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Preparations underway for First Night Buffalo

Posted at 8:29 PM, Dec 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-29 20:30:35-05

Set-up is underway for First Night Buffalo. Independent Health Foundation's annual celebration is in its' 29th year and it's a party for the whole family.

First Night Buffalo takes place on New Year's eve from 5-10 p.m at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Carrie Meyer, Executive Director Independent Health Foundation, says First Night has become a family tradition to so many families in Western New York.

"It's the non-traditional atmosphere of a new year celebration without the alcohol, so it's a safe environment for all of the families to come out to," Meyer said.

This is Western New York's largest drug and alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration. 

Crews are setting up for the event that hosts 5,000 people every year.

The convention center is filled with entertainment, carnival rides, bounce houses, comedy shows, the animal guy, a dance party and a story book forest.

Visitors can meet characters from popular children's books, including Olivia the Pig and Pete the Cat.

"It's a way to bring generation to come anf ring in the new year in a safe way," Meyer said.

Singer Caitlin Koch will be kicking off the grand finale balloon drop at 9:30 p.m.

There is free parking at Fernback Ramp and Main Place Mall Ramp on New Year's Eve.

Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the door.