New Year’s Eve is a celebration of new beginnings with family and friends, where you appreciate the good in your past year and look forward to the good to come.  When the clock strikes midnight, the celebration can be made or broken by where you are and whom you’re with.  If you’re looking for the perfect place to be with those you love when bringing in the New Year, you should check out the Annual First Night in Raleigh.

One of the best parts about First Night is that you can celebrate alongside everyone no matter your age.  A 1,250-pound steel and copper acorn drops twice during this special occasion, once at 7 p.m. for the children’s celebration and once at midnight for everyone who won’t be up past their bedtime.  You might recognize this colossal, 10-foot tall acorn as the public artwork that sits year-round in Moore Square Park.

In addition to the giant Acorn Drop, there will be celebrations of the arts and community featuring performances in 28 indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Raleigh, as well as dance, theatre, multiple children’s events and fireworks.

Admission buttons are only $9 in advance and can be purchased at local Harris Teeters along with a few select other local venues starting Dec. 1st.  At the event, the cost is $12 for adults, $10 for children age six to 10 and free for children age five and under.