Family-Friendly New Year's Celebrations
Find a fun place in the Triangle to ring in 2018 with the kids
Photo courtesy of Sean Locke Photography
Here in the Triangle, your family can ring in 2018 at one of several family-friendly options — from an acorn drop in downtown Raleigh, to a scientific celebration of the night sky in Chapel Hill.
If your family would rather stay home, consider taking an international approach to welcoming 2018 by examining New Year's traditions from around the world.
On New Year's Day, look for a nearby trail to participate in one of North Carolina's scheduled First Day Hikes.
1. First Night Raleigh
Turning the streets of Downtown Raleigh into a giant celebration, First Night Raleigh has been the standard barrier for celebrating the new year in the capital city. First Night Raleigh caps off its all-day celebration with its iconic acorn drop in the middle of downtown's City Plaza. Downtown Raleigh via Fayetteville Street, Moore Square, Nash Square and the State Capitol grounds; 919-832-8699.
2. Bollywood Bash
Kick off the new year with the glitz, glamour, dancing and music of Bollywood at the Bollywood Bash in Chapel Hill. Hosted by the Triangle’s only Southeast Asian radio station, WDUR, this family-friendly party celebrates the coming year with dinner, belly dancing and a midnight champagne toast. The Sheraton, 1 Europa Drive, Chapel Hill; 919-294-4800.
3. Night Lights
For families looking for festivities before the wee hours, Morehead Planetarium’s Night Lights will have your family looking to the stars to kick off 2018. Food trucks, stars and science shows accompany this mostly free event, as well as an early New Year's Eve countdown that the doesn’t require the kids to stay up past their bedtime. 250 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; 919-843-3474.
Looking for a more adult, date night option for New Year's Eve? Check out WhereTraveler.com's list of "10 Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve 2018 in the Raleigh-Durham Area."