Thousands Celebrated the New Year at First Night Buffalo


By Kelsi Maciejewski

Thousands kicked off the New Year at First Night Buffalo, the ultimate drug- and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration. The event presented by the Independent Health Foundation, Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The 27th annual holiday family tradition offered safe, family-friendly activities for all ages to ring in the New Year with rides and amusements. New attractions this year included American Ninja Warrior Training, Flexible Comedy with Jonathan Burns and a laser maze. Popular returning attractions included the Buffalo Bills Play60 Fitness Challenge, Jeff Musial – The Animal Guy, musician Kevin McCarthy, the Bubble Black Light Dance Party, the Toddler Zone, Health Screenings, Storybook Characters, Nels Ross with his comedy variety show and the Midway Caravan: The Backyard Circus & Family Puppet Parade.

To cap off the night, First Night Buffalo featured a Grand Finale Balloon Drop. There was a special performance by American Ninja Warrior, Patrick Hall, followed by a confetti countdown and balloon drop.

First Night Buffalo was presented by the Independent Health Foundation and sponsored by WKBW-TV Channel 7, Independent Health, The Buffalo News, VSP Marketing Graphic Group and Lamar. For more information about First Night Buffalo visit

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