Eight (8) Adirondack (and Beyond) New Year's Eve Celebrations and New Year's Day Events

By Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time Guidebooks

Besides welcoming the New Year in with a bang, here are a few Adirondack (Saratoga Springs, Plattsburgh and Albany) suggestions for welcoming New Year's Eve 2015 on December 31, 2014. 

1) Saranac Lake will host its annual First Night celebration with magicians, live music, fireworks, Buttons are $12 (until December 31 where the price goes up to $15) and children 12 and under free. At midnight countdown as the ball drops and culminates with fireworks over Lake Flower. Opening ceremony will be on the Harrietstown Town Hall steps at 5:45 p.m. From then until midnight is a mixture of circus comedy, storytelling and live music.
Join Adirondack Family Time on Dec 31 (6-7 pm) at the Harrietstown Town Hall for balloon animals and face painting. 

(First Night® Saranac Lake is proud to be one of 75 First Night® New Year's Eve celebrations conducted across the United States. First Night® began in Boston more than 30 years ago as a family-oriented, alcohol-free, celebration of the performing and visual arts bring to welcome in the New Year.) 

2) Skate into the New Year at the Olympic Oval Lake Placid. You can also rent kids' skates at the Lake Placid Skate Shop. Dec 31st starting at 10:30 p.m.-12:30 am. $5/person, all children and any students with valid ID get in free. Bring a nonperishable food item to support the local food pantry. All proceeds benefit the food pantry. 

3) FREE Fireworks over Lake George - midnight, to rock the night before the fireworks take in a special dinner cruise, champagne cruise or even family bowling event that include a mock countdown to New Year's for the little ones and "champagne" toast. 

4) Don't Drink and Drive! Anyone ringing in the New Year in Old Forge or Thendara needs to get MAC's Safe Ride number onto their phone. 315-369-8121,  Areas covered are: Old Forge, Thendara, Rt. 28 N. to Daikers, Rt. 28 S. to Okara Lakes and S. Shore Road (lower portion) Tupper Lake has recently started their own MAC's Safe Ride Continued 518-303-3282 for the Village and Surrounding Area of Tupper Lake.  Champagne Bus for the Inlet and Eagle Bay area where people can ride the SS Minnow to various participating establishments as well as pick you up and bring you home if you reside in the Inlet and Eagle Bay Area.Call 315-357-3501.  

Just Beyond:
5) Plattsburgh's Imaginarium Museum brings together a Noon Year's Eve for the wee ones.Starting at 10 am with crafts, fireworks in a bottle (science craft) and plenty of playtime. This event is a great way for parents and children 2-7 to engage in playtime. 10am - 4:30. It still leaves plenty of time for parents to have their own late night event.  

6) Saratoga Springs First Night celebration. Buttons are $15 and children (12 and under) are free with a paying adult. Activities start at 6 pm and continue through midnight. Presented by the Saratoga Arts Center and Arts Council, this event continues strong with over 70 regional and touring performances in over 30 venues throughout historic Saratoga Springs. 

While in Saratoga Springs, check out the children's New Year's celebration as part of The Children Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St, Saratoga Springs. From 1:30 - 2 pm on December 31st make fun, festive hats and noisemakers to help ring in the New Year. Pre-registration is required. Call 518-584-5440. 


7) Titus Mountain is hosting its 2nd annual New Year's Eve First Tracks Bash: torchlight parade, fireworks at midnight, live music from 7 pm - 1 am with lifts open for riding or tubing. FREE to enter the party but a lift ticket needed to ski or ride. 

Across the pond (or Lake Champlain to be specific) 
8) Burlington, VT First Night - Buttons are currently $15 (until Dec 30) and on December 31 increase to $20. Children (3-12) $5, Children under 3/free. There are numerous events and activities to choose from. Some events, like Circus Smirkus, have an additional fee. There are special family fireworks at 5:30 pm and midnight fireworks at, well, midnight. Here is the family schedule of events. 

NEW YEAR'S DAY and New Year's week!
10) January 1 - 1pm  Shake off any New Year's celebration by taking the annual Lake George Polar Plunge at Shepard's Park into the icy depths for the benefit of Lake George Winter Carnival and local food pantries. $10 donation


11) Half price tubing tickets at 11 am and half-price village skiing at 3 pm at Gore Mountain's North Bowl. 

12) January 4th is Super Sunday at Whiteface with $48 adult tickets, children 6 and under are free all the time. These tickets must be purchased online to receive the discount. 

Happy New Year! If you are on the roads, please be careful. You carry precious cargo! 

© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time™: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) for the towns of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Jay/Upper Jay, Wilmington, Keene/Keene Valley which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities™.

Comments

SaratogaMama said…
Didn't know about the Saranac Lake First Night so thank you for sharing! I think I'd have more fun at that than Saratoga's. Shhhh, don't tell anyone I said that! -www.SaratogaMama.com
I think it is more love the one you're with. Happy New Year!