5 Fun and Festive Family New Year’s Eve Activities

Celebrate the end to this challenging year with virtual and outdoor events
Winter Wonders Walk at American Tobacco

There are plenty of safe ways to commemorate the end of 2020 with the family. Several virtual and outdoor events are planned around the Triangle for New Year’s Eve. Here are five events to get you started:

Christmas Plugged Synchronized Light Show 4109 Guess Road, Durham
Each night through January 8th, 2021, Rose of Sharon Baptist Church in Durham is presenting a FREE drive-through light show. The church has decorated the exterior of their church building with about 40,000 LED lights. The display is synchronized to music for a total of nine songs. Attendees can view the half-hour display while listening to correlating music on 90.1 FM. The display starts at dusk.

Fieldstream Farm Festival of Lights 8008 Old Stage Rd., Raleigh
Enjoy the last night of this popular drive-through light display this Dec. 31. Reserve an available time to enjoy over one million lights, including the light tunnel with over 200,000 LEDs. Tickets for vehicles carrying 8 or fewer passengers are $20, vehicles with 9-18 passengers are $40 and buses with 19+ passengers run $75.

Light it Up! Noon Year’s Eve Virtual Dance Party
Join Kidzu Children’s Museum on Dec. 31 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to ring in the New Year with a virtual dance party! Participants will make some glow-in-the-dark instruments and then use them to shake and shimmy into 2021. Jammin’ Baby’s Erica Berry will get you moving and take you on a trip around the world to “light up” different landmarks. Count down to “Noon Years” and then dance the day away! This event will take place virtually, through Zoom. Registration is required to attend and space is limited. Family registration is $10 and includes viewing access for your entire family and one craft materials kit to use during the crafting session. Additional craft materials kits are available for $2.50 each. Families who can’t attend the live event can register for the program and receive a recording after the event has ended. You will then be able to celebrate at a time that works best for your family.

StoryWalk® at Oak View 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh
Combines the pleasures of reading a children’s book while taking a nature walk at Raleigh’s Historic Oak View County Park. Daily (except Dec. 24 and 25) through Dec. 31 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., the park’s brick walkways will feature the illustrated children’s book “When the Snow Falls” by Linda Booth Sweeney (author) and Jana Christy (illustrator). After taking the walk, stop by the Goat Corral to say hello to Oak View’s goats (weather permitting Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun 1:15-4:30 p.m) and then the chicken coop. The activity is FREE and requires no registration.

Winter Wonders Walk at American Tobacco Downtown Durham
Head over to American Tobacco Campus in Durham any night until Jan. 1. Stroll along the Old Bull River on a magical illuminated walk around the iconic water tower with the family. Parking is free in the South Deck, as is admission to the walk. Work up an appetite on the walk? There are lots of restaurants on the campus with outdoor seating (and heaters). Lights go on at sunset.

For these and any other activities celebrating the new year, be safe. Remember to social distance, wear masks and make a plan to adhere to the NC modified stay-at-home order’s 10 p.m. curfew.

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