Countdown Is ON for First Night Maplewood South Orange

by The Village Green
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The event you’ve been counting down to all year is almost here — the family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration First Night Maplewood South Orange!

The annual celebration runs from 4 – 10 p.m. on December 31 at Columbia High School in Maplewood, and will feature a slew of entertainment and activities for all ages. This year will include a number of brand new acts, as well as returning favorites, such as Lisa Lou Circus Acts, Illestyle Hip Hop Dance Troupe and Doc Swan’s magical comedy.

New this year is Circtaquelar, a thrilling, mind-boggling display of artistry and athleticism, a Laser Light show and Miss Nina, a high energy move-along concert for young children and families, plus plenty many more acts ranging from music to song to arts and crafts.

There will also be food from popular local South Orange spots including: Ariyoshi, Mara’s, Tito’s Burritos, Dancing Blender and Walia.

Tickets are now $20 at the door or $21 online; children 3 and under are admitted free.

“We are incredibly excited to bring First Night back for another year,” said Michael Goldberg, President First Night Maplewood South Orange. “We had over 1,000 people join us last year and we expect an even bigger crowd this year.”

The event is made possible through the generous support of the Village of South Orange, the Township of Maplewood, and title sponsor, BCB Bank, which presented First Night with a $5,000 check on Thursday night.

Sandi Goodman, Kathy Greenstone, Amy Goldberg, Henry Greenstone, Trustee Jeff Dubowy, Erminia Dejesus, Michael Goldberg, Claudine Baptiste (BCB Bank), John Amato (BCB Bank), Zoe Greenstone, Scott Greenstone

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About First Night Maplewood South Orange

First Night Maplewood South Orange was formed in 1993 to broaden and deepen the public’s appreciation for the visual and performing arts through an innovative, culturally diverse and high quality program on New Year’s Eve and to offer families and the community a shared cultural experience in Maplewood and South Orange that is accessible, affordable and drug and alcohol-free.

Here is the most recent list of performers:

Lisa Lou Circus act
Illstyle Hip Hop Dance Troupe
Doc Swan
Sky Squad (Acrobatic dunks)
Prismatic Magic Laser show
Marvelous Mutts (Frisbee Dogs)
Steve Dane…roaming magician/mind reading
Nicholas Moran Variety Artist
The Lizard Guy
Miss Nina
Mary Kao Origami
4Gotten Suitcase acapella
MadHatter Balloon Twisters
Flashbooth (photobooth)
Garden State Fireworks
Stuff Bros

Click on any image below to see a slideshow of photos from last year’s First Night Maplewood South Orange celebration.

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