New Year's Eve doesn't have to be a one-size-fits-all occasion. There are events in the region Tuesday, Dec. 31, that cater to different ages and tastes. A few options include:

For carnival fans

See "Cirque de La Symphonie" 7:30 p.m. at American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster. Aerialists, acrobats, gymnasts, contortionists and jugglers bring music from the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra to life. Tickets are $75. The show also plays 2 p.m. Jan. 5. For details and tickets, call 717-397-7700 or visit

Another option >> Travel to the Big Easy during the New Year's Eve Mardi Gras Masquerade 8 p.m. in the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co., 50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg.

For kids

Popcorn Hat Players presents the 21st annual Countdown to Noon New Year's Eve Party for Children, featuring a performance of "Snow White and the Two Dwarfs," at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, 222 Market St., Harrisburg. Check-in starts at 10 a.m., and the show starts at 11 a.m. Admission is $12. For details and tickets, call 717-238-4111 or visit

Another option >> A Midnight Noon New Year's Eve Celebration for Families runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., Baltimore.


For music lovers

Pop group R5 will perform 10:30 p.m. during the New Year's Eve in Hershey celebration in downtown Hershey. You might recognize members of the band from "Austin & Ally" and "Glee." The celebration starts 9 p.m. on the square. The giant Hershey's Kiss will drop at midnight. Admission is free. For details, visit

Another option >> Hear Keller Williams with The Keels and More Than A Little at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, Baltimore. Doors open at 8 p.m.

For foodies

Indulge in a five-course beer pairing dinner at Zuckfoltzfus Brewing Co., 12 S. Market St., Mount Joy. Seatings are at 8 and 10 p.m. The menu includes candied duck wings, smoked trout bisque and cherries jubilee. Wine substitutions can be made. For details and reservations, call 717-342-5749.

Another option >> Enjoy dinner and "Honky Tonk Angels" 6:30 p.m. at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster.

For dance enthusiasts

York Social Dance Studio hosts its first New Year's Eve dinner and dance 7 p.m. at the Valencia Ballroom, 142 N. George St. York. Unforgettable Big Band will provide the music. A meal and cash bar will also be available. There will be a basic swing lesson, followed by dancing. Cost is $40 per person and $70 per couple. For details and tickets, visit

Another option >> Kick up your heels with the Gettysburg Big Band Orchestra during the New Year's Eve Gala at the Yorktowne Hotel, 48 E. Market St., York.

For sports nuts

Bundle up for the New Year's Eve celebration at Roundtop Mountain Resort, 925 Roundtop Road, Warrington Township. Guests can ski and snowboard, enjoy food specials and catch fireworks at midnight. For details and ski pass pricing, call 717-432-9631 or visit

Another option >> Strike up fun during the New Year's Eve Glow Bowling Extravaganza at Colony Park Lanes North, 1900 Pennsylvania Ave., York. There are three parties throughout the day.


Of course, there are also plenty of celebrations that everyone can attend. The public is welcome at the free New Year's Revolution on Continental Square in York. Special events for children begin at 6 p.m., including a countdown with hats and noisemakers. Adam McCallister will emcee. RPM and the Sabrina Duke Band will perform. Read and interview with the band on page . The White Rose will drop at midnight, and a fireworks display will follow. Leading up to the event, Sprint, this year's lead sponsor, will host a food drive to benefit the York County Food Bank. Everyone who takes a non-perishable food item to a York County Sprint location by Monday, Dec. 30, will be eligible for prizes. For details, visit

Also downtown: Celebrate the Belgian New Year starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Mudhook Brewing Co., 34 N. Cherry Lane. The bar will serve its Belgian Dubbel brown ale. Other activities will include giveaways, Belgian-inspired finger foods and live music. Belgium will ring in 2014 at midnight, which is 6 p.m. EST. According to a news release, owner Jeff Lau says he wants to "drop a pint" at 6 p.m. and midnight to honor both holidays.

More New Year's Eve events: For happenings in regional communities and area bars, click the "Holiday Guide" tab at