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December 31, 2019

Join us for the 29th Annual WRAL First Night Raleigh 2020! With 20+ blocks of programming throughout downtown, WRAL First Night Raleigh is the way to ring in the New Year! Learn a new hobby for the New Year at our daytime Children’s Celebration from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the NC Museums of History and Sciences. Bounce around music, theatre, and other performances after the Early Countdown at 7:00 pm. Ride the WRAL First Night Ferris Wheel and the Alien Abduction Gravitron amusement ride! Just make sure you’re on Fayetteville Street at midnight for the WRAL Countdown to Midnight and the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop with special guests Boom Unit Brass Band, Caleb Johnson & The Ramblin Saints, and Illiterate Light.

Illiterate Light performing on stage

Evening Performances & Activities

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Man playing the art piano at First Night Raleigh

Children’s Celebration & Daytime Activities

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