First Night Westport/Weston: A Family New Year’s Eve Celebration from 4 to 10 PM

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Dozens of events take place in 15 Westport venues from 4 to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 2016, and for $15 tickets (which are buttons), adults and families with children can celebrate many of them at this year’s Westport First Night.

Evening Entertainment

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Two 10-minute plays will be presented by Westport Community Theatre, a blues pianist will play at the Historical Society while the school band from the House of Rock play in two performances at Tocquet teen center.

A ventriloquist and a magician each have shows at Saugatuck Elementary School, and fortune tellers and palm readers are ready to tell you your future in Town Hall.


Find out more at the First Night Westport/Weston website and on Facebook.


For kids, there’s face painting, and at the inflatable park set up in a school gym, there’ll be animal caricatures and a balloon artist. There are plenty of musical events, and you can see the stars through multiple large telescopes set up outside the town library.

And for everybody, there are horse-drawn carriage rides and a fireworks show from 8 to 8:30 p.m. The scheduled festivities end by 10 p.m.

You can see the full schedule here (we’ve also added the schedule below) and find out more about the performers here.

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Horse-drawn rides in downtown Westport are part of the fun.

How It Works & How To Get Your Buttons

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From First Night Westport/Weston on Facebook

Button/logo for 2017 First Night Westport/Weston

To attend any of the First Night events, you first need to buy a button for $15 and wear it to the celebration. You can buy it online or at various locations in Westport or Weston — until the buttons run out, so act quickly.

You choose the events you want to go to, and you come and go as you please. Every event is either within walking distance of the other events downtown or via a free bus ride to Saugatuck Elementary School. Food and beverages are available, and parking is ample and free.

As the website says: “There is an additional charge for face painting and an
additional charge for the fortune tellers, tarot readers
and palm readers at Town Hall.”

Here’s the Full Schedule

Part 1:

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First part (of two) of the 2016-2017 Westport First Night schedule


Part 2:

Westport First Night schedule Part 2 912-26-16

From the Westport First Night website

Westport First Night schedule, Part 2


Editor’s note: This article originally was published Dec. 26. The time stamp has been changed to move it higher on the home page.