new year's eve

First Night Buffalo

New Year's Eve is sure to be celebrated differently around the world this year, but organizations in Buffalo are doing what they can to keep a family-friendly tradition alive amid the pandemic.

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First Night Buffalo is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Each year, the drug and alcohol-free event invites people from all around Western New York to celebrate the start of a new year by offering a night full of family-friendly activities.

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Despite forecasts of bitter cold, Buffalo's New Year's Eve ball drop will go on as scheduled Sunday in Roosevelt Square downtown.

Thousands of people will head to downtown Buffalo Thursday night to ring in the new year. Those celebrations typically involve drinking and one local company is offering free rides to party-goers who may find themselves too drunk to drive. 

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The early morning hours of New Year's Day can be a dangerous time on the roads as many partygoers head home after ringing in the new year. 


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State police in the Buffalo area have a new tool for conducting sobriety checkpoints on New Year's Eve.

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More than one million workers across New York will be getting raises this New Year’s Eve, as the state minimum wage is set to increase from $8 an hour to $8.75. WBFO’s Avery Schneider talked with some Western New York residents to get their take on the hike.

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The Guitar Drop on New Year's Eve at the Niagara Falls Hard Rock Cafe will go on as planned this year.

Plans unveiled for annual Ball Drop

Dec 19, 2013
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With New Year's Eve less than two weeks away, plans were announced Thursday for the 26th annual Buffalo Ball Drop and Fireworks.

New Year's Eve Ball Drop in its 25th year

Dec 20, 2012
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Plans are in place for the City of Buffalo's 25th annual New Year's celebration.