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Despite the brutal cold, revelers ring in 2018 in Lehigh Valley

From a fireworks show on the roof of the Wells Fargo bank in downtown Allentown, to festivities around the Lehigh Valley, there are many unique ways in which people are ringing in 2018.

"It should be what we call a very busy and entertaining show for which they're going to stand out in the cold. They won't feel cold, at least for 10 to 15  minutes," said Andrew Gregory, operations manager for Celebration Fireworks of Slatington.

Many gathered at the Lehigh Valley Zoo to warm their hands and watch light up fish count down into a penguins mouth to bring in 2018.

Lots of traditions and gatherings are currently taking place across the Lehigh Valley as the minutes countdown to a new calendar year.

"We're out to dinner with a bunch of friends this evening," said Rick Dougherty of Allentown.

"We're actually gonna go over to my fiance's parents house and enjoy a little quiet new year," explained Chris Dziema of Bethlehem.

That ball drop in New York made a lot of New Year's Eve lists, but one reveler says the Lehigh Valley is the place to be to witness one year pass and a new one begin.

"It's big and upcoming. I'm from Jersey and I've always gone to New York City but it's a little overwhelming and overcrowded. Lehigh Valley is more local, friendly, tight, family oriented," said Dziema.

As they readied the ball to drop in New York City, the temperatures continued to drop as well.

"The cold is kinda pushing us indoors right now," Dziema said.

But of course, despite the weather, it's not new years without making resolutions that never seem to make it to the end of the year.

"Just plan on being a better person in 2018," shared Brad Schuler of Emmaus.

"It's always lose weight and exercise," said Jennifer Heindl of Easton.

Overall, everyone's just hoping that whatever the new year brings, its a little better and a little brighter.

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