. The bubble wrap stomps are free of charge.

Please note: Cafe Zooka, the Museum Shop and the Chocolate Lab will not be open during the New Year's Eve celebration.


  8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Mr. Music
The Hershey Story patio

  8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

First UMC Church 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 games for the whole family, including some courtesy
of Funland in Rehoboth Beach.

Games will take place inside and outside the church from 9 – 11 PM. The church will be hosting a free concert from American Celtic band Rizzetta’s Tones at 8 PM and hot beverages and homemade cookies will be available from 8 - 11 PM.

Rizetta's Tones

  9:00 p.m.

The Swaines

On the corner of Chocolate Ave. and Cocoa Ave., The Swaines will open the show at 9 PM with an eclectic mix of cover songs and original music. Influenced by the likes of Neil Young, Wilco, Old 97’s, Whiskeytown the Drive By Truckers.

The Swaines sound is a blend of rock and alternative country. The band has found an appreciative musical niche in New York City’s Soho and Brooklyn neighborhoods, and have enjoyed being part of Hershey’s summer concert series.

For more information about The Swaines, please click here to visit their Facebook page.


  9:45 p.m.

All Jacked Up

All Jacked Up, a Central Pennsylvania rock and roll cover band that formed in 2006, will perform at 9:45 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.


  10:30 p.m. to Midnight



R5, the evening’s featured act, will take center stage at 10:30 PM and will perform until The Hershey’s Kiss Raise countdown begins.

Originally from Colorado, the L.A.-based R5 is comprised of siblings Riker, Ross, Rocky and Rydel Lynch, and their childhood best friend “Ratliff.” The group debuted “Loud” earlier this year, and they released their first full-length album, Louder, in September 2013.

Members Ross and Riker have also made names for themselves, starring in Disney Channel’s Original Series “Austin & Ally” and “Glee” respectively.

For more information about R5, please visit

We have been informed that the Meet & Greet has been SOLD OUT.


  11:55 p.m.

Countdown!Countdown begins!




  11:59 p.m.

Hershey's KissThe 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!!



  12:00 Midnight

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






  • 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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