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Ring in the New Year and the 100th anniversary of Saratoga Spring’s incorporation as a city with the First Night Saratoga fireworks display. At midnight, after a few words from Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Joanne Yepsen, and Matt Veitch, the Chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, Northstar Fireworks will present a dazzling display in Congress Park.  Congress Park cannot be entered during the fireworks, but Saratoga Arts provides a perfect viewing area by arranging for the streets to be closed at the intersection of Spring and Putnam Streets, near the carousel.

The First Night Saratoga fireworks display is presented by Saratoga Arts with support from Saratoga County, the City of Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau and Gaffney’s Restaurant.


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 with just kids in mind!


Airborne Comedians are a sure bet to make you laugh, whether balanced atop seven foot unicycles or frantically flinging objects at eachother.  Over the past 15 years, this duo has entertained audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  They juggle a cornucopia of objects including (but not limited to) baseball bats, lawn chairs, children, hats, clubs, balls, rings, electric guitars, machetes, flaming lawn chairs fruits and random objects from the crowd.  Lake Avenue School Gym 2: 6pm, 8pm & 10pm

Alpacas of Breezy Hill Ranch, of Salem, NY will bring two docile alpacas to First Night to pet and feed. Owners Lisa and David Proulx will be demonstrating dry felting throughout the night and will have alpaca products to buy such as hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks. They will explain fiber processing from shearing to retail products. Alpacas are very gentle creatures and they hope you’ll stop by to wish them a happy New Year during the evening!  NBT Bank Parking Lot: 6pm - 12pm

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

Buckaroo Bindlestiff's Wild West Jamboree brings classica wild west skills like fancy lasso tricks, target bullwhip cracking and a comedy knife throwing act.  The show also includes a “pony” race for youthful audience volunteers, a delightful cowboy sing-along, juggling, a six-gun spinning safety talk and a comedic look at America’s Old West.  Great for the entire family. Lake Avenue School Auditiorium:  6pm - 9pm


Jojo's Fabulous Faces is fun for both children and adults.  We make the magic happen, and that is why we love our job so much! Add a bit of color and sparkle to any occasion. With plenty of experience we are able to create beautiful, unique designs fast, using professional quality paint and glitter designed to be safe on the skin. Locally owned and operated, quality is guaranteed.  Lake Avenue School Cafeteria: 6pm - 11pm

The Mop and Bucket Company is the region’s favorite Improv Comedy Troupe. A long-time First Night Saratoga favorite, MOPCO brings to life your suggestions in story, song and games.  Lake Avenue School, Gym 2: 7pm & 9pm.  Gym 1: 10pm

Pete and Chris Amusements are the northeast’s ONLY 2-man kid’s comedy magic show!  They are a high-energy, frenetic duo who uses lots of kid-friendly slapstick to make sure your kids are chortling for hours after the show!  Presto Pete and Incredulous Chris are two brothers from Connecticut who love to bring the fun... and magic... to you!  Lake Avenue School Gym 1: 6pm & 9pm

Saratoga Youth Symphony iwas founded in 2012.  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.  The Church of St. Peter: 6pm & 7pm


Schuylerville Community Theater summer camp kids will represent the hippies and flower children of the 1960s with some songs form the retrospective play they performed last July by Kelly and Francoeur. Some ‘groov-sters’ decide to throw a free Music, Beads and Flowers Celebration.  A popular singing group, the “Lemon Bugs”, loves the idea, donates their talent and in no time, busses start arriving at Crumb’s Apple Farm, the site of the festival. Come see if they can pull it off before they get shut down. It's fast! It's funky! It's GROOVY!!  Children’s Museum Community Room: 6pm, 7pm & 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. Lake Avenue School Cafeteria: 6pm, 8pm, 10pm

The Zucchini Brothers, originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, but now living in a clubhouse in “ZucchiniLand”, are well-renowned for their concerts in schools, theaters and festivals throughout the country, as well as their internationally syndicated weekly radio show “The Zucchini Brothers, Live! at the Clubhouse.” Winners of the NAPPA Gold Award and the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Zucchini Brothers have received critical acclaim for their albums. “The Beatles of Kids’ Music” - are what the Zucchini Brothers, Jack, Steve and Sam are often called. “Words of Wisdom Set to Foot-tapping Music” are what the Zucchini Brothers deliver. Lake Avenue School Gym 1: 7pm & 8pm






Make plans for a New Year's Eve getaway!

at one of Saratoga's amazing restaurants

...and ENJOY
FIRST NIGHT SARATOGA 2016 - an evening filled with live music, dance, comedy, 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. 


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