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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.




Buttons only cost $20 and will give you access to all of our First Night venues and performers all night long as well as free CDTA bus service downtown.  See below for information regarding our 30th Anniversary Discount at select sites through December 25th!


Purchasing Your Button Prior to the Event

You may purchase buttons from the following businesses and organizations.  They will be available as of December 1st:

Adirondack Trust Bank (all branches)
Doug Neil Insurance Agency (Latham and Clifton Park offices)
The Pavilion Grand Hotel (Saratoga Springs, including package deals)
Price Chopper Supermarkets throughout the Capital Region
Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway and online
Saratoga Branches of the Saratoga Regional YMCA
Stewarts Shops in Saratoga County and beyond
In honor of our 30th Anniversary we are partnering with Price Chopper to offer a discounted rate on buttons.  At Price Chopper locations, Saratoga Arts and online we will be selling buttons for $15 from December 1st through December 25th.  After December 25th our discount ends, and buttons will be priced at $20 through New Year's Eve. So come and visit us early!

Purchasing your Button online

Buttons will be for sale online through Brown Paper Tickets as of October 1st.  You will receive an email confirmation of your purchase and may come to Saratoga Arts anytime in December to receive your actual button which will grant you admission to all of our venues.  On December 31st you can pick up your button at Saratoga Arts, The Saratoga City Center, or the Lake Avenue School.  You will need to obtain a button in order to be admitted to the First Night venues.  

Our 30th Anniversary Discount also applies to online sales.  From October 1st through December 25th you can purchase buttons online at our special $15 rate.  After December 25th the discount ends, and online button purchases will be priced at $20 through New Year's Eve.  Don't wait until the last minute!

Purchasing Your Button on December 31st

Saratoga Arts (320 Broadway, Saratoga)
Saratoga City Center (522 Broadway)
Lake Avenue School (126 Lake Avenue) between 6-9pm

Also, you can still buy your button online and redeem your online voucher at any of these locations the night of.

Don't Forget!

First Night Saratoga, the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the region, is a GE Kids in Free event. One child aged 12 and under will be admitted free with each paid adult. Both Saratoga Arts and GE share the goal of providing a variety of outstanding, family-oriented community events. Since First Night Saratoga is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event, it is a natural fit with GE’s Kids In Free program which offers free admission for kids 12 and under with a paying adult at special events across New York’s Capital Region.

How it works

Detach the coupon on your buttoncard and redeem it on New Year’s Eve at one of the following locations:

Saratoga Arts (320 Broadway, Saratoga)
Saratoga City Center (522 Broadway)
Lake Avenue School (126 Lake Ave) between 6-9pm

Participants receive a wristband that will allow one admission of a child 12 years old and under to all First Night venues.

Special thanks to the Sandy Hill Foundation for sponsoring 50 free buttons for teens in Saratoga, Montgomery, Washington and Warren counties.  Call Saratoga Arts for more information!













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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