ONEONTA—Hill City Celebrations’ New Year’s Eve extravaganza at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center was a huge success. “Holbrook-Wade School of Dance and Harmony Martial Arts were a wonderful complement to our professional entertainment. It was great to see the children and families celebrating together,” said Carol Mandigo, event coordinator. “We haven’t had a First Night since 2019 and it’s the first time we’ve tried to produce two events at the same time, the Festival of Lights and First Night at the Foothills. Everyone pitched in to make it possible…our sponsors, the businesses, and organizations that created beautiful displays in the park, and the community who supported us all the way. We’re very grateful and looking forward to next year!” Above, Raelyn Sinstack of Oneonta spreads her lighted wings during the First Night New Year’s Eve party.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31
FROSTBITE 5K—Noon. Get out on the last day of the 2022 for this fun run, walk, or stroll through frost-biting temperatures. This year will be held in honor of John Haven, who was the area ugly sweater fashionista and a fixture at the Oneonta YMCA. Race will begin from the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center and finish in front of the Oneonta YMCA at 20-26 Ford Avenue, Oneonta. (607) 432-0010 ext. 207 or visit oneontafamilyymcafrostbite5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=9985
FIRST NIGHT —5 to 8 p.m. Don’t miss the return of First Night Oneonta. Celebrate the coming new year with an evening of fun for the whole family, featuring a talent show with 1000+ in prize money. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Visit hillcitycelebrations.org for the full schedule of events.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY—7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Join the Super Heroes Humane Society to ring in the new year with an evening of dancing, music from the Roundhouse Rockers, raffles, door prizes, appetizers, and a champagne toast at midnight. Music begins at 8:30. Tickets are $25/person. Party held at the 6th Ward Athletic Club, 22 West Broadway, Oneonta. (607) 441-3227 or visit facebook.com/superheroeshs/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 31
NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION – 7 p.m. Enjoy a fantastic celebration with First Night Oneonta. The theme is “Here Comes The Sun.” Features bands, fireworks. Headlined by ALEX TORRES AND HIS LATIN ORCHESTRA! Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit www.firstnightoneonta.com
5K RACE – 1 p.m. Run through the City of the Hills in the Frostbite 5K. Registration from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Oneonta YMCA. Race begins near the Sidney Federal Credit Union, 53 Market St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0010 or visit www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=9985