The Western New York community is invited to join the Independent Health Foundation as they present the 30th annual First Night® Buffalo, the ultimate drug- and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration. This year’s event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
The Independent Health Foundation and its partners gave a sneak peak of this year’s lineup at a media event Friday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The annual holiday tradition offers safe, family-friendly activities for all ages to ring in the New Year.
As always, the event will feature plenty of rides and amusements. Popular returning attractions include Hybrid Fitness – Ninja Warrior Academy, Jeff Musial – The Animal Guy, the Bubble Black Light Dance Party, drum line DownBeat Percussion (you may also recognize them as the Buffalo Bills Stampede), the Toddler Zone, and Storybook Characters.
New attractions this year include laser tag, ComedySportz, and even more rides and bounce houses.
To cap off the event at 9:30 p.m. there will be a special count down with In Jest with Nels Ross, followed by a confetti countdown and balloon drop.
This year marks First Night Buffalo’s 30th anniversary. This event, which draws approximately 5,000 people from the city and suburbs each year, has outlived many similar events across the country.
Tickets are now on sale exclusively at www.firstnightbuffalo.org. Tickets are $10 through Dec. 15 and will cost $12 starting Dec. 16 through Dec. 30. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of event for $15. Tickets include all entertainment and activities. Admission for children ages 2 and under is free.
Free parking is available for attendees at the Fernbach and Main Place Mall parking ramps, thanks to the Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps, Buffalo Board of Parking, and Mayor Brown.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the First Night Buffalo website at www.firstnightbuffalo.org, or call (716) 635-4959. Visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/IndependentHealthFoundation to see the latest news and event information.
First Night Buffalo is presented by the Independent Health Foundation and sponsored by WKBW-TV Channel 7, Independent Health, The Buffalo News, and Lamar.