What is First Night Buffalo?

Western New York's largest drug- and alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration provides a fun and safe way for families to ring in the New Year.

How is First Night Buffalo different this year?

Based on feedback from thousands of families last year and with safety in mind, this annual tradition is at home again for 2022! The First Night team boxed it all up into a Party Pack that you can use to celebrate in your own living room! There will be a free show available on New Year's Eve for everyone to watch online, and you can buy a Party Pack for $20 for a family of 4. Click here for more info!

What is a Party Pack and where can I get one?

Party Packs will be available for sale at select Tops Friendly Markets stores (see list here) for just $20, while supplies last, and will contain everything your family of 4 needs to celebrate the new year including:

  • Party Hats
  • Balloons and Pump for balloons
  • Spin Drums (Noise makers)
  • Juggling scarves
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Wikki Stix (twist & create!)
  • Family discussion cards
  • Face Paint
  • Disco Ball Lightbulb
  • Glow Sticks
  • Coloring Banner and crayons
  • Explore & More activity Booklets
  • 1 Festival of Lights car load voucher
  • Recipe cards
  • And more!


Wait, I can go to the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights too?

YES! We are so happy to be partnering with the Erie County Agricultural Society and their Festival of Lights event this year, The First Night Buffalo Party Pack includes one admission ticket, good for one vehicle, to attend the annual event that is a drive thru only experience at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.  The ticket can be used any one night December 1 through December 31 at the Festival of Lights (it is closed December 24 & 25).


On December 31, there will be a twist on new year’s celebrations; while driving through the lights, a fireworks display every hour (on the half hour) will provide families the opportunity to ring in the new year from the comfort and safety of their vehicle between 5:30 and 9:30pm.  Check their website here for even more details. 

Can I buy a Party Pack online?

Yes, a limited number of First Night Buffalo Party Packs will be available for sale on our website for $20 plus shipping. Orders must be placed by midnight on December 17th in order to ship on time for you to receive them by December 31st.

Do you have performers this year?

YES! First Night wouldn't be the same without our fantastic performers. We will be posting their performances for you to watch right here on our website.

What are the performers going to be doing?

You can use your Party Pack to follow along with the performers on the day of the event. Each party pack contains interactive items that the performers are going to show you how to use. Have you ever wanted to learn how to juggle? Make balloon animals? Become an expert face painter? WE HAVE GOT YOU COVERED!

What time does it start?

The great thing about First Night Buffalo at Home is that you can start your celebration any time that works for you and your family. Our performer videos will be posted on December 31st, so the party starts when you are ready! Watch the entire First Night experience from start to finish, or pick and choose from your favorite performers in shorter segments.

What if I don't get a Party Pack?

That's ok! You can still check out all of the awesome First Night Buffalo performer videos here on our website.

Where can I find out more about the First Night plans?

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

There is a coloring contest?

Yes! Channel 7 is happy to share their Good Morning Buffalo Happy New Year coloring sheet. Download and print one here. Send your picture in to Channel 7 by scanning the QR code, and win a chance to receive a 7WKBW t-shirt and introduce the 7WKBW Newscast! This opportunity is for kids ages 12 and under.

What are these elastic strings in the Party Pack box?

The party hats come flat in your party packs! After coloring them in, make sure to fit the tab on the end in to make it round, then attach the elastic band into the holes on the sides to go around your chin!