CAPITAL DISTRICT We, as residents of the Capital District, pick on our region for being small. But, when it comes to doing something for New Year’s Eve, it never fails to provide.
The earliest of celebrations start in the morning at Colonie Center, proving it’s Midnight somewhere in the world. The mall hosts a “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration at 11 a.m., where children start a countdown to Noon with a big balloon drop. Other attractions include games, music, dancing, balloon artists and a photo station.
The day event allows families of all ages to get in on the act. And, it’s just one of many local venues catering to families, some of which catering into the early morning hours.
As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country it is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve in the region.
“Saratoga is the destination for sure,” said Alix Jones, Saratoga First Night coordinator. “The largest one in the area that I can think of. It’s the largest celebration between New York City and Montreal.”
Saratoga expects to see more than 15,000 revelers take to the Spa City streets this Thursday, Dec. 31 for dozens of different acts, ranging from live music, dance, comedy, theater and performance arts to ring in 2016. A ticket to the entertainment comes in the form of a button.
“Buttons are selling,” said Jones. “I’m encouraging everybody to get them early, because if the weather keeps up, there are going to be long lines.” Buttons are sold for $15 each. First Night Saratoga is also a GE Kids in Free event, allowing one child aged 12 and under free admission with each paying adult.
“Music is a huge part of First Night,” said Jones. “We try to book as many live venues as we can.