Things to Do on New Year's Eve in Buffalo, New York

by Lori A. Selke

Bundle up for New Year's Eve in Buffalo.

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Buffalo, the second-largest city in New York State, is the home of the second-largest New Year's ball drop in the country too. If you're in Buffalo for New Year's Eve, you'll have more than enough entertainment options, from family-friendly fare to ballroom blowouts.

The Buffalo Ball Drop

Every year, the biggest ball-drop celebration outside of Times Square takes place in downtown Buffalo. The free celebration includes live music and ice skating at Fountain Plaza. At midnight, the illuminated ball drops from Electric Tower to signal the commencement of the new year. A fireworks show follows.

The Ice Ball

The Statler City Ice Ball is Buffalo's swankest New Year's party. Held in the historic Statler City Towers building, the event draws a large crowd elegantly attired for an upscale night out. Expect live music and dancing, an open bar, late-night noshing at the buffet and a champagne toast at midnight. Purchase tickets well in advance before the event is sold out.

First Night

First Night has been Buffalo's alcohol-free, family-friendly New Year's celebration spot for more than 25 years. Held at the Buffalo Convention Center, the event includes activities such as carnival rides, laser tag, live music and a number of costumed characters wandering the floor ready to interact with young guests.

Western New York Book Arts Center Fundraiser

Every New Year's Eve, the Western New York Book Arts Center hosts a fundraising party and art auction at its facility. You can watch the ball drop from the windows at the center, while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, viewing and bidding on art and making a complementary midnight toast. All proceeds benefit the center.

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About the Author

Lori A. Selke has been a professional writer and editor for more than 15 years, touching on topics ranging from LGBT issues to sexuality and sexual health, parenting, alternative health, travel, and food and cooking. Her work has appeared in Curve Magazine, Girlfriends, Libido, The Children's Advocate, Decider.com, The SF Weekly, EthicalFoods.com and GoMag.com.