During First Night Saratoga you get to see Spa City at its finest, decked out for the holidays with lights, decorations and plenty of holiday spirit! Saratoga First Night is a family-oriented New Years celebration of the culture and tradition in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Officials are expecting 15,000 to 20,000 people to attend this year, and are calling this year's First Night event the largest in the state after Times Square, and the largest New Year's Eve event in upstate New York.
Paint the town red with over 70 performances of music, art, comedy, film, dance and lots of fun for kids from 5:30pm December 31, 2013 to 12:30am on January 1, 2014.
This year's theme "Color Me First Night" will showcase an array of performances that will thrill and awe. From musical performances to magic acts, comedy shows, art exhibits, ballet, blue grass, and a capella - nothing is left out!
Some events returning from previous years include the annual First Night 5K Run at 5:30pm and of course, carousel rides! Browse Saratoga shops and stop in to restaurants around the city, which will be open late to ring in the new year. And of course, the annual fireworks show to welcome in the New Year at midnight!
Music lovers, you won't want to miss First Night in Saratoga! Folk artists, holiday choruses, rhythm & blues singers, jazz musicians, rock 'n roll artists, country music bands, pop singers, classical orchestras, a capella groups, opera singers and many other musical entertainers will perform at over 20 different venues in Saratoga on New Years Eve.
Events kick off with the opening ceremony at 5:30 PM onwards for an evening of entertainment. The final show of the evening, of course, will be the fireworks at midnight and final performances are from 11:00 - 11:40 PM.
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. Thre are also two special shuttle routes from 4pm to 1am during the event. See the First Night Bus Route & Venue Map »
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, 2013, buttons will be available for purchase at:
Buttons are still only $15, kids under 12 and under are FREE with the purchase of a button!
Tickets are on sale NOW! Early bird tickets are now on sale for First Night Saratoga 2014. Buy your ticket before December 1st and save $2! Learn more »
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, TBA.
Make First Night in 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.