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Ring in the New Year!

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By Jennifer Weber

Out with the old and in with 2018! No matter if you plan on spending New Year’s Eve with a quiet night at home, a party with friends and family or out on the town at one of the following Western New York celebrations. We wish you and yours a very happy and safe New Year!

Enjoy a night of skiing until 10 p.m. at Kissing Bridge located at 10296 State Road, Glenwood for their New Year’s Celebration followed by Fireworks and a Torchlight parade. A DJ will be in the house until 1 a.m. along with food and drink specials in the Harvest Room while the Smokehouse and Cafeteria is a family friendly zone for all to enjoy! For more information, visit www.kbski.com.

Ring in the New Year at Holiday Valley located at 6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville with ski lifts open until 11 p.m. followed by the Snowcat Parade at 11:15, Torchlight parade at 11:30 and fireworks at11:45. The whole family can party together on the lodge main floor and there’s an adult only party in the T-Bar on the top floor. For more information, visit www.holidayvalley.com.

Family Friendly Events

First Night Buffalo takes place downtown at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center located at 153 Franklin Street from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. This family-friendly, drug and alcohol free celebration includes attractions such as Shemika Charles the Limbo Queen, Hybrid Fitness Ninja Warrior Academy, Jeff Musial The Animal Guy, the Bubble Black Light Dance Party, the Toddler Zone, storybook characters and The Red Trouser Show. At 9:30 p.m., Buffalo native and former X-Factor contestant, Caitlin Koch performs, followed by a confetti countdown and balloon drop. Tickets will be available at the door the day of event for $15 and includes all rides, attractions and activities. Children ages 2-years-old and under are free. For more info, visit firstnightbuffalo.org.

For those interested in a quick trip north, check out Old Falls Street Family Fun New Year’s Eve Party at The Niagara Falls Conference & Event Center, Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls from 5 – 10 p.m. Activities include a dance floor with music by D+B Karaoke and DJ, Primate Display with Carmen Presti, Giant Inflatable Slide, Bounce House and Obstacle Course, Airbrush Tattoos for Children, Kirt the Entertainer with Stilting, juggling and magic activities, The Balloon Brothers, Social Media Photo Booth, arts and crafts and interactive games. Complimentary party hats and noisemakers will be handed out for the balloon drop and countdown at 10 p.m. with a sparking juice toast. Tickets are $6 presale and $8 at the door the day of the event. For more info, visitfallsstreet.com.

Southtowns Events

How about a New Years Eve Celebration with the Hayden Fogel Band at JP Fitzgerald’s located at 4236 Clark Street, Hamburg. The party starts at 10 p.m. For more info, visit jpfitzgeralds.com.

Or come out for the 2nd Annual 42 North Keg Drop, located at 42 North Brewing Company, 25 Pine Street, East Aurora. Ring in the New Year with the dropping of a keg in the brewhouse (or biergarten, weather depending) when the clock strikes midnight along with live music with the band Falling Rock. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, visit www.42northbrewing.com.

The Town of Holland will be ringing in their 200th year with a Ball Drop at midnight in the Village Commons Parking Lot and light refreshments to follow at the Holland Fire Department. For more info, visit townofhollandny.com.

Overnight cabin packages are available for New Year’s Eve 2018 at The Woods at Bear Creek located at 3510 Bear Creek Road, Franklinville. Dinner and live music by Krossfire. Dinner prices are $55, cabin prices start at $230. For more info, visit www.thewoodsatbearcreek.com.

Downtown Buffalo Events

Dress up for a fancy night on the town at the Statler City 7th Annual Ice Ball, starting at 7 p.m. at Statler City located at 107 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. Guests will enjoy four hours of premium open bar, plenty of food, a champagne toast, live music by the Boys of Summer, Big City Horns, and Jeff Toy from Toy Brothers! And four rooms with sit-down dining, and more. For more info, visit statlercityiceball.com.

Start the New Year with some laughs with comedian Brad Williams at Helium Comedy Club located at 30 Mississippi Street, Buffalo. The late show includes party favors and a champagne toast at midnight! General admission tickets start at $49, dinner tickets available for $99. For more information visit www.buffalo-heliumcomedy-com.

If relaxation and zen are more your style, you can start off the New Year at Yoga Parkside, located at 2 Wallace Avenue, Buffalo. A yoga class taught in the Kundalini Tradition will include sun salutations for ritual and warming up. Class begins at 11:30 p.m. and there will be Yogi tea & community time and free flow dancing after Midnight. The cost is $15. For more information visit www.yogaparkside.com.

Buffalo RiverWorks located at 359 Ganson Street, Buffalo presents Brew Year’s Eve 2018. Celebrate with friends with hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert stations. Full bar included from 8 p.m to 12 a.m. along with a champagne toast and hats & noisemakers at Midnight. Live Music by XOXO and a Burning Buffalo Outdoor Lazer Light Show. Tickets start at $75. For more info, visit buffaloriverworks.com.

Big Ditch Brewing Company located at 55 East Huron Street, Buffalo will be celebrating the New Year with craft beer, great food, a DJ, and a view of the Electric Tower ball drop & fireworks at midnight. Tickets include admission to the New Year’s Eve Party from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. with four drink tickets, limited release beer releases throughout the night, food stations and hand passed appetizers, photo booth with free prints, party favors and noisemakers. Tickets are $70. For more info, visitbigditchbrewing.com.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Resurgence Brewing Company located at 1250 Niagara Street, Buffalo. Admission tickets include open bar from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m (including an exclusive NYE beer release), light buffet with passed hors d’oeuvres, a s’mores station, champagne toast at midnight, complimentary cigars in the biergarten, photo station, Cornhole, games and much more. Tickets are $100. For more info, visit resurgencebrewing.com.

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