New Year’s Celebrations & Events

New Year's Celebrations and EventsIt will soon be time to ring in 2018! Where will you cheer on the new year? Whether you're seeking a daytime celebration for the whole family or a night out with a special someone, the Triangle is a happening place to be on New Year's Eve. You'll even find fun activities on New Year's Day to get the new year off to a great start.

Cary

Roll the Bean New Year's Eve Celebration

Jellybean's Super Skate Center of Cary

1120 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8:30 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 1 a.m.

Admission is $25 for youth 15 and under

 

First Walk—New Year, New You

Bond Park

1100 Norwell Boulevard in Cary

Monday, Jan. 1 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Start at North Cary Park entrance to the Black Creek Greenway

 

Chapel Hill

Night Lights: A Family-Friendly New Year's Eve

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

250 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Sunday, Dec. 31

2 to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $5 online

Ready to host kids of all ages, Night Lights will offer a fun-filled New Year's Eve in Chapel Hill. Guests young and old will enjoy games, shows in the GSK Fulldome Theater, science and dance performances, and food truck delights.

 

Durham

New Year's Eve Party

Ponysaurus Brewing Co.

219 Hood Street in Durham

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

Raise a glass and share your cheer for a brand new year! Ponysaurus Brewing is excited to host its annual New Year's Eve party with a live performance by Chocolate Thunder and new brews!

 

New Year's Day 8K Run at Duke Forest

Duke School, 3716 Erwin Road, Durham

Monday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m., registration begins at noon

 

First Day Hikes

Eno River State Park

6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham 27705

Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m.

Starts at the Few's Ford Picnic Shelter (20 minutes from park entrance)

Two hikes: two-mile or four- to five-mile hikes

 

Raleigh

Noon Year's Eve

Marbles Kids Museum

201 East Hargett Street in Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$7 per person

Want to celebrate the new year without staying up late? Take the family to Marbles Kids Museum to ring in the "noon" year instead! Your little ones will love taking part in a bubble-wrap fireworks display, official noonday countdown, and festive dance party.

 

First Night Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 to Monday, Jan. 1

Activities starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31

View an event schedule here

Join in a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Raleigh! This daylong event begins at 2 p.m. and runs through midnight. With afternoon activities for the kiddos in Bicentennial Plaza, a Ferris wheel, sleigh and trolley rides, live musical performances, evening fireworks and more, you'll be able to ring in the new year with great cheer!  

Events throughout the day:

DIY Festival

NC Museums of History & Natural Sciences and Bicentennial Plaza

2 to 6 p.m.

Children 5-years-old and under permitted free with a pass-wearing adult

People's Procession

Walk down Salisbury Street

Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. along Edenton Street

Early Countdown & Fireworks

Main Stage on City Plaza

5:30 to 7 p.m.

Evening Concert Performances

Indoor and Outdoor Venues throughout downtown

7 to 11:30 p.m.

City Plaza Main Stage Performances

City Plaza

5 p.m. to Midnight

Giant Acorn Drop and Fireworks

City Plaza

Midnight

 

Raleigh's Ultimate New Year's Eve Party

Isaac Hunter's Tavern

414 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

Tickets are $45, available online

Score a front-row seat to Raleigh's Giant Acorn Drop at Isaac Hunter's Tavern on New Year's Eve. The popular pub will host a fantastic affair for its mature crowd well into the night.

 

The Official 2018 New Year's Eve Celebration

Downtown Raleigh Sheraton

421 South Salisbury Street

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

Ticket prices vary, available online

Party the night away with Miss North Carolina and other area iHeartMedia radio hosts at this lively New Year's Eve celebration. Stretching across three large ballrooms, the event will feature a live performance by the Red Line Band and three expert DJs scheduled to spin their jams till after the Giant Acorn drops.

 

First Day Hike

William B. Umstead Park

Monday, Jan. 1 at 9 a.m.

Starts at the Reedy Creek Parking Lot (Harrison Avenue; Exit 287 off I-40)

Four-mile hike along Company Mill Trail

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