Happy New Year WNY Style!

December 30, 2011 Updated Dec 30, 2011 at 8:38 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

...
December 30, 2011 Updated Dec 30, 2011 at 8:38 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y.( WKBW ) - There are a lot of events to look forward to this holiday weekend, including the Buffalo Ball Drop and Fireworks display at Roosevelt Square...and "First Night" at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The preparations are nearly complete to make it a night to remember.

Organizers tested the New Year's Eve ball drop on Wednesday by lowering the ball from the Electric Tower, where tens of thousands will gather Saturday night.

Bill Minnich with Skylighters were also preparing the fireworks displays, which will be set to blast off from building in a spectacular show just after midnight.

One exciting event is the appearance of rising local star Caitlin Koch. Koch wowed the nation when she appeared on a reality entertainment show this year. Koch is home to perform at the Ball Drop with the Jamie Moses Band.

"I come every year with my family so it will be extremely wonderful for me to be performing," Koch said.

Now, with this fun comes a little champaign and other adult beverages. There is a way to get home safely. Cabs will be available throughout the city but if you don't want to leave your car downtown there is a service called "Designated Drivers of Buffalo".

They will come to pick you up in their car and also and addition person will follow in your car. Organizers encourage people to call at least one hour before they would like to get picked up. The service is free but it is on a first come, first serve basis.

In addition to the ball drop, there is also "First Night" taking place at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center. This family fun event kicks off at 5pm, presented by the Independent Health Foundation. Enjoy great family fun for just $8. The event also spotlights the work of WNY United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

The Ice Ball will return to Statler City in downtown Buffalo. Developer Mark Croce recently purchased the Statler building, and is bringing the elegant New Year's Eve celebration back to the venue. Close to 5,000 people are expected to enjoy a night of fine dining and dancing in the newly renovated ballrooms.

The New Year's Eve celebrations are all co-sponsored by WKBW Channel 7. Independent Health is sponsoring the Ball Drop, joining the WNY Chevy Dealers co-sponsoring the Fireworks, and FWS Furnishings presenting the Ball Drop entertainment.

For more on the First Night celebrations, connect at the news links section at wkbw.com