Come ring in the New Year with the I-95 Road Crew. The I-95 van will be at First Night Danbury's annual New Year’s Eve celebration at CityCenter Danbury on Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

I-95’s Road Crew will be handing out prizes and other giveaways from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the event, which also celebrates First Night Danbury’s 25th anniversary. The New Year's Eve celebration includes family fun activities and live entertainment throughout CityCenter Danbury, like magic and puppet shows and Cirque De Light.

Click here for the full schedule of events and locations.

Admission is $10 per person. You can purchase your First Night Danbury pin at various locations, such as the Danbury Public Library, New Milford’s The Sweet Spot or Byrd’s Books in Bethel, or by stopping by the CityCenter Danbury offices at 186 Main St.

According to, First Night Danbury was founded by volunteers in 1989 and was one of only three First Night events in Connecticut and among the 40 throughout the US. About seven years ago, CityCenter Danbury adopted First Night to bring family friendly entertainment, as well as business, to the downtown.

First Night Danbury is bringing back entertainers from earlier First Night events to perform at their anniversary event on New Year’s Eve, such as former appointed Connecticut State Troubadour Lara Herscovitch.

"First Nights are among my favorite places to play music: festive and weird (I mean that in the best way),” recalls Herscovitch, according to First Night Danbury’s Facebook page. “Otherwise disconnected individuals, couples, and families wandering around a town square atmosphere from venue to venue to venue, the terrific diversity of types of performances and events. Shared laughter with 'strangers' is for sure one of the best ways to start a new year."

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