People enjoying fireworks during Bethlehem First Night last year on Dec. 31, 2017. Michael Hallisey / Spotlight News
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BETHLEHEM — The town’s third annual First Night celebration will kick off on New Year’s Eve on Monday, Dec. 31 with fireworks at the Four Corners at 6:30 p.m, and lots of family-friendly entertainment and activities within walking distance.
People can expect things like an outdoor ice sculpture, face painting, children-friendly crafts activities, a green screen photo booth, and a kosher food festival. Organizations like Therapy Dogs International, Bethlehem Traditional Irish Dance, Broadway Bound Performing Arts Academy and the state Department of Environmental Conservation will also appear.
The live entertainment lineup will include Nisky Dixie Cats, magician Jim Snack, Andy the Music Man, and the Mendelssohn Club. There will even be a Bethlehem’s Got Teen Talent Show at the Town Hall.
“First Night Bethlehem is a great new tradition that brings our community together to have fun and raise money for groups that help our neighbors in need,” said Bethlehem Town Supervisor David VanLuven, in a press release sent out on Nov. 15.
First Night also allows people to help raise money for local non-profit organizations and their programs—Bethlehem Community Fund, Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited (BOU), Bethlehem Senior Projects, and Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation.
Buttons are $10 per adult or $15 on the day of the event, $5 for ages 12 to 18, and they are free for children under 12. They can be bought in person at the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave.), Town Hall (445 Delaware Ave.), Delmar Marketplace (406 Kenwood Ave.), Perfect Blend Cafe (376 Delaware Ave.), and Twisted Vine Wine & Tap (384 Kenwood Ave).
Buttons are also available for purchase at Eventbrite.com which you can then pick them up physically at Town Hall. There is a special Cyber Monday deal on Eventbrite.com though where it will be $25 for buttons for two adults and up to three teens—saving you 40 percent.
First Night is presented in partnership with the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, Bethlehem Community Fund, Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited, Bethlehem Senior Projects, and Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation.
Its premiere sponsors are Bryan Asset Protection, Inc. and Sunmark Federal Credit Union. Its signature sponsors are the town’s Chamber of Commerce, Kinderbook Bank, McSharry and Associates Realty, Owens Corning, Policy Research Associates, and Quality PM, Inc. It has over a dozen supporting sponsors too, including School’s Out, Inc. and the Four Corners Pharmacy.
“This is one example of why Bethlehem is a great place to live and work as business and community groups work together to organize a family-friendly celebration to kick off the New Year,” said Maureen McGuinness, Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce’s president.
For more up-to-date information, visit www.facebook.com/BethlehemFirstNight or follow @Bethlehem1stNgt on Twitter.