Lots to see, hear locally on New Year’s Eve

Music, comedy, kids' activities on tap
Funk Evolution will headline a Roaring Twenties-themed party at Rivers Casino.
Funk Evolution will headline a Roaring Twenties-themed party at Rivers Casino.

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Now that Christmas is in the rearview, we set our sights on ringing in 2020. Whether you have little ones who can’t quite keep their eyes open until midnight or you’re looking for a place to party all evening, there are plenty of ways to usher in the new year throughout the Capital Region. 

At miSci
For the first time, miSci will hold a Noon Year’s Eve celebration, which might just be ideal for families with young children. 
The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Tuesday with a ball drop at noon. Throughout the afternoon, there will be interactive games and activities such as making kazoos and igloos. Attendees will also have a chance to learn about the science of snowflakes and the impact of climate change on airplanes and aerospace. The celebration runs until 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 for children ages 3-12, $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens. For information, visit misci.org

At Rivers Casino & Resort 
Funk Evolution will perform throughout a Roaring Twenties-themed party, which starts at 10:15 p.m. and runs to 1 a.m. The horn-fueled party band mixes rock, pop, soul and more. 
Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 day-of, and include two drink vouchers, small bites and a champagne toast at midnight. For more info, visit riverscasinoandresort.com

At City Beer Hall
The Albany beer hall is also taking on the Roaring Twenties theme, inviting people to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition by dancing and drinking. DJ Citrus Minute will perform and there will be party favors, a mugshot-style photo booth and a free champagne toast at midnight. 
The festivities begin at 10 p.m. There’s no cover charge. For information, visit City Beer Hall on Facebook. 

Downtown Saratoga 
With its long list of performing artists, First Night Saratoga usually manages to draw thousands downtown. Organized by Saratoga Arts, the event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a 5K race. Live music starts at 6 p.m. and goes into the new year. Echoing the theme of “A New Dimension,” the traditional fireworks show will be replaced by a digital finale, which includes a video of images from First Nights past and a digital fireworks show. The finale begins at 11:40 p.m. Tickets (in the form of buttons) are $20. For information, visit saratoga-arts.org.    

At Proctors 
The historic theater invites people to bid 2019 farewell with Ten Most Wanted. 
The 10-piece band will perform well-loved covers and invite attendees to dance the evening away. Tickets, which include light fare and a champagne toast at midnight, are $25. Doors open at 9 p.m. 
The theater will also host First Night of Funny at 7 and 9 p.m. The shows feature comedians such as Earl David Reed, Maija Digiorgio, Brian Beaudoin and Mike Spiers. Tickets start at $25. For more info, visit proctors.org

At MopCo
The Schenectady theater has something for kids and adults. There’s an early ball drop as well as Spontaneous Broadway starting at 7 p.m. During the show, improv actors will use audience suggestions and willing volunteers to create stories, characters and songs. The ball drop will happen shortly before 8:30 p.m. so kids can be home well before midnight. Tickets are $6-$15. 
Then at 10 p.m. there will be a second Spontaneous Broadway show geared toward adults. Tickets include party favors and a midnight toast. Tickets are $21 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For information, visit mopco.org

At the New York State Museum 
On Sunday between noon and 3 p.m., there will be a midday New Year’s celebration. Attendees can make their own 1920s headpieces and there will be a new year countdown at 3 Metropolis Hall. Throughout the afternoon there will be live jazz music by The Steel Pier Jazz Band. For information, visit nysm.nysed.gov.

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