Ring in 2018 with an unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Albany, New York as the Capital city and its surrounding area will be buzzing with entertaining parties, exciting events, and festive performances all night long, including a family-friendly improv show, a laugh-out-loud comedy special, and a festival jam-packed with music, magic, and fireworks to welcome in the new year.
If you intend on heading to Albany for New Year’s this year, look no further than planning a stay at The Morgan State House, a historic inn featuring elegant rooms, complimentary breakfast, and a convenient location in charming downtown Albany.
Take a look at what you can expect in Albany for New Year’s Eve this year!
First Night of Funny
Laugh your way into 2018 with First Night of Funny at The Egg, a New Year’s Eve comedy show that is sure to keep you laughing well into the new year. Comedians featured this year are Brian Beaudoin, Paul Vrizi, and Rich Vos, each with their own hilarious takes on society. Tickets are $30 thru 12/25, $35 thru 12/30, and $40 the day of the show. Call (518) 473-1845 for more information.
When: December 31, 2017, 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
First Night Saratoga 2018 – Light Up the Night
First Night Saratoga is a multi-venue New Year’s Eve event featuring a variety of popular performers, entertainers, and musicians. This annual event attracts thousands of visitors, with multiple venues around Saratoga Springs presenting live music, magicians, comedians, dancers, and much more. The night kicks off at 5:30 pm with the First Night 5k Run, and ends at midnight as fireworks light up the sky in Congress Park to ring in the new year. Call (518) 584-4132 for more details.
When: December 31, 2017, 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Truffles and Whiskey Murder Mystery Tasting Event
Head to the Albany Distilling Company for an eventful New Year’s Eve night of killer 80s nostalgia and amusement as you and fellow guests are tasked as detectives to solve a fantasy murder during an 80s-era prom night. Enjoy a variety of craft cocktails and truffle-themed foods including truffle pasta, truffle pizza, dessert, and much more! Admission is $120 for 4 small plates, open bar, and a midnight toast, and $100 for 4 small plates, 4 cocktails, and a midnight toast. The Albany Distilling Company will also be serving dinner at 5 pm at an additional cost. Call (518) 621-7191 for additional information.
When: December 31, 2017, 9:30 pm – January 1, 2018, 2 am
New Years Eve Family Show and Ball Drop
The New Years Eve Family Show and Ball Drop at The Mopco Improv Theatre in Schenectady, NY is a family-friendly way to welcome 2018, featuring an interactive improv show for kids and adults. The show is powered by the audience, with volunteers helping to create songs, characters, and interactive stories sure to put a smile on all faces. Tickets range between $6 and $15 dollars. For more details, call (518) 577-6726.
When: December 31, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Lake George Polar Plunge
Brave the frigid waters and the wintery weather for the Lake George Polar Plunge, a New Year’s Day tradition at Shepard Park Beach where nearly 1,000 participants are expected to jump into Lake George wearing nothing but their bathing suits! Registration starts at 10 am on the day of the plunge and admission is free. Contact (518) 668-5323 for additional details.
When: January 1, 2018, 1:00 p.m.