New to First Night?  Here’s a guide to your evening’s experience.

IMPORTANT BUTTON INFO: After you purchase your First Night Carlisle admission button, please pin it to an outside layer of clothing so it can be easily seen. This will be your access pass into venues throughout the night.

EVENING PLANNING:  Because of the number of high-quality acts playing First Night, a game plan is essential. It’s almost impossible to see everything, but there’s something for everyone!  Be prepared to end your evening at the corner of West and High, ringing in the New Year with a fireworks spectacular!

THE BIG EVENT: Midnight wouldn’t be complete without a countdown, the dropping of the First Night button, designed by Mr. Kamron Sweitzer, and a first-class fireworks display sponsored by the Tuckey Company and choreographed by Pyrotechnico.

WEATHER: Most events are inside buildings, but please dress for the weather. Walking between venues can be cold and/or wet.

FIRST AID: Medics will be stationed at the JFC Parking Lot (corner of High and Pitt Sts.)

ALCOHOL: First Night Carlisle is a non-alcoholic event.

FOOD: You’ll have lots of options! Helena’s Creperie, George’s Pizza and Subs, and Georgie Lou’s Retro Candy will remain open throughout the evening, and the Boy Scouts will be serving hot beverages. In the courtyard next to History on High, look for the First Night Carlisle Food Court, featuring various selections from local vendors.

LOST & FOUND: If you or a loved one is lost, or if you find a lost person, please go to the Carlisle Theatre. Same goes for lost items.

BATHROOMS:  Porta-potties are located at the parking lot of JFC Staffing. Additionally, many venues have bathrooms that are available for First Night Patrons.

TRASH: Please use the provided trash receptacles throughout the event.

SURVEYS: Your voice is important to us! Surveys are available at each venue and online. Please take a moment to fill out a survey so we can continue to bring you the very best New Year’s Eve experience in Central PA.

CONTACT US: Please feel free to contact us before, after or during the event with your questions/concerns. The address for First Night, C/o Carlisle Theatre, 44 West High St, Carlisle PA, 17013. Phone: (717) 258-0666 or email

DONATIONS:  First Night Carlisle is a non-profit organization. All proceeds generated from sponsors, patrons and button sales are directed back into the organization. Donations are accepted at the Carlisle Theatre box office during the event. If you are considering a larger donation (over $50), please contact us for a receipt and/or information about sponsorship.

VENUES: Our venues generously donate space for us yearly, and some provide volunteers to staff them, too. We appreciate them tremendously. If there is a problem, or if you have had a particularly good experience at one of the venues during First Night, please let us know in your survey.

PARKING: Parking is available in the Pomfret Street Parking Garage for a nominal fee. Additionally, there is plenty of off-street parking available in the downtown area.

VOLUNTEERING: If you are interested in volunteering for First Night Carlisle in the future, please contact us. There are many opportunities.

PERFORMANCES: Most events are scheduled for two or three performances (back to back) on the night so you’ll have two chances to see many acts. Please let us know what your favorites are on our surveys so we can invite them back in future years. Please visit the link for acts to get specific information about what is available.

ADVERTISING: If you have a local business and are interested in advertising in our program, please contact us for more information.

SPONSORSHIP: We couldn’t exist without the generous support of our sponsors. If your company is interested in sponsorship of First Night Carlisle, please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your spot for 2016/17

HELP: If you need information on the night about where to find something, please visit the Carlisle Theatre or look for a First Night Board or Staff member. They will be available to answer your questions throughout the night.

ATMs: There are ATM machines located throughout downtown Carlisle, including the M&T ATM located near the First Presbyterian Church on High Street.

WHERE TO PURCHASE ADMISSION BUTTONS: Starting December 1, buttons are available at the Carlisle Theatre, The Carlisle Giant Grocery Store, M&T Bank and, new this year, History on High. You may also purchase buttons online and pick them up at the Carlisle Theatre Will-Call the evening of the event.

PRICE OF ADMISSION:  The cost of admission is $10 before 12/31. Admission buttons cost $15 on the 31st all day. Children age 5 and under are free.

HOW TO GET HERE: First Night Carlisle is located in the downtown area of Carlisle and can easily be reached by the Pennsylvania Turnpike and route 81.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: Most performances are held indoors, so weather is usually not an issue. In the event of a major snowstorm or the like, please watch your local news and/or listen to your local radio stations for information.

LODGING: New Year’s Eve is a busy night for local hotels, so plan to book early if you’re staying overnight. The Comfort Suites is located in the heart of the downtown, and there are many other local B&Bs, hotels and motels just a few minutes away.