First Night is back in a big way!

The good folks at CRVA, Center City Partners and Arts and Science Council have brought back First Night, the family-friendly New Years Eve celebration that has been dormant for several years. The events take place downtown and are suitable for all ages. And, with the $10 admission button, everything is free (kids 12 and under are free). Details after the jump.



 Admission Button on Sale Now!!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (December 8, 2008) – Where will you be on December 31? If your plans to bring in the New Year are still up in the air (and even if they’re not) consider First Night Charlotte. It’s no secret that with the current state of the economy and the holidays being just around the corner, wallets have been feeling the pinch. First Night is the most affordable, exciting, imaginative, and dynamic option for your New Year’s Eve festivities.

This year’s festivities will run from 3pm until midnight throughout the heart of Center City. The entertainment lineup includes an ice maze, interactive clay building demonstration, hands-on science exhibit, the Charlotte Symphony Brass Ensemble, Jake Haldenwang (a blues guitarist who will represent Charlotte at the Memphis Blues Festival), an opera performance, aerial dancers from the Charlotte Dance Festival, the Fettucini Brothers comic jugglers, African dancers, Tai Chi demonstrations, and much more! The evening will culminate with a countdown to midnight and never before experienced grand finale at the Duke Energy Main Stage located at 300 South Tryon Street, where WBTV News will broadcast live. The main stage area will also feature resolution trees where kids of all ages can add their New Year’s resolutions.

As a safe, affordable, family-friendly, and entertaining option for New Year’s Eve, First Night Charlotte will unquestionably be a family favorite. Want to come? Admission buttons are now on sale! They cost just $10, and children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.  You can get yours online at or purchase them at the following retailers:

•    Belk Express Uptown
•    Belk – Carolina Place Mall
•    Belk – South Park Mall
•    Belk – North Lake Mall
•    Visitor Info Center (on South Tryon Street)
•    Levine Museum of the New South
•    Urbana Cityspa & Tea Bar
•    Reid’s Fine Foods
•    ImaginOn Gift Shop
•    Fast Frame (East Boulevard)
•    Blynk Organic (on South Tryon Street)

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