Enjoy New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Celebrations
Ready to ring in the New Year? Here are some ideas for reconnecting with your family, friends and local community.
Take your kids to downtown Raleigh’s annual family-friendly New Year’s celebration Saturday, Dec. 31. You’ll find nearly 100 performances across over 35 venues as well as activities and rides on the First Night Ferris wheel and a swinging pirate ship called the Sea Ray. This year, the DIY Festival for all ages offers hands-on workshops and a chance to talk with experts about how they honed their craft from 2 to 6 p.m. Children can enjoy the “People’s Procession and an Early Countdown” to the new year at 7 p.m. Festivities include performances by the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble and Shadowgrass as well as the lowering of the famous Raleigh acorn and fireworks. The midnight countdown will feature the Birds of Avalon and Jack the radio! Learn more about the full line-up of fun and ticket prices at firstnightraleigh.com.
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Start your year off literally on the right foot by heading out for a hike in one of North Carolina's state parks. Our state’s annual tradition is designed to get residents out for fun and exercise and to explore our beautiful natural resources together. This New Year’s Day, more than 40 guided hikes are scheduled in the state parks system. Take your pick from short “leg-stretchers” to longer treks, most of them led by rangers. Learn more.