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Five Great Local New Year’s Eve Events You Won’t Want to Miss

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It’s Time to Ring in 2013

Five Great Local Celebrations to Ring in the New Year

New Year's Eve FireworksIt’s New Year’s Eve and you still have no plans? For shame, but fear not dear reader as we have a list of the top five New Year’s Eve events going on in our area, that will bring a smile to your face and help you ring in the New Year in a festive environment.


The New Years Eve Feast at The City Beer Hall invites everyone to come together and join the community in the last hours of 2012 to revel in one last ritual, the feast. Celebrate the arrival of 2013 in a joyous special occasion of good food, laughter, and beer with 16 different varieties on tap. Bring friends along to enjoy eating with your hands, raising glasses to make memorable toasts in a fun atmosphere that brings good cheer. Visit to purchase tickets which cost $75.

Saratoga Springs

The 16th Annual First Night is expected to draw 14,000 people to the largest New Year’s Eve event in upstate New York. Buy a button for $15. Children under 12 are free to attend festive events and holiday entertainment in downtown Saratoga Springs. Stores, art galleries, and restaurants will be open from 5:30pm to 12:30am offering family-oriented activities such as music, dancing, and open houses. This year’s theme ‘Explore the Night’ will have more than 70 performances of music, art, comedy, dance, and film for everyone.  The North America’s Premiere Celtic Event, the Tartan Terrors and Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra are some of the entertainers that are included in the line-up of events.  Go to to learn more and purchase tickets.

Lake George 

Start 2013 with fireworks over Lake George at midnight. Enjoy the charm of the village and the incredible views that the million dollar beach has to offer for free. Take a New Year’s Eve party cruise on the Lac du Saint Sacrement and enjoy the fireworks on deck while you enjoy dinner and partake in a champagne toast at midnight. Visit to make reservations.

Lake Placid 

Go to High Peaks Resort to bid a fond farewell to 2012 in style with dinner, music, entertainment, dancing, champagne and friends. The gourmet buffet features Beef Wellington and Alaskan King crab legs. There will be a live Times Square broadcast with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight to ring in the New Year. The cost is $75 and to learn more visit

New Year's Eve 2013Saranac Lake

First Night is a family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration of the performing and visual arts that welcomes the New Year. The community comes together to share good times and enjoy music, comedy, storytelling and magic performances that attracts people of all ages. At midnight the Snowflake Ball Drop will take place on River Street followed by a fireworks display on Lake Flower. Buttons cost $12 for adults. Children under 12 are admitted to all venues for free.  Some of the performers include ADK Jazz, the premiere black tie five-piece jazz band, Amber McKernan a well-known storyteller who will tell tales short and tall, Crackin’ Foxy, a ukulele-driven ensemble, George Kilby, Jr. & the Road Dogs and the Invasive Species, a progressive rock band. For more information, visit

So have a great New Year’s Eve. And whatever you wind up doing, travel safely!

Diana Denner is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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