Indoor and outdoor fun on New Year’s Eve

We have performances all night long at buildings in downtown Orange — musicians, shows for kids, theatrical performances. Each 45-minute performance occurs twice from 6 PM–9:45 PM.

Talented ice sculptors carve ice sculptures in Memorial Park and there are warm beverages provided by local organizations. The Parade of Stars leaves the Town Hall at 10 PM and fireworks begin just after the parade — set off over the beautiful Millers River.

Ice Sculptures (all evening)

In Memorial Park

Sculptors carve ice sculptures that light up Memorial Park. Mark Bosworth, Michael Legassey, and Sue O’Sullivan were our 2019 sculptors.



The Athol Lions give hayrides most years except when cancelled due to inclement weather. You can pick up a ride by the Fire Station near Memorial Park.

Refreshments and warmups (all evening)

  • Refreshments aree available at the Stage on Main Warming Station at 17 S. Main Street all night.
  • The Salvation Army have warm beverages at their Canteen at 94 S. Main Street.
  • Boy Scouts Troop 1837 distributes hot cocoa near Memorial Park.

Shows (6 PM – 9:45 PM)

A variety of indoor performances are held at locations downtown within walking distance of each other. See the 2019 Performers page for descriptions, locations and show times of the 2019 performances.

Parade of Stars (and Kazoos!) (10 PM)

Town Hall, 6 Prospect Street to Memorial Park

Puppet Parade

Join us as we parade with stars in hand and kazoos on lips from Town Hall down to Memorial Park to watch the spectacular fireworks display! In 2019 we had a kazoo parade in memory of Ken Reynold, who, among so many other things in our community, was our Starry Starry Night parade coordinator for 2016 and 2017.

Everyone is invited to bring a homemade star on a stick to show off and there are always extras on hand too. Learn how to make your own star here.

Fireworks (10:15 PM)

Atlas Pyrovision Entertainment Group, Inc. puts on a spectacular display of fireworks, seen by the river near the Orange Fire Department.