Friday, December 30, 2011

Weekend Events for $15 or Less

This weekend, take in an improv comedy show or check out the largest poinsettia display in Western New York. Count down the New Year downtown or ring in 2012 at the Erie Canal, Niagara Falls or in ski country.

1. New Year's Eve Improv Show (Buffalo)

Time: Saturday: 8 p.m.
Cost: $15
More Information: Website

This family-friendly show is entirely improvised, so you never see the same show twice. Performers create on-the-fly dialog, short plays, and songs and duets.

2. Winter Wildlife Snowshoe Walk (Depew)

Time: Saturday: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $4
More Information: Website

Look for signs of who is out and about in the woods in winter at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. Reservations are required.

3. Buffalo Annual Ball Drop Countdown to 2012 (Buffalo)

Time: Saturday: 10:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Don't miss the 2nd largest Ball Drop celebration outside of NYC! Gather in Roosevelt Plaza for local singing sensation Caitlin Koch and the Jamie Moses Band. A ball drop and fireworks display takes place at midnight.

4. Lance Diamond New Year’s Eve Party (Buffalo)

Time: Saturday: 11 p.m.
Cost: $10-$15
More Information: Website

Celebrate New Year's Eve and the return of Lance Diamond to the Elmwood Lounge. Lance Diamond is a lounge singer and radio personality who plays classic rock and disco-era songs and has performed with the Goo Goo Dolls.

5. First Night Buffalo (Buffalo)

Time: Saturday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $10 at the door ($8 in advance)
More Information: Website

First Night Buffalo is the city's biggest drug- and alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration. Kids can participate in a scavenger hunt and amusement rides. Terry Buchwald entertains as Elvis and the Skyhunters Birds of Prey Show introduce you to hawks, eagles, and owls.

6. New Year's on the Canal (Tonawanda)

Time: Saturday: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Family activities at the canal begin at 6 p.m. with two alcohol-free kid zones. The event features live music from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., food vendors, and a pub crawl for adults.

Countdown to midnight with a 5ft. lighted ball drop and a fireworks display.

7. New Year's Eve Guitar Drop (Niagara Falls)

Time: Saturday: 8 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Visit the Hard Rock Cafe, where a 10-foot Gibson guitar, painted by local artist Rob Lynch and illuminated by Ken-Ton Electronics, will be lowered 120 feet onto Old Falls Street at midnight. There will be a live performance by the band of reggae legend Bob Marley, Wailers.

8. New Year's Eve in Ellicotville (Ellicotville)

Time: Saturday: 6 p.m.
Cost: $5 or valid lift ticket
More Information: Website

Head to ski country for music, dancing, door prizes, and a cash bar. The evening ends with a torchlight parade and fireworks show at midnight.

9. Poinsettia Show (Buffalo)

Time: Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $7
More Information: Website

Warm up at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, where it's always 72 degrees! The Poinsettia show is the largest display of poinsettias in the Western New York region.

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