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CAPITAL DISTRICT — Whether your looking for a night on the town with your significant other, or an outing with the entire family to round out 2018, there are plenty of options to consider for New Year’s Eve, next Monday, Dec. 31. This year’s events can be grouped into three basic categories: Family-Friendly, Comedy, and Music/Dancing. Here area couple of our top picks:
First Night 2019: Let’s Celebrate!
Head up to downtown Saratoga Springs for what’s become the Capital District’s longest running First Night celebration. Welcome 2019 with more than 15,000 other revelers by enjoying performances by more than 70 local acts in 30 different venues from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Among the featured performers are young, local favorites Sydney Worthley and Sawyer Fredericks.
The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a 5K run at Skidmore College, followed by music, dancing, comedy, food vendors and plenty of activities specifically for the younger members of the family before culminating with fireworks in Congress Park.
For a full schedule of events, and list of venues visit www.saratoga-arts.org/firstnight/map.
Bethlehem First Night 2019 Celebration
For a smaller-scale First Night event, make your way over to the Four Corners in Delmar. A fireworks display kicks off the celebration at 6:30 p.m. Then, until 10 p.m., enjoy a variety of live music, children’s activities and more at eight venues located within walking distance of the town’s central intersection.
Featured bands include Delmar’s own Three Quarter North, along with the Nisky Dixie Cats and Playin’ with Fire. Teens can support their peers who are competing in the Bethlehem’s Got Teen Talent contest taking place in the auditorium at Bethlehem Town Hall, while younger children can participate in games, crafts and more at Delmar Reformed Church, Bethlehem Chabad or the Bethlehem Public Library.
Be sure to take a peek at the ice sculpture that will be created just for the occasion by the Ice Man Custom Ice Sculptures and Luges at the Four Corners throughout the evening. Admission buttons are available online at Eventbrite.com or at select town businesses and offices. Advance buttons cost $10 for adults, and $5 for children ages 12 to 18; children ages 11 and younger are free. The cost of an adult button will increase to $15 if purchased the day of the event.
For a full schedule of events and a list of where buttons can be purchased in person, visit www.townofbethlehem.org/782/First-Night-Bethlehem.
First Night of Funny
Laugh 2018 away and still get home in time to watch the ball drop in Times Square on television at midnight!
First Night of Funny shows are taking place at three different Capital District venues: Cohoes Music Hall in downtown Cohoes, The Egg Performing Arts Center at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, and Proctors in downtown Schenectady.
For a list of performers by venue, visit