After all the excitement of Christmas, New Year’s Eve seems to sneak up me every year. I think it’s safe to assume that just about every bar in the area will have some combination of drink specials, entertainment, and merrymaking for those ready to party ‘til the ball drops. Luckily, we have plenty of watering holes to choose from if that’s your thing.

We also have some great places for laid back or family friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Harmony Silvester Celebration

This German celebration in historic Harmony is great for kids who may get sleepy long before midnight. Fireworks are set off at 6 pm, which is midnight in Germany, to welcome the new year.

The event also features a 5K run/walk, a Germany comedy film, pork and sauerkraut dinner, music and Harmony Museum tours.

This year, a Christmas tree throwing contest has been added to the festivities. If I did not already have plans, that alone would persuade me to attend! (Seriously, can someone let me know if it’s as cool as it sounds?)

The Silvester Celebration runs from 2-6:30 pm.

Coin Operated Gaming Hall of Fame

With rows upon rows of pinball and arcade games, the Coin Operated Gaming Hall of Fame in Hopewell is always a good time.

Ana and Teenager Beaverhausen had a blast when they visited and I’m sure New Year’s would be no different. With a family friendly atmosphere and optional BYOB, it’s a great choice for just about any age.

Entry is $25 per person or $45 for a family of four and includes food and unlimited gaming. The party runs from 4 pm to 2 am.

Sheffield Lanes

If you grew up in Beaver County, chances are you have spent a night or two perfecting your form at the lanes. Or, in my case, trying to throw anything other than a gutter ball.

Sheffield Lanes is a great spot for a family or a group of friends to ring in the new year. Rent a lane for $125 and bowl from 10 pm to 2 am with a complimentary toast and snacks provided at midnight. Save room for some Ricky Dee’s pizza, too. (Hint: the buffalo chicken pizza is amazing!)

Pacentro’s Five Course Meal

If ending the year with an awesome meal sounds like your style, head to Pacentro’s in Hopewell for a special New Year’s Eve dining experience. Executive Chef Dave Sparkman has created a five course menu that is sure to please.

The crab stuffed tomato appetizer sounds delicious and entrées options include filet mignon with lobster tail, veal chops, stuffed flounder and chicken bruschetta. The meal includes soup, salad, appetizer, entrée, dessert and a cocktail.

The five course meal is $85 per couple and seating starts at 7 pm. Reservations are appreciated but walk-ins are also welcome.

Pajama Pizza Party

If all else fails and you really don’t feel like leaving the house, it can still be a great night. There’s nothing wrong with a low-key New Year’s Eve.

Put on your coziest pajama pants, order your favorite pizza, (there are at least 31 options based on Ana’s 31 Days of Beaver County pizza) and crack open a cold beer.

Watch movies. Play board games. Snuggle with your dog. And ring in 2016 in whatever wonderful Beaver County zip code that you call home.