First Night Bethlehem

2020 First Night Logo

Bethlehem’s First Night 2020 Celebration, a family friendly, fun event, will be held on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Four Corners with Saxophone Sam, a custom ice sculpture by the Ice Man, and a fireworks display at 6:30 p.m., followed by entertainment and activities within walking distance of the Four Corners.

This year, we are again partnering with the Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation, Bethlehem Senior Projects, Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited, Bethlehem Community Fund, and our generous sponsors, as well as a network of volunteers.


Buttons are your admission to all the indoor fun, performers, and activities!
Adults: $10 in advance, $15 day of the event
Kids 12-18: $5 (under 12 FREE)

Purchase First Night buttons online at or in person at the following locations (call to verify hours of operation):

Adams Station Clubhouse 1 Juniper Dr, Delmar
Bake for You Bakery and Café 500 Dunhill Ct, Slingerlands
Bethlehem Public Library 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar
Delmar Marketplace 406 Kenwood Ave, Delmar
KeyBank Delmar 370 Delaware Ave, Delmar
KeyBank Elsmere164 Delaware Ave, Delmar
KeyBank Glenmont 388 Feura Bush, Glenmont
Perfect Blend Café 376 Delaware Ave, Delmar
Bethlehem Town Hall 445 Delaware Ave, Delmar

Proceeds will go to programs that help our neighbors in need.



Katsura ~ Rick Bedrosian ~ The Swing Docs ~ Three Quarter North

Playin’ With Fire Band ~ Mendelssohn Club ~ Image Quilt Dance Theater 

Mark Rust ~ Vagabond ~ Bethlehem Traditional Irish Dance ~ Jeff Gonzales

Bethlehem’s Got Teen Talent Show at Town Hall featuring Cali Dickerson

Fun for kids and families all evening including Broadway Bound Performing Arts Academy, Balloon Gal Jenny, Crafts, Face Painting, DEC Wildlife Game, Therapy Dogs, and a Kosher Food Festival! 

Proceeds from button sales will be divided equally among the four following non-profits:
Bethlehem Community Fund’s mission is to raise monies to fill the gap left by traditional social services. Teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, school social workers and area clergy make most of the requests for assistance. Children receive help with school supplies, tutoring expenses, eyeglasses, clothing, camp tuition and other needs. Seniors may find assistance with utility bills, small home repairs, medical costs, a personal emergency response system or pet care. Each December, over 100 Bethlehem families receive holiday baskets of food, clothing and gifts. All First Night proceeds received by Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation are held in a Scholarship Fund to assist local individuals and families in need participate in town Parks and Recreation activities. Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited (BOU) is a non-profit providing programs and initiatives to help teens and parents navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead. Including Talking with your Teens, Life after BC and the Community Spelling Bee. In addition, BOU awards grants in support of prevention education and safe activities for youth in the community. Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. provides programming and funds to supplement the Senior Services Department, to sponsor the Bethlehem Food Pantry, and to support an emergency heating fund.

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Would you like to participate by volunteering?
We need adult volunteers at all locations. Please contact Joan Gavrilik at (518) 605-6580 or by emailing to sign up!

For more information about First Night, contact Robin Nagengast, Supervisor’s Office, 518-439-4955 ext. 1164 or

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First Night collage, courtesy of Michael Hallisey/Spotlight News

First Night collage, courtesy of Michael Hallisey/Spotlight News