Final preps underway for First Night Raleigh
Posted December 29, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — With 2014 just around the corner, organizers spent Sunday putting the last-minute touches on downtown Raleigh's 23rd annual New Year's Eve party, First Night Raleigh, which will feature a Ferris wheel, a carousel, dozens of entertainment venues and 2013's big finale – the Raleigh Acorn Drop.
"First Night Raleigh is where you want to be, said Terri Dollar, executive director of Artsplosure, the nonprofit presenting this year's event. "Even if you're having your own private dinner or you're planning your own private celebration later on, come down for a couple of hours, spend a little part of your New Year's with your community."
The fun begins at 2 p.m. with the Children's Celebration at Bicentennial Plaza at the North Carolina Museum of History and Natural Sciences.
Fireworks and an early New Year's acorn drop for children are at 7 p.m., and the second drop and grand finale is at midnight.
This year, Dollar says, there will be an international feel to the festivities with performances from all over the world.
"We've got music from Moscow. We've got Chinese dancers," she said. "We've got music from Prince Edward Island in Canada."
A $13 all-day pass for adults grants admission to nearly 100 performances in three locations across downtown as well as other activities. Children ages 6 to 12 can get all-day access for $10, and children under the age of 5 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult with a pass.
Country singer Jason Michael Carroll, who is from Youngsville, will be performing songs from his new album on the WRAL stage on City Plaza. Tune in to hear him live on WRAL's First Night Raleigh coverage beginning at 10 p.m.
First Night Raleigh has a free smartphone app available for download from iTunes or Google Play that will provide information while on the go, including where to park and where performances will be held.