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Thousands Expected at Raleigh New Year's Eve Bash

Posted December 26, 2007
Updated December 27, 2007

— Thousands of people are expected to be in downtown Raleigh on New Year’s Eve to watch the giant acorn drop from the sky.

“First Night Raleigh,” as the celebration is called, joins other cities worldwide in a “family-oriented, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts,” according to its Web site. It’s presented by Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival, Inc., a local nonprofit organization

Viewers can watch it live on WRAL’s extended edition of the 11 p.m. news Monday or on WRAL.com.

The event takes almost a year of planning to coordinate, and one of the key organizers is Program Director Terri Dollar. Monday will mark her 10th “First Night.”

“I’ve always said I wanted to make sure I did something meaningful, and this is, it’s very meaningful. It truly is,” Dollar said.

First Night Raleigh began 17 years ago with about 20,000 spectators. Since then, attendance has more than doubled.

“Raleigh is one of the longest running, most successful First Night’s,” Dollar said.

This year, more than 100 performances are scheduled at 25 different venues, both indoors and out.

The People's Procession starts at 6 p.m., and the celebration runs all the way until the acorn drops at midnight.

Admission buttons can be purchased online, at local retail outlets and at the event. Advance tickets are $9. Tickets purchased on site cost $12 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12. Children under 6 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.


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  • flashlight Dec 28, 2007

    Them parkin' decks is awful confusin'!

  • enigma1469 Dec 27, 2007

    The story should read "Millions choose not to attend" who cares to go over there with all of the headaches of parking.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 27, 2007

    It amazes me that having charged everyone in Raleigh through the nose this year on everything the city politicos could think of, they could not have free admittance to this. I never have gone to this and never will; it is a lot more comfy at home. I wonder if they will have DUI checkpoints at all exits from the downtown area?

  • Gunslinger Dec 27, 2007

    Ok you think the Acorn is lame. Guess what this old boy had to put up with for the past several years. My ex's family was from murphy NC. That is way back up in the mountains. Guess what they did for New Years Eve. The Possum drop. Thats right a live possum is lowered to the ground at midnight. Eat your heart out NYC. You go to this blow out and I GUARANTEE you will be sleeping with the light on for the next two weeks.

    Don't believe me check this out http://www.clayscorner.com/new-years-eve.shtml

  • nc resident Dec 27, 2007

    thanks for the buisness news...I'll have my rollback ready to go...park anywhere you like.........

  • durhamdon Dec 27, 2007

    I'll be in my warm, dry bed. In the words of Sir Paul Macarthy, "It's just another day".

  • PaulRevere Dec 27, 2007

    I'm with the others who are NOT lying about the homeless leeches. Sorry, it's not worth the effort (for me at least) to have a good time while a different bum every block or so is constantly asking for money. I do hope the ones that go have a good time, though!

  • TheWB Dec 27, 2007

    I'm not going and I hope those who do get drenched with soaking, drought busting, rain storm. I'm not being mean, some things are just a little more important right now.

  • MizzZeta Dec 27, 2007

    Say it again, cooperstown!

  • lornadoone Dec 27, 2007

    Animal Lover... it actually did rain last year :) It wasn't bad, but it did kind of put a damper on things because everyone wanted to crowd under the store awnings along Fayetteville St. Still fun, though!