CNY Events to End, Ring In the New Year

Ring in the new year with these local events.

overlookGoodbye, 2015. Hello, 2016.

Last week, we put out a list of 10 events that should be on your radar, and they can be found here. This week, there will be a couple more New Year’s-related events, some continuing holiday favorites and some continuing traditions. Of course, these are events to be shared with the company of others — friends, family and fellow community members you have yet to meet.

With consideration to the global warming … err, um, unexpected and unseasonable weather, it’s an opportune time to enjoy it while it lasts.


Weather Forecast

(Subject to change, of course.)


Temperature: 35 degrees / 26 degrees
Conditions: Happy New Year!


Temperature: 35 degrees / 27 degrees
Conditions: Let it snow.


Temperature: 32 degrees / 19 degrees
Conditions: Microwave those bean bags.


3 Inch Fury

Why not ring in the New Year with ringing ears? Have your self a hair band hayday with 3 Inch Fury in Mattydale. After all, the new year should begin with a nice dose of adrenaline.

Where: Mac’s Bad Art Bar, 1799 Brewerton Road, Mattydale
When: Thursday, Dec. 31
Cost: $10

Aurora Polar Bear Plunge

The annual plunge-into-the-new-year is once again taking place on the shores of Cayuga Lake. It get’s larger every year, so come celebrate CNY life and continue the tradition.

Where: St. Patrick’s Church, 299 Main St., Aurora
When: Friday, Jan. 1 | 11 a.m.
Cost: Free | Donations accepted for benefiting the Phillip A. Murphy  Memorial Fund

Dare to Dream

Come relive all of your favorite Disney moments… Wait. Come relive all of your favorite Disney princess-related moments with Tiana, Rapunzel, Snow White and more in this installment of Disney on Ice.

Friday, Jan. 1 | 2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 2 | 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 3 | 1 p.m., 5 p.m.

Where: OnCenter War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse.
When: Friday, Jan. 1 – Sunday, Jan. 3
Cost: $25 – $70 | Buy Online | 435-8500

Don’t Feed the Actors

Short_slogan_and_website2-250x300Central New York’s longest running improv comedy show is kicking off this week with their first show of the year at the CNY Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall. If you haven’t seen them yet, their short-form style reflects that of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (and it’s just as comical).

Where: Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Jan. 2
Cost: $10/advance, $12/door | Buy Online | 885-8960

Lights on the Lake

It’s the last weekend for Lights on the Lake. The two-mile-long light spectacular will most likely return next year, snow or no snow.

Where: Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Drive, Liverpool
When: Daily | 5-10 p.m.
Cost: $10/car (Monday – Thursday) | $15 (Friday – Sunday) | $6/car with Wegmans Shoppers Club Card (Mondays and Tuesdays) | 453-6712

Kitty Hoynes New Year’s Eve Dinner

Celebrate the Irish way with comfort food, a Guinness or your favorite beverage. The pub is hosting two dinners and a champagne toast to go with each.

Where: Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub, 301 W. Fayette St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, Dec. 31 | 5 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Cost: No cover, just cost for dinner. | Reservations recommended: 424-1974

LoFo New Year’s Eve Dinner

10367816_791464700979505_6624902652033645898_nThe farm-to-table restaurant is holding a delicious event. Chef Luke is prepping a six-course prix fixe menu, and there are several food options to choose from, catering to all diets alike.

Where: LoFo, 214 Walton St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, Dec. 31 | 5-10 p.m.
Cost: $65/person | Reservations required: 422-6200

New Year’s Run

Literally start the new year with a running start. The Syracuse Track Club is is holding its 38th Annual New Year’s Run, beginning at Spaghetti Warehouse. Following the race is a buffet of veggie lasagna, ziti, chili and more. It’s encouraged to sign up before the race, but bringing a paper registration form and payment the morning of will be accepted.

Where: Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N Clinton St, Syracuse
When: Friday, Jan. 1 | 8:45 a.m., 10:07 a.m. (race begins)
Cost: $15/person (per individual membership) | Online Membership Info | More information: 472-2709

Peter Pan

It’s the final weekend to check out the

This weekend’s schedule:

Thursday, Dec. 31| 2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 2 | 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 3 | 2 p.m.

Where: Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse 
Thursday, Dec. 31 – Sunday, Jan. 3 
Ticket prices vary by day, time: $20 – $53 | Buy Online | 443-3275

The SantaLand Diaries

Wade McCollom in Santaland Diaries. Michael Davis photo | Syracuse New Times

Wade McCollom in Santaland Diaries.
Michael Davis photo | Syracuse New Times

Binghamton native David Sedaris’ adaptation ends this year’s run at Syracuse Stage. Come see Crumpet’s one-person show and hear about his past experiences as an elf at Macy’s.

Thursday, Dec. 31 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 2 | 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 3 | 3 p.m.

Where: Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse 
Thursday, Dec. 17 – Sunday, Jan. 3 
$40 (adult), $35 (40 and under, seniors, students), $20 (12 and under) | Buy Online | 443-3275

Syracuse University Women’s Basketball

The Orange are hosting two games this holiday weekend. On Friday, they host University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse
When: Friday, Jan. 1 |12 p.m.
Cost: $20/courtside, $10/adult, $5/seniors, 12 and under | Buy Online | 1-888-DOME-TIX

On Sunday, Duke rolls back into town.

Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse
When: Sunday, Jan. 3: 1 p.m.
Cost: $20/courtside, $10/adult, $5/seniors, 12 and under | Buy Online | 1-888-DOME-TIX

Weekend Guided Walks

Each weekend, stop by Beaver Lake Nature Center for guided walks and talks. This month, enjoy and learn about winter homes of the creatures that roam around the nature center.

December: Winter Wildlife Homes
January: Tracking Wildlife on Snowshoes*
February: Tracking Wildlife on Snowshoes*

*Offered only on snowshoes with appropriate snowfall

Where: Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville
When: Saturday, Jan. 2 – Sunday, Jan. 3 | 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with cost of admission | Pre-registration may be required: 683-2519


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