First Night Charlotte
December 31, 2012
First Night Charlotte is an innovative, diverse and high-quality alcohol-free celebration of the New Year. We engage our community and advance the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts through accessible, affordable and shared cultural experiences. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy local dining before the Queen Charlotte crown is raised to ring in 2013.
Artists, dancers, singers, circus performers, scientists and more take to the streets and venues for you to enjoy at First Night Charlotte 2013, Uptown’s cultural event of the year on New Year’s Eve! McDonald’s First Night Kids kicks off the New Year’s Eve celebrations and runs from 12-5pm. Evening activities last from 7-11:30pm and boast a fantastic midnight finale featuring headline band, Simply Irresistible, performing from 10pm-12:30am at the main stage.
12:00pm-5:00pm: McDonald’s First Night Kids
Activities focus in and around the NASCAR Hall of Fame, WBT Holiday on Ice Rink, Charlotte Convention Center’s Stage and Outdoor Terrace, Wells Fargo Atrium, The Green and the Duke Energy main stage located at Levine Avenue of the Arts. The Kids' countdown takes place at the main stage from 4:40-5pm.
Entertainment includes storytelling, music, hula hoop shows, fortune tellers, a fairy godmother, cultural dances, drummers, a dance party, crazy science booths, puppets, the Papalote Project, aerialists and more! McDonalds has apple dipper samples for all to enjoy.
8:00pm-11:00pm: First Night Charlotte presented by WBTV Evening Activities
Activities focus in and around the WBT Holiday on Ice Rink, The Green, main stage, Mint Plaza and Wells Fargo Atrium. Entertainment includes musicians, a flash mob, an improv comedy troupe, mocktails, aerialists, circus arts, photo booths and more!
10:00pm – 12:30am: Countdown to Midnight, featuring headline Simply Irresistible
Taking place at the main stage, Simply Irresistible performs until 12:30am as we celebrate the New Year together!
Sponsors include WBTV, Duke Energy, McDonald’s, Bank of America, Piedmont Natural Gas, the Arts & Science Council. YMCA, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority and Windstream Hosted Solutions,