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Free Daytime Activities!

Join us from 2:00-6:00pm on New Year’s Eve for the new Children’s Celebration! Learn a new hobby for the new year with our hands-on workshops and watch performances with rising stars from the Triangle. There is fun for everyone at the Children’s Celebration!


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2019 Schedule


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Daytime Activities

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Performances and activities are on Bicentennial Plaza, inside the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Children 5 years old and under are permitted free when accompanied by a pass-wearing adult. Scroll down to learn more!

Early Countdown to Midnight

People’s Procession & Early Countdown

7:00 pm
What a perfect way to end our daytime Children’s Celebration! 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 Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba as we drop the famous acorn and set off fireworks at 7:00 pm.

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Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Acorn Drop Wands In Raleigh

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NC Association of Black Storytellers posing for a group photo in a museum

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – African Story Telling

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Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Cartoon Island & Leis in the Polynesian Islands

Take a break and relax with animated features on Cartoon Island!

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Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Crowns in England

Pop into WRAL First Night Raleigh’s DIY hot spot and use an array of crafting and art supplies to make your own a party crown to wear during the Countdown…

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depika Bhatt henna tatoos

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Henna in India

Henna artist Deepika Bhatt has been drawing in henna since she was seven years old. Born and raised in India, Deepika eventually went on to apprentice with three henna artists,…

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Beauty colorful lantern made from recycling material.

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Lanterns in Switzerland

Light up the night by creating a lantern to carry in the People's Procession!

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Colorful Party Favors

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Noisemakers in Scotland

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Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Oragami in Japan

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Dancing skeletons in the floral garden.

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Prosperity Candles in Mexico

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Handmade New Year Resolution Ornaments

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Resolution Ornaments in Italy

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Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Scottish Dancers

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Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Sparklers in Hungary

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Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Story Time in Australia

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Children’s Celebration – New Years Eve Around The World – Bingo in Germany

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Collection of traditional Irish musical instruments

Children’s Celebration – New Years Eve Around The World – Music Together in Ireland

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Children’s Celebration Sundial by Lisa Gaither

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Down Draft carnival ride

Down Draft

Powers Great American Midways takes pride in being one of the finest traveling carnival midways in America. powersmidways.com

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Early Countdown to Midnight

Early Countdown

What a perfect way to end our Children’s Celebration! Don’t worry about keeping the kids out too late to ring in the new year – they can enjoy all of…

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First Night Ferris Wheel

Fantastical First Night Ferris Wheel

Back by popular demand! Don’t miss the visual center of First Night Raleigh with our Fantastical First Night Ferris Wheel! Take a spin 90 feet in the air atop the…

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Little boy playing the art piano

First Night Art Pianos

Play a song on one of our beautiful art pianos painted by local artists. On Bicentennial Plaza, inside the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of…

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Wooden box filled with trinkets

First Night Raleigh Time Capsule and Music of the 70’s and 80″s

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Gold Leaf Sleigh Rides

First Night Sleigh Rides

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Ghana – Fabric Printmaking

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Neon Roller Skating Pop Up Rink

Roll into the night with Neon Entertainment’s Glow Roller Skating Rink listening to Classic Disco Music.

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people writing on the chalkboard at First night Raleigh

Next Year I Will Wall

Write your new year's resolutions on the “Next Year I Will” chalkboard.

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Pop Up Wedding Chapel

A pop up wedding chapel right in the heart of First Night Raleigh - just for fun! Renew your vows, or just pretend to get hitched! Don’t worry, you’re not…

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Resolution Oak Tree with resolutions tied to it

Resolution Oak

Tie your resolution for the New Year onto this fun sculpture tree created by artists Jennifer Van Orden.

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Roaming Mirror Man

Check out Imagine Circus' Mirror Man! This is a great photo opportunity to commemorate the New Year!

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Peoples Procession

The People’s Procession

Join thousands of your friends and neighbors in the annual People's Procession. Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Helping Hand Mission Band, and NCSU Pipe & Drum team lead the way! The procession…

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Juggling balls on the sidewalk

Time with Tain Juggler

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Toddler Play Area

This special room is designed for our youngest attendees to get out of the strollers and into the fun too!

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Ballroom Dancing

USA Ballroom Dancers

Join USA Ballroom dancers as they provide instruction for those who want to dance. There are chairs too, if you just want to watch! Step inside the beautiful Sir Walter…

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WRAL First Night Globe

The First Night Raleigh Globe was created by Keith Satow with neon by Nate Sheaffer

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