Organizers of the annual New Year's Eve party in York City are waiting, quite literally, until the last minute to announce who will take the downtown stage at 9 p.m.

The yet-to-be-announced "opening act" will play after a DJ and before local R&B group and headliner Groove Jones.

"People will be excited about it, and I cannot say anything else about it," said Joan Shultis, an account associate with Inside Out Creative, the city's special-events coordinator.

Otherwise, Shultis said, fun seekers can expect to ring in 2013 much as they've done in years past.

But it almost didn't happen.

City officials had originally canceled the New Year's Eve event, saying they couldn't justify the expense being covered by taxpayers of the cash-strapped city.

Then, earlier this month, Mayor Kim Bracey summoned reporters to a press conference where she announced the event was back on, thanks to a $20,000 donation from Sprint. Donations from other sources added up to another $15,000.

The downtown celebration will kick off with kid-friendly activities at 6 p.m. Monday and end with a fireworks show at midnight. The children's portion of the evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. will include face painting, inflatable rides and a musical drumming performance by the York County Youth Development Center.

The center is raising money to fund a gun buyback in the city, Shultis said.

A kids' countdown, complete with noisemakers and festive hats, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Continental Square.


From 8:30 to 11 p.m., folks can sign up for free horse-and-buggy rides throughout the city, Shultis said.

A DJ will take the main stage on Continental Square at 7:45 p.m., followed by the unannounced opening act at 9 p.m. and Groove Jones at 10:45 p.m.

Shultis said the opening act's identity will be announced Sunday on the York City Special Events page on Facebook.