16 Oct North Country New Year’s Eve Celebration Returns with New Name
The Village of Saranac Lake announces the return of its New Year’s Eve celebration: North Country New Year. The event will feature live performances, family-friendly activities, local food, comedy shows, and fireworks, taking place throughout the downtown Saranac Lake area on December 31 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Previously known as First Night Saranac Lake, North Country New Year is continuing the tradition of New Year’s celebration through local community events, arts and culture in a family-friendly atmosphere. North Country New Year is extending an invitation to community members throughout the North Country region; the celebration is open to visitors from throughout the Adirondacks. Entertainment and music will be provided by local, regional and out-of-town performers, showcasing their talents at many venues throughout the Saranac Lake community.
“After a three-year hiatus after the recent pandemic, our organizing committee is really excited about this event,” said Kenzie Marine, organizing committee member. “New Year’s Eve is always a fun night. The musicians, performers, activities and exciting atmosphere that we are working to develop will combine to ensure that everyone who visits the Saranac Lake area that evening will be able to celebrate 2023 while welcoming 2024 in grand style.”
Ahead of the event, a coloring contest has been established, open to children and teens. The contest will be judged by the organizing committee, with the winning artwork used for the North County New Year’s Eve event buttons. The contest begins immediately; coloring contest materials have been distributed through area schools and the chamber of commerce. Contest participants must submit their artwork to the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center, or to their local elementary school by November 1.
Marine explained that a committee has been assembled to plan North Country New Year. “While we are busy planning for this year’s event, we also have ideas for next year,” she said. “This is definitely an event that we hope to expand.”
The mission of North Country New Year (NCNY) is to plan and execute a substance-free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve experience in the Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Tupper Lake communities and the surrounding region. Committee members include Peter Crowley, Dave Hirshblond, Colette Hirshblond, Rachel Karp, Jordanna Mallach, Kenzie Marine, Ashley Milne, and Tracey Schrader.