Save the Date: North Country New Year will return on December 31st, 2024!

We are thrilled to announce the second annual North Country New Year in Saranac Lake! Last year's event marked a triumphant return of First Night under its new name, North Country New Year, blending beloved traditions with exciting new additions. This year, we're looking forward to making the celebration even more spectacular. Join us as we continue to build on last year's success and create unforgettable memories for locals and visitors alike.


Looking to be a part of the North Country New Year, and have fun doing it? Sign up to be a volunteer to help make the new year spectacular! Fill out the form, choose what time you’d like to help, and voila! You’re part of the team. Volunteers will help sell buttons, give information to patrons, and maintain venues all around town.

Let's ring in the New Year together at North Country New Year! Mark your calendars, spread the word, and get ready for an incredible celebration that will kickstart the year with joy, laughter, and unforgettable memories.

Stay tuned for 2024's lineup!

North Country New Year 2023 Festival Schedule

Harrietstown Town Hall:

  • Alakazam (Circus Stunts)
    Two 45-minute sets from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Heard (World Rhythm and Jazz)
    Two 45-minute sets from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

  • Mal Maiz (Latin Rock)
    Playing from 10:30 pm - midnight

St. Bernard's Church:

  • Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir (Gospel)
    Two 45-minute sets from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Will Rogers:

  • Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn (Folk)
    Two 45-minute sets from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Pendragon Theatre:

  • Completely Stranded (Improv Comedy)
    Two 45-minute sets from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Moody McCarthy (Stand-up Comedy)
    Two 45-minute sets from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Saranac Lake Free Library:

  • Bubble Trouble (Amazing Bubbles)
    Two 45-minute sets from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Adirondack Carousel:

  • Free Rides and Hot Chocolate
    From 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Scotto the Balloon Wizard (Clowning and Balloons)
    Two 45-minute sets from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saranac Lake Civic Center:

  • Free Skating
    From 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

ADK ArtRise:

  • Drop-In Art Class (Make and Take Art Projects for All Ages)
    Anytime from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dance Sanctuary:

  • Salsa Dance Lessons
    Four classes offered on the hour, from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Berkley Green:

  • Hot Chocolate and Smoke Show Fire Co (Fire Dance Performances)
    Hot chocolate served from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Two 15-minute performances at 7:45 pm - 8:00 pm and 8:45 pm - 9:00 pm
    Final set at Riverside Park just before the Fireworks!

Riverside Park:

  • Smoke Show Fire Co (Fire Dance Performances)
    Final performance in Riverside Park from 9:30 pm - 9:45 pm

  • Fireworks
    10:00 pm

Schedule and venues are subject to change* 


The artfully designed button serves as your admission to all events during North Country New Year! Buttons can be picked up at the Harrietstown Town Hall/Welcome Center on December 31st. Please ensure you bring proof of purchase.

Admission Rates:

  • $20 per person
  • $15 for seniors
  • Free for children 18 and under

Buttons will be available for purchase online and in person...coming soon!

Join us for an unforgettable New Year's celebration in the North Country!

First Night Saranac Lake has always been a celebration of community, arts, and culture, and we can't wait to continue that tradition as North Country New Year takes off. Get ready for an unforgettable New Year's Eve experience filled with live performances, family-friendly activities, dazzling fireworks, and so much more!