First Night Scranton is an alcohol-free celebration of art and culture offering families an alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve parties. Now in its 16th year, the event will be held in venues throughout the city’s downtown, from 3 p.m. to midnight.

In keeping with the patriotic theme, First Night guests are encouraged (but not required) to add a little red, white and blue to their wardrobes on New Year’s Eve.

Highlights of the event include live music, dancing, interactive performances, juggling, horse-drawn carriage rides, and programming designed for people of all ages and walks of life. Bingo will return to the Mall at Steamtown, and children will enjoy magicians, face painting, clowns and more.

This year’s footprint will expand to include the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, at 420 N. Washington Ave., and the Leonard, at 335 Adams Ave. The additional venues will offer even more First Night fun for all to enjoy. Of course, no New Year’s Eve celebration would be complete without fireworks, and after a night of venue hopping, revelers will gather on Courthouse Square to ring in the New Year together by taking in a spectacular fireworks display.

First Night Scranton revelers gain admission to select venues by purchasing and wearing First Night Scranton buttons. General admission buttons are $10, and are now on sale at Customer Service at The Mall at Steamtown, Boscov’s in Scranton, all Gerrity’s supermarkets, and at the following libraries: Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine St., Scranton; Lackawanna County Children’s Library, 520 Vine St., Scranton; Nancy K. Holmes Branch, Green Ridge St. at Wyoming Ave.; and Library Express in the Mall at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton.

Buttons for senior citizens and those with military identification are $5, and will be available only on the day of the event at First Night Headquarters, on the first floor of The Mall at Steamtown. Children under age 5 join in the fun for free! Raffle tickets will also be on sale during the event at First Night Headquarters for $1 per ticket. Proceeds will benefit next year’s First Night Scranton celebration.

First Night Scranton is made possible through the generosity of civic-minded businesses and organizations including: Best Buy, City of Scranton, Gerrity’s, f.y.e., Lackawanna County, Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and Council, Lexington Entertainment, Magdon Music, Skytop Lodge, The Mall at Steamtown, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), PNC Bank, The Times-Tribune and Tobyhanna Federal Credit Union.

Plans are already underway for the First Night Scranton 2016 event. If you are a performer and would like to be a part of the region’s biggest and best New Year’s Eve celebration, visit our Call to Artists page.