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The Queen City offers family fun for celebrating and welcoming the New Year!

Tradition prevails in Uptown Charlotte with the CLT New Year’s Eve. Formally called First Night, the CLT New Year’s will run 7pm to 12:30 am outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Martin Luther King Blvd between Caldwell and Brevard streets. Bring the family and enjoy live music, carriage rides, food truck, ice-skating and fireworks at midnight. 2015 will have the traditional raising of Charlotte’s crown!

Little ones may need daytime fun to entertain them on New Year’s Eve.

Charlotte’s favorite kid’s museum, Discovery Place, will celebrate Dinosaurs in Motion as 2014 goes extinct. Interactive projects will be sure to entertain all small paleontologists! Winter Camps are also being offered

Charlotte’s Nature Museum will also offer daytime for the kids! Open 9-5, kids can get up close and enjoy the animals and interactive fun. At 12:30, join in the fun with Wild Wednesday: When Winter Comes.

John Tosco’s 4th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration is a foot stomping, audience participatory, and music party for the whole family! This family-friendly variety show will include comedy, dance, music and other fun entertainment. At the Knight Theater.

More musical New Year’s celebrations can be found throughout Charlotte!

Enjoy the music at New Year’s Eve with Widespread Panic! Widespread Panic will perform at Time Warner Cable Arena at its ninth annual Tunes for Tots concert on December 31st.

The Duke Mansions 100th Birthday Party on New Year’s Eve will be a very fancy, black- tie party with music from That Guy Smitty, a multi-course dinner, champagne toast and a late evening breakfast will be offered at the upscale soiree!

New Year’s Eve: A Night of Whimsy at New Gallery of Modern Art charity ball is another formal New Year’s event with a fun twist! Dress code is “formally colorful” with a full bar, appetizers and desserts. ADULT snow cones, and cotton candy will add to the food fun!

The Ballantyne Hotel is an always-stylish New Year’s venue! The Ballantyne package offers a New Year’s dinner package that includes a dressy attire dinner, party and luxurious room.

Another upscale New Year’s hotel choice in beautiful South Charlotte is at the Renaissance Charlotte Southpark Hotel. Deluxe overnight accommodations, a four-course dinner and live music are all part of the “Frozen” themed celebration!

The Daniel Stowe Botanical will sparkle with lights for the Holiday in the Garden New Year’s Eve party. The garden party will include savory appetizers and a sparkling wine tasting with a commemorative flute to take home!

Uptown Charlotte restaurants offer a variety of dining experiences sure to please every palate! Mimosa Grill, Alexander Michaels, The Kings Kitchen and a Vegan’s paradise-Luna’s Living Kitchen are all casual, yummy Charlotte staples!

More laid-back New Year’s excitement in Uptown can be found at Strike City NYE Time Warp! Strike City will combine four decades, starting with the 70’s, drinks, food buffet, champagne toast and, of course, bowling for a party in the past blast!

The Queen City will continue in celebration the first week of 2015 on January 3rd with our very own Carolina Panthers! Reaching the NFL playoffs is a jewel in our Queen City Crown!

Fun and excitement fill Charlotte for a wonderful New Year’s Eve! We wish you a wonderful and safe New Year! http://gocurb.cowww.uber/com





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Charlotte offers a plethora of New Year’s venues that will be sure to satisfy even the most particular New Year’s Eve party connoisseur!

 A city known for its family friendly atmosphere, Charlotte offers New Year’s celebrations for the entire clan.

First Night Charlotte – New Year’s Celebration in Uptown Charlotte! First Night Charlotte takes place on New Year’s Eve from 12 p.m. to midnight with First Night Kids from 12 to 5 p.m. First Night Charlotte has grown into one of the biggest and best known events in the Southeast to visit for New Year’s Eve. First Night is alcohol-free but attendees are encouraged to enjoy the local dining before the Queen Charlotte crown is raised to ring in 2013! 12pm-5pm – Kids Countdown.

John Tosco’s 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Variety Show on Monday, Dec 31, 2012 8:00p at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Host John Tosco (founder of Tosco Music Party) returns to the McGlohon Theater with another family-friendly variety show in the spirit of The Ed Sullivan Show. Scheduled to run from 8 pm to 10 pm, this New Year’s Eve celebration will be filled with comedy, dance, music and much more.

Snowball at Great Wolf Lodge on Monday, Dec 31, 2012 6:00p to Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at the Great Wolf Lodge Concord, NC.  Howl in the New Year at Great Wolf Lodge! With activities for the entire family to enjoy, Great Wolf Lodge in Charlotte/Concord, NC provides a night of entertainment and celebrations!  


