Virginia New Year's Eve Events Map
First Night Alexandria
Historic Alexandria, which sits just across the Potomac River from the nation's capital, hosts First Night Alexandria, the largest family-oriented New Year's Eve celebration in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. This sprawling event will showcase dozens of acts, from music (the blues funk of Anthony Swampdog Clark; the "New Orleans party music" of the Junkyard Saints) to kids' performers (Mike Rose, aka "The Magic Kinda Guy"; Storytime with Miss Megan). There will be plenty of activities for children, such as a moon bounce, interactive games, ship-model building and face painting. The New Year's Eve festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and end with a laser show and an explosion of fireworks. Tickets may be purchased online or at a participating Alexandria retailer. Adult admission badges cost $20 ($15 if purchased by Dec. 21). Kids under 12 enter for free and are not required to wear a badge, though a badge-wearing adult must accompany them.
After approximately 24,000 people flooded the streets of Richmond's Carytown neighborhood for its 2008 New Year's Eve celebration, the Carytown Merchants Association decided it could no longer afford the cost of holding an official event. Still, the area remains a popular destination for New Year's Eve revelers. According to Richmond.com, Carytown continues to attract several thousand people to its streets on New Year's Eve, who socialize and enjoy its many restaurants and bars. Official party or not, at midnight, in keeping with past tradition, Carytown partiers still gather outside of the Byrd Theatre to watch and cheer as it raises -- not drops -- a ball to ring in the new year.
First Night Virginia
Charlottesville's First Night celebration, which began in 1983, is the second-oldest First Night celebration in the United States. Held in the town's Downtown Mall area, Charlottesville's family-friendly First Night Virginia features more than a dozen musical acts, ranging from blues (Dr. Levine and the Dreaded Blues Lady) and rock 'n' roll (Billy Caldwell) to Scottish bagpipe performers (Albemarle Pipes and Drums). The event has an area designed specifically for teenagers that features a mechanical bull as well as an area designed for kids that includes jugglers, inflatables and face painting. The evening culminates with a ball drop at the Downtown Mall's Pavilion. Wristband tickets can be purchased online or at various Charlottesville retailers. Prices start at $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 15. Admission to the Virginia Discovery Museum is free to all First Night attendees.
New Year's Eve In Virginia: Video
The ball drops in the Charlottesville Pavilion during First Night Virginia 2010.
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