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December 2011 Archives

Mobile, AL Nothing says the New Year more than a marshmallow sandwich—at least not in Mobile, where residents consume more than four million MoonPies each year. So at midnight, a 12-foot-tall electronic version will drop from the city’s 34-story RSA […]

Easton, MD Celebrating the crustacean is a year-round effort in this Chesapeake Bay town, and it culminates in the dropping of a giant papier-mâché blue crab on New Year’s Eve at 9 p.m. and midnight. (410)-770-8000; —Rich Beattie

Panama City, FL A beach-ball drop is the natural choice for oceanfront Panama City and will be back at Pier Park for the fourth year in 2011. The 800-pound illuminated ball bounces twice—at a kid-friendly 8 p.m. and again at […]

Honolulu The Kahala Hotel & Resort may host a fancy poolside gala on New Year’s Eve, but even it gets in the wacky spirit as midnight approaches—lowering a 14-foot papier-mâché pineapple from the roof. Kahala Hotel & Resort; 5000 Kahala […]

Manhattan, KS This Midwest Manhattan embraces its status as the “Little Apple” by choosing to drop a shiny red apple before a crowd of more than 10,000. A laser show set to music gets things going at 10 p.m. Aggieville; […]

Pensacola, FL To celebrate the New Year and the Gulf Coast, this aluminum pelican with a 20-foot wingspan drops at midnight to the delight of the crowd of about 50,000. Come for the kid-friendly countdown at 8 p.m. to watch […]

Fayetteville, AR In the home of the Razorbacks, the hog drop (seen in the pictures here) was the traditional midnight countdown for several years. This year, with the debut Last Night Fayetteville event, there’s a new hog in town: a […]

Mount Olive, NC Folks in town make way for a well-lit three-foot pickle to slide down a 45-foot flagpole into a barrel—a 13-year tradition known as the great Pickle Drop and courtesy of the Mt. Olive Pickle Company. Corner of […]

Eastover, NC In a nod to the town’s original name, Flea Hill, a three-foot-tall flea made of fabric, foam, wire, and wood drops from the Eastover Community Center. But be forewarned: this is a family affair, so no booze allowed. […]

Traverse City, MI With a cherry on top—that’s how you’ll get your New Year’s at the CherryT Ball Drop in Traverse City. Just before midnight, the giant cherry, illuminated by 5,000–7,000 Christmas lights, descends more than 200 feet from a […]