VIDEO: First Night New Year's Eve in Haddonfield


HADDONFIELD - For the 16th year Haddonfield is preparing to host its New Year’s Eve event, First Night Haddonfield, to ring in the New Year this Thursday night, December 31, 2015.
“We are so excited this New Year’s Eve, as we’re approaching, in a couple of years, our 20th anniversary," said Linda Tuno, executive director of First Night Haddonfield. "We have what we think is the best line up ever."
Starting at 6 p.m., performances will be taking place at local schools and churches. An illusionist and hypnotist will be doing multiple shows throughout the evening, and guest musicians Tommy Cash, the Trammps, the Tartan Terrors, and many more, will be performing.
“We’re very excited," said Sam Yampell, operations manager at Haddonfield Fine Jewelers. "My family’s been in this town for over 80 years, and we’ve always enjoyed First Night. It’s a great night for people to come in, families to participate together [all] in a nice, safe, and festive environment.”
In past years, Haddonfield’s New Year’s Eve celebration has drawn crowds of up to 7,000 people, completely lining the town's Kings Highway. Events start at the Patco Speedline station and continue through to the high school. A $15 admission button is good for an unlimited access of First Night events.
"It's a great time for everyone, whether you’re a guest, an entertainer or a volunteer, and we just encourage everyone to come downtown. It’s beautiful here, the weather’s going to be great, and we’re really looking forward to it,” said Tuno.
The weather shouldn't be too brisk this year.
“It looks as though the skies are going to be clear, and around 6-7 p.m., we’re looking at the mid-40s,” said David Hunter, marketing director of First Night Haddonfield.
Many local shops will be open late, and food trucks will be stationed throughout the party with fireworks blasting off at 9 p.m. Other events include a children’s entertainment zone, local artists, as well as contests.
“We are hosting a raffle of a man’s and a ladies' watch," said Yampell. "It’s our contribution to the event, and to help stimulate the excitement for [it].”
"It’s going to be a terrific night in Haddonfield," said Hunter.
To buy your button, visit the Haddonfield Information Center or the First Night website.

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