Now that you’ve gotten your Christmas shopping under control, perhaps it’s time to think about ringing in the New Year. There are some pretty good, kid-friendly options.
First Night Buffalo has been going strong for 27 years. The drug and alcohol free New Year’s Eve celebration takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Pre-sale tickets for the carnival-like party can be purchased at any Wegmans location for $10; tickets are $12 at the door. Children younger than 2 get in free.
The ticket includes carnival rides, music, bounce houses, jugglers and much more. There is a balloon drop at 9:45 p.m. to end the night of fun.
Old Falls Street Family Fun runs from 6 to 10 p.m. You’ll find a dance floor, DJ, party hats, a countdown to the ball drop – which is at 10 p.m. – giant inflatable obstacle courses, face painting, balloon artists and arts and crafts.
Food concessions and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are $4 each. Kids under 4 are free. The fun is at the Conference and Event Center at 101 Old Falls St.
If you’re looking to start a new tradition, consider the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The Hyatt is hosting two family-friendly dinners: an adult buffet and kids buffet from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Or a second, fancier dinner from 5:30 to 11 p.m. where you’ll enjoy a three-course meal which includes a champagne toast for adults and sparkling cider for the kids. It’s perfect for older kids looking to celebrate in style.
Your family can check out the life-sized gingerbread house and take in the gorgeous old holiday window displays from AM&As. The fully enclosed glass atrium might give you the best and warmest seat in town to watch the ball drop and fireworks display at midnight.