How to tackle New Year’s Eve in Buffalo

There are scores of New Year’s Eve events in the Buffalo area – far more than we can include here – and this week’s Gusto story digs deeper into the legion of options. Partygoers have been asked by the Erie County Department of Health to assist their level of risk, wear masks and stay home if ill.

Statler City Ice Ball. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31 at The Statler, 107 Delaware Ave. Two rooms: Golden Ballroom, featuring full band All Star Project with buffet food and cocktails; $140. Terrace Room, buffet with entertainment by DJs the Toy Brothers; $125. Ticket info at Proof of vaccination required.

The perseverance of the most glamorous New Year’s Eve party is a tribute to the late owner of Statler City, Mark Croce, who died in a helicopter crash in January 2020. This year’s Ice Ball is also the final event before new owner Douglas Jemal executes the $150 million rehabilitation of the historic building.

Downtown Ball Drop. 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31 outside the Electric Tower at Roosevelt Plaza, 535 Washington St. Free.

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