Last updated: December 18. 2013 2:10AM - 1157 Views
By Justin Brown Weekender Correspondent

Story Tools:

Font Size:

Social Media:

I always dreamed of watching the ball drop from Times Square on New Year’s Eve as a little kid. The sight of confetti covering millions of bystanders in the crowded streets looked like something that needed to be experienced in person. When I was a freshman in college, I decided to ring in the year 2005 in style and finally headed to New York City!

However, getting split up from my friends, having my phone die, and spending the holiday by myself while freezing my ass off watching Lindsay Lohan perform her debut single “Rumors” was not the style I had in mind. I came to realize watching the ball drop seemed to a better idea before my balls dropped.

I learned going away doesn’t always mean a more exciting adventure! There are plenty of options for spending New Year’s that can be experienced right here in NEPA.

Before WNEP’s Ryan Leckey takes my idea, I better run with it. Here are my Top 5 ways to ring in the New Year in reckless style:


House parties are a great way to ring in the New Year for several reasons. Sure, the odds of a New Year’s kiss from a random person whose name you won’t remember becomes more slim, but on a positive note, you’re not stuck at a bar with a bunch of randoms. You can get as inebriated as you want and nobody can call the police on you. Most importantly, clothing is almost always optional.


The Green Frog (815 Mulberry St., Scranton) is hosting a Guilty Pleasures Party to welcome 2014. Celebrating one last hurrah, this party will feature “vice stations” of all the indulgences most people will plan on giving up for their New Year’s resolution, including pizza, junk food, lots of alcohol, and outrageously fun party games, including a beer pong tournament, where the winning team will win ski passes to Montage Mountain Ski Resort. Party starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the bar!


The most common New Year’s resolution is to LOSE WEIGHT! Why wait until New Year’s Day? Why not get ahead of the game by joining CrossFit Scranton (1008 N. Washington Ave., Scranton)? You will not find a more challenging or fulfilling workout in the area, nor will you find a group of people to workout with that motivate you and encourage you like they will. They are open on New Year’s Eve for 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. classes and will provide a workout that won’t make you feel guilty for indulging in all of your guilty pleasures when you party that night.


If you’re looking to get dressed to the nines and party like a fancy rock star, The Hilton (100 Adams Ave., Scranton) is the place to be. For the first time, they will be hosting a Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party! Live music from Nowhere Slow from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. will set the tone for a great night featuring a full open bar, dinner stations, and a midnight balloon drop, all for only $100.

Whether you get fancy, get fit, indulge in your guilty pleasures, or run around your house NAKED, may you all have a Happy New Year that includes a story that starts out saying, “Sorry, Mom and Dad…”

All user comments are subject to our Terms of Service. Users may flag inappropriate comments.
comments powered by Disqus

Featured Businesses


Info Minute

Gas Prices

Wilkes-Barre Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com