Downtown Businesses Looking Forward to New Year's Eve Events
There'll be more than one way to ring in 2024 this weekend. From bars, to concerts, and even children's museums, it won't be hard to find a place to celebrate the new year in downtown Erie.
"The night before Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve are always the biggest nights, and we expect to have a full house that night," said David Freeman, owner of BigBar.
Freeman says he's looking forward to giving Erie partiers a place to go on New Year's. The entry fee even includes Champagne.
"It's only $5 at the door and no cover before 8 p.m. if you're an early bird."
BigBar's New Year's Eve event also includes a DJ, photo booth, professional photographer, confetti cannons, and a livestream of the New York City ball drop.
But for those looking to not worry about driving after festivities, the Boogie on the Bay event at the Bayfront Convention Center has you covered.
"We're really excited to have Boogie on the Bay back at the Convention Center, it's the 14th year for it," said Ed Snyder, General Manager of the Bayfront Convention Center.
"We still have packages available both for just individual guests to the event, and hotel packages. Just tickets to the event are $80, and the hotel package is $270, and then get you two tickets to the event plus the room."
And at the Erie Playhouse, they're not only celebrating the new year, but also a major milestone for their theatre.
"This is our celebration 40 years of being in our location on 10th St., it's the 40th anniversary on New Year's Eve, we opened Annie in 1983," said Richard Davis, artistic director of the Playhouse.
"The concert starts at 7:30 and it is about 2 1/2 hours long, so people will have still have time to go to parties or other places and ring in the new year."
And for those with younger children who are still looking to have some fun, the expERIEnce Children's Museum is hosting their Noon Year's Eve event on the big day.
"So what we do is we celebrate at noon, because kids generally aren't staying up until midnight to watch the ball drop, so we do our own version of the ball drop here, except it's balloons. " said Julie Boam, director of operations for the museum.
"We open the museum up, this year it's from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. We have S.T.E.A.M. activities throughout the museum, we'll have music and dancing and a DJ, and we'll do the countdown and then the kids will be able to play."
More information on events throughout Erie can be found on our website.