When you think of new year's eve in New York then your mind is inevitably drawn to the Times Square ball drop in New York City, the biggest and most popular in the world. However, there is another big scale new year ball drop event in upstate New York, in Erie county in the city of Buffalo.
Buffalo is actually the second largest city in the whole of the state of New York, and fittingly enough their new year's eve ball drop event is actually believed to be the second largest in the whole of the United States, drawing a criowd estimated at around 40,000 to the downtown area of Buffalo to watch the show.
The ball drop in Buffalo is actually the culmination of a new year's eve party that starts earlier in the day and builds up as the crowds accumulate and the evening draws on.
The ball drops at midnight from the Electric Tower in Roosevelt Plaza, and the main gathering points for the viewing crowds are in Roosevelt Plaza itself, at the confluence of Main, Huron and Genesee streets.
The build up to the ball drop includes live musical performances starting from around 10.30pm, which typically features performances by popular local acts. The ball drop is followed by a fireworks display which can be seen for miles around the city.
Attractions at the event include:
FlippenOuts Extreme Trampoline Show
Buffalo Bills Stampede
Hybrid Fitness Buffalo
American Ninja Warrior Training
Jeff Musial The Animal Guy
Bubble Black Light Dance Party
Family Fitness Challenge
Elsewhere in Buffalo there is also a First Night event at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. This is a family friendly event aimed at a younger crowd with entertainment including rides, amusements and music. First Night Buffalo runs from 5-10pm and includes a balloon drop at 9.45pm. This is a ticketed event, find out how and where to get yours here.
There is usually live TV coverage of the Buffalo ball drop and fireworks, which also has a live streaming option allowing to to watch live online:
There are also several live webcam views available in and around Buffalo:
There is no shortage of good quality hotel accommodation in Buffalo, although if you're coming here for new eyar make sure you reserve well in advance.
Top choices include the Embassy Suites Buffalo, Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center and The Mansion on Delaware Avenue,
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.