City of Oil


Fire & Ice

It has been announced that the First Night® Oil City 2021 Celebration, now in its 23rd year and annually orchestrated by the Oil City Arts Council, will take place on a very limited scale this year in comparison to the celebrations of prior years. Due to safety concerns and protocols related to the current pandemic, there will be no public indoor concerts or large group gatherings in Justus Park, Central Avenue Plaza or Towne Square.

Yet, the planning committee has held numerous Zoom meetings during recent months in an effort to continue Oil City’s popular tradition of celebrating the ringing in of the new year by providing a variety of enjoyable downtown family-friendly entertainment for First Night® Oil City 2021 on December 31, 2020 during the late afternoon and evening hours. This year’s celebration, with a general theme of “Fire and Ice” will feature:

•Large life-sized ice sculptures of a sleigh two reindeer in Town Square on the North Side. The displays will be such that individuals or family members may have friends take their photos as they pose with the sculptures. Additionally, a sculpture that features the logo for Oil City’s upcoming Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2021 will be on display. One or more of the sculptures will be adorned with garland with special lighting.
•An ice sculpture of a throne will be on display in King’s Park along Main Street. The words ‘First Night’ will be carved into the back of the sculpture.
•Ice sculptures of three penguins, a mother and two baby penguins, will be carved and on display in front of the Central Avenue Plaza on the South Side. A hole will be cut into one of the sculptures to allow willing participants to have friends take their photos as they look through the cutout area.
•All of the ice sculptures will be pre-carved and then finished onsite. Two of them will be put in place on December 29th and the other two will be put in place on December 30th, in advance of First Night.
•The popular performing group Holey Jeans is in the process of making arrangements to sing some songs at each of the sculpture sites. More specific information in terms of timeframes will be forthcoming.
•A very big fireworks display will take place at midnight to thrill jubilant spectators and revelers. They will be set off behind the bandshell in Justus Park.

The stunning ice sculptures will be carved by award-winning Ice Creations of Pittsburgh. A gallery of their ice creations is featured on their website at

As the sculptures and fireworks are viewed, the committee asks that masks be worn and social distancing take place in accordance with CDC guidelines and protocol.

While all committee members have contributed ideas and their efforts to this year’s celebration, the ice sculptures and fireworks display were a result of the significant efforts of Dan Feroz and Mayor William Moon.

Should anyone have an interest in setting up a stand at sculpture sites for selling hot cocoa or other refreshments, they are asked to contact Dan Feroz at or by phone at 814-758-6325.

No admission buttons will be sold this year and all planned activities are free to the public. The expenses associated with the entertainment will be covered by some carry over sponsorship monies from last year’s event. However, the planning committee welcomes those who wish to contribute to the expenses of the celebration by sending a check payable to the Oil City Arts Council to the City of Oil City; 21 Seneca Street; Oil City, PA 16301.

Please continue to follow First Night® Oil City 2021on the Art’s Council’s newly developed website; on the city’s website at; on the website; and, Facebook!

For information on this year's celebration, please visit the First Night Oil City Facebook Page