For those Cosmopolitan Charlotteans looking forward to welcoming the New Year in a fashionably adult atmosphere, Charlotte has many offerings for New Year’s Eve rendezvous locales.

Music seekers can enjoy sounds at Howl at the Moon. Charlotte’s dueling piano bar will be rockin’ on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a variety of packages, including the Champagne supernova with a gourmet dinner by Maggiano’s, two drinks, your Champagne toast and reserve seating in the main section.

Amos’ New Year’s Eve Party at Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St.
The concert features performances by Appetite For Destruction (Guns N Roses tribute band), Red White and Crue (Motley Crue tribute band) and Poison’D (a Poison/Bret Michaels tribute band). Special V.I.P. package includes an all-you-can-drink bar from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., party favors, and V.I.P. seating upstairs.


Widespread Panic New Years Eve 2013 on Monday, Dec 31, 2012 9:00p at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Widespread Panic is a rock band which formed in Athens, Georgia, United States in 1986. Buy tickets at

The Stranger and Natural Wonder at Fanz Sports Grill Monday, Dec 31, 2012 9:00. The best Billy Joel & Stevie Wonder Tribute Bands featuring Mike Santoro and Gabriel Bello! This is an all night show featuring both bands, all for one low ticket price. Champaign toast at midnight and party favors.


For those seeking a more upscale celebration, New Year’s Eve Celebration is being offered at The Westin Charlotte. “A Midnight Kiss In Charlotte” offers acelebration of the 2013 Countdown and a ringing in The New Year with style. 601 S. College Street Charlotte.

The Grand New Year’s Eve 2013 at 5Church is a lavish 4-Course Menu by Executive Chef Jamie Lynch. The evening includes a glass of champagne and post-dinner dancing with DJ Edward Shouse. Live Countdown of the Ball Drop.  127 N. Tryon St., Suite 8 (Corner of 5th and Church St)

South Charlotte’s lovely Southpark area offers a NYE Roaring Twenties Party at the Renaissance Hotel. Featuring dinner, drinks and dancing, you’re sure to start the New Year off right! Cocktail hour featuring passed hors d’oeuvres. Four course dinner. 5501 Carnegie Blvd.

The Ballantyne Resort offers an elegant NYE dinner package that includes reservations for an overnight stay in one of their stately rooms and  a prix fixe dinner in their award winning Gallery restaurant. 1-800-325-3559


More causal celebrations will be offered at many local restaurants and bars. The more laid back party- goers may want to visit New Year’s Eve Happy Endings 9 p.m. at Re:Public. 314 N. College St.
Party featuring Ciroc Boyz’s DJ Quicksilva (DMV) with DJ Shaun Nyce.

Back To The Future Bash, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Roxbury, 115 W. 5th St.
The party features beer, wine, liquor and champagne, hand-passes appetizers, a balloon drop, party favors, multiple DJs, and three-levels of space.

New Years Eve at RiRa’s Irish Pub at 208 N. Tryon St.
The New Years Eve party at the Irish Pub features live music by Crashbox.

NYE at Town Tavern, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Town Tavern, 200 N. Tryon St.
The private party package includes a breakfast buffet, top shelf liquor, beer, wine, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and a DJ.

New York City Style New Year’s at Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St. Countdown to 2013 with the Whisky’s live ball drop, appetizers, a barbecue buffet, party favors and a champagne toast.

Amos’ New Year’s Eve Party at Amos’ Southend,  1423 S. Tryon St.
The concert features performances by Appetite For Destruction (Guns N Roses tribute band), Red White and Crue (Motley Crue tribute band) and Poison’D (a Poison/Bret Michaels tribute band).

The Queen City accommodates her eclectic population with New Year’s celebration venues to satisfy all tastes!

For a wonderful New Year’s Eve, please be safe and call a cab (during the month of December, the uptown Epicenter will partner with the local ABC Board and three cab companies to provide complimentary rides within the 1-277 corridors through the “I’m Not Driving Impaired” initiative.); ride the bus or train(On New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2012, the Charlotte Area Transit System will operate extra LYNX Blue Line service in support of First Night activities. Buses and trains will operate according to their weekday service on that day, with the last departures from the Charlotte Transportation Center at 1:30 a.m. for select bus routes only, and for the LYNX Blue Line. On New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2012, the Charlotte Area Transit System will operate buses and trains according to its Sunday schedule); or designate a driver.

Happy New Year Queen City!