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By Jennifer Weber
Out with the old, in with the new! Only days to go to make those resolutions (and reservations) to ring in 2017. If wearing your new set of cozy snowman footie pajamas, playing games with the family and watching the ball drop on TV isn’t your thing, how about checking out one of the many parties going on in Western New York?
For those of you wanting to stay close to home, consider visiting Kissing Bridge, located at 10296 State Road in Glenwood for a night of free family fun with a torchlight parade starting at 10 p.m., and ending with fireworks at midnight. Willie’s Smokehouse and Cafeteria will provide a family-friendly zone and the Harvest Room will be open with food and drink specials all night. Visit www.kbski.com or call (716) 592-4963 for more information.
Or how about making a reservation at one of our many local restaurants?
For an evening off the beaten-path, consider the Woods at Bear Creek located at 3510 Bear Creek Road in Franklinville. Enjoy a lovely five-course wine-pairing dinner overlooking a snowy white forest and lake, drink specials, live music and dancing. You can even stay overnight in style in one of their “glamping” cabins available for rent with free breakfast the following morning. Visit www.thewoodsatbearcreek.com or call (716) 676-2327 for more information.
And now for those braving the cold, dark roads for a night out on the town…make sure you have a designated driver or an overnight reservation if you plan on celebrating!
Did you know that Buffalo hosts the second largest Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks in the country? Starting around 10:30 p.m., meet up with about 40-50,000 of your friendly WNY neighbors (give or take depending on the weather) at the Electric Tower in Downtown Buffalo’s Roosevelt Plaza. Local singer Caitlin Koch and Nashville singer Jennifer Lindsey will be performing, Rotary Rink will be open for ice skating, downtown restaurants are open for imbibing and much eating. If you haven’t experienced the fireworks show close up, add it to your WNY Bucket List.
For families looking for an earlier start to the evening, head downtown for First Night Buffalo, the largest drug- and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration in Western New York, filled with family-friendly activities such as bounce houses, carnival rides, animals, petting zoos, live music and more—going on all day at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center located at 153 Franklin Street in Buffalo. For more information visit www.firstnightbuffalo.org.
Wanna play dress up and get all fancy? The best place in WNY to be seen is the Statler City Ice Ball, located at Genesee/Franklin Streets, across from the Convention Center in Buffalo. “Buffalo’s Premier New Year’s Eve party” features live entertainment by the Boys of Summer, Big City Horns, Jeff Toy from Toy Brothers, sit-down dining in four rooms, champagne toast and party favors at midnight and five hours of open bar (and lots of amazing people watching in gorgeous formal attire). For more information visit www.statlercity.com/iceball.
Leave the snow boots at home and bring out those groovy dancing boots and head to the Rusty Nickel Brewing Company located at 4350 Seneca Street, West Seneca for their 70’s Themed New Years Eve party filled with costumes, dancing, disco, delicious foods and an open bar! For more information visit www.rustynickelbrewing.com or call (716) 608-6155.
Buffalo RiverWorks, located at 359 Ganson Street in Buffalo, is hosting a Brew Year’s Eve event, which includes an open ice skating rink, beer and wine stations, live music by Urban Renewal and an exclusive first sampling of RiverWorks newest brews from the “Pearl Street Family of Beers.” For more information visit www.buffaloriverworks.com or call (716) 342-2292.
If hanging out in a castle low-key is more your style, how about ringing in the New Year at the historic Tonawanda Castle located at 69 Delaware in Tonawanda with dinner, drinks and DJ Tony Romano. For more information, visit tonawandacastle.com or call (716) 743-8544
And now for something entirely different—how about a screening of the cult classic movie CLUE? Yes, you can attend Clue Year’s Eve at the Screening Room Cinema Cafe located at the Boulevard Mall, 880 Alberta Drive in Amherst. Dress as your favorite character; just make sure you aren’t the one caught red handed. For more information, visit www.screeningroom.net or call (716) 837-0376.
Music lovers can choose a variety of concerts to attend for the evening:
• Rusted Root w/Funktional Flow at Buffalo Iron Works located at 49 Illinois Street in Buffalo. Visit buffaloironworks.com or call (716) 200-1893 for more information.
• Mary Wilson of the Supremes at the Seneca Niagara Casino located at 310 4th Street, Niagara Falls. Visit senecaniagaracasino.com or call (716) 299-1100 for more information.
• New Year’s Eve with Jimkata: Lazlo Hollyfeld Does LCD Soundsystem, Smackdab and Drop D at the Town Ballroom located at 681 Main Street in Buffalo. Visit www.townballroom.com or call (716) 852-3900 for more information.
Beer lovers? We got you covered too.
• 42 North Brewing Company located at 25 Pine Street, East Aurora will be hosting a Keg Drop Party with lots of flowing beer and live music. Visit www.42northbrewing.com for more information or call (716) 805-7500.
• Big Ditch Brewing Company located at 55 East Huron Street in Buffalo features an evening filled with karaoke, exclusive beer tastings, food stations, appetizers, a selfie station, and a fantastic location to watch the ball drop to boot! For more information visit www.bigditchbrewing.com or call (716) 854-5050.
• Resurgence Brewing Company located at 1250 Niagara Street in Buffalo is hosting a fancy evening consisting of open bar, s’mores, champagne, cigars, and more! For more information visit www.resurgencebrewing.com or call (716) 381-9868
No matter how you choose to spend New Year’s Eve—out on town or at cozy at home, make it a good one.