Ringing in the New Year Downtown

By Michelle Costanza

January 1, 2013 Updated Jan 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local businesses hosted their own New Year's Eve parties Monday night, and hundreds of people were in attendance.

The Binghamton Riverwalk Hotel received over 150 reservations for an all-inclusive party- complete with food, drinks, and guestrooms.

"We have a raw bar, we have an international table, seafood station, pasta station, and a dessert bar. Its a great way to ring in the new year, being downtown, a lot of things are going on and your overnight room too at the hotel, so people won't be drinking and driving," said Patty Weist, Director of Sales at the Riverwalk.

The band Splash played until 1:00AM in front of a full dance floor.

An open bar and Midnight champagne toast capped off the night.

Just across the street, an 80's dance party was held at the Lost Dog Cocktail Lounge.

Retro lighting, party favors, and balloons were spread throughout the lounge, a party that Lost Dog employees are hoping becomes a tradition.