Holiday > New Years > First Night 2015

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

This city-wide celebration features over 70 music, art, comedy, film, dance, and kids events! Approximately 12,000 people are expected to attend this year!

2015 Saratoga first night poster

See the First Night 2015 Entertainment Schedule!

From musical performances to magic acts, comedy shows, art exhibits, ballet, bluegrass, and acapella - nothing is left out! There will even be a vast array of age-appropriate entertainment for children at the Lake Avenue School, including a vaudeville show, a juggling act, a magic routine, facepainting, and more!

Some events returning from previous years include:
- The Annual First Night 5K Run at 5:30PM
- Carousel Rides
- Extended Hours for Saratoga Shops and Restaurants
- Dazzling Fireworks Display at Midnight

Music lovers, you won't want to miss First Night Saratoga! Folk artists, holiday choruses, rhythm & blues singers, jazz musicians, rock 'n roll artists, country music bands, pop singers, classical orchestras, acapella groups, opera singers and many other musical entertainers will perform at over 30 different venues in Saratoga.

Events kick off at 6:00PM and the final shows of the evening will begin at 11:00PM. In honor of the Saratoga Springs Centennial year, Mayor Joanne Yepsen will preface the event with a few words and lead the countdown to the New Year.

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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


Most first night venues are within reasonable walking distance of eachother. It's a chilly, but beautiful stroll through downtown Saratoga Springs. You can also stop in to most of your favorite shops and stores to warm up! First Night Schedule »

The CDTA runs a free bus service on all regular Saratoga bus routes for First Night Attendees wearing their buttons. There are also two special shuttle routes from 4pm to 1am during the event. See the First Night Bus Route & Venue Map »

If you prefer to drive, see the suggested locations for Parking In Downtown Saratoga Springs »


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.

On December 1, 2014, buttons will be available for purchase at:

Buttons are still only $15. Kids 12 and under are FREE with the purchase of a 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. Last year approximately 260 men and women assisted in overseeing performance venues, answering questions, and ensuring that over 10,000 revelers rang in the New Year safely.

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 Years tradition for your family! For more information on this holiday event, contact Saratoga Arts at (518) 584-4132 or visit them online.

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Parking In Downtown Saratoga Springs »
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