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The 10: New Year's Eve events in Buffalo for 2015

The 10 does what it wants during the holidays. (Actually, that's not true; since Christmas and New Year's Day both fall on Fridays, when this beloved listicle usually gets posted, we've had to adapt.)

While the event slate is lighter the week between Christmas and New Year's -- The Christmas Party 11 at Pearl Street is one that sticks out -- the holiday gatherings ramp up again on New Year's Eve.

With that in mind, here's a list to get your NYE plans settled now (updated: We've added a few more on Dec. 28):

1) Downtown ball drop, 10:30 p.m. in Roosevelt Plaza by the Electric Tower (Intersection of Main, Huron and Genesee streets). Free to attend.

Highlights: Singer-songwriter Caitlin Koch returns home from Nashville, where she has launched the next step of her music career. She will perform in a revitalized part of Buffalo that's welcomed plenty of new businesses -- restaurants, especially -- in the past year. Channel 7 anchors will emcee the event, while a fireworks display will follow the ball drop. Mayor Byron Brown discussed further perks of the night here.

Caitlin Koch is back from Nashville to perform New Year's Eve in downtown Buffalo. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News file photo)

Caitlin Koch is back from Nashville to perform New Year's Eve in downtown Buffalo. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News file photo)

1B: New Year's Eve Donut Drop, 5 to 10 p.m. in public espresso + coffee inside Hotel @ the Lafayette (391 Washington St.) Free to attend. This is intentionally connected to the downtown ball drop -- explained below.

Highlights: Get your NYE refreshments in style while exploring downtown or waiting for the ball to drop. Toutant will ship doughnuts over to the Hotel @ the Lafayette, while public espresso will offer several flavors of hot chocolate: Mexican hot chocolate, white-chocolate rosemary and orange zest hot chocolate, dark hot chocolate and sea-salt hot chocolate.

More on these doughnuts, since I know you're curious: Chef James Roberts describes them as freshly-fried, yeast-raised doughnuts, "old-time-style," with a vanilla glaze. "They are in the Krispy Kreme style," he said. "Light like clouds of sugary hot goodness."

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2) NYE Celebration at RiverWorks, 10 a.m. at 359 Ganson St. No cover before 6 p.m., but it costs $5 to skate (and $5 for rentals) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. After 6, cover is $10 and it includes skating (but rentals are still an additional $5), curling, roller-skating and New Year's flair.

Highlights: RiverWorks was built for this! Well, not specifically, but if you want to ring in 2016 on skates, choosing the two outdoor ice rinks and the indoor roller derby rink leads to an affordable athletic activity. There's plenty of seating at the Ward and several bar areas, if you're looking to relax and mingle (with or without a jingling beat).

Try out curling on New Year's Eve as one of the many outdoor activities at Buffalo RiverWorks. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Try out curling on New Year's Eve as one of the many outdoor activities at Buffalo RiverWorks. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

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3) Countdown to 2016, 9 p.m. in Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.) Tickets are $80, and you can add on a bottle of champagne for an additional $50. All of that info can be found here.

Highlights: Is there a better location for an event titled "Countdown" than Waiting Room? This is a two-floor, semi-formal affair with four hours of open bar (I don't know how formal it can be after that much alcohol), and other perks include an elaborate food spread from Kevin's Catering, party favors, DJs D-Star, Dovey, Heat, GLDN GIRLS, P-Nasty, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and free parking.

Finally, is this commercial funny or not? Someone else decide.

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4) Statler City Ice Ball, 6 p.m. at 107 Delaware Ave. Tickets are still available for seating in the Terrace Room and the Golden Ballroom (limited seats), each $160 per seat; they can be purchased here. Entrance to a dance party in the Niagara Room, the former Rendezvous, costs $60 (and includes three hours of open bar).

[See Nancy Parisi's gallery from the 2015 Statler City Ice Ball]

Highlights: Billing itself as "Buffalo's Premier New Year's Eve Party," the glamorous Ice Ball pulls out all the stops: five hours of open bar, notable live music from Jeremy Hoyle and The Strictly Hip in the Terrace Room and the Boys of Summer in the Golden Ballroom, an exceptional food menu (I would probably not stop eating the whole night) and a limit of 1,500 people to prevent overcrowding.

New Year's Eve parties hang out in Statler City for the 2015 Ice Ball. (Nancy Parisi/Special to The News)

New Year's Eve parties hang out in Statler City for the 2015 Ice Ball. (Nancy Parisi/Special to The News)

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5) New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball at Salvatore's, 6:30 p.m. at 6461 Transit Road, Depew. Tickets are $135 per person and can be purchased here.

Highlights: If you've been at Salvatore's around the holidays, you know that this business goes hard on decor. The masquerade ball is slated for the Bellamore Ballroom, where live music will be performed by the Steve Balesteri Band, and guests get an open bar from 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., hors d'oeuvres and finger foods, a four-course dinner [menu here], plus -- and this may be the best part -- hats, horns and champagne for the midnight strike.

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6) Transmission Dance Party, 10:30 p.m. in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.) Cover is $5 at the door for this 21+ event.

Highlights: As much as I wanted to work "The Remix to Transmission" in here cleverly, I failed. I'm not going to tease too much about this, as Mac McGuire will publish a Buffalo.com post in the coming days with major details and eloquent prose. So, sit tight. But, in the meantime, know that "Transmission Dance Party" is the name of a band, not an event.

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7) Tea Party in Rapids Theatre, 8 p.m. at 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls. Tickets, through Ticketfly.com, are $35 and can be purchased here.

Highlights: We see our share of Canadian rockers in Western New York, and the Tea Party visits quite a bit. The band's Niagara Falls show is a little more special, though, as not only is it New Year's Eve, but the three-piece rock group will play "Edges of Twilight" in its entirety as part of a tour predicated on the album's 20th anniversary.

Below is a video of "The Ocean at the End," the title track of their late 2014 album, their first release in 10 years.

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8) Best family events: Read Mary Friona-Celani's list here.

9) Best brewery events: Read Emeri Krawczyk's list here.

10) New Year's Eve bar parties (click the links for the Facebook event page):

Allen Burger Venture (175 Allen St., no cover)

HandleBar (149 Swan St., no cover)

The Lodge (79 W. Chippewa St., $30 in advance, $40 at the door)

Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St., no cover listed)

Gypsy Parlor (376 Grant St., $30 for prime-rib dinner buffet, $5 cover for bands)

Villaggio (7 Monroe St., Ellicottville; no cover)

Funktional Flow at Iron Works (49 Illinois St., $10-15)

Nietzsche's (248 Allen St., $5 cover)

Surrender (3148 Main St., $15 entry)

Templeton Landing (2 Templeton Landing)

Lift (257 Franklin St., $55 entry)

Lockhouse Distillery (41 Columbia St., $5 cover)

Some people really bring their A-game to New Year's Eve parties. (Nancy J. Parisi/Special to The News)

Some people really bring their A-game to New Year's Eve parties. (Nancy J. Parisi/Special to The News)

BONUS: Mrdwilson's NYE 2016 on the Lake, 10:30 at Templeton Landing (2 Templeton Landing). Tickets are $30 general admission and $75 for VIP.

Highlights: This one was brought to our attention on Twitter, and the event is presented by an "all-new flavor of Ciroc" -- a refreshing-sounding apple -- and it features five DJs and is hosted by Redd Roxx.

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who's listening to "Love Yourself" by Justin Bieber on loop, at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

 

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