With New Year’s Eve two weeks away, now is the time to plot your celebration. The Lehigh Valley boasts a full slate of festivities, many requiring tickets or reservations, so you’ll want to avoid scrambling for plans at the last minute. Whether you’re looking for family fun or a good dance floor, the area is bursting with ways to welcome 2017.
If you’ll be drinking for the evening, remember that LANta bus service will be free after 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, thanks to an agreement between the transportation authority and the firm Aaroe Law.
Gather outside Lehigh County Government Center at 10 p.m. for Queen City’s free end-of-the-year bash, scored by one of the Valley’s top R&B acts. Charlie Brown’s Notorious Groove will perform at the celebration, followed by a midnight countdown and a fireworks show over the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Get to downtown Allentown early to try some of the specials at the nearby bars and restaurants — or snag a ticket for indoor auto racing at the PPL Center. 7th & Hamilton Streets. More information at citycenterlehighvalley.com.