Preparations are underway for First Night Saratoga 2013. As Brooke Selby tells us, this year organizers of the yearly tradition hope visitors will discover a whole new side of the Spa.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Before you start to think about your resolution in the New Year, you might consider ringing out the old one at First Night Saratoga.
“It's a family friendly event that is the best thing to do on New Year's Eve with over three hundred performers," said Saratoga Arts First Night Coordinator Jackie Marshand.
This year, event organizers want people to see parts of Saratoga they may have never visited asking them to "Explore the Night."
"Go out and maybe see a new band and see some artwork or see some film that will be a new experience for you. This year we have a series of laser shows at the Saratoga City Center, we've got a music fest happening call First Fest, we've got the Tarten Terriors and Alex Tores and his Latin orchestra, we've got a Pirate Circus for kids, lots of events for kids," suggested Marshand.
The event is the only First Night celebration in the Capital Region, so it brings a significant amount of money to Saratoga's seasonal economy.
"At last year's First Night, 650 hotel rooms were booked that we can identify were for First Night patrons," said Saratoga Arts Executive Director Joel Reed.
The Saratoga Convention Bureau estimates First Night 2012 brought in more than $200,000.
"The biggest New Year's Eve event is at Times Square, but outside of Times Square, this is the biggest New Year's Eve event, the biggest First Night in New York state,” said Reed.
"It's really diverse, it's a great way to spend New Year's Eve," added Marshand.
CDTA offers free shuttles so people don't have to miss a thing as they ring in 2013.
This is the 17th year of the event. It starts at 6 p.m. on the 31st and runs through midnight. Tickets are $15 dollars and can be purchased from the event's sponsor, Saratoga Arts, and kids under 12 are free .