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What's happening at York's First Friday in January

Just when you thought you were all shopped out, downtown York businesses will offer end-of-season sales for the first First Friday of the new year.

From 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 1, visitors are invited to shop, eat and participate in "Ring in the New"-themed events at local galleries, shops and restaurants. Activities vary from a pork and sauerkraut dinner to a free workout.

Free parking is available at meters on downtown streets and parking garages after 5 p.m. Sharing photos from First Friday on social media? Use #FFYork.

Here are some First Friday events you won't want to miss. For a complete list, visit

End-of-season sales

Take advantage of the end-of-season sales at the following downtown York shops.

The Watchmaker’s Daughter (22 N. Beaver St.) – 20 percent off in-stock rings

Kimman’s Co. (57 N. Beaver St.) – 30 percent off entire store, 50 percent off all holiday items

Indigo Bleu, 39 W. Philadelphia St., and My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe, 41 W. Market St., will also have discounted merchandise.

Pork and sauerkraut

Ring in the New Year with the traditional New Year’s Day meal at downtown York’s pork joint, Baron Von Schwein. The restaurant is located at 35 W. Market St.

Post-holiday workout

Work off all those Christmas cookies during a free workout from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at CrossFit York, 147 W. Philadelphia St.

Or, grab a partner and participate in York Social Dance Studio’s social swing dance with beginner lessons at 324 W. Market St. Classes are available at 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The dance kicks off at 9:15 p.m.


This 1995 cult classic film – starring Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan and Gina Gershon – will play at 9 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St. The movie is about a young drifter who travels to Las Vegas to become a showgirl. Tickets are $7.

New Year’s resolutions

Fill out an intention card with your resolution for 2016 at Sweet Melissa’s Dream, 38 N. Beaver St. The best intention wins a gift. Special guest Urban Shaman Liette Monic will also offer tarot card readings for $20.

For the animal lovers

What better way to start the New Year than by giving back? A portion of all proceeds at Hive Artspace’s opening reception of the January exhibit, “All Creatures Great and Small,” will be donated to Animal Rescue Inc. Visitors who bring a donation of any pet product to the gallery at 126 E. King St. will also get a free limited edition pinback button featuring the artwork of one of Hive Artspace’s artists.