Published on
Dec 23rd 2021

First Night Raleigh 2021

On December 31, 2021, First Night Raleigh offers a fun way to welcome 2022. It has something for everyone.

Kids activities: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The festivities begin with the early afternoon Children’s Celebration. At the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Children 5 years old and under are permitted free when accompanied by a pass-wearing adult.

Procession & Early Countdown for kids - 6 PM

Don’t worry about keeping the kids out too late to ring in the new year – they can enjoy all of the excitement early in the evening. Join Barefoot Movement as we drop the famous acorn and set off fireworks at 7:00 pm at City Plaza.

WRAL Countdown to midnight - 12 AM

At the interesection of Fayetteville & Davie St
The Evening Celebration comes alive with performances in 30+ downtown Raleigh locations, featuring interactive art installations, drama, magic, music, comedy and dance. The night is capped off with music on the outdoor Main Stage, the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop, and a spectacular fireworks show.