BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - If you are looking for a New Year's Eve Ball Drop somewhere in western New York - check out our list of local celebrations and some of the more unusual ones around the country.
The Buffalo Ball Drop and fireworks with Caitlin Koch and the Jamie Moses Band – Washington Street at the Electric Tower. Entertainment starts at 10:30p.m.
First Night – family entertainment 5-10p.m. at the Buffalo Convention Center. Dozens of entertainers including Terry Buchwald, Bubblemania featuring life-size bubbles, acrobatics courtesy of the Red Trouser show. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the event.
ROCK THE ROUNDABOUT The third annual "Rock the Roundabout will include the newly-added Dennis George Quiz Master Game Show, a second band and several new food vendors, said Mary Lou Moses, who coordinates the event every year. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Hard Rock Guitar Drop and Fireworks from the Giacomo Hotel at the stroke of Midnight. Free outdoor concert starting at 8p.m. by Everclear with special guests EVE 6 and The Albrights.
New Year's on the Canal - Gateway Harbor Ball drop – a 5ft. lighted ball will be dropped at Webster and Sweeney Streets at Midnight. Music provided by High Horse in heated tent from 9p.m. to 1a.m. Family events including Merchants Scavenger hunt start at 6p.m. For the over 21 crowd a Pub Crawl that includes historic sites.
A fireworks show over Oatka Creek will culminate the fifth annual First Night in Le Roy,6 to 9 p.m. Monday along Main Street in the village.The event includeS an Inflatable Bounce House for the youngsters from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Le Roy Firehall. The Oatka Chimers will perform from 6 to 6:45 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.
The 2012 Last Night Perry returns with another program of family-oriented New Year's Eve entertainment starts at 5pm at the Perry Elementary School, 50 Olin St. Entertainment includes: Las Vegas Comey Hypnotist Steve Daly, The Nimals, puppets recently seen at Artpark and Avenue Q, Angela Sheik, electro-acoustic musician and much more.
Entertainment includes Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, Marty's Bubblegum Machine. Children's Bounce Carnival and much more.
They are dropping more than just Waterford Crystal Balls in other parts of the country. Here's an eye-popping list of some of the more unusual ones:
The Droppin' of the Carp – Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
In Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, the carp master, from The Droppin' of the Carp, ceremoniously lowers Lucky, a frozen 25 - 30 lbs. carp recently caught in the Mississippi River, 110-feet into a wooden cradle during a countdown to midnight. Attended by more than 2,500 people, residents are encouraged to kiss the carp for good luck. The Droppin' of the Carp also includes three hours of live family-friendly entertainment, a bon fire, music, and fireworks. After the carp drops, attendees recite the "Pledge of Allegiance" and a sing along to "God Bless America."
Midnight Muskrat Dive – Princess Anne, Maryland
Attendees wait in anticipation of the New Year with four hours live music from local musicians and food and drinks provided by local vendors. Prior to the big show, guests can meet and greet its star Marshall P. Muskrat, a stuffed muskrat, which represents the local history of muskrat hunting in Maryland. As the evening approaches midnight, Marshall P. Muskrat is raised above Somerset Avenue in downtown Princess Anne and is lowered into the crowds as guests countdown to the New Year, and a local musician plays Auld Lang Syne on the Highland Bag Pipes.
Pine Cone Drop – Flagstaff, Arizona
Flagstaff will ring in the New Year at the Weatherford Hotel with its traditional Pine Cone Drop featuring an 8-foot tall by 4-feet wide pine cone made out of gold and silver aluminum and lit from top to bottom. The tradition first started in 1999 to celebrate hotel's 100th anniversary and has grown to attract a record crowd of nearly 8,000. Music, fireworks and family fun are all part of the night's celebration that starts at 10 p.m. with the giant pine cone's first drop of the night for families and again at midnight, which is followed by fireworks.
Meteor Drop – Wetumpka, Alabama
For more than 20 years, this southern river city has welcomed in the New Year with a blast from the past. Wetumpka is home to a six mile crater that was created by a large asteroid that crashed 85 million years ago. The event features a mock asteroid with a fiery trail blasting into the plaza in front of the courthouse. The asteroid is dropped at 11 p.m. and is followed by a fireworks show at the stroke of midnight.
Duck Drop – Havre de Grace, Maryland
All but one duck migrates south for the winter in Maryland as Havre de Grace uses its traditional 15-feet long, brightly lit duck to countdown to the New Year. This year in honor of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the city has decided
to light the duck entirely in pink to mark an early kick off for cancer awareness. With nearly 1,000 residents and tourists counting down to the New Year, the duck is dropped 100 feet at midnight with music, hot chocolate, duck noise makers, and much fanfare.
Olive Drop – Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Guests can celebrate in cheer as the spirits flow at the Price Tower Arts Center's annual Olive Drop New Year's Eve event. Taking place at the Price Tower Arts Center, a skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the event provides entertainment throughout the evening with live music, dancing, a champagne toast, and more. At midnight, a giant styrofoam olive descends 14 floors to the 10-feet tall Martini glass located on the second floor of the building.
Cherry Blossom Ball Drop – Macon, Georgia
Known for being the cherry blossom capital of the world, Macon, Georgia righty celebrates the New Year with a gigantic 10-foot cherry blossom ball decorated with cherry blossom-colored lights. The family-friendly event hosts free activities for children including inflatable jumpers, face painting and glitter tattoos along with music and dancing for adults. More than 2,000 attendees enjoy the event including a 20-minute firework show following the cherry blossom ball drop.
Last Night Fayetteville (Hog Drop) – Fayetteville, Arkansas
Taking place in Fayetteville's Downtown Square, this New Year's Eve celebration features a performing arts festival with musical performances, belly dancing, jugglers, comedians, a giant puppet parade, and more throughout the evening. As the evening approaches the New Year, the downtown square will count down with the annual "Hog Drop" as a 10-foot long and 6-feet tall fiberglass sculpture of a pig is lowered to the ground. After the ceremony, the Downtown Square's Christmas lights are dimmed as a display of fireworks continue the celebration into the New Year.
Let E-Town Ring – Dove Promise Bar Drop – Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
A large 5-foot Dove Promise Bar helps Elizabethtown residents and visitors ring in the New Year. As part of the family-friendly Let E-Town Ring event, the oversized chocolate bar that is made of fabric and stuffing is lowered at 7 p.m. (which is midnight in Elizabethtown's sister city Letterkenny, Ireland) on Market Street followed by fireworks and celebration. With Elizabethtown being the home of the M & M Mars factory that manufactures the Dove Promise Bars, the celebration originated in 2001 to support local businesses. Let E-Town Ring begins at 4 p.m. with bands playing, arts and crafts programs, face painting, ticket raffles, and more. Admission is $5.
Deuce of Clubs Drop – Show Low, Arizona
The Arizona mountain town named for a poker game celebrates the New Year by dropping a 6-foot tall electronic deuce of clubs card made out of reinforced sign cabinet (extruded aluminum) in the middle of Deuce of Clubs Road. The event began in 2011 to celebrate the unique and historical naming of the city. The free event takes place at Festival Marketplace and begins at 10 p.m. with music, dancing, fireworks, food and hot chocolate for the whole family. Additionally, in commemoration of the event, spectators of the drop have a chance to win a $2 bill by drawing the deuce of clubs in a card game.
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