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Food, Fun & More


Lila's Laidback BBQ serves slow braised, marinated meat, slaw, fries and other delicious sides that will hit the spot.  NBT Bank Parking Lot, all night. 

Moby Dick's Fish Fry serves deep fried fresh pollock with soups and other healthy fried foods.  Empire State College, all night.

Reggie’s Veggies from Greenwich New York, sells cider, donuts and macaroni & cheese to keep you going throughout the night. Adirondack Trust Drive through, and Cider only at Saratoga Arts, all night.

Ziti Dinner sponsored by the PNECC youth programming provides a baked Ziti meal with a salad, beverage and dessert for $8 adult, $4 youth and $.50 kids.  Presbyterian-New England Church, 4pm - 8pm.


First Night Posters are for sale after December 1st at Crafters Gallery, the Bouchard Art Gallery in the Post Office, the Hilton Gift Shop, and Saratoga Arts.  Posters with art by Sharon Bolton are $15 for the small size and $20 for the large size. You can purchase posters from previous years at Saratoga Arts: $5 for the small size and $10 for the large size.

First Night 5k Shirts are available in assorted sizes from this year for $20 and select previous years for $10 at the City Center Merchandise Table located in the mainstage hall on the night of.  Posters from the current year and New Year's Eve party favors will also be for sale here, all night.  

A New Year's Eve getaway!




GE Kids in Free Days Event

First Night Saratoga, the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the region, is a GE Kids in Free Days event. One child aged 12 and under will be admitted free with each paid adult. Both Saratoga Arts and GE share the goal of providing a variety of outstanding, family-oriented community events. Since First Night Saratoga is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event, it is a natural fit with GE’s Kids In Free Days program which offers free admission for kids 12 and under with a paying adult at special events across New York’s Capital Region.

How it works

Detach the coupon on your buttoncard and redeem it on New Year’s Eve at one of the following locations:
Saratoga Arts (320 Broadway, Saratoga)
Saratoga City Center (522 Broadway)
Lake Avenue School (126 Lake Ave) between 6-9pm

Participants receive a wristband that will allow one admission of a child 12 years old and under to all First Night venues.

GE has been sponsoring GE Kids in Free Days at venues across the Capital Region for nearly a decade. Last year more than 7,000 Capital Region youngsters attended a wide array of cultural, educational, and sports events free-of-charge. Details on GE Kids in Free Days can be found at


All First Night Saratoga events are family-friendly, but here are some that will particularly hold kids' interest!

