First Night rings in 2014

SARANAC LAKE – Saranac Lake is proud to be one of 65 First Night cities in the USA. First Night began in Boston more than 35 years ago as a family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration of the arts to welcome in the New Year.

Your First Night button is your admission to all the venues. Please wear your button on your outer clothing for quick access to venues.

Buttons can be purchased in advance for $12. On the day of the event, Dec. 31, buttons will be sold for $15, only at the Harrietstown Town Hall (39 Main St.) and Ampersound Music (52B Main St.).

Children 12 and under are admitted free and will be given a special children’s button at the venues.

Buttons are on sale at the following locations through Dec. 30: Ampersound Music, Blue Line Sports, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office and Coakley High Peaks Ace Hardware in Saranac Lake, and in Lake Placid, Price Chopper and the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau.

First Night headquarters will be in the Harrietstown Town Hall on the day of the event.

Be flexible – there’s plenty of entertainment to go around, but you may not be able to attend a specific performance if the venue is already full.


Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and all sites will be emptied after each performance and before the next audience is admitted. Each performance begins on the hour. See the schedule for more details.

Since many performances take place in houses of worship, please afford proper respect.


The evening’s opening ceremony kicks off on the steps of the Harrietstown Town Hall at 5:45 p.m. Enjoy the opening festivities, and get set for a great evening when the mayor declares the celebration is ready to begin!


Join in the countdown to midnight on River Street with Saranac Lake’s unique ball drop, courtesy of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Fireworks begin at midnight over Lake Flower.


Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St., 5 to 11 p.m. Woody’s will run the cafe this year with lots of delicious food.

First United Methodist Church, 19 Church St., 5 to 11:30 p.m. Quick food includes coffee, hot chocolate, tea and spiced hot cider, hot dogs, nachos with cheese, a variety of chips, bottled water and hot soup.

Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 44 St. Bernard St., 5 to 11 p.m. Warming station includes hot cocoa and hot cider, baked treats, breads and cookies. There will be games and puzzles suitable for all ages.


Transportation will be provided to and from

BluSeed Studios

Pendragon Theatre

Saranac Village at Will Rogers

All buses will depart from the Sears parking lot, on Main Street downtown, 10 minutes before the hour.

For a complete scheduleor more information, visit or see the guide inside the Dec. 27 Enterprise.