Fun, Food & More at First Night!
Alpacas of Breezy Hill Ranch Alpacas are very gentle creatures and they hope you’ll stop by to wish them a happy New Year! Owners Lisa and David Proulx will have alpaca products to buy such as hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks. NBT Bank Parking Lot, all night.
Balloon Gal 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. This vendor charges $5 per balloon animal. Lake Avenue School, Gym #2 all night.
Jojo’s Fabulous Faces Add a bit of color and sparkle to First Night with beautiful, unique designs! Locally owned and operated. Fun for children and adults! This vendor charges $5-$10 per face design. Lake Avenue School, Gym #2 all night.
Forever Flowers sells beautifully preserved roses for you to give your loved one when the clock strikes twelve! City Center (Hilton Gallery), all night.
Reggie’s Veggies from Greenwich New York, sells donuts and macaroni & cheese to keep you going throughout the night. Adirondack Trust Drive through, 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 at Crafters Gallery, the Bouchard Art Gallery in the Post Office, the Hilton Gift Shop, the City Center Merchandise table and Saratoga Arts. Posters with art by Sharon Bolton are $15 for the small size and $20 for the large size.
Merchandise Tables for all of the city center bands as well as Saratoga Arts will be set up in the Hilton Hotel Gallery (where audiences exit from the main hall of the City Center).
LAST MINUTE VENDOR ADDITIONS!
RAIS, Recovery Advocacy in Saratoga, will have a "Tree of Hope" decorated with doves, stars and mittens labeled with the first names of people who have recovered from addiction, are trying to recover, or who have devoted themselves to the fight against the disease. Saratoga Visitor's Center, all night.
The Buffalo Brass Machine is a Buffalo, NY based ensemble founded by a group of University at Buffalo students who all met while playing in the school's marching band. They are a high-energy group, applying a traditional New Orleans brass band style to a variety of pop and jazz tunes. Catch them in front of the Saratoga Arts building near the main bus staging platform all night long.
If you find yourself at the Lake Avenue School make sure to try some of Harvey's chowder!
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 GEKidsinFreeDays.com.
All First Night Saratoga events are family-friendly, but here are some with just kids in mind!
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: 6pm-8pm
Caricatures by Rich Conley bring a fun, creative touch to your new year. He believes in capturing the personality as well as the person and will leave you with a great drawing and even better memory. Gift caricatures make great presents, which is why Rich will be set up at the Saratoga Springs Post Office where we are also offering a special ink stamp in commemoration of our 20th anniversary. The Post Office will be open all night, so you can send your special portrait off to a loved one right away! Saratoga Springs Post Office, All Night
Chris Ruggiero presents his nationally acclaimed one man variety show. Whether he's juggling random objects on a unicycle or executing seemingly impossible tricks and stunts, nothing is off limits! Thousands of audience members have been left in a state of laughter and amazement. As ELLEN says, "he's Epic!". Saratoga Arts Dee Sarno Theater: 9pm & 11pm
The Homespun Dancers invite you to come kick up your heels to live fiddle music. Enjoy a tradition of community dancing and music handed down from generation to generation. We play music and get everyone involved – from ages 2 to 102 — especially those who have not danced before, in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites: circles, squares, contras, as well as a few international folk (Irish, Dutch, Russian, Israeli, French, African, and more) dances. The toe-tapping music consists of reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes, and waltzes. Besides fiddle, instruments in a family dance could include banjo, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, clarinet, guitar, piano, recorder, accordion, dulcimer, percussion, and more. While participation in the dancing is encouraged — and it’s hard to sit still — it’s fun to just listen to the music and watch too! Lake Avenue School Gym #2: 7pm & 9pm
Joshua Lozoff has been studying and sharing magic around the world for over fifteen years. He regularly performs throughout the U.S. Before turning his attention to magic, Joshua was a professional actor in Los Angeles, including a notable recurring role on the TV show Cheers, as Gino Tortelli, and as Logan in the movie Clueless. You can even see Joshua's martial arts prowess on display (he holds a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido) in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! After 14 years as a professional actor, Joshua left Los Angeles to regain his sanity and devote more time to service work, including volunteer stints throughout Latin America. It was during his travels that a chance encounter with a street magician sparked a new passion, and Joshua began his training. Traveling around the world, Joshua studied with master magicians on several continents. After years of full-time training, he began sharing his craft with others. Now Joshua is regarded as one of the top magicians working today. Joshua loves sharing his craft with people in every setting, and his love and respect for magic come across in every performance. A few moments spent with Joshua can truly inspire, amaze and entertain. Empire State College, Rotunda: 7pm, 9pm & 11pm
is a Kindie band (independent kids music) from the Hudson Valley in New York. NY. Singer and guitarist Timmy and multi-tasker extraordinaire Matty (he plays drums and keyboards at the same time!) are a rocking duo for all ages, a band for the whole fam. Adults often say, “Hey! We love your music just as much as the kids do!” So, Ratboy Jr. plays music for kids, adults, and everyone in between. They have a knack for blurring the lines and pushing the boundaries between kids music and adults music so that it becomes EVERYONE’S music. They can be found playing all over the country from the Mountain Jam festival to a farmers Market selling jam. St. Paul's Lutheran Church: 6pm, 7pm & 8pm
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: 7pm & 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 #1: 6pm & 8pm
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: 6pm-8pm & 8pm-10pm
Steven Brundage has the perfect blend of comedy, talent, and amazing, sophisticated close-up magic. He has performed for thousands of people living in upstate New York, Vermont, New York City, and other surrounding areas. His magic will leave you amazed and wondering for weeks to come. Empire State College, Meeting Room #105: 6pm, 8pm & 10pm
SPAC’s 50th Anniversary First Night Fireworks
The sky lights up with a dazzling firework finale to 2015 at in Congress Park. Saratoga Arts invites you to join Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen as we ring out the city’s Centennial Celebration and ring in 2016 with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 50th Anniversary First Night Fireworks! A perfect viewing area is provided with street closures at the intersection of Spring and Putnam Streets, near the carousel. The First Night Saratoga fireworks display is presented by Saratoga Arts in partnership with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), and with support from Northstar Fireworks.
20 YEARS OF FANTASTIC MEMORIES
20 YEARS OF FAMILY FUN
20 YEARS OF YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC
Make plans for a New Year's Eve getaway!
...at one of Saratoga's amazing restaurants
in one of our fabulous partner hotels The Saratoga Hilton, The Embassy Suites, The Fairfield Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs, Hyatt Place Saratoga / Malta, or Union Gables
FIRST NIGHT SARATOGA 2016 - an evening filled with live music, dance, comedy, magic and midnight fireworks!
First Night will keep you warm! All of our venues are inside, heated, and with free (and warm!) bus service thanks to CDTA, you don't have to worry about getting cold on your way to all the best First Night performances.
Saratoga Arts is proud to partner with the Saratoga Springs Centennial Committee to present a public premiere of a short video celebrating the end of the 100 year anniversary of our city. The video will be shown in the Saratoga Arts Theater lobby during First Night from 6pm to midnight.
A special thank you to Safelite Auto Glass who has just joined us as a sponsor for First Night 2016.