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Family friendly New Year's Eve events planned in Buffalo, Niagara Falls

Buffalo and Niagara Falls will host family-friendly events on New Year’s Eve.

The Independent Health Foundation will present First Night Buffalo from 5 to 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The 28th annual alcohol-free, family celebration entertainment, educational programing, rides and amusements. New attractions this year include Dueling Pianos, FlippenOut’s Extreme Trampoline Show and drum line DownBeat Percussion, also known as the Buffalo Bills Stampede.

Returning attractions include Hybrid Fitness Buffalo – American Ninja Warrior Training, Jeff Musial – The Animal Guy, the Bubble Black Light Dance Party, family fitness challenge, the Toddler Zone, health screenings, Storybook Characters and the Midway Caravan: The Backyard Circus & Family Puppet Parade.

First Night will reach its crescendo at 9:45 p.m. with a performance national touring act, Reza Illusionist, followed by a countdown with a balloon drop.

Tickets are available at all area Wegmans locations for $10, which will include all rides, attractions and activities. Children aged 2 and under are free. Tickets are $12 at the door.

Free parking is available at the Fernbach and Main Place Mall parking ramps, thanks to the Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps, the Buffalo Board of Parking and Mayor Byron Brown.

“First Night is an annual tradition for many families and we enjoy seeing them come back year after year,” said Carrie Meyer, executive director of the Independent Health Foundation.

Niagara Falls will host a family friendly New Year’s Eve from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday in The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St.

Dance, sing karaoke, enjoy a bounce house and petting zoo and an indoor snowball fight before the ball drop at as 10 p.m. nears.

Presale tickets are $6 for guests aged 4 and over; kids 3 and under are free. Tickets are $8 at the door. For more info, visit FallsStreet.com.

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