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Food, Fun & More


Lila's Laidback BBQ serves slow braised, marinated meat, slaw, fries and other delicious sides that will hit the spot.  NBT Bank Parking Lot, all night. 

Moby Dick's Fish Fry serves deep fried fresh pollock with soups and other healthy fried foods.  Empire State College, all night.

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

Ziti Dinner sponsored by the PNECC youth programming 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.


Merchandise Table can be found in the City Center mainstage room.

First Night Posters are for sale after December 1st at Crafters Gallery, the Bouchard Art Gallery in the Post Office, the Hilton Gift Shop, and Saratoga Arts.  Posters with art by Sharon Bolton are $15 for the small size and $20 for the large size. You can purchase posters from previous years at Saratoga Arts: $5 for the small size and $10 for the large size.

First Night 5k Shirts are available in assorted sizes from this year for $20 and select previous years for $10 at the City Center Merchandise Table located in the mainstage hall on the night of.  Posters from the current year and New Year's Eve party favors will also be for sale here, all night.  

Photobooth will be located in the City Center mainstage room.  Prices TBA!



For a discounted New Years booking just enter 12/31 in the link above.

5K Run

First Night 5K Registration is now open!








First Night Saratoga is the largest New Year’s Eve event in New York outside of NYC featuring over 70 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.

First Night Saratoga 5K participants receive a $5 discount off the purchase of their First Night buttons when they are purchased in conjunction with your race registration!

19th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run 

Saturday, December 31, 2016 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.

Entry fees are nonrefundable and non-transferable.


New This Year~

Parking: leave your car in place at Skidmore after the 5k roadrace and grab a free bus downtown to enjoy the rest of First Night!

Special stops:
Skidmore at 6:45pm to Congress Park
Congress Park at 10:15pm to Skidmore
Congress Park at 12:30am to Skidmore and then Wilton


The 5k is proudly sponsored by 






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


For A Good Cause

Saratoga Arts and The Deanna Marie Rivers Foundation wish everybody a safe and happy holiday!

In December 2012 Shenendehowa High School seniors Deanna Marie Rivers and Chris Stewart lost their lives to a drunk driver.  With the intent of preserving her name, spirit and accomplishments, The Deanna Marie Rivers Foundation is helping Saratoga Arts present this year’s First Night Saratoga. Our safe, alcohol-free and family-friendly New Year’s Eve event honors Deanna by reminding our audiences how important it is to celebrate responsibly and to live life to its fullest. 


Thank you to the JM McDonald Foundation for sponsoring 200 free buttons for Teens in Saratoga, Montgomery, Washington and Warren counties!  Contact Saratoga Arts for more information.

Thank you to the Sandy Hill Foundation for sponsoring 50 free buttons for Teens in Saratoga, Montgomery, Washington and Warren counties!  Contact Saratoga Arts for more information.

Powered by the Prevention Council of Saratoga, RAISaratoga is dedicated to eliminating the stigma associated with addiction. This First Night, RAIS will be presenting a TREE OF HOPE, decorated with doves, stars and mittens with handwritten names of those who have struggled with addiction. The Visitor's Center, all night.

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