North Country New Year’s Eve Celebration Organizers Announce Event Lineup and Activities

19 Dec North Country New Year’s Eve Celebration Organizers Announce Event Lineup and Activities

Saranac Lake has finalized its event and performer lineup for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration. North Country New Year, the re-named and family-friendly celebration taking place in Saranac Lake on December 31 will feature live performances, activities, local food, comedy shows, and fireworks from 5:00 pm – 12:00 am. Admission to the events is $20, $15 for seniors and free for children 18 and under.

Entertainment and music will be provided by local, regional and out-of-town performers including the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir, contortionist Alakazam, authentic Latin musicians Mal Maiz and Smoke Show Fire Co., along with many other performers from across the region will be showcasing their talents at many venues throughout the Saranac Lake community. The complete event lineup can be found at:

Music, concerts and choirs will be found throughout the village. Harrietstown Town Hall, St. Bernard’s Church, and Will Rogers will host jazz, Latin rock, folk and gospel performers throughout the evening. Pendragon Theatre will feature improv and stand up comedy, while Harrietstown Town Hall, Saranac Free Library, Adirondack Carousel, Berkeley Green and Riverside Park will showcase circus acts, clowns and fire dance performances.

Saranac Lake Civic Center is offering ice skating, salsa dance lessons are taking place throughout the evening at Dance Sanctuary, and drop-in art classes will be available at ADK ArtRise. Food vendors, hot chocolate, face painting and many other activities will be available throughout the evening.

“We are really excited about this year’s entertainment lineup,” said Organizing Committee Member, Kenzie Marine. “Music, art, dancing, food, comedy, ice skating and fireworks will celebrate the diverse art and cultural offerings of Saranac Lake; while fireworks will cap off the evening in traditional style as 2024 begins.” 

North Country New Year has produced a button that will allow access to the events and performances throughout the town. The button can be purchased online ahead of the event, or upon arrival that evening at the Harrietstown Town Hall/Welcome Center.

Additional information, event access button purchase, along with the entire event schedule, can be found at:

The mission of North Country New Year (NCNY), previously known as First Night Saranac Lake, is to plan and execute a substance-free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve experience for those in Saranac Lake, along with those visiting from Lake Placid, Tupper Lake and the surrounding region. Committee members include Peter Crowley, Dave Hirshblond, Colette Hirshblond, Rachel Karp, Jordanna Mallach, Kenzie Marine, Ashley Milne, and Tracey Schrader.

North Country New Year’s 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
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