First Night Buffalo – Monday, December 31st from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. in downtown Buffalo. It’s Buffalo’s biggest drug- and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration, with family activities throughout the evening. Tickets are $8 in advance at WNY Wegmans stores, children 2 and under are free; tickets will be $10 at the door. Find out more about First Night at www.firstnightbuffalo.org.
Buffalo Ball Drop – Monday, December 31st beginning at 10:30 p.m. at the Electric Tower in downtown Buffalo. The free event, in its 25th year, will feature live music throughout the night and the ball drop and fireworks display at midnight.
Hard Rock Café New Year’s Eve Guitar Drop – Monday, December 31st at 8 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls USA, 333 Prospect St. in Niagara Falls. The fourth annual Guitar Drop will feature a free outdoor concert from Everclear with special guests Eve 6 and The Albrights. Food and beverages will be available on the street and in the 103.3 The EDGE heated Party Tent, open to the general public. Find out more about the event at the HRC website.
Gateway Harbor Ball Drop – Monday, December 31st beginning at 6 p.m. at Gateway Harbor Canal Park in the Tonawandas. Family activities include two alcohol-free kids’ fun zones and a merchant scavenger hunt, along with music from High Horse in the heated tent on Sweeney St. along with food vendors. For the 21-and-over crowd, there’s a Pub Crawl through Tonawanda and North Tonawanda ($10 pre-sale, $15 day of event). Get complete details at www.gatewayballdrop.com.
New Year’s Eve at Holiday Valley – Monday, December 31st beginning at 9 p.m. in the Holiday Valley Lodge, located on Route 219 in Ellicottville. The indoor family-friendly event will feature dancing, games, cocktails and mocktails. Outside, the Snowcat Parade begins at 11:15 p.m. on the slopes, followed by the Torchlight Parade at 11:30 p.m.; fireworks will lead up to midnight. Find out more about the event at www.holidayvalley.com.
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