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SPAC’s 50th Anniversary First Night Fireworks

The sky lights up with a dazzling firework finale to 2015 at midnight in Congress Park. Saratoga Arts invites you to join Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen as we ring out the city’s Centennial Celebration and ring in 2016 with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 50th Anniversary First Night Fireworks! A perfect viewing area is provided with street closures at the intersection of Spring and Putnam Streets, near the carousel. The First Night Saratoga fireworks display is presented by Saratoga Arts in partnership with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), and with support from Northstar Fireworks.






Fun, Food & More at First Night!

Alpacas of Breezy Hill Ranch Alpacas are very gentle creatures and they hope you’ll stop by to wish them a happy New Year! Owners Lisa and David Proulx will have alpaca products to buy such as hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks. NBT Bank Parking Lot, all night.








Balloon Gal Jenny has a decade of experience teaching both art and cooking to kids. Her favorite part of being a balloon artist is the smile she brings to children’s faces. This vendor charges $5 per balloon animal.  Lake Avenue School, all night.






Jojo’s Fabulous Faces Add a bit of color and sparkle to First Night with beautiful, unique designs!  Locally owned and operated.  Fun for children and adults! This vendor charges $5-$10 per face design and accepts reservations. Lake Avenue School, all night.







Forever Flowers sells beautifully preserved roses for you to give your loved one when the clock strikes twelve!  City Center, all night.






Airstream CateringNo matter how you like to roll, Airstream Catering Co. rolls with you! NBT Bank Parking Lot, all night.

Reggie’s Veggies from Greenwich New York, sells donuts and macaroni & cheese to keep you going throughout the night.  Adirondack Trust Drive through, all night.

Ziti Dinner youth programming dinner provides a baked Ziti meal with a salad, beverage and dessert for $8 adult, $4 youth and $.50 kids. Presbyterian-New England Church, 4pm - 8pm.


5K Run


for the First NIght Saratoga 5k!

First Night Saratoga 5K participants receive a $5 discount off the purchase of their First Night buttons when it is purchased at the same time you register for the race!  

What is First Night? First Night Saratoga is the largest New Year’s Eve event in New York outside of NYC featuring over 80 musical and performing acts in over 30 venues.  As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country, the event is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve in the region!

With this event, Saratoga Arts brings over seventy regional and touring performing groups to over thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs for this evening of live music, dance, comedy and other performances, attracting between 15,000 and 20,000 celebrants.

18th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 5:30pm
Skidmore College Athletic Complex
Saratoga Springs, NY

Start and finish on the beautiful Skidmore campus. The first ¾ mile is a gradual uphill on the perimeter road. The course exits the campus at Clinton Avenue and continues to Greenfield Avenue, continuing up North Broadway and back to campus. This is a moderately challenging course, including both hills and downgrades.

Limited to 1,500 Runners: Due to the overwhelming success of this run, and having to close-out registration several years in a row, there will be no day of race registration.

Check-In: Packet pick-up 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. the day of the race at Skidmore College Athletic Complex. Parking, restrooms, and showers are available. Refreshments after the race.

The race will be timed by ARE Event Productions using the ChronoTrack B-Tag. This is a small and flat chip that comes affixed to the back of your bib. You must wear your bib on your outer-most layer and it must not be altered in any way. Do not flatten, bend, nor crease your bib. These chips do not get returned, making for a smooth and easy finishing process. Results will be immediately available at following the event.

Awards: To the top three overall male and female finishers, and top three male and female finishers in each 5-year age division. No duplicate awards.

Shirts: All registered runners will receive a limited edition First Night Saratoga cotton, long-sleeve t-shirt for "after run" comfort.

Finisher Medals: All race finishers will receive a commemorative First Night Saratoga medal.

Rules of Competition: Due to the hour of the race, anyone with dogs or carriages is prohibited from running. We reserve the right to cancel the race due to weather conditions that cause the running surface to be hazardous to the runners’ safety.

Register Early!  $25 includes registration discount if received by November 27, 2015. After November 27, 2015 registration is $30.  Entry fees are nonrefundable and non-transferable. Mailed entries will not be accepted when 1,500 runners are registered.  

Registration:  Registering for the First Night Saratoga 5K is easy!  You can REGISTER ONLINE (there are no additional fees for registering online) or you can register via mail by printing out our 5K registration form and mailing it to: First Night Saratoga 5K, c/o AREEP | PO Box 38195, Albany, NY 12203 - SPECIAL $10 FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS FOR FIRST NIGHT 5K REGISTRANTS!

The 5k is proudly sponsored by 








with food provided by Dunkin Donuts, Freihofers, Hannaford, Uncommon Grounds and PriceChopper




Make plans for a New Year's Eve getaway!

at one of Saratoga's amazing restaurants

...and ENJOY
FIRST NIGHT SARATOGA 2016 - an evening filled with live music, dance, comedy, magic and midnight fireworks!

First Night will keep you warm! 

All of our venues are inside, heated, and with free (and warm!) bus service thanks to CDTA, you don't have to worry about getting cold on your way to all the best First Night performances. 


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