MEMORABILIA ON SALE AT THE ARTS CENTER
First Night Posters with art by Sharon Bolton:
$20/ $15 - First Night 2019
$10/ $5 - Previous First Nights
Need to Complete Your Button Collection?
$5 for buttons from 2008 to now and select previous years
First Night 5k Shirts:
$10- First Night 2019
$5- Previous First Nights
Kids in Free
Supported by the John Winter Family Fund
The legacy of John R. Winter, Jr. comes from his understanding that all young people have vast potential but that many youths need opportunities to encourage and foster the development of their God-given talent. Through his generosity in creating the John Winter Family Fund, he established a source that can be used to allow more participation in programs such as the Saratoga Arts children's camp and First Night Kids in Free.
Saratoga City Center (522 Broadway) between 4 & 10pm
Lake Avenue School (126 Lake Ave) between 6 & 9pm
The Children's Museum at Saratoga (69 Caroline Street) between noon & 6pm
Participants receive a wristband that will allow one admission of a child 12 years old and under to all First Night venues.
The Children’s Museum at Saratoga will kick off the First Night New Year’s Eve by hosting a special event for children and their families.
First Night- The Good Luck Voyage Around the World & Let's Celebrate Parade for Kids-
Ringing in the New Year is a tradition celebrated around the world. It is a time to reminisce on the past year’s triumphs and tribulations while looking towards the future with a newfound glimmer of hope. Whether it be watching the ball drop, counting down to midnight, or stealing a kiss from your loved ones, we all have our own traditions. Grab your passport and take flight throughout the Children’s Museum at Saratoga to see how different countries put their own spin on New Year’s traditions. Participants will explore traditions from the US, Japan, China, Romania, Spain, Nigeria and Ecuador on this world wide voyage. Children will also participate in a countdown to First Night Saratoga at 5:30 before parading to the kid-oriented activities at the Lake Avenue School. The Children's Museum at Saratoga will offer free admission to button holders beginning at 4pm.
All First Night Saratoga events are family-friendly, but here are some that will particularly hold younger kids' interest!
Caricatures at Saratoga Arts are created by Mary A. Thompson who has been involved in the arts for many years and has been drawing at First Night Saratoga since 1998. Formal training includes studies at Clark University School of the Worcester Art Museum and Rochester Institute of Technology. She opened her business Caricatures And More in 2004, joined the International Society of Caricature Artists, and has drawn for numerous organizations and weddings. She taught caricaturing, cartooning, doodling, zen and classical drawing in area workshops & courses at BOCES and has illustrated a cookbook and a children's book among other illustration projects. Before that she was involved in the fiber arts with NYC gallery shows and sales of her work at Henri Bendels, NYC and her shop in Waitsfield, VT as well as teaching weaving for the NH League of Craftsmen, the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC and the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, NY. (#12: Free in the Saratoga Arts Gallery, all night)
Caricatures at the Lake Avenue School are created by Rich Conley, a professional caricature artist since 1988 who has been drawing since he was old enough to hold a pencil. Currently he does caricatures in both traditional and digital formats and is a proud member of the International Society of Caricature Artists. He has worked with such great groups as Albany Tulip Festival, MAAC and ECAC tournaments, Saratoga Racetrack, Gilda's House, Ronald McDonald House, Albany Conquest,Tri-City ValleyCats, State University at Albany, and Oneonta, RPI, Union, Sage, Albany College of Pharmacy, General Electric, Macy's, JC Penney, Boskovs, Albany Institute of Art and many, many more. He has also provided character design for various companies including all the design work for Saratoga Sweets. He tries to bring a fun creative approach to any event by capturing the personality as well as well as the person. “It's important to me to make sure the people who sit for me have a fun and memorable time. My hope is that you leave with a great drawing and an even better memory.” (#6: Free at the Lake Ave School, Gym #2: 6-10pm)
Jo-Jo’s Fabulous Faces immerses your children in a world of imagination and fun with extraordinary face painting that will transform your child into a wild animal, beautiful fairy princess, or mighty super hero! The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. We ensure safety standards by the use of FDA hypoallergenic high quality makeup, brushes, sponges, glitter, liquid glitter, and gems, to create a range of amazing artistic possibilities. We promise to put a smile on everyone's face! (Lake Avenue School, Gym # 2: 6-9:30pm)
The Heldeberg Marionettes have been performing their strolling marionette show at fairs and festivals throughout the capital district for many years. Originating at Voorheesville's Heldeberg Workshop, the show has developed a unique style of puppetry that is the icing on the cake for a moving festival event. Audience members get to try the controls and get the feel of handling a real marionette. The puppets stroll to the sound of their own original music by Joe Hetko and look like they are just another kid at the fair, except that sometimes they are frogs! (#6: Lake Avenue School, Gym #1: 7 & 8:30pm)
What is First Night Saratoga?
One of the oldest and largest celebrations of its kind in the country:
- 15,000+ revelers;
- The 5k roadrace at Skidmore College;
- 30 venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs;
- 70+ regional and touring acts performing live music, dance, comedy and magic from 6pm to midnight!
The most affordable, accessible, safe and exciting all-ages New Year's Eve event in the region:
- 9,000 admission buttons priced at $20 and under;
- Kids 12 and under are admitted for free;
- All venues are alcohol-free;
- Free CDTA bus service;
- Fireworks in Congress Park at midnight!
First Night Saratoga will be the highlight of your outgoing year!