Ballston Spa Film Fest, Inc. (BSFF) is an independent non-profit whose mission is to promote an appreciation of films and filmmaking in the Ballston Spa and Greater Capital District communities.  Since 2008, they have offered a free monthly classic film series to the public and have presnted an annual short-film festival the first week in August in which established, emerging and student film-makers display their works.  This year at First Night they will present "Best of the Fest", a selection  of the best short films from this year's BSFF featuring animated and live action films from one to fifteen minutes in length from around the world... and neighborhood. (Saratoga Arts Dee Sarno Theater: 6-8pm)
BalloonGal Jenny has a decade of experience teaching both art and cooking to kids. Her favorite part of being a balloon artist is the smile she brings to children’s faces.  (Free at Lake Ave School Gym 2, 6 - 10pm)
The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus brings classic Vaudeville to First Night Saratoga. This duo variety show features Bindlestiff founders Mr. Pennygaff and the Ringmistress.  Witness circus skills like juggling and acrobatic balance on the rolla bolla;  vaudeville classics like the spinning plate act, novelty acts like Mr. Pennygaff’s jaw-dropping mouthstick balances, and sideshow thrills as the Ringmistress climbs a ladder of shining machete blades!  (Lake Avenue School, Auditiorium, 6, 7 & 8pm) 
Origami by Dan Busha has been folding and teaching origami for over 20 years. I have taught classes in Japanese paperfolding--origami--in Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Troy and Albany. I was also one of the participants in Larkfest’s Family Fun Zone for three years and have provided decorations for several weddings and birthday parties, including a Saratoga event that celebrated Philly Dake’s 80th birthday in 2006. I have held workshops at the Saratoga Springs Library, Crandall Library and Saratoga First Night in years past. Through my workshops and classes, I give children, teens and adults the opportunity to discover the world of origami and all its beauty for themselves.  (Lake Avenue School, Gym 2, 6 – 10pm)
Cutting Edge Innertainment Sword Swallwer Dan Meyer has always been fascinated by fire-eaters and sword swallowers -- first as a child watching circus sideshows in Indiana, and later as a missionary witnessing Indian fakirs in India.  Meyer became passionate about learning the incredible feats himself and after four years of in-depth research and careful daily practice totaling almost 13,000 unsuccessful attempts, Meyer finally taught himself to swallow solid steel swords up to 30 inches long.  As President of the Sword Swallowers Association International, award-winning author of a 2-year medical research study published in the British Medical Journal that won him the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine at Harvard, TEDx speaker, and avid historical researcher and passionate advocate for preserving the ancient art of sword swallowing, Meyer quickly became recognized as the world’s leading expert in the 4000 year old art of sword swallowing.  A 7-time Guinness World Record holder, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and Top 50 Finalist on NBC’s hit reality show America’s Got Talent, Meyer is in demand for his live comedy performances, high profile stunts, motivational talks, science and medical lectures and media appearances - seen by over 750 million viewers in over 30 countries around the world.  (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 7 & 10pm)
Dinoman and his pet raccoon Reflex have entertained over a million theater goers across the United States for the past 20 years. What's a fossil? How are they made? Does the raccoon attack? These questions and more are answered during a 40 minute romp through the Mesozoic era. What better way to ring in the New Year with merry mayhem, magic, and three life-size dinosaurs.  Dinosaurs in the building? Have no fear Dinoman is here! (Lake Avenue School, Gym 1, 6 & 8pm)
Mop and Bucket Company is the area's premiere improv theatre company and a long time First Night Favorite. Mopco uses audience suggestion to create scenes, songs, and stories in a fast paced comedy set.  (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 8 & 11pm) 
Comics by Nick Biales started creating his own comic books the moment he could hold a pencil and after years of practice began selling my work at comic conventions. He’s had the opportunity to learn and work with many professionals in the comics field, like Sid Couchey, best known for his work as an artist for Harvey Comics (Little Lotta, Little Dot and Richie Rich), Stan Burdick (a political cartoonist and curator of the former Ticonderoga Cartoon Museum), Joe St. Pierre (a local commercial illustrator) and many others who were eager to share their experiences. (Lake Avenue School, Gym 2, #5: 6 – 10pm)
Magic of Patrick Davis presents an opportunity for the impossible to happen. Originally from Louiville, KY, he is the host and producer of the weekly variety show The Amazing Miracle Hour and appears regularly at Monday Night Magic, New York's longest running Off-Broadway magic show. Patrick has performed at some of the best private parties and events that NYC has to offer. From the world famous Rainbow Room atop the iconic Rockefeller Center to Central Park's historic Tavern on the Green, his quick wit and quicker hands make his magical performances a charming complement to any gathering. In addition to the many families that have had Patrick share their important milestone moments, many corporate clients have included him to insure their events are always an unforgettable success. Google, Victoria's Secret, Yelp!, Hendrick's Gin, Tiger Global Management, Amway International, Row Hotel NYC, The NYPD Patrolman's Benevolent Association, and the Queens Museum are just a few of the names to grace his long list of clients. Let him show you magic like you've never seen it before.  (PNECC, 9 & 11pm)
