||Happy New Year! You’re invited to attend First Night — Northampton’s most beloved signature event. On Saturday, December 31st, the Center for the Arts and PeoplesBank welcome you to the 32nd edition of our city-wide New Year’s Eve party. Since 1985, First Night Northampton has filled the Paradise City with a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts culminating in a traditional ball-raising from the roof of the Hotel Northampton. Gather with friends, neighbors and visitors at 20 terrific downtown venues for an astounding array of entertainment presented by hundreds of talented performers. Our efforts are supported by generous local sponsors and dedicated volunteers. One hundred percent of proceeds benefit community arts.
Our noon kick-off at the Academy of Music offers twice as many thrills with TWO performances of SHOW Circus Studio’s eye-popping Holiday Party. Or join the action at “The Great Race of the Tortoise & the Hare,” presented by Paintbox Theatre at 1 and 2 pm at Theatre 14. Don’t miss a repeat of last year’s double feature starring the A2Z Yo-Yo Team and Mad Science of Western New England in the 2-4 pm slot at John M. Greene Hall. Our performance program is filled with hours of excitement for kids and adults. In the afternoon, enjoy jugglers, magicians, dancers, puppets, a cappella voices plus classical and contemporary music from solo to quintet, acoustic to electric.