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Falls, N. Tonawanda hosting New Year’s Eve events for kids, adults

The cities of Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda are offering ball drops and festive events – some suitable for kids and some more catered to grown-ups – this New Year’s Eve.

And there’s no need to stand outside – or even wait for midnight in Niagara Falls.

Old Falls Street U.S.A. will offer a host of family fun activities to ring in the new year, along with a balloon ball drop and sparkling fruit juice at 10 p.m. Thursday, giving adults just enough time to tuck the kiddies into bed and celebrate their own ball drop at midnight.

The New Year’s Eve event in the Falls will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., in the Niagara Falls Event and Conference Center, 101 Old Falls Street. Enter via First Street. Admission is $6 for guests 4 and older and includes hats and noise makers. Also included is a giant inflatable obstacle course, a dance floor, face painting, balloon artists, arts and crafts, family movies with free popcorn and costumed characters.

The event is sponsored by Rainforest Cafe, and coupons are available on event fliers or online at

Events in North Tonawanda will be held both inside and outside at the Gateway Harbor Ball Drop in the Tonawandas, a shared event between North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda.

Family activities include a kids zone inside Salem Church, 114 Morgan St., in the City of Tonawanda. A midnight ball drop followed by fireworks will ring in the new year over the Renaissance Bridge on the Erie Canal.

Chairman Greg Doel said they plan to bring back the merchant scavenger hunt as well the Pub Crawl, an adults only bar-themed event, from 6 to 10 p.m. More information on tickets for the Pub Crawl are available at Crazy Jake’s and participating bars.

The Weekends on Webster group will again sponsor events.

New Year’s Eve will be celebrated a little early in the Village of Wilson, with the Lil’ Apple Ball Drop planned for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Wilson No. 1 Fire Hall, 250 Young St. This free, family-friendly event will feature music, dancing and healthy snacks like apples and popcorn, according to organizers. Free party hats and noise-makers also will be provided. The kids’ ball drop will take place at 9 p.m. The event is sponsored by Watch Wilson Grow.