New Year's Eve Festivities Underway In WNY

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BUFFALO, NY - Western New York has a lot to offer this New Year's Eve. Below you'll find a list of events you and your family can attend to ring in the new year!

Downtown Buffalo

Buffalo has been ringing in the new year from the Electric Tower for 24 years, and 2012 will be no exception. The party begins at 10:30 with live performances by former X-Factor contestant Caitlin Koch and the Jamie Moses Band.

The tradition will live on as the ball drops at the stroke of midnight. The event is free and open to the public. The Iskalo Development's Electric Tower is located at 535 Washington Street.

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First Night at the Convention Center

For a family-friendly way to ring in the new year, you can attend "First Night Buffalo" at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The drug- and alcohol-free event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Families will be able to enjoy rides, laser tag, exotic reptiles, music and a grand finale balloon drop with indoor fireworks. The Convention Center is located at 153 Franklin Street.

Statler City Ice Ball

The Statler is opening its doors to host the "party of this century." The 1st Annual Ice Ball will begin at 9 p.m. for general admission tickets and will offer three floors of upscale partying. Tickets were $150 but have sold out only days before the event. About 4,000 people will enjoy catering from the Buffalo Chophouse and five hours of open bar.

Watch Scott Brown's story on Ice Ball preparations.

Tux and Pucks

Fans at Saturday night's Sabres game against the Ottawa Senators can now cheer the team on in style. Men, and even women, can show up to the game in tuxedos to take part in the "Tux and Pucks" event. Packages are available through Tuxedo Junction that include 2 tickets to the game, 2 tickets to the Sabres Tailgate Tent Party and a tuxedo rental.

Hard Rock Cafe Guitar Drop

The Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls is hosting its 3rd annual Guitar Drop. A 10-foot Gibson guitar will be lowered 120 feet, counting down the new year.

Click here to see how preparations for the Guitar Drop are coming along.

The celebration begins on Old Falls Boulevard with a live concert at 8 p.m. This event is free (unless purchasing VIP tickets) and open to all ages.

The Tonawandas New Year's Eve Ball Drop

This community event on the canal at Gateway Harbor features a lighted ball drop at midnight, from a building at the corner of Webster and Sweeney streets, followed by a spectacular display of fireworks. 

Activities for the whole family start at 6 p.m. with two alcohol-free fun zones and a scavenger hunt with cash prizes. Live music in a heated tent and plenty of food vendors, plus a pub crawl for the 21-and-over crowd, round out the fun.


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