No plans on New Years Eve? Ring in 2011 with tens of thousands of Buffalonians and people from all over the world who have traveled to Buffalo for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship!
The city of Buffalo will ring in the new year with a ball drop and fireworks at Buffalo's historic Electric Tower located downtown. The ball drop has been a tradition in Buffalo for over 20 years, and is the second largest New Years Eve gathering in the United States, second only to New York City's festivities in Times Square.
The family-friendly event will take place at Roosevelt Square in front of the Electric Tower, with stage performers and live music beginning at 10:30 p.m.
Looking for something to do before the ball drop festivities? If the weather permits (the ice rink is subject to close if there is rain and/or temperatures reach over 45 degrees), downtown Buffalo's only outdoor ice rink, Rotary Rink is just a few blocks from the Electric Tower. Rotary Rink extends its skating hours from 11 a.m. all the way to 12:30 a.m. on New Years Eve and admission is free if you have your own ice skates. If you need to rent skates, rental is only $2 for children and $3 for adults. Snacks and beverages are also available for purchase.
For the adult crowd, continue your New Years celebration by heading just a few blocks over to Chippewa, where more fun awaits!
Downtown Buffalo is always buzzing and full of excitement on New Years Eve, and it should make for an even more interesting and fun crowd with so many international visitors in town for the World Juniors!