Pete and Chris Amusements out of Waterbury, Connecticut, are New England's ONLY Two-Man Kid's Magic Show! We give an ULTRA high-energy performance that captures kid's attention, and doesn't let go! The wacky Presto Pete and overconfident Incredulous Chris use comedy, magic, and kid-friendly slapstick to reduce their audiences to laughs, giggles and guffaws! They will be hosting their own unique version of karaoke... Magic Karaoke!  Fun karaoke with energetic and interactive hosts interspersed with their special brand of MAGIC! (Lake Avenue School, Gym 2, 6 & 8pm)
Caricatures by Rich Conley bring a fun, creative touch to your new year. Rich has been working as a professional caricature artist since 1988, although he has been drawing since he was old enough to hold a pencil.  Currently he does caricatures in both traditional and digital formats and is a proud member of the International Society of Caricature Artists. He has worked with such great groups as Albany Tulip Festival, MAAC and ECAC tournaments, Saratoga Racetrack, Gilda's House, Ronald McDonald House, Albany Conquest,Tri-City ValleyCats, State University at Albany, and Oneonta, RPI, Union, Sage, Albany College of Pharmacy, General Electric, Macy's, JC Penney, Boskovs, Albany Institute of Art and many, many more. He has also provided character design for various companies including all the design work for Saratoga Sweets.  He tries to bring a fun creative approach to any event by capturing the personality as well as well as the person. “It's important to me to make sure the people who sit for me have a fun and memorable time. My hope is that you leave with a great drawing and an even better memory.” (Free at the Saratoga Springs Post Office, all night)
Saratoga Youth Symphony was founded in 2-12.  Under the leadership of Music Director, Katie Gardner, the SYS provides an orchestral experience for talented student musicians ages 18 and under and represents more than two dozen schools throughout the Capital District. (Church of St. Peter Parish Center, 6 & 7pm)  
Magic by Scott Jameson is the show audiences are calling “Superb!”, “A blast!”, and “Heartwarming fun for the whole family.” Join us for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities. (Lake Avenue School Gym 1, 7 & 9pm)
Seth and the Moody Melix is a toe-tapping trio with lyrically rich music for kids that parents can appreciate, too.  With guitar (Seth Warden), fiddle (Doug Moody) and percussion (Brian Melick), along with sweet harmony vocals, their  songs impart good values and educational tidbits in a fresh upbeat organic style. (Lake Avenue School Gym 2, 6 & 8pm)
Silent Wings Raptors bring birds of prey up close courtesy of the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York.  Owls, hawks, eagles and falcons; all have remarkable adaptations and skills for survival in the wild and all are breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating to watch!  Admired for their strength, speed and astounding grace raptors are some of the most successful hunters in the animal kingdom. Their fierce independence and tenacity has been the source of admiration for countless generations.  Learn about them, their unique behaviors and the conservation issues that impact them including natural selection and the “human” impact on species survival.  You will be able to meet the birds at the end of every demonstration. (Lake Avenue School Cafeteria, 6-8pm & 8-10pm)
The Storycrafters, Barry Marshall, and Jeri Burns, PhD, have been working together since 1991, and have been storytellers for even longer than that. They  perform and teach their art form in schools, libraries, and other venues all over the US and the British Isles.   Jeri and Barry believe in the time-tested wisdom of  traditional stories, and share that wisdom with today’s audiences. They strive to honor world cultures by telling the old stories in respectful ways, often integrating the  musical instruments, songs or dances indigenous to that region. The Storycrafters have been recognized nationally and locally, from the prestigious Oppenheim Toy  Portfolio Platinum Award and Parents Choice Awards, for their storytelling recordings, to Artists of the Year in their county. Their family radio show, “Just Imagine” has been showered with awards from the NYS Broadcasters’ Association. Publishers’ Weekly describes them as ‘top-notch family entertainment.  (Presbyterian New-England Congregational Church, 6 & 7pm)

For A Good Cause

Saratoga Arts and The Deanna Marie Rivers Foundation wish everybody a safe and happy holiday!

In December 2012 Shenendehowa High School seniors Deanna Marie Rivers and Chris Stewart lost their lives to a drunk driver.  With the intent of preserving her name, spirit and accomplishments, The Deanna Marie Rivers Foundation is helping Saratoga Arts present this year’s First Night Saratoga. Our safe, alcohol-free and family-friendly New Year’s Eve event honors Deanna by reminding our audiences how important it is to celebrate responsibly and to live life to its fullest. 

Thank you to the Sandy Hill Foundation for sponsoring 50 free buttons for Teens in Saratoga, Montgomery, Washington and Warren counties!  Contact Saratoga Arts for more information.

Powered by the Prevention Council of Saratoga, RAISaratoga is dedicated to eliminating the stigma associated with addiction. This First Night, RAIS will be presenting a TREE OF HOPE, decorated with doves, stars and mittens with handwritten names of those who have struggled with addiction. The Visitor's Center, all night.


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