Say farewell to 2021 in the best way possible at one of Raleigh, N.C.'s many exciting New Year’s Eve events, ranging from high-energy parties and concerts to special dining experiences. There’s a fitting party for all to ring in 2022, so make plans to get out and about on Dec. 31 and welcome the new year in the Raleigh area!

This list provides alternatives to downtown Raleigh's biggest New Year's Eve celebration (get information on WRAL First Night Raleigh here, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and featuring the iconic Raleigh acorn drop!). 

Note: These ticketed events are subject to selling out!
 

New Year's Eve Gala 2022 at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Hosted by Rocky Top Catering, this black tie, all-inclusive gala features four floors of delicious food, open bars, craft cocktails, rockin' DJs and a live band at the wonderful North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Tickets: $175 and up

 

New Year's Eve at Young Hearts Distilling

At one of 2021's best new dining spots, chef Josiah Halbohm and master distiller Mena Killough have curated a special menu of eats and drinks (with live entertainment and a midnight toast included). 

Tickets: $120

 

New Year's Eve Red Carpet Bash at Botanical Lounge

Beer, wine, cocktails and champagne across three floors of one of Raleigh's newest (and most trendy) nightlife spots—firepits, rooftop patio and views of downtown Raleigh included!

Tickets: $150 and up

 

Official NYE 2022 Celebration at Union Station

At beautiful Raleigh Union Station, enjoy a VIP red carpet entrance, valet coat check, paparazzi portrait session, full bar, multiple DJs and all the dancing you can handle. 

Tickets: $40 and up

 

NYE at The Pour House with Arson Daily, Daddy's Beemer, Pink Beds

Ring in 2022 with live music including Daddy's Beemer, Pink Beds and Arson Daily—recording for a Live at The Pour House vinyl!—at one of Raleigh's favorite concert venues, The Pour House Music Hall & Record Shop.

Tickets: $15-$25

 

New Year's Eve at The Willard Rooftop

Ring in 2022 with spectacular views of the downtown Raleigh fireworks from The Willard Rooftop Lounge, with a buffet of Mediterranean-inspired bites, a dance floor with DJ Josh Price and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Tickets: $150

 

A Liqueur Family New Year's Eve at Ruby Deluxe

Hosted by Ruby and Aquamarine Liqueur, this New Year's bash at LGBTQ-friendly Ruby Deluxe will feature spotlight performances, rotating DJs and all the dancing you can handle. 

Tickets: $5-$12

 

New Year's Celebration with Peter Lamb and the Wolves at Bond Brothers Eastside

A special night of music in Cary with local-favorite Peter Lamb and the Wolves, including a champagne toast at midnight, extended food truck hours, complimentary snacks, outdoor heaters, firepits and more. 

Tickets: $15 and up

 

Starry Night NYE Party at C. Grace

A special starry night at jazzy cocktail hotspot C. Grace in Raleigh's buzzing Glenwood South, this event will feature Michael Jones on the piano and the Al Strong Quintet entertaining into the new year. 

Tickets: $50-$75

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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NYE on the Hill at Wye Hill Brewing 

Join Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing for one of two dinner seatings (5-7pm or 8pm-1am) for a decadent buffet of chef-driven selections (including a special beer release and champagne toast). Patio will be open with heaters and views of fireworks!

Tickets: $50-$75

 

Great Gatsby NYE Party VIP Experience at Raleigh Beer Garden

Hosted in a climate-controlled event tent outside the Raleigh Beer Garden, this all-inclusive experience includes all of your food and drink (buffet, premium mixed drinks, cocktails on draft and more), plus a dance floor and music from DJ Severance. 

Tickets: $150

 

The Merchant's NYE 2022

A four-course dinner, cocktail pairings, champagne toast and a house DJ spinning a cool vibe throughout the evening provides a good look at one of the year's most notable speakeasy-like openings. There are two dinner seatings for this event: 7-9:30pm and 10pm-1am.

Tickets: $114

 

New Year's Eve with John Heffron at Goodnights Comedy

Laugh your way into the new year at the legendary Goodnights Comedy Club with standout performer John Heffron taking the stage for two shows: 8pm and 10:30pm. The 10:30pm showing will feature party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. 

Tickets: $39 and up

 

Little City Brewing's All-Inclusive NYE 2022

This all-inclusive event provides craft cocktails, award-winning beer, premium liquor, a champagne toast and a DJ to keep the party going all night long.

Tickets: $150

 

NYE 2022 at work.

Follow the call of the disco ball at this LGBQT-friendly nightlife spot in downtown Raleigh, featuring a New Year's Eve bash that—with VIP tickets—includes a coat check, hors d'oeuvres, a complimentary champagne hour and a toast at midnight. 

Tickets: $20-$50

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Raleigh's New Year's Eve 2022 Party at Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Cary

This upscale party has mysteries, prizes, party favors, dancing and more in store. For singles, a special meet-and-greet hour of ice breaker games is planned, and an epic balloon and confetti drop will of course happen at midnight. 

Tickets: $65-$275

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Champagne and Caviar at The Umstead

Celebrate New Year's Eve in luxury in Cary with an amazing meal at one of America's finest restaurants, Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa. Sommelier Troy Revell will take you on a true epicurean journey through five courses of caviar dishes paired with the most exceptional bottles of champagne from their cellar. This offer is limited to 48 guests.

Tickets: $495

 

Drive Shack New Year's Eve Party

Swing into the new year in a big way at Drive Shack, with unlimited golf, party favors, food and drink and more (outdoors, but heated!).

Tickets: $300 for bay that can hold six people

 

Gatsby's House NYE Party at Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

Five hours of pre-paid bar, four top local DJs, three areas to mingle in, two rooms of music and one amazing countdown (plus complimentary appetizers and more) highlight this Gatsby-style party at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel in downtown Raleigh.

Tickets: $105 and up
 

North Carolina's Official New Years Eve Extravaganza 2022 at Hilton Raleigh North Hills

With music from DJ Clue and DJ Shykey, this ticketed event has options that include VIP tables with free hors d'oeurves and top shelf liquor. 

Tickets: $15 and up

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