Downtown Lancaster is the perfect place to ring in 2016. There might not be a ball drop, but you can see a Red Rose fall at midnight. Here's a round-up of New Year's Eve celebrations happening in downtown Lancaster.
New Year's Eve Eve
Although Dec. 30 isn't New Year's Eve, the Chameleon Club will be partying with DJ Jon Gosselin at the turntable. Yes, that Jon Gosselin. The 'Jon and Kate Plus 8' reality TV star will be mixing tracks with DJ Innck beginning at 9 p.m. at 223 N. Water St. There is no cover charge.
New Year's Eve Parties
Red Rose Drop
Join the party in Binns Park, located in the 100 block of North Queen Street, from 10 p.m. to midnight, that includes a free concert by Sweet Ember. At midnight, count down while the Red Rose is lowered and fireworks light up the night.
**Update: The Tellus360 event is sold out.**
Tellus360, at 24 E. King St., has a reputation in Lancaster for putting together multi-band concerts and New Year's Eve will be no exception. Second Hand Suits (featuring the Grounds Crew) will kick off the party at 7 p.m. in the pub. At 9 p.m., Vinegar Creek Constituency will take the stage in the Temple, with DJ Salinger spinning vinyl at 9:15 p.m. in the pub for the rest of the night. Local favorite Ton-Taun will rock Tellus360 starting at 10:30 p.m. The Corty Byron Band will be in the Temple at 11:45 p.m. The whole night will be topped off with all the bands jamming together well into 2016. Tickets are $15 and sell out quickly.
Lancaster Cigar Bar
Put some salsa in your step beginning at 8 p.m. with Latin band Los Monstros at Lancaster Cigar Bar, located at 25 W. King St. Your $50 ticket also includes a Latin food buffet, cigar and champagne toast at midnight.
Penn Square Grille
Ring in the New Year while dining on several courses at the Penn Square Grill, located in the Marriott Hotel on E. King St. Enjoy four courses and a dessert from the prixe fix menu (fixed price) from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a bar menu that's available from 2 p.m. to midnight. Reservations are required, $65 per person, before tax and gratuity.
Add some spice to New Year's Eve with a special menu at Characters Pub, located at 38 N. Christian St. Dinner reservations are available from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with the bar open late. Ask about the $199 package deal with The Hotel Lancaster for New Year's Eve to plan for a relaxing night.
Enjoy several courses, as well as beer and wine pairings, at Annie Bailey's, located on E. King St. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dine on a three-course meal for $45, or a four-course meal for $55. Afterwards, The 1.21 will have you up and dancing to hit songs from the last four decades.
If crowds and loud music aren't your idea of a good time, the American Music Theater, located at 2425 Lincoln Highway East, will present a unique show on Dec. 31 that is sure to entertain. Cirque Musica, a show full of acrobatic feats set to the sounds of a symphony, will take the stage at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $69 each.