Ring in the New Year at First Night Buffalo

Ring in the New Year at First Night Buffalo

27th annual drug- and alcohol-free event kicks-off New Year festivities downtown

BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 16, 2015) – Join the Independent Health Foundation as they present First Night Buffalo®, the ultimate drug- and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration. The event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The Independent Health Foundation and its partners gave a sneak peak of this year’s lineup at a press event Monday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The annual holiday family tradition, now in its 27th year in downtown Buffalo, offers safe, family-friendly activities for all ages to ring in the New Year with rides and amusements. New attractions this year include Hybrid Fitness Buffalo – American Ninja Warrior Training, Flexible Comedy with Jonathan Burns and a laser maze. Popular returning attractions include the Buffalo Bills Play60 Fitness Challenge, Jeff Musial – The Animal Guy, musician Kevin McCarthy, the Bubble Black Light Dance Party, the Toddler Zone, Health Screenings, Storybook Characters, Nels Ross with his comedy variety show and the Midway Caravan: The Backyard Circus & Family Puppet Parade.

To cap off the night, First Night Buffalo will feature a Grand Finale Balloon Drop. At 9:45 p.m., there will be a special performance by American Ninja Warrior, Patrick Hall, followed by a confetti countdown and balloon drop.

“Independent Health is dedicated to engaging individuals and families in a healthy lifestyle, and First Night Buffalo is the perfect place to kick off the New Year in a positive way,” said Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Independent Health. “As one of our region’s mainstay events, First Night Buffalo provides a fun and healthy way for families to come together and create lasting memories.”

“The First Night Buffalo New Year’s Eve Celebration is a wonderful tradition and an opportunity for families to continue to build special memories of happy times together,” said Mayor Byron Brown. “I thank the Independent Health Foundation for its continued commitment to the health and wellness of Buffalo residents and visitors by putting together an evening of safe and wholesome entertainment for all ages. Let’s ring in the New Year together and celebrate our wonderful Buffalo community.”

“First Night is an annual tradition for many families and we enjoy seeing them come back year after year,” said Carrie Meyer, executive director, Independent Health Foundation. “We are pleased to continue presenting this fun, affordable, healthy and safe event. Thank you to all of the sponsors and volunteers who make this outstanding event possible.”

Tickets are now on sale at all area Wegmans locations for $10, which include all rides, attractions and activities. Children ages 2-years-old and under are free. Tickets are $12 at the door. Free parking is available for attendees at the Fernbach and Main Place Mall parking ramps, thanks to the Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps, Buffalo Board of Parking and Mayor Brown.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the First Night Buffalo website at www.firstnightbuffalo.org, or call (716) 635-4959. Visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/IndependentHealthFoundation to see frequent updates on this year’s lineup.

First Night Buffalo is presented by the Independent Health Foundation and sponsored by WKBW-TV Channel 7, Independent Health, The Buffalo News, VSP Marketing Graphic Group and Lamar.

Established in 1992, the Independent Health Foundation works to improve the health and well-being of Western New York residents through awareness, prevention, education and other programs focused on community health priorities. For more information on the Foundation’s activities, visit www.independenthealth.com/foundation