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First Night Saratoga 2017

First Night is NY's largest New Year's Eve event outside of NYC!

Approximately 12,000 people are expected to attend this year to bring in 2017!

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2017 Entertainment

  • Live music from dozens of bands covering a full range of genres
  • Comedy from improv troupe Mop & Bucket Company
  • Mind arts with mind reading, levitation, and magic
  • Extended hours at shops and restaurants
  • Preface and countdown by Mayor Joanne Yepsen
  • Annual First Night 5K Run at 5:30pm
  • First Night events kick off at 6:00pm
  • Fireworks at Midnight

Find a full guide of events here to best plan your evening.

First Night For Kids

  • Carousel rides in Congress Park
  • Animals
  • Origami
  • Comics
  • Caricatures
  • Magic
  • Storycrafters
  • Lots of age-appropriate entertainment at Lake Avenue School
  • Kids under 12 free with paid adult


Jump to: Shuttle and Parking | Venues | Buttons | Volunteer

First Night 2016 in Congress Park

Photo: Jacob Weakland

First Night Fireworks 2016

Photo: John Ess

Dancers performing at the Saratoga City Center

A Beatles cover band performs

A dancer at the Saratoga City Center

Runners take off at the First Night 5K

Runners participate in the First Night 5K

Shuttle and Parking

Free shuttle! CDTA offers a special Saratoga First Night transportation service on New Year's Eve, putting First Night attendees within easy walking distance of all the venues. Attendees who show First Night buttons ride for free on all regular Saratoga bus routes and the two special shuttle routes from 4pm through 1am. All bus stops are marked with yellow First Night signs and arrive and depart every 15 minutes from all spots on the First Night downtown loop. See the First Night Bus Route & Venue Map »

New this year: Park at the Wilton Mall or leave your car in place at Skidmore after the 5k roadrace!

Special stops:

  • Wilton Mall at 5:30pm to Congress Park
  • Skidmore at 6:45pm to Congress Park
  • Congress Park at 8:30pm to Wilton
  • Wilton at 8:45pm to Congress Park
  • Congress Park at 10:15pm to Skidmore
  • Congress Park at 12:30am to Skidmore and then Wilton

The Wilton bus stop is on the side of the Dick's Sporting Goods building - not the bus stop in front of Bon Ton.

If you have questions about the bus routes/stops, visit the CDTA's supervisor van near Congress Park.

By Car

The best parking is on the street near the performance site you're attending. Off-street parking is available in the following lots:

  • Woodlawn Avenue, between Division and Church Streets
  • Church Street, at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue
  • Broadway, between Lake Avenue and Grove Street, across from Walton Street
  • Parking garage at Putnam and Phila Streets
  • Parking lot behind the Saratoga Springs Senior Center, at 5 Williams Street
  • Park at the Wilton Mall and take the CDTA shuttle
  • Leave your car in place after the 5k roadrace at Skidmore
  • Not a runner? Park at Skidmore after 6:45pm when the campus is opened back up to vehicles

See the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce's parking map. Street parking is available as well, just make sure to pay attention to the posted time limits, which vary from location to location.


Most First Night venues are within reasonable walking distance of each other. It's a beautiful stroll through downtown Saratoga Springs, but dress warm as it can be chilly! Most shops and restaurants are open late, so you can also stop in to your favorite spot to warm up. See 2017 First Night Entertainment Venues »


One button does it all! A First Night Saratoga admission button provides you access to all 35 First Night venues and 70 First Night performances and happenings, plus the free shuttle all night long.

Buttons are still only $15, and kids 12 and under are free with the purchase of adult button!

Please Note: Make sure to wear your button visibly throughout the evening at First Night.

Volunteer At First Night!

First Night would not be possible without the help of many dedicated volunteers. All volunteers receive a free First Night Saratoga admission button and a First Night poster. Register to volunteer early this year, especially if you have a favorite venue you wish to be placed at. All volunteers will be required to attend training sessions!

Make First Night Saratoga a yearly New Year's tradition for your family! For more information on this holiday event, contact Saratoga Arts at 518.584.4132 or visit them online.

Helpful Links

First Night Schedule »
Parking In Downtown Saratoga Springs »
Saratoga Restaurants & Nightlife »
Lodging In Saratoga Springs »

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