Thousands brave the cold to celebrate New Year in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Mother Nature decided to put on a little show to finish off 2014. The cold, wind and snow put an abrupt end to skating at the new Canalside ice rink, so many people headed indoors.

The convention center was packed with families for First Night Buffalo. Elissa, 11, said, “This is my second time here and I forgot how fun it is.”

The New Year’s Eve events got people thinking about what they hope for in 2015. Both young and old, many have the same wish.

Beverly Altschaft of Buffalo said, “That everyone is healthy and that they have a healthy 2015.”

Michael Busby, also of Buffalo, said, “I’m hopeful for spending more time w my family and be more appreciative for the things I’ve been given.”

Excitement and optimism that even Mother Nature couldn’t put a stop to was the theme of the evening.

Buffalo resident Lauren Lepovich said, “You’ve got to think about the good times, you can’t think about the cold.”

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