First Night Sandwich Returns for Fifth Year on Saturday

SANDWICH – First Night Sandwich is returning for its fifth year on Saturday.

The New Year’s Eve non-alcoholic family festival features arts and multicultural activities, musical performances and live performances in venues located inside and outside in and around Sandwich Village.

“We’re really just a celebration of the arts and all about having some family fun, bringing people to the village and just being there to welcome in the new year,” said First Night Chair Denise Dever.

A Reveler’s Parade will be held at 8 p.m. and a Grand Finale Countown with fireworks, giant sparklers and a cannon fire will be held at Town Hall following the parade.

The festival will also feature ice sculptures, a children’s skating rink, lighted giants in the village and along Route 6A, children’s crafts and an enchanting fairy garden.

The event runs from 4-9 p.m. and Program Chair Todd Hermann said that works out perfectly for those with small children or those who have other plans.

“You can walk to everything so we keep it right within the village and we are done with the fireworks by around 9 o’clock, so for those that want to go and watch the ball drop at Times Square they can go do that or they can go to another party or whatever,” said Hermann.

First Night Buttons are $10 for adults, $6 for children and are available at a number of retailers until noon on Saturday and at Sandwich Town Hall beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The outdoor venues are free and accessible to the general public and include the parade, exhibits, ice sculptures and street performances.

The indoor venues are by admission only with the purchase of a button.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to dress warmly, bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes.

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