Here are a few options to ring in the new year with family tonight:
First Night Buffalo: This drug- and alcohol-free family event celebrates its 25th anniversary from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St.; features games, a black light dance party and entertainers which this year will include Nickel City Reptiles & Exotics, Xpogo, and the Red Trouser Show. A new Multi-Cultural Celebrations Stage also is part of the fun. Learn more about the woman at the helm of the event here.
Hard Rock Guitar Drop (for older kids): Runs from 8 p.m. to midnight outside the Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls USA and is highlighted by a free concert featuring Living Colour; A 10-foot likeness of a Gibson guitar will be lowered on the Giacomo Hotel, the city’s second-tallest building, at midnight, followed by fireworks.
Over the border : More than 50,000 people are expected tonight in Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls, Ont., for a live outdoor concert featuring Demi Lovato, Serena Ryder and Sam Roberts. Portions of the concert will be broadcast live across Canada. The party also includes fireworks over the falls at 9 p.m. and midnight.
Of course, you can just stay inside by a warm fire or under a blanket and play board games with family and friends. That's what I intend to do.
Enjoy New Year's Eve, and check back on the Refresh Buffalo Blog Wednesday morning for tips on how to keep your New Year's resolutions.
– Scott Scanlon