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 because of COVID-19?

While we cannot gather in person, this annual tradition is still offering family-friendly activities for all ages - the First Night team boxed it all up into a Party Pack that you can use to celebrate in your own living room!

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
  • Clackers (Noise makers)
  • Face Paint
  • Playing Cards
  • Disco Ball Lightbulb
  • Glow Sticks
  • Coloring Sheets and crayons
  • Resolution Jar /Wish Jar
  • Explore & More activity Booklets
  • 1 Festival of Lights car load voucher
  • 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 through December 31 at the Festival of Lights (it is closed December 24 & 25).  This year, 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.  Please be sure to bring the ticket from your First Night Party Pack with you. 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 18th 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!

What is #7WishesBuffalo?

What do you wish for your family in 2021? Share with us your wishes! Post a picture or video and use #7WishesBuffalo or #FirstNightBuffalo and tag @wkbw for a chance to be featured on WKBW's multiplatform New Year's Eve Special! Download your own wish sheet here: #7WishesBuffalo

Why do these party hats seem so small!?

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!