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First Night Scranton 2016 includes music, magic, games, carriage rides, fireworks, and more

First Night Scranton 2016 includes music, magic, games, carriage rides, fireworks, and more
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From a press release:

For one special night, families in Northeastern Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to ring in the New Year with music, magic, and merriment in downtown Scranton!

Themed “Past, Present, Future,” First Night Scranton 2016 is an alcohol-free celebration of art and culture that gives families an affordable alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve parties. This year’s celebration kicks off on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. with bingo at The Mall at Steamtown. A full lineup of music, dance, magic shows, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more will continue in venues throughout the downtown until the event concludes with First Night Scranton’s famous countdown and fireworks at midnight, and many of the musicians were featured at NEPA Scene’s Got Talent earlier this year.

Buttons serve as tickets to this exciting event. The cost is $10 for general admission and, with photo ID, $5 for senior citizens and past and present military personnel. Children under age 5 are admitted free. Buttons can be purchased at Boscov’s, Library Express, and Customer Service at The Mall at Steamtown, all Gerrity’s Supermarkets, Albright Memorial Library, Lackawanna County Children’s Library, and the Nancy K. Holmes Branch Library.

See the complete schedule of activities below:

First Night Scranton 2016 schedule


Joe Stanky and the Cadets: Scranton Cultural Center, Junior Ballroom (420 N. Washington Ave.), 7 p.m.-8 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., 10 p.m.-11 p.m.

Apostolis Kalyvas (guitarist): Northern Light Espresso Bar & Cafe (536 Spruce St.), 6:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.-8:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.-10:15 p.m.

Crimson Tears (with Robbie Walsh): The Leonard Theater (335 Adams Ave.), 6 p.m.-6:45 p.m., 8 p.m.-8:45 p.m., 10 p.m.-10:45 p.m.

George Wesley: The Leonard Theater, 7 p.m.-7:45 p.m., 9 p.m.-9:45 p.m., 11 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Jung Bergo: Fire Headquarters (518 Mulberry St.), 7 p.m.-7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m.-9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.-11:15 p.m.

James Barret: Fire Headquarters, 6:15 p.m.-6:45 p.m., 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m.-10:15 p.m.

Alyssa Lazar: AfA Gallery (514 Lackawanna Ave.), 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., 9 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Performers and activities:

Damian the Magician: Mall at Steamtown, Center Court (300 Lackawanna Ave.) 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., 10 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Brook Valley Farms (carriage rides): Mall at Steamtown, Main Entrance, 6:15 p.m.-11:15 p.m.

The Amazing Franko (juggler): Mall at Steamtown, roaming, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

Cosmo and Connie (balloons): Mall at Steamtown, Main Entrance, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.

John O’Connell (three caricature artists): Mall at Steamtown, Food Court, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

Bingo: Mall at Steamtown, Food Court, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Linda’s Face Painting: Mall at Steamtown, Boscov’s, 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Scranton Trivia Contest (with Bernie Maopolski): Mall at Steamtown, Library Express, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Character actors: strolling, 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Fireworks: Courthouse Square, midnight