A giant illuminated blueberry will be dropped from the side of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Kennebunk on New Year's Eve as shown in this picture from last year's celebration. COURTESY PHOTO

A giant illuminated blueberry will be dropped from the side of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Kennebunk on New Year’s Eve as shown in this picture from last year’s celebration. COURTESY PHOTO

YORK COUNTY — Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve? With activities that include ice skating, watching fireworks, huddling over a bonfire at the beach and watching a ball drop, local festivals have you covered.

KENNEBUNK

In Kennebunk, the new year will be rung in at midnight with the Wild Blueberry Drop. A large, brightly lit blueberry will be lowered down from the bell tower of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 114 Main St. An early bird drop will be held at 9 p.m.

The fun starts earlier in the evening at 6 p.m. with ice skating at Waterhouse Center on Main Street. Skating will continue until 10 p.m. The Brick Store Museum will be open with free tours and free showing of The Goonies at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  

Live music with Michael Corleto will be held at First Parish church from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. There will be a family game room where hot chocolate will be served and fire pits outside.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 

In Old Orchard Beach, OOB365 is hosting Last Blast, its annual New Year’s Eve party on the beach. 

The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a bonfire at the beach near the town square. Community members are invited to bring in their old Christmas trees to “feed the fire.” There will be marshmallow roasting pits, music with DJ Joeyoke, and hot chocolate, kettle corn and cotton candy.  A fireworks display will begin at 7 p.m. 

Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or [email protected] 
 


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