Organizers say this year, there will be more variety for kids at the start of the day. There will be a circus, the Caravan Puppet Show and a performance by the A2Z Yo-Yo team all starting at noon.
“Over time, we really tried to make the afternoon events more and more family friendly,” Penny Burke, Executive Director, Northampton Center for the Arts. “That doesn’t mean that there are not things for adults to do and that adults will enjoy. That’s always been a part of First Night.”
Your pass to all the shows is a First Night 2013 button. For adults, they’re $16 in advance and $20 day of. Kids under two are free. Ages two to ten are $8. And buttons for seniors (65 and older) are $10. They are sold at various businesses around the valley and on-line.
First Night has a mid-point celebration of sorts at 6:15. That’s when fireworks are shot off from the top of the downtown garage. You have to pay to park in the garage. But all of the city’s lots are free.
With venues scattered around downtown, you may do a lot of walking. Burke always recommends people map out where and when they’ll go to performances. And keep in mind that many shows are held twice.
“I’m not saying that you can’t wing it,” said Burke. “But I think a little advanced planning probably makes the experience more pleasant.”
And of course the last and biggest event will be when this globe on top of the Northampton Hotel rises to mark the start of 2013.
For more information including where to buy buttons and show schedules, go to firstnightnorthampton.org