NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The moment the ball goes up on top of the Hotel Northampton is something that thousands of people look forward to every year. In just hours those thousands will ring in 2017.
However, it’s what happens leading up to that moment that keeps people coming back year after year. From the dazzling fireworks display, to the magicians, dancing, music and food. It’s a citywide celebration fit for families and friends.
“I think it’s just the energy in the downtown. There are all the performances at the Academy of Music and then of course the ball drop. Everyone is always festive. It’s just fun to be here,” said Northampton resident Audrey Stevens.
On this day, performers gathered at the Academy of Music to practice Saturday’s shows.
“The crowds are incredible, the energy is fantastic. Even though on stage you have the lights on your face and you can’t see the audience very well you can feel them because they are really behind you cheering. It’s a great feeling. It’s one of my favorite shows, period,” said Henry Wheaton, the Co-Owner of Show Circus Studio.
Thursday’s snow didn’t do much to change the plan. The roads are plowed, hotels are booked solid and restaurants are ready for the thousands of people from far and wide ready to say goodbye to 2016 and begin a new year with new goals.
Parking is free at all the metered spots and municipal lots for First Night. You still have to pay for parking in the